I am still working on this painting which will be used for an oracle card deck that I have been working on for a few years. This was done on an iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil stylus. I used a “Rory’s Story Cubes” game by Gamewright (a storytelling game prompt set) to divine what the image will be. I wasn’t sure if I was going to use this image for the card deck, but as I worked on it, it seemed to fit.
Below are the three dice or ‘cubes’that I rolled for this image prompt. (See my previous post for the setup for this image) I would love to see other peoples’ interpretations of this set of dice images, so feel free to show me your images.
Above, you see me building up the colors and some more details. Below, another layer or “run-through.” I am still figuring out what the image will be as I go. I had no plan, other than keep making the idea more than just a sketch.
Above, is more detail. I felt at this point that it was lacking depth and character and did not really tell the whole story of a Las Vegas craps table so I added more characters below.
This is where it is at now. I worked on this for about 4-5 hours maybe, a little at a time. There is a lot more to do still, but I was happy with the basic composition and layout and I don’t think it will change much in terms of concept, but there is probably another 5-10 hours of work, maybe more to get it to the level of finish I want it to be.
I was going to pull some cards from a completely different deck to try to get some insight into the meaning of the card above. I wanted to see if there was any insight I could get in terms of the spiritual meaning of an alien in Las Vegas, but I decided to wait for it.
I felt that it was fairly obvious the meaning you can infer from this, but I was looking for a deeper definition and how this will work as a divination card. During meditation, I got the idea that this was illuminating the “gamble” I took when diving into divination and the spirit world. This can also foretell the need to get out and take a chance on life and the world while cautioning not to get too caught up in the thril or addictive qualities that life can sometimes bring. Having fun does not always have to be such a huge risk with high stakes, but you can’t always play it safe either.
I will post a finish to this in my next post as well as a video of the painting process and links to posters with this image. I am working fairly small with this in terms of file size, but I can probably get at least an 11×14 print if I keep the file this size. I may end up upsizing this image up for a better print.
Stay tuned for more and I hope you all like this format and type of work. I have about 25 other paintings that are pretty close to finish for the deck this image will be used for. Unfortunately there aren’t any process pics of the other images which were started years ago and are getting reworked. I hope to have at least 54 cards for this deck, but who knows at this point?
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