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King of Wands
by retrokat

Symbolism & Card Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio


A nude King draped in fine red brocade sits on a stone plinth. He holds a wand from which several leaves sprout. He wears only a heavy, ornate gold crown. A scroll flutters from his staff, bearing the title King of Wands.

Symbolism & Card Meaning

A man of many talents. A charming man, witty and enigmatic. Virile, strong and fiery in nature, with a tendancy to be a little hasty. Reversed: A crisis may be brewing, and you must keep your head. A ruthless man may try to crush your resistance.

Based on this, I went for a nude King. I was looking to have a bit of fun with this project, and thought.. a virile 'man of many talents'... I'm sure he could best show off those talents unclad! It's a pretty basic, simple layout with fairly basic symbolism as I wanted it to be uncluttered.

Artistic Media

Digital collage of (out of copyright) elements from Renaissance paintings in PaintShop Pro 7. A lot cheaper than Photoshop, and less RAM-hungry. I love PSP :)

Unlike my usual sources, I've stuck to well-known artists for this card, the "Superstars of the Renaissance" - da Vinci, Michelangelo, Bottecelli etc. I'll list all of the original sources if anyone's interested. If the nude dude looks familiar, that's because he's in the Sistine Chapel.

Artist's Bio

Kat Black likes to make perdy pictures and write stuff. Although that doesn't include bios.

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