Ashley Simmons

The Fortunate Few

Ever since I was a child I’ve been intrigued by magical and mystical things. It’s no surprise that when I discovered tarot cards, I was fascinated with them immediately. When I decided to make a series of tarot illustrations as my project, it was only a matter of figuring out which cards to make, and what type of style I wanted to go for. I was inspired heavily by Art Nouveau styles, especially the works of Alphonse Mucha, J. C. Leyendecker, and Hector Guimard. Mucha’s use of soft color and graphic, bold lines was something I find myself emulating often in my artwork. Guimard’s work inspired the decorative borders and flowing lines within my art. Leyendecker is an artist I have always admired for his figurative work, therefore influencing how I created my poses. Combining my love for drawing the human form, linework, and fantasy, I was able to bring this series of illustrations to life in a way that represents not only my love of tarot but also the strengths I have as an artist.

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