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The Knight of Cups by ThisMechaJunkie The Knight of Cups by ThisMechaJunkie
A young Knight gundam gazes upon a cup he holds gently but firmly in his hand. Within the cup, there resides a violet rose; a symbol of love. The Knight of Cups often refers to a young man of high intelligence, and a romantic dreamer. Should he appear in a woman's reading, it could mean the Seeker is falling in love with such a man, or, a coming and going of a matter involving the heart.

Stupid scanner cut off the bottom of this, which says "Knight of Cups", and gives this more of a 'Tarot card-ish' appearance. :P I'll post a bigger phtoto eventually...

A long while ago, I had an idea to turn all of the Transformers Animated characters into playing cards, but I never did finish that idea. However, recently, I had another idea.

Most of you know (okay, maybe not) that I practice reading Tarot cards. They're my life... and I read out of my Tarot book daily. I had plans to draw Zero, but then, suddenly, it hit me; who more perfect to put on a Tarot card then the Winged Knight, Zero?

So, yesterday, I sketched this, and earlier today, since nobody was online, I finished colouring it with sharpies and watercolours, as usual. Despite the shading, I'm quite happy with the result. c: Not sure about the shading, but I lost my twist-up crayon that I usually use to shade and had to mix black and white paint to shade it. What do you think?

And if anyone doesn't get the passage, allow me to explain; in Tarot, just like a standard playing card deck, we have picture cards; the Pages, Knights, Queens, and Kings. (in that order) The court cards (that's what they're called) represent people; Pages are young boys and girls, Knights are young meen, Queens are women, and Kings are older men. (older Tarot decks don't have Queens, though; the Knight holds her place instead) Also, each Minor Achana (the four groups; Swords, Cups, Pentacles, and Wands; think of them as the Diamonds, hearts, spades, and clubs in a playing deck) represents different aspects of life; Swords= action, Cups= Emotions, Pentacles= Money, and Wands= business. I'll leave you to Google the rest.

So, there is my long and worsy description. Don't hesitate to critique; I reaaaaaaaaaaaally need it. ;_;

Zero belongs to Bandai.
Art is mine. :heart:
Time Taken; Two days.
Done while listening to; "Alluring Secret ~Black Vow~" by Kagamine Rin/Len.
Inspired by; Tarot, and info obtained from Eden Grey's book "Mastering the Tarot".

And technically, I am an Atheist, btw. I don't worship any god, but Tarot isn't worship, and has no magic about it. Though, Tarot is considered religious... so I guess you could call me spiritual. :P
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DarkDragonGirl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Very interesting! I never heard of Tarot cards before so this is all new to me. But I like how you fit the concept with Zero. It sounds like him! XP I think the shading came out nice. Love the highlights on him. Love, love the highlights. The coloring looks very smooth. And I have to say, with each submission, you are improving with your gundams! :)
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ThisMechaJunkie Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I'm sure you may have seen them but never knew the name. Have you ever seen those fortunetellers with cards layed out in front of them saying 'hey, let me read your future... for a price' and stuff?

But thanks! :la: It's always been a goal of mine to make my art evolve, so that means alot to me. :glomp:
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serzero Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
very nice concept and very nice pic. And I never thought about it, as my own Tarot deck is the Celtic Dragon Tarot and I can't bring to mind the artwork on the Knight of Cups, but Zero certainly does match the concept!

What would be the reverse meaning, or do you believe in the reverse meanings of the cards?
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ThisMechaJunkie Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I did agree with that. x3 At first I thought he'd be a Knight of Wands because of his eye colour (Wands in the court cards represent people with blonde hair and blue eyes physical appearance-wise) but the Knight of Cups is much more suiting to him. c: :heart: My deck is a Ukiyoe Tarot deck. They're so pretty.

And, according to my book, (I haven't memorized the meanings, haha *bricked*) a reversed Knight of Cups can symbolize a young man whose dishonest, or, when it's not talking about a person, it means deception or thievery... but it's never come up in any of my readings, so I wounldn't know for sure.
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serzero Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
One thing I love about the Celtic Dragon Tarot is that it doesn't have reverse meanings. So whether the cards come up right side up or up side down, it still means the same thing.

Oh, wow, I just looked up Ukiyoe Tarot deck on amazon, those are beautiful! <3

Here's a sample of mine: [link]

Anywho, just wanted to say I think the art and the concept are awesome. :D
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ThisMechaJunkie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I personally think the meanings are the same from deck to deck, just different symbols for every deck (I use two books; one for the White Rider deck that I carry around and the other that my dad uses that's a King Author deck) but I know some people have different ways of reading the tarot, so yeah. :shrug: Personally, I do read reverse meanings, but I know my dad doesn't.

Oh yeah, they are. :heart: I've known the deck I have my whole life (both of my parents practice Tarot) but that deck is really pretty too. That's my personal favourite thing about Tarot; there are so many decks to choose from, yet each deck chooses it's own master, and you could even create your own.

And thanks! :glomp: I really have to do more like this, and I even considered doing one of the Daishogun, considering he doesn't get much fanart and that I've never drawn him before.
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serzero Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I found my cards last night and guess which was on top? Knight of Cups, right side up. I love Tarot. It doesn't lie and cards that are attuned to you know exactly what you need. I'm really glad you posted this, it gave me a reminder to get my deck out again! :hug:

Ooh, that would be amazing. I think he would be the Magician, honestly.
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ThisMechaJunkie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, coincidence~ :iconiloveitplz: I do agree, Tarot does such good things for people who give it a chance.

Actually, I thought of making him the King of Wands or King of Pentacles, but I think you may be right! :glomp: The major achana suit him much better.
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serzero Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I was looking for some basic meanings, not having my own book close to hand and found this:

Traveling on his way, the Fool first encounters a Magician. Skillful, self-confident, a powerful magus with the infinite as a halo floating above his head, the Magician mesmerizes the Fool. When asked, the Fool gives over his bundled pack and stick to the Magician. Raising his wand to heaven, pointing his finger to Earth, the Magician calls on all powers. Magically, the cloth of the pack unfolds upon the table, revealing its contents.

To the Fool's eyes, it is as if the Magician has created the future with a word. All the possibilities are laid out, all the directions he can take: The cool, airy Sword of intellect and communication, the fiery Wand of passions and ambition, the overflowing Chalice of love and emotions, the solid Pentacle of work, possessions and body.

With these tools, the Fool can create anything, make anything of his life. But here's the question, did the Magician create the tools, or were they already in the pack? Only the Magician knows - and on this mystery, our eloquent mage refuses to say a word.


Doesn't that fit our DaiShogun?
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ThisMechaJunkie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy crap, that DOES fit the Daishogun quite well. O.o I gotta look further though, but thanks for the idea! :glomp:
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