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Tarot Isis by DubuGomdori Tarot Isis by DubuGomdori
This is the third major arcana of the tarot deck. It is called the Empress card. Venus is the planet, and lots of water and plants symbolizing nurture and life. I used Isis, the Egyption goddess worshipped as the ideal mother and wife. Because she was also worshipped as the goddess of children and the matron of nature and magic, I decided to show her pregnant with her son Horus. All around her you see life, the essence of her being. The plants, the Nile River behind her, the sky above. On the top and bottom, you see the moon phases establishing the mother relationship with the moon itself, a somewhat feminity characteristic of the mother. Her astrological sign is cancer, the crab. Enjoy.

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Sylent-Anpu-Phantom Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful
dua Auset/ Praise Isis 
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xXWatermelonSmileXx Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
looks great! i love her hand !
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gabriels-song Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Oh, jeez, I thought I could not get more wowed after Nightcrawler, but this is stunning, and gee, another of my favorite things - pagan deities! Odin as the Emperor is just awe inspiring too, they all are, and yes, I can see where the borders were murder, but you pulled them off so well. If I may optimistically but tentatively say, I really, really hope you continue the series someday, at least for the major arcana... I can only imagine what you would do with The Tower O_o... Just a thought, but Prof X would make a good subject for The Hanging Man, just saying... :) anyways, incredible work.
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
I have intentions of continuing the series.... some day.... not sure when. Thanks for the ideas, they are good ones.
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Tweedle1127 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture is absolutely beautiful I will print it and use it in my setting room. Thank you
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lillacmess Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A wonderful tribute to the great goddess!
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
So glad you think so. Thank you so much!
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lilike02 Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist
WOUAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
You faved this one too?! Thank you.
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IsabelM Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
This one is gorgeous. Isis is one of my favourite goddess of all mythologies, because she is both feminine and caring but also loyal, relentless, cunning and great magician. So I am very glad you chose her. She's so beautiful and exotic.

I was trying to grasp what's so beautiful about your faces. They have the detail of American pictures, but they also have some of manga, the lines are clean, the eyes are big, though natural, which makes them more expressive. The noses are small and beautiful, so eyes and lips get all the attention. I was trying to understand why I particularly like your faces, why I think they stand out. They are just not the typical American-comic book face, they have something different to them. I think it's a lot about the eyes, they are so expressive, and well shaded, so beautiful too. You have all the detail of Western illustration, but there's a hint of the simplicity and cleanliness of manga in your stuff, and a lot of the expressivity of manga, too.

The background is very well-made, I noticed you nailed the lotus flower and leaves and did research for the hairstyle and ornaments: the snake bracelet, the ankh and crabs in her bracelet, the scarab and snakes in her diadem. Still, her face and expression is what catches the eye. Sometimes people add details to such an amount that the face or characters are drowned in the pile of little details, but in your images, first the face catches attention and then you start to look at how very detailed and well-researched everything else is.

Funny how I got here for the ASOIAF fanart and found a great picture of another of my favourite fiction characters. As far as goddesses go, Isis is one of the coolest among them, and this picture does honor to her. If you add I love the kind of detailed art-nouveau picture, I am having an eye-feast of candy with your tarot cards. Are you going to get them published? I know some people who use tarots and pay for them, and many times their stuff isn't half as pretty.
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
You really nailed it. I started out doing manga (actually got a foot in the door with Tokyo Pop) then migrated towards western comic in the era after the silver age. I really enjoyed Bernie Wrightson to start, hence my ASOIAF...a poor attempt I feel but did learn much from the experience. There are others, Franklin Booth to name another. Manga does have big eyes for better expression which they adopted from Disney and made to better use.

Background. Every piece I've done, more than a sketch, has had research. Even though I may feel I know the topic, the theme, whatever it is, I will research because I want to know more and what new things can I include to draw. There are some repetition but try not to. In some things I can't help it though I just like it. I'm so glad you recognized the research I do. Not many do. That honors me because you understand the depth of the art. Many times, I put in more hours than actually drawing it and that includes the thumbnails and preliminary compo layout.

The tarot series published would be nice. Have not been approached about it yet although so many have asked if this was available to purchase. There's actually a tarot group here on DA, don't know the name though. You may want to check into it.

I thank you so much for your fantastic review and insight. I hope to continue these dialogues.
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scenesiltala Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
great job :D
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
sank you vewy masu!!
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scenesiltala Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
no problameo :)
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klydekiss Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010   Digital Artist
Its great!
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
I'm glad you think so. Thank you!
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klydekiss Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010   Digital Artist
No problem!
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Bit-sinna Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work. I love all the details in it. :)
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
So glad you could appreciate it. Thank you.
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Bit-sinna Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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minihendrix Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i like the expression on her face :D
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
So glad you notice. I'm trying to do more expressions.
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carbonella Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
This is beautiful! I have a small obsession with ancient Egypt, lol. Added to faves!
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Frida-Smith Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Beautiful work!
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Thanks for the appreciation!
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
In the end, pencils really are the best. :love: I love this piece; it's so lovely and intricate. Beautiful work. ^^
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
That makes me feel very good you feel so. I too love this piece. In brings questions about the feminine beauty and what it's all about.
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rygelrefugee Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
What medium is this?
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Pencil my friend, good old pencil.
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DEVMALYA Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
i agree that this is your most beautiful piece. awesome work!!!
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
Thank you for agreeing!! I am most honored!
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whiteknight222 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
one of your most beautiful pieces.
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Thanks for thinking that even tho she's pregnant.
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whiteknight222 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
It's cool nice piece.
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Leto4rt Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009   Digital Artist
She have a very beautiful and natural expression!! :D
I love the flower in her hand :aww:

L
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
Thank you L, I had to research the lotus and get it right. There's a lot of symbolism I put in but the sad thing is I can't remember them all now that I'm finished with it. ha ha.
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Temperus Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Gorgeous!
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Thanks for the comment.
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