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Nine of Swords by dierat Nine of Swords by dierat
This is an illustration of the tarot card Nine of Swords.


From wiki: "If this card is shown in an upright position, it can mean deception, premonitions and bad dreams, suffering and depression, cruelty, disappointment, violence, loss and scandal. However, all of these may be overcome through faith and calculated inaction. This is the card of the martyr and with it comes new life out of suffering.

If the card is shown in an ill-dignified or reversed manner then it has a different meaning. When turned this way it means distrust, suspicion, despair, misery or malice. Total isolation away from comfort and help: institutionalization, suicide, imprisonment and isolation."


My idea was to create an image that illustrated both of the card's meanings - the woman hangs in the balance between life and death, waiting to find out how the card falls. If the card is laid right-side up, she hangs over dry land, feet first, and the four swords are harmlessly hilt-up beneath her. If the card is laid upside down, she hangs head-first over deep water with five swords blade-up below.



Other work:
Sky and Sea by dierat The Lutenist by dierat Dragoness by dierat
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Given 2013-09-26
Nine of Swords by =dierat ( Featured by Thiefoworld )
:iconbonniemarie:
Bonniemarie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
wow this is so effective and stunning, well done. I love the folds and creases of her dress
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! You're so sweet to leave such wonderful comments on my work; you made my day! :hug: :heart:
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:iconbonniemarie:
Bonniemarie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
Aw and that's made my day! Haha. You deserved the comments, keep up the lovely work :)
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:iconmolly-ec:
molly-ec Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Featured here: molly-ec.deviantart.com/journa…

Thanks for the awesome art!
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014   Digital Artist
No, thank you! :hug:
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:iconicrybabel:
ICryBabel Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Really nice work, love the chosen colours!
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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:iconheltinde:
Heltinde Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful. The colors you've chosen and the folds in the fabric are just perfect! Lovely work!
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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:iconmetamage:
metamage Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very ineresting interpretation. I'm going to sit with it for a while . . . 
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you find it interesting :)
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Bigslam27 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
InSANE!
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconlijj:
Lijj Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
I hope i saved the old one. I like them both.. the yellow in the last I liked
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014   Digital Artist
I kinda liked the other one too.. I can never decide which is my favorite version. I've been trying to pull back the really saturated colors, but I kinda like them, but they're a little over the top.. etc.

Here's a link to the last 'finished' version (so you can save it if you like): lh5.googleusercontent.com/-r46…

And this was the version before that (in case this is the one you're talking about): www.conceptart.org/forums/atta…
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:iconlijj:
Lijj Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Thank you for linking Dierat. I'll have to look at all 3 closely. I did mean the oldest one with the higher concentration of yellow.
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Valerie-V Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Great work! Love the hair and detail.
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD!   :iconflowerheartplz:
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
It's my pleasure! :)
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Siajcat Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student General Artist
YOU so deserve this DD!!! This is the most perfect illustration of this particular card. Very very smart, and beautifully done. Love it.
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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Siajcat Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student General Artist
You are quite welcome, luv.
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Brandon1920 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats on the DD! You deserve it, this is absolutely beautiful! Nicely thought out and executed too. The swords on the top remind me of Salvador Dali!
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Yeah, I noticed the swords' reflections had kind of a melted-clock Dali look to them as I was painting them. Thank you so much for the kind words; I really appreciate it! :heart:
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:iconoffermoord:
offermoord Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
very beautifully done! l like the impression of struggle and being trapped between dimensions..
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks! I wasn't sure if that concept was going to come across to the viewer or not because it's kind of a weird take on the concept.
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offermoord Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Maybe not in just a split second, but it does come across very well!
it is a weird take indeed, but really great & intriguing. Mostly this is a card of sorrow, cruelty & suffering,
which come across very well in your version, but it's very gentle and soothing also...
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artofjaguar Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
the details on the sky is  exquisite
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
I spent a long time on it, so I'm glad to hear it's noticed and appreciated. Thank you very much for the comment! :heart:
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e11e-k Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
clever and beautifully executed
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing concept. Well done!
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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FrostLover1204 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
COOL! TAROT CARDS!
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Tarot cards are awesome!
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FrostLover1204 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know right!
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:iconartbycher:
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
I love your interpretation, This is flawless. Congratulations on the DD. You deserve it!
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug: :blowkiss:
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SonicMasterHero Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
:( RIP
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
:cry:
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Ophelion Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist
What an interesting way to express the double-meaning of the tarot! Congratulations on the well-deserved DD! 
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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slingshotmama1950 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love 
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
:tighthug:
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SwanofWar Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Writer
Deep.  That's the word for this.
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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MBauernhofer Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like her hair, it looks so soft! :)

The interpretations are very interesting!
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dierat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! :heart: :hug:
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