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HP Tarot - 4 The Emperor by Ellygator HP Tarot - 4 The Emperor by Ellygator
(2008) 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" Pencil on Paper. Processed and framed in Photoshop.

Arcana 3 and 4, the Empress and the Emperor, stand for the archetypes of mother and father. So from Harry's perspective I decided they'd have to be Lily and James.

James is shown with his animagus form, the stag, seeing that that ability of his had so much influence throughout the story, by determining both Harry's and ultimately through Lily even Snape's patronus.

I wanted to contrast his surroundings from those of Lily by showing her in a form of domesticated nature in a garden, and his out in the wild of the forest.

Again I worked with the actor who portrayed him in photos and as a ghost. I also used stock from :iconailinstock: as reference for the cloaked torso and hand holding the staff

As a card the Emperor signifies the male order of things. Patriarchy has gotten a bad rap since the 19th century - two world wars instigated and fought by men and the rape of the natural world by 19th century ideas of capitalism will do that to you - but there are positive sides to it as well: civilization, laws and rules of society, science and research that cures and improves mankind's lot, the willingness to take the lead, to take responsibility, to provide and to keep the weak ones safe are also attributes of this card.

The Emperor and Empress work best when they are in harmony, when they respect each other's strengths and weaknesses and support each other. The Empress out of control is tsunamies and earthquarkes, the natural world grinding us into the ground to reshape mankind into the next experiment of evolution without regard for intelligence, beauty or emotion. The Emperor out of control is polluted air, radioactive waste, the intricacies of science abused to kill the earth and other people for the illusion of absolute power and control.
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Micky-P Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Its nice to find somebody who appreciates the need for balance between the masculine and feminine principles as you have communicated through your Emperor and Empress tarot.

I've been getting sick of the "men are responsible for all evil, if we had a matriarchal goddess worshiping society everything would be sunshine and happiness" crap that pours from every orifice of the wiccan and pagan community *rolls eyes*

I'll keep an eye on the status of your deck, if it every gets into wider production I guarantee you it wont be long before I have your deck in my collection.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I think if we go into the extreme of denying us access to the values of the male archetype after we have devalued the female for many centuries, we are doing ourselves the same kind of disservice as our ancestors, just in the opposite way. Maybe eventually we will end up in the middle and be more enlightened...

I have had so many positive experiences with the males in my life who have been fathers, protectors, lovers, friends and mentors, I have to honor that.
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pootoo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Oooh.. you made him look so much like Harry's dad should look.. like an older Harry but... wiser, love the .. I can't think of the name of his summon guy.. any way, love it!
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primulatook Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
a wonderful representation of the emperor
beautifully drawn in every aspect...
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:iconlyanyne:
lyanyne Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Oh, this is great, as always! I like how you still managed to keep some resemblance to Harry in his facial structure.

I have been remiss in checking on your deviations recently, but everything's been so mad that I keep losing track of myself! :blush:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I had to think about that card for a while, but once I had settled on the stag, it all seemed to come together quite naturally.
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lyanyne Featured By Owner May 11, 2008
You're welcome! =D
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jonas-took Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
He was not perfect: but he was loyal, a leader and someone who defined what was good and bad. He was completed by Lily and would have grown to be someone great had he not been cut short. Great picture!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It was interesting to have a character that was very little determined visually from the movies. Almost felt like drawing the four founders for the Aces.
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emey Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
w:Ow.....awesome proof of amazing talent....:-) :peace:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconemey:
emey Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NO problem you are most welcome.
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Klint Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
I like it, especially the stag...
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. It's the first one I've ever drawn.
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silverb Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
Excellent job,as always.
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baby-snakes Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
the foreshortening is pretty much right on.. that I can see.. the antlers are great too. and i like how you have the necklace there.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Traditionally the Emperor is associated with Aries, so I somehow had to bring a gratuitous aries symbol in there, the necklace seemed like it was the ticket.
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baby-snakes Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
Im a symbolism freak - I love tidbits like that..
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ErilisVampyre Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Another fitting and beautiful card.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I had fun drawing the stag - my first one ever...
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Sorazblack Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Pleasure for the eye:clap:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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Owll Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Great work! Very interesting composition!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I was afraid the very foreshortened stag would look odd. Fortunately he turned out all right.
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Aya-87 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008   Traditional Artist
I think that's perfect. I love the stag. It matches the pic perfectly.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I am so glad you like it.
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Aya-87 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008   Traditional Artist
you're welocme :)
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geniferrose Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
if it wasn't illegal I would suggest you sell these cards. Really you've done a good job with them. I think Ms. Rowling would nod in approval.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I am meaning to submit samples to her publishers and ask for permission. Maybe they're okay with it if they get a share. If not I may print off a limited edition myself. It won't be as cheap as commercially available decks, but I found a way to make the quality just as good...
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
I love your HP Tarot deck!

