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It's a crazy thing. Sometimes it takes you years to realize that something you've been searching for has been...not exactly under your nose, but just a bit to the left, if you happen to think to turn your head and look.
The Saturday Evening Bleh by DionysiaJones
The Saturday Evening Bleh
Gift art for the awesome Rebecca Hicks, who does the webcomic Little Vampires. It is a neat comic. You should definitely check it out.

This picture was done with reference to the style of J.C. Leyendecker, who famously did a multitude of covers for the Saturday Evening Post. His art is also immensely worth checking out.
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Mad Genius mix in iTunes
  • Reading: "Existance" by David Brin
Finally getting around to posting the newest tarot card in the Otaku Tarot series, after making it through a computer crash that required building a mostly new system. Last time I did a version of Judgement, the place where I worked got bought out and everyone was forced to choose between being laid off or moving far, far away. (Of course, that time I'd done the Tower at roughly the same time. Silly me.) I don't claim to cause anything, but I swear, the timing on these things does not come randomly.
Otaku Tarot - Judgement by DionysiaJones
Otaku Tarot - Judgement

Anime: Vision of Escaflowne
Characters: Folken de Fanelia, Van Fanel (in Escaflowne), Allen Schezar (in Sheherazade)

"I want to change that sad destiny..."

At the bottom of the scene, two guymelefs face each other in pitched battle amid the ruins of...somewhere. Above them the philosopher-general Folken de Fanelia rises over the landscape like an angel, with one hand presenting the scene for you to judge, the other holding a sword that signifies the will to act. Questions are posed: Which combatant will win? Does either deserve to? Or both? As a scholar Folken himself hints at even deeper questions: Is the desire to quarrel a part of mankind's nature that cannot be overcome? The lower sky blazes orange – is this sunrise, with the fighting representing the way all things begin? Is it sunset, a comment on how things will always be at the end of the day? Perhaps it is the fire and destruction that follow in the wake of such quarrels? Folken rises in a tranquil, blue sky, larger than either of the guymelefs (epic though they are). Is it possible that the will to quarrel can be transcended, and that life might be lived peacefully?

Despite his angelic trappings and his position in the sky, Folken himself is clearly not above the taint of fighting. He has been touched by it in countless ways, from the mechanical arm with which he questions the scene (or is he entreating you to rise above it?), to the sword he holds with which to enforce his judgements. Even his dark wings bear the signature of a fate marred by struggle.

Questions, questions, questions. You've lived the life, seen the way things play out, seen the pitfalls, traps and prizes. Now it's time to make the call, time to make a choice. There are no answers here but the ones you bring with you. What does your judgement tell you to do?

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When the card of Judgement appears in a spread, deep questions have been asked and already subconsciously answered. The physical situation is often a matter of consciously realizing the answers one has already given, and making changes in one's life to accommodate them. This is rarely a small thing. The energies of Judgement work on profound, powerful levels that mark our steps along a spiritual path. Essentially, the old way of life is on its way out – though we may well be afraid, and fighting against the change! But it is a necessary one. We are challenged to recognize the deep inspirations within ourselves and follow them, transcending our baser natures to answer a higher calling.

Meanings at a glance: Change, inspiration, challenge, inner calling

Reversed: fear of change, fear to answer the call, desire to submerge oneself in the familiar and mundane

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Artist's notes: This is one of those ridiculously rare times when a picture came out almost exactly the way I'd originally envisioned it in my head. There was never a question who would be featured on this card. It was always going to be Folken. This one is my card. You know, the way some people have tarot trumps that are them. This trump is mine.

  • Mood: Artistic
It's a crazy thing. Sometimes it takes you years to realize that something you've been searching for has been...not exactly under your nose, but just a bit to the left, if you happen to think to turn your head and look.


Denise Jones
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United States
Favourite genre of music: music what tells a story
Operating System: Windows 7


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qtrave Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
I have to ask, do you take commissions?
DionysiaJones Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It generally depends on my current workload. If you have something specific in mind, please PM me and I'll be very happy to discuss details with you. ^_^
Hydropalika Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist
ASDFGHJKL, totally love your art :love: :la: A really cool design and color technique :D I adore your work! Totally gonna watch you :hug:
Movie-Man Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013

Please forgive the randomness but I wanted to show you this given your MCOG fan art. Let me know what you think of it please.…

Cuenk89 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot for the watch! :happybounce: 
ShirleysStudio Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the +Watch! I really appreciate it! A flower for my love 
Kenshiro2k Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Great job on the illustrations.  I funded the Tianxia RPG, and I can't wait to see the finished product with your art.
DionysiaJones Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!! I know that extremely talented people have put a ton of work into making Tianxia a great game, and I'm really excited to have been able to contribute to it. I hope you have a lot of fun playing! ^_^
AdamRedwolf Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW o.o do you sell the tarot cards in packs ????? I really would love a pack !
DionysiaJones Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LOL! Well, the Major Arcana isn't even done yet, never mind the Minors and Court cards, so there's really not a 'pack' yet to sell. Still, maybe one day when I get more done, I may be able to at least sell a 'majors only' deck. I'm glad you like them, though! :)
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