These first three cards are prototypes, generally speaking. I put them together in the general way they will look but I plan on improving the fine detail at a later date. I'm working out the template and the overall 'look' of the deck at the moment.
I have several ideas for titles but nothing carved in stone. Incidentally, one of my working titles is 'Stone and Bone' as these two elements will be the theme of the design. The other is 'Corpse Cafe', but I am not sure about that because perhaps my subject matter will wander out of that realm at some point. Regardless, I'm in no hurry to decide, I've got 75 more cards to design and that should keep me busy for a good while. I'm confident a title will present itself when the time is right.
The Ace Of Wands here is represented by an open gate with a beckoning horizon. The spark of existence is created at the Ace of Wands, and although it is not possible to undo something once it has been done and we often have no control of what gets created in the world around us, there is a choice here. One does not have to enter the gate and pursue the glimmer projected in the spark. I have stood at this gate often and pondered my fate. This card has great meaning for me.
The gargoyle in this image came from the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Originally his duty was to protect the cathedral from rain damage and evil spirits but I felt he was longing to wander the city he had been surveying for over 600 years. I decided to let him loose in the Two Of Wands. Hopefully he will have the opportunity to travel the world. He looks longingly from his dark enclave and ponders his new found freedom.
My corpse in the Three Of Wands is actually doing a little surveying of his own. With either a telescope, or camera, he focuses his attention into a single frame of reference. Effort has just begun as he sits up in his coffin after a long sleep.