Spooky Cats Tarot Kickstarter Project

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halloween-artistWe’re excited to announce that our campaign is now over 80% funded on Kickstarter. Click here to see the campaign. So many great people, so many destinations for the decks; USA, Israel, UK, Canada, Europe, Australia and for the first time ever, South Korea. As a lover of maps and geography, seeing the locations is really exciting.

So this evening I’m getting a few more of the cards drawn between giving out candy to the Trick or Treaters 🙂

Working on the cards has been really great for my sanity lol…I’m serious! Being diagnosed with diabetes about a month ago, has been a little hard, I must admit, and of course I see the irony in drawing a bunch of candy throughout the cards!

halloween-tarot-catsDrawing is very therapeutic and allows you to forget about things for awhile. You’re able to immerse yourself in this little world that you create. In a way I feel I “exist” in this little Halloween Spooky Cats world while I draw it, and when Halloween ends tomorrow…well, It won’t be ending for me. I can deal with that. My Halloween will last, most likely, well into the Christmas season, as I bring these little characters to life.

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Our Halloween Deck

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With just 22 hours left before the Kiddy Katz / Spooky Cats campaign is over, we want to give a great big thank you to all of you who have shared and contributed to our campaign. The support has been really appreciated.

There’s still time to guarantee a New Years gift for yourself or a friend.

Here’s a little insight into what went into a few of our Spooky Cats cards…

spooky-cats-halloween-cupsThe 4 of Cups is inspired by a stuffed toy I always wanted for Christmas but never got. It was called “My Pet Monster”. Like many toys, the commercial appeared on television and captivated me. Looking back on it now, of course, the same toy doesn’t seem so exciting, but I remember how it made me feel. I’m inclined to think that it was a popular toy at the time and possibly they had sold out and so Santa just wasn’t able to deliver lol.

One of the things I enjoy about creating imagery for decks is that you can add personal things into the cards without necessarily having to take away from the overall meaning of the card. Most of the cards include personal meanings to me, but will probably not mean anything specific to anyone else.

With the 4 of Cups, I thought I would recreate that mood all over again, only this time the little figure has the “My Pet Monster” costume and is trying to enjoy Halloween.

So as you can see I had to take quite a few liberties with the design, just to make it tarot-kids-monster-cats-halloweenappear more interesting, since the real character is in the face. Since I didn’t want to wipe out every feline aspect, I decided to keep the face uncovered. For the most part though it does bear some similarities.

I enjoy reading about some people’s thoughts on the “energy” behind cards. I’ve even heard some readers say that certain decks are “soulless”. Not mine thankfully, but it does remind one that some readers do pay attention, not just to the imagery on the cards, but the personality behind them.

In this link you can see the commercial that influenced me as a kid.

Next up is the Three of Brooms.

kiddy-katz-tarot-kittens-cats-three-wandsThe little kitty looks out into the distance. This was inspired by the many nights I sat looking out into the distance at my parent’s house. This is one memory that has become a recurring theme and was and is very important to me. The horizon was full of promise. There was, what appeared a kind of phantom Ferris wheel, along with the shimmering lights of a Carousel; complete with the plastic horses that bob up and down. It was very beautiful, almost like the promise of a child’s view of heaven.

When I eventually grew up, the Carousel disappeared. In reality it was never really there. Instead what I was seeing was a faraway town. To this day, though, I still see the dancing Carousel far in the distance. It still shimmers like it did when I was just a child.

Every time I see the Three of Wands and the figure looking out into the distance, I tarot-cats-halloweenalways think about the feeling I used to get when I looked out and thought I saw something really great.

For our next card we visit The Devil card. It made perfect sense to use the theme of the deck to lead me in certain directions! Since much of Halloween for a child involves costumes and becoming someone else for a day, some of the costumes made perfect sense.

spooky-cats-tarot-devilThis costume was really influenced by the movie Problem Child. This was one of my favourite movies growing up as a kid and my particular favourite scene was Jr not really being invited to the little girl’s party. The reason being is that the little girl feels Jr isn’t a “real kid” because he’s adopted. Rather tragic, but of course Jr gets his own back; dressed as a mischievous little devil he completely ruins her party.

For those wondering about the little creature to the left of our costumed devil; that would be a Devil’s Coach Horse, (although I grew up knowing it with the unflattering name of “Coffin Cutter”) It was my neighbour who gave it that name, but now in the days of the Internet, a google search confirms that that name “Coffin Cutter” is actually is a nickname of a particular Crayfish.

Regardless, the Devil’s Coach Horse used to scare me when I would play around in the dirt with plastic army figures.

