Wednesday, 12 June 2013

The Making of: The Clover

©C. McCracken & W. Worthington
Once again, I'd like to take a look at the evolution of one of the cards in the Celtic Lenormand deck: the Clover.  

As Will worked through the briefs I sent him in order, this was one of the first images I received from him.  My original brief read: "A gold trefoil coin lies in a patch of bare dirt by the side of a path.  Nearby, we see a four-leaf clover growing."  I also sent some images of the kind of path I had in mind, and the trefoil coin and clover.

After seeing the first sketch, Will and I talked a lot about perspective.  One of his visions for this deck was to have a wide-open view on the majority of cards, a feeling of openness and space.  I really liked the idea, though in practice found it wasn't always entirely practical.  Many of the Lenormand objects are quite small, and I didn't want them to get lost in the landscape.  

©C. McCracken & W. Worthington
Posting the first image to Facebook, people's ideas about what it showed varied from Paths to Mountain, with only a few spotting the Clover (though I think the black-and-white also played a role there).   We decided, therefore, to make the Clover and the trefoil coin more central (and the coin dustier so it doesn't overwhelm the plant by its side).

Another thing you can see in the original Clover sketch is the basic idea for how to include Lenormand numbering and playing card associations on the cards.  As Will retains the right to sell these paintings after the deck is made, the originals won't have this numbering painted on.  I'll be photoshopping that into place over the next month or so.  Wish me luck :)


9 comments:

  1. I hardly can wait until this gorgeous deck will be published. the Druidcraft Tarot is my favorite tarot deck and I am looking forward to expand my readings with the Celtic Lenormand.

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    1. Hi Ellen,

      I think this will work fabulously with the Druidcraft Tarot! In fact, I'm teaching a workshop at this year's UK Tarot Conference on combining the two systems, and will be demonstrating with these two decks :)

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    2. OOOOOOOH! Dang it! Curses, I can't believe I'm missing this.

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    3. Wish you could be there, Carla, it'd be nice to have a friendly face in the crowd. Ah well...

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  2. I think you should be brilliant and different in the marketing of this deck. Offer it as a double deck, Lenormand with the final images....and an Oracle with the black and white early images.

    Sits and hopes, the woman who swore off Lenormands in 2010 :)
    Sharyn/AJ

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    1. And use the B&W Rider image as the card backs. Oh please oh please.

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    2. Sorry, ladies, the black and white images are sketches, not included in my contract with Will. And some of them really were very basic, or are not whole as we took one bit from one and another bit from another for the final card. Plus, US Games has the sole publishing rights, so I no longer have other options. I hope you'll still find the final deck interesting enough to buy... Go on, it's Will Worthington! :D

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  3. This is a very pretty one! I love it. The clover is nice and fairly central without being static-looking. I like the gleaming coin, too!

    XOXO,
    MM

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    1. I think it's the cloud in the background that makes the clover look slightly wind-tossed :) Glad you like it!
      XOXO,
      Chloë

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