Students within my Communication Design program are tasked with the challenge to make four illustrations based on the four seasons.
This project was conceptualized into illustrations for tarot cards. These cards in particular are the first cards of each of the four suits in the Minor Arcana of a tarot deck. The suits are referred to as Cups, Wands, Pentacles, and Swords. Each suit corresponds with one of the four elements; Cups represent water, Wands represent fire, Pentacles represent earth, and Swords represent air. With this information, you can gather that Cups signify Spring, Wands signify Summer, Pentacles signify Autumn, and Swords signify winter. Each card features different poisonous plants that grow during each card's designated season. Poisonous plants have played an important part in witchcraft for ages. The Ace of Cups features Lilies of the Valley and the Wisteria tree. The Ace of Wands feature Belladonnas. The Ace of Pentacles features the Autumn Crocus. The Ace of Swords features Mistletoe. Poisonous plants are deadly, but also very beautiful and tempting. To capture the organic and elegant essence of poisonous plants, these vector illustrations were influenced by the art nouveau style, with reminiscence of the linocut printmaking technique.
This project was a personal success that made an astonishing addition to my portfolio, which led to potential for the project to expand. This artwork was later used in a festival branding portfolio project called Poison Path. Poison Path is a Summer Solstice festival where modern witches are invited to expand their knowledge on these beautiful, yet baneful beings.