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Tarot Minor Arcana Matching: Pentacles

Tarot Minor Arcana Matching: Pentacles

The last of the Tarot Minor Arcana suits and the last of the Tarot matching series. Pentacles pushes us further to legendary/out there characters (Gods, etc.). It also features the two lead Empirians from the Recordings Series and the rest of the Great Fallen Angels. I’m pleased with this one and it feels overall fitting to end with these characters.

🗓 02 Feb 2021
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Tarot Minor Arcana Matching: Swords

Tarot Minor Arcana Matching: Swords

Here is the second to last Tarot Minor Arcana suits, second to last in this entire series. Swords gives us a set of characters who are either powerful entities in their own right or that have become pseudo-religious icons. Some of these characters have not been seen on screen, yet, or have only been mentioned.

🗓 31 Jan 2021
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Tarot Minor Arcana Matching: Cups

Tarot Minor Arcana Matching: Cups

The continuation of the Minor Arcana matching series: The Suit of CUPS! Cups was evocative of political prowess and also religious power to me. Thus, Cups finds ourselves with characters from The Madness of Light, and the political spaces of the Empire. It also includes the characters presented in Sepulcher of Shadows.

🗓 24 Jan 2021
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Tarot Minor Arcana Matching: Wands

Tarot Minor Arcana Matching: Wands

The start of the Minor Arcana suit assignment: the Suit of Wands. The quoted meanings for the below Minor Arcana are taken from The Pictorial Key to the Tarot’s Additional Meanings section. I didn’t follow the core meanings exactly or with how/what they are to be represented with. Some of this is more symbolic alignment than exact Tarot meaning alignment.

🗓 18 Jan 2021
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Commissioned Portrait of Xinlara (AKA Cyclone When He Was Alive)

Commissioned Portrait of Xinlara (AKA Cyclone When He Was Alive)

Commission #5 from Reiesu, a long time coming one that was initiated last June. I had been thinking of doing Balon Zfnoctewoohi for this or King Fla’neiel…of course, those I eventually did commission after figuring this out. For Reiesu’s next commission, I had an even better idea: Xinlara. Xinlara, as in, Cyclone’s Vacore name, as in Cyclone when he was alive and young. It seemed so provocative and daring to do Xinlara. Like…doing something forbidden. I don’t know, it’s about...

🗓 06 Jan 2021
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2020 in Art

2020 in Art

I actually drew a pretty decent amount in 2020! There was a lot I didn’t put on the website until now. I didn’t realize I had pretty steady output of art this year. I think the Apple Pencil helped keep it up. Only three months I didn’t draw anything. It may be a big dump, but it doesn’t even include the artwork that into the Adagio tea blends for each of the Trinity and the One members, the commissions/sketches for...

🗓 03 Jan 2021
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2020 in Review

2020 in Review

2020 was…well, it was quite something. But it really was a big year for the Spine of the Empire and my world. It felt like this was the year I just committed to…just going out there and doing things. Patreon was a big reason for this. A few of these accomplishments below were driven by having a Patreon page and communicating with you all. This post itself is because of that pressure to actually produce. And so this post is...

🗓 24 Dec 2020
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Commissioned Art of Lana Zfhi!

Commissioned Art of Lana Zfhi!

There should be no surprises here. It started with Balon, it proceeded with Rayacha Chajaran, and now we are here with Lana Zfhi. I commissioned Erika Hollice, of course, to finish the ‘set’ and to bring Lana Zfhi to artistic life. I had a somewhat strong image going in of what this picture of Lana Zfhi would look like: Background was to be spider legs coming out from behind her Wooden fooring (like the Cathedral) Dress was a simple pale...

🗓 19 Dec 2020
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Commissioned Art of Rayacha Chajaran!

Commissioned Art of Rayacha Chajaran!

Since the Balon Zfnoctewoohi commission with Erika Hollice went so well, I decided to have Erika continue with Balon’s family. Specifically, Rayacha Chajaran and Lana Zfhi. In my mind, all three together would show the evolution of their sentiments: Rayacha closed, Lana reaching out but caged, and Balon open and ready. Instead of doing Lana Zfhi next, I decided on Rayacha Chajaran for a variety of personal reasons. I had a really good concept art of her to provide in...

🗓 21 Nov 2020
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Commissioned Art of King Fla'neiel!

Commissioned Art of King Fla'neiel!

I went outside my comfort zone with this art commission! I wanted to try something a bit more cartoon-y compared to the other more moodier artwork I’ve had commissioned. And I really wanted to get King or one of the more armored/alien characters done. So I commissioned Malgamma for King Fla’neiel (after some back and forth of figuring that out, haha)! The Process It was pretty easy and straightforward, as I had a great deal of references for King in...

🗓 01 Nov 2020
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Commissioned Art of Balon Zfnoctewoohi!

Commissioned Art of Balon Zfnoctewoohi!

I commissioned a new artist to do Balon Zfnoctewoohi. Balon is thus the first of the Trinity and the One to be commissioned! The artist’s name is Erika Hollice and I found her through ArtStation. I liked the colors and expressiveness of her artwork and felt like she could do a very compelling Balon. Balon in full! This is the first full body commission I’ve done, which introduced new questions: what do her legs look like? Her tail? And…the pose!...

🗓 14 Oct 2020
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Series Tarot Major Arcana Matching: Part 4 FINAL!

Series Tarot Major Arcana Matching: Part 4 FINAL!

The last part of the The Adventures of the Trinity and the One Tarot Major Arcana matching series. The final stretch of the Major Arcana are matched with characters and concepts from the series. Exciting stuff!

🗓 05 Sep 2020
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