Okay, I know this is out of nowhere, but in the time since I was last posting more than once a month, I started seriously collecting tarot decks, almost all brand new decks that were being funded with Kickstarter. And over the past month or so, I kept thinking I wanted a Vocaloid deck. Only there sure weren’t any on Kickstarter looking for funding. (I don’t think I’ve checked Etsy for pre-existing ones, but I have a feeling there aren’t any.)
So I thought “why not try putting one together myself?” I mean, I can’t draw (outside of stick figures), but I can do a little bit with a simple 3D animation program called MikuMikuDance, or MMD for short. I hadn’t used it in years (still don’t remember most of the controls), but since I couldn’t focus to write the past couple mornings, I found myself playing around with it.
And now I have a preliminary rough draft of “The Fool” card.
I’m not 100% happy about any of it, but in some places I think I’m on the right track. I do absolutely like the stage, especially that view of a tower in the distance. And I like having her holding her signature leek in one hand. I don’t think Tako Luka was a good replacement for the dog after all, and the bag doesn’t seem to be working at the moment. I feel like maybe a backpack would be more appropriate, but it would have to be the right backpack. The pose is still pretty stiff, too. For that matter, I’m not sure if Mrs. Pumpkin was really the version of Miku I should use or not.
EDIT: Mrs. Pumpkin and Tako Luka are both going to be traded out. I want to use the Little Red Riding Hood-like costume from “Clover Club,” which includes a little plush wolf sitting on Miku’s head, so it’ll take the place of the dog, too. END EDIT
I need to find a better source of information about the symbolism and meaning of each card so I can tailor the choices of model and other elements better.
Anyway, I had fun with this, and I’m hoping to do all the cards eventually. I could put the graphics up as a “print and play” kind of thing. (For free, of course.)
Just felt like sharing. (Also didn’t feel like tackling my book reviews yet…) Is anyone out there interested in seeing the rest of the progression of the deck, or should I just keep it to myself?