The first Tarot card illustration I wanted to do for my story was ‘death’. Now most people have the misconception that the death tarot card signifies a bad omen, but the actual meaning is quite the contrary- it means new beginnings, end of cycles and regeneration. It can also sometimes mean sadness and loss but it’s more than just that. Because of that, I wanted to represent the card in a way it showed the meaning more so than the traditional reaper or skeleton knight.
Originally I represented the card by a female that had leaves for hair and her hand in view rotting and becoming boney- this was later changed to what you see above. I took inspiration from ‘mother nature’ images found on google. The lady, or my ‘mother nature’ has a neck of bark and trunks like a tree, leaves on tree branches for hair as well as flowers. If you look closer, you can see leaves coming out of her skin nearer her eyes, and feathers mixed into her hair. I also made her ear more elf-like because elves are usually linked to forestry and nature in ways humans are with technology. Currently, it has given me a lot of hassle to line all the little branches and leaves, but I believe it will be worth it. I also plan to print out the lines and trace them onto other paper to paint traditionally so I can choose the one I like best for my final piece.
I plan to make this card readable both upside down and upright with a reversed-gendered version of the female you see here - this was an idea inspired by my peer suggesting to do a male version of this.