The High Priestess is the second Major Arcana of the Tarot. Explaining its meaning would take took long and many books have been written about these things already. It’s best not to add more “bla bla” to it and let it speak for itself. Ultimately it’s all about perception and intuition, as any artwork is.
Original size: about 55100×3100 px
It’s been a while, eh?
I didn’t expect to finish anything else before the end of the year, but here it is.
This one is called “Blue Seeds”.
I felt like opening an old sketchy thumbnail I had done two years ago for an illustration about fairies (the one that I later named “Fairies & Berries”) and I saw that this version was still appealing to me, so I decided to finish it.
I ended up working in a different way, less realistic. I don’t know why it happened but I went along with it and I enjoyed the process. It’s not the first time I do it.
It’s a tendency I’m adopting more and more often. We’ll see where it leads.
Posted on 30 December '12 by Alejandro Dini, under Finished work. No Comments.
It took a while, but I finally finished this illustration of Shakti.
While I’m not a hinduist, I do like how they symbolize and conceptualize certain aspects of life.
Hindu deities are rich in symbolism and multiple meanings. What I decided to depict about Shakti is the feminine energy keeping the masculine serpent at bay, but not annihilating him. Both are needed.
I’ve added some more stuff in it, but I prefer not to be too wordy and just let it speak for what it is.
I’m glad I can finally move on, because I spent too much time on this work. I was struggling on it for some reasons, to the point where I lost my sense of judgement and had to ask my “illustratrix” friend Cinzia to tell me what she was seeing. It helped.
Sometimes I think that artwork, as anything in life, isn’t produced by a single person, but by the union of more than one intuitive and observing mind.
It’s ultimately a collective work. Even when we sit alone in our room or studio we are never lonely.
Posted on 6 August '12 by Alejandro Dini, under Finished work. 2 Comments.
Today I received the exciting news. “Alice in Nukeland” made it to Spectrum 19!
I had lost hope, thinking that the selection was over, so I was super surprised when I saw the email of confirmation.
Here’s “Alice in Nukeland” again.
This comes at the right time for me, because the year started very slowly. After my last illustration (“The Sacrifice of the Little Mermaid”) I started a new one, but after many days of work I realised I couldn’t connect to it. I wasn’t feeling it, if you know what I mean. The struggle was so great that I decided to simply drop the illustration.
Sometimes it’s the best thing to do instead of stubbornly insisting on something that doesn’t resonate with us. Besides, we shouldn’t get attached to whatever we do. Art is communication. If it doesn’t communicate to anyone, not even ourselves, what’s the point of it?
Also, we are the mediums through which our muses work. If we lose contact with the muse there’s no point in going forward.
I like the muse analogy.
At the same time I was feeling a new tendency in me, new themes and moods to explore, but they were not quite clear.
I was in that state of mind when suddenly, a few weeks ago, I caught a flu. A VERY bad one, with fever, cough and all the imaginable at once. I was floored for one entire week. I’m not the type of person who gets sick so easily and strongly. Clearly I was going through changes, not only art-wise but physically and mentally.
Things started to get better last week, I started something new that I’m liking and now I got the news from Spectrum, so finally the sun is shining again.
What a roller-coaster year. And it just started!
Posted on 24 April '12 by Alejandro Dini, under News. No Comments.
I finished one more illustration based on a famous fairy tale: “The Little Mermaid” by Andersen.
The actual story is more dramatic than its Disney counterpart. There’s a religious undertone to it, something rather common in Andersen’s tales.
I personally don’t resonate with religious themes, they normally don’t inspire me to do anything of interest. However in this story I found an element that I liked, which is what I depicted.
The Little Mermaid’s martyrdom (represented through the story by her constant bleeding and initial sacrifice to enter the human world) well represents the condition of women (or better, the Yin energy) in our male dominated societies.
Earth itself (“Mother” Earth) is constantly being sacrificed by chauvinistic male imperialism, in the name of an illusory expansion with no end that only bring destruction.
On the contrary, the female side (or the divine Shakti if you like) is a creative force that now more than ever should be restored. Art itself is Shakti, because art is creation.
I realized that subconsciously this has been a topic I’ve always more or less represented in my illustrations, because I’ve always felt the effects of these unbalanced energies all around me, particularly in society.
It’s the story of the world, isn’t it? I guess we already have an idea of where it leads. It’s time to consider changing our points of view in life and rebuild ourselves and our perceptions.
Anyway, enough talking.
I hope you like it.
Posted on 20 February '12 by Alejandro Dini, under Finished work. No Comments.