Tarot Card - Strength

  • Every year I do an assignment along with my students, and once again I chose the Tarot project. For this assignment I challenge my advanced and portfolio students to team up to create a set of Major Arcana for a class Tarot deck, and when I participate I choose my card from the leftovers. This year I lucked out and got Strength - one of my favorite cards.

    Students have to create a design that conveys the meaning of their card in both the upright and reversed positions, and this is trickier than it sounds. I was listening to the Hamilton soundtrack and the line of one of the songs helped nudge me towards my solution to this design problem: "the moments when you’re in so deep, it feels easier to just swim down." 

    When Strength falls right side up it indicates power coming from courage and inner understanding - the figure is swimming upwards out of danger with a single-minded focus. When it falls in the reversed position it indicates self doubt, weakness, and insecurity - the figure is giving up and swimming deeper instead.
  • Vector Illustration in Adobe Draw on my iPad Pro with my Apple Pencil and Adobe Illustrator on my Wacom Cintiq.
  • Both views of the card - standard and reversed.
  • Outline mode and all shapes selected.
  • Special thanks to Jon, my TA for my animation class. He pretended to swim around on the floor so I could get references for this. You rock, Jon!