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Happy New Year :)

Artwork by Annette Abolins

Here’s to a happy and most creative 2016! Before embarking on new projects, this post looks back on two recent events – a group exhibition about water, with links to view my drawings. And an update on Nine Lives Playing Cards (poker size) – the winning design of the 2015 PCF Deck Design Competition. Continue reading

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Playing Cards – The Box & The Joker

Design by Annette Abolins

The artwork has been sent to the printer where presses are working to complete this little deck of cards. In this post you’ll find a preview of the card box, which comes with every deck … and the Joker, along with the story behind how she came to

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2 Cards for Aeclectic Tarot collaborative Deck

The 5th Aeclectic Tarot collaborative deck is nearing completion, thanks to the brilliant effort put in by the two main organisers, and also the artist contributors. I have really enjoyed being part of the project and look forward to seeing the whole deck

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Feeling the 10 of Swords

I have a tendency to go through the emotions of any artwork I am working on… ‘living’ my way through the story as it takes form. If you are an artist; a painter, drawer, musician or writer… I would love to hear if you have

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Playing Cards – Clubs and Hearts

The Court characters are keeping me busy with my latest project to create a set of playing cards inspired by Nine Lives Tarot. While re-painting them (standing on their heads amongst other things), I have also been learning new things about the

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Nine Months & Nine Lives Tarot

Nine months is a milestone that should not go unnoticed for a Tarot deck like Nine Lives Tarot :) So, to mark this exciting occasion (which only just occurred), this post will look back briefly on the process before and

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Introducing the Knight of Swords

Knight of Swords - ink drawing Annette Abolins

Meet the Knight of Swords – a man of noble quests, cool intellect and sheer determination… He surveys his surroundings before charging forth with boundless energy … This Knight strikes while the iron is hot and waits for no man on his path to conquer the world.

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Drawing Update – The Visual Guide

Knight of Swords - WIP - Pen & ink Annette Abolins

In between other projects, I am busy creating a visual guide to accompany Nine Lives Tarot. This is a slow yet thoroughly enjoyable venture, where each stroke of ink on paper gives me time to delve deeper into the fascinating

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Visiting the Page of Swords

Page of Swords - Pen & Ink by Annette Abolins

Introducing the next Pen & Ink Drawing … Having followed the Raven (our guide) on a journey to the North, we are met by The Page of Swords: Page of Swords Ink Drawing – Annette Abolins Some believe she is the

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Mapping Nine Lives

Nine Lives Map - Annette Abolins

The Map follows on from the introduction page in the graphic novel… It is a Tarot inspired landscape of mountains, forests, lakes and rivers divided by oceans in all directions of the compass. To me, there is something magical about how a

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Introducing A Royal Feast

Raven guide - Annette Abolins

I discovered the talkative side of the court characters when I was creating the artwork for Nine Lives Tarot. Where other Tarot characters fell into my imagination quietly, the Royal family members invariably arrived with a long string of words…

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About Art and Tarot

The Tarot is persuasive, fascinating and alluring by nature; it calls upon readers to interpret the cards and beckons artists to portray the cards … and so, when inspiration comes knocking, there is little one can do but follow along

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Video: Creating Nine Lives Tarot

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I put together this little video; an introduction to the creative process behind Nine Lives Tarot. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls_8z396beM&w=540&h=304&rel=0] From pen & ink drawings to finished paintings and cards … Each artwork involves many hours [up to 50] of drawing and painting

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