To round this little article up, we’ll close with the 6 of Cups.

The greatest of joys! As a kid growing up in Ireland, there was little fanfare in kiddy-katz-6-cups-cats-tarotHalloween merchandise. A few cheap plastic masks, sparklers, and fireworks for the adults. As you can imagine then, some of the best fun was actually creating our own masks, usually hewn from the back of Rice Krispies boxes, and coloured with pens, but sometimes paint brushes.

The 6 of Cups is usually viewed as revisiting childhood.
In the 6 of Cups for the Kiddy Katz Tarot, it features an elderly Kiddy Kat, complete with Apple Pie in the window. That card was inspired by my grandma who I looked after in her later life and who passed to the other side last year. With these kind of decks I feel that I can add a little bit more personality into them. Obviously every deck has its personality; King’s Journey, Twisted Tarot Tales etc, they all have a different feel to them. Regardless of the deck, it’s inevitable that the artist will leave behind their personality in at least a few of the cards but I really feel these last few decks resonate the most with me

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The Spooky Cats Tarot

 

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I’d like to introduce you to a whole new set of Kiddy Katz cards; this time with a Halloween inspired theme. We call it the Spooky Cats Tarot, although it has a more Halloween holiday feel to it.

If you’re like us, you’ll probably enjoy the feeling of Halloween long after Halloween has past, so I feel that the deck will be enjoyable to read with, regardless of the time of year.

The deck is full of fancy costumes, jack o lanterns, creepy spiders, bats and much more.

The good thing about working on a new deck is the ability to keep sharing new artwork during the campaign to draw attention to our Kiddy Katz decks, but also to give our followers a little Halloween themed Spooky cats artwork each day. (Update: The deck is now complete)

Spooky-Cats-Tarot-2-wands-brooms-halloweenThe Spooky Cats deck consists of the suit of Pumpkins (Coins), Brooms (Wands), Swords and Cups and of course the Majors. To the left is our 2 of Brooms where our kitty is dressed as a kind of Dracula character.

My world was a little rocked in August when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It came as a shock to me as I never thought myself a great consumer of sugar, although I must admit that as an Irishman I had grown fond of Irish Whiskey over the years and it must have taken its toll.

At first I did not want to accept that I was diabetic, nor did I want to sign up to all the clubs and groups they advise you to be a part of. I didn’t want to officially “join the club” and I probably won’t, even though I have accepted that I have diabetes. I was in shock for a time, and started feeling depressed. I thought about announcing it on Facebook but thought better of it. Hurricane Harvey had struck the U.S, and Houston and other parts were badly affected. My diabetes blues paled in comparison. I decidedkiddy-katz-tarot-kittens-cats-three-wands that Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I would keep drawing cat images. I do not know if anyone will like them, but I do. When I wake up in the morning and see what I drew the previous day, it is these simple things that allow me to not feel too annoyed about now being a diabetic. It allows me to take my mind off my worries.

Of course I see the irony in drawing tonnes of candy in many of these cards when I’ve been completely sugar free throughout it’s creation. Candy corn, tootsie rolls and gummy worms feature among the candy in this deck, but alas I shall see none of it throughout Halloween…alright, so maybe a few, who knows lol.

There is something very therapeutic about drawing pictures everyday and I thank, not only those who buy my artwork (in whatever form it takes) but I am also grateful to those who hire me for their own projects.

Thank you for reading this article and for your continued support. If you think you may interested in this deck, you can check out our store page when it becomes available.

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New Spooky Cats Tarot Cards

spooky-tarot-cats-kittensI think my favorite card has to be the High Priestess Tarot Reader. She’s reading fortune-teller-tarot-cat-halloween-spookywith a few of the unused, but fully finished, card images from our Kiddy Katz Tarot (6 of Coins, 4 of Cups and 9 of Cups to be precise) and has a little spider overseeing her readings.

Another favorite is the 4 of Wands, as the owner of the house peers out the window looking for trick-or-treaters but perhaps finding none…or at least, that is how I feel myself at times lol. The past few years I’ve had a pumpkin bucket full of candy and no one seems to show up. Then again I think the idea of trick-or-treating has never fully taken off in my local town.

I also like the Ace of Cups where we see two kids coming up the pathway; the one in front with a pumpkin mask. I am also rather fond of the 7 of Cups and 2 of Pumpkins as they feature the iconic Freddy Krueger costume! lol

We’re still happily working on our Spooky Cats Tarot each day and will continually update the Indiegogo campaign page when we have more sketches and finished cards. The deck celebrates that most spooky time of year.

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