As always, your explanations for each individual card is both rich and informative. I love to read each individual explanation as it really gives you a nice look into both the magic of each Tarot card and your ideas for creating it. I also love that you use a lot from both the HP books and movies to complete the overall feeling of the cards.

As always, your design is amazing and your drawing skill is always at the same height and strenght. It still amazes me how much detail you get into each and every single one of your Tarot creations. This just proves that you are an amazing artist with a keen sense for details, background creations and emotions.

It's always nice to see how many different kinds of people and animals you can draw. You seem to give every single card its own life and beauty. I'm not able to name a favourite among this amazing Tarot deck - I have to have the whole package!

By the way, I love the stag. It looks amazing!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I love how this project stretches my abilities and helps me develop. I have never drawn that many different faces - male, female, young, old etc. and so many different accessories and environments. This for example was my first stag... I think I will have grown so much as a draughtswoman when this is over.
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
I love how this Tarot project of yours helps you to develop your skills as a pencil artist. It's amazing to see the stag and then to know that this is the first stag you have ever drawn. I'm amazed! Normally, I have to draw an animal a couple of times before I get it right. I also love to look at all the different and small details you bring to the cards and the character's environments and the explanations you give for choosing that particular environment for that particular character. I do believe that when this project is done, then you will be an even more amazing draughtswoman than you ever were - but even now, you are the best!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, it used to be the same for me. All this new stuff has taught me to really, really look, though. In fact I am trying to forget what I think I "know" about an object and just really, really look at the reference without prejudice and bias. It seems to work better than drawing what you only think you see....
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
Maybe I should try doing the same! Maybe it will work!
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horai Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
I can only think this must have been so difficult to draw from the perspective point of view. Great work. :clap:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I really thought the foreshortened stag would turn out wonky, but in the end it looked quite all right, I think.
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horai Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
You definitely got it perfectly but I'm still wondrous at how. :D
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sambau Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For a moment I was sure it is Harry :D Deer looks amazing, so much with so simple pencil strokes!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I wanted to try and have some family resemblance going. I think that's why they cast that particular actor to begin with...
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dgtrekker Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I like how you worked his patronus into the pic, very well done.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I enjoyed drawing the stag - my first one. In Germany they are mostly the topic of old greasy oil paintings hung in smoky country pubs, and no one in their right mind would draw one, but I loved it...
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dgtrekker Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It came out very well, I'm really impressed with it being your first.
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ErilisVampyre Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
You are welcome.
Heh...then the ones who made those old greasy oil paintings must have been crazy indeed...or loved creating them just a much as you did.
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angelbaby88 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Student General Artist
well i like it very cool!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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angelbaby88 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Student General Artist
welcum!
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eris23discordia Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
:clap: I like the way the solid outlines of each figure (especially the stag) make the whole composition feel two dimensional at first glance, but inside the outline each figure is amazingly 3D. Makes it kind of Nouveau-like. :)
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I am so glad you like the effect. That was exactly what I was going for!
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yoboseiyo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
very cool.
i love the pose and the stag is wonderful.
great job.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! The stag was a challenge: the foreshortened body, the fact that stags really are only in old greasy oil paintings in country lodges etc. But it was fun.
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