The Fool

March 12th, 2011

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Here’s a higher-res image of Luther as the Fool.

Adding the book, the watch, and swapping the little dog for the wolf were all fun notions to carry out, as was swapping the mountains for the treeline.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of people who are mostly familiar with the Rider Waite tarot assume that the little white dog is this handsome young troubadour’s loyal pet. In the history of tarot depictions of this card, however, the dog is an angry local mutt actively trying to bite the Fool. The Fool isn’t always a happy young Bohemian, either.

Here’s the original, by Pamela Coleman Smith, under the art direction of Rider and Waite:

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And here’s the Fool from the version of the older Tarot de Marseille deck, by Jean Dodal:

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January 26th, 2011



I’m easing back into Facebook and Tumblr, to give readers a way to keep up with Family Man, consolidate all those disparate accounts, and to encourage some more random creativity from myself. But I have my predictable misgivings. 

As usual, Tom Gauld has the exact right thing to say about it all.

July 5th, 2010



By an unknown artist:  Jigoku Dayu, the “Hell Courtesan.”  (I can’t help but suspect that’s a mediocre translation.)

April 1st, 2010



Kali Ciesemier is absolutely nailing her illustrations for Garth Nix’s wonderful dark fantasy YA novel, Sabriel, over at Picture Book Report.  Arg!  So lovely!

March 21st, 2010



Sempé is easily one of my favorite cartoonists of all time.  He can evoke space, light, inner experience, society, poignancy and whimsy all in one sweet and accessible image.  (click for fullsize)

March 11th, 2010



Grammar, by Sebald Beham. There are a lot of old illustrations depicting the classical liberal arts: there’s a whole slew of them here.

March 7th, 2010



An (unattributed) image that manages to be delightful in half a dozen different ways.  Courtesy group fashion-history blog La Mode Illustree.

March 4th, 2010



Another set of comparisons between images with a common subject matter.  This time:  the biblical tableau of Judith and Holofernes!  I love depictions of this scene.  It’s a pleasant bit of evil to see a woman inflicting the violence for once.

Depictions are split between the actual beheading and the triumphal head-displaying; I favored the first one, but have included my favorite sassy head-trophy interpretation.

March 3rd, 2010



Tom Gauld again, aptly demonstrating (for Museums Journal) why I do narrative illustration instead of conceptual art.

March 2nd, 2010



Two self-portraits from painter George F. Watts,  at age 17 (in 1834) and at age 77.

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