Weekly Update 3/6/18 – Anxiety, Distraction, and Missing Deadlines – but YES the comic is FINALLY available!

Hey guys! Julian here.

It has been an exhausting month. Couple of months. Year? I don’t know. I’m pretty much too exhausted from anxiety to really calculate it! My (clinical) anxiety has been overwhelming lately and I’ve struggled to even go to work. BUT. Many good things are happening too.

I had gotten badly distracted working on Tarot projects, which is fine except that I’d set myself a deadline and didn’t meet it. Which frustrates me. But I did finally finish it…and here it is!!

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My Life On The Sidelines: The Not-So-Magical World of Magical Girls, As Explained By Joel Rowan – Prologue: This Is Not My Story.

But you can call it the MLOTS Prologue. (I do.)

It’s a 24page stapled comic booklet and is available here at my Etsy shop. You can get it for under $5 USD because it’s on sale this month, and the shipping is very affordable! I’m really proud to have this under my belt, and I promise, the next chapter is coming soon. 🙂


 

It’s time for the next project though. My second big project this year, the biggest project, is to create my first 79-card Tarot deck. (Yes, it’s going to have a bonus card, as many indie decks do. I’m actually keeping that 79th card a secret until it’s available for purchase.)

*Please note that I’m not talking about the Starcatcher Oracle here – that is a more personal project; this is something that is going to be available for sale next year (mid 2019).

The theme of the deck has shifted a lot and is more about my experience of spirituality, and my memories of the Other Side. (It’s even currently called the Otherside Tarot!) [Note: This Tarot deck was later renamed the Julian Tarot.] It’s all about the struggles and beauty of being a spiritual being having a physical experience, as they say.

It’s going to be in more or less my usual art style, but will be colored in colored pencil, which I love using. The themes include the power of spirituality, acceptance, personal development, and shadow work; the look and feel of the Other Side; and lots and lots of pastels, angels, and high-vibe energy. A lot of it is influenced by my own recovery process from addiction, mental illness, and trauma, and I want to not only depict those processes (in a gentle way), but create a tool to be used in such processes.

It will take the better part of a year to do all this art, and it may very well take the rest of this year, but I am determined to create this deck and have it released on my 30th birthday (in mid 2019). I truly want to create something worthwhile, and whether it sells well or not, I intend to really put my energy and my soul into this deck, this tool, this creation.

With that being said, here’s a teaser…

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This is my 10 of Swords. It’s an image of one being forgiving another for harm done, and cutting the energetic cords that bind them together in that cycle of shame, guilt, anger, and resentment. Forgiveness, combined with true compassion, does not absolve the abuser of their actions, but it does free BOTH abuser and victim from the bondage and fallout of that trauma.

I know this isn’t exactly a traditional 10 of Swords, but it’s what the 10 of Swords means to me, and I think it’s a slightly more helpful image, perhaps, at least in some situations, than the traditional image of a man lying dead with swords piercing him through.

Anyway, yeah, that’s what I’m working on right now. Please subscribe in order to stay updated whenever I post about this and other projects. Thanks for all your support, and have a really excellent day!

~Julian

Announcing the Millennial Mystic Tarot!

Yes, I’m finally making a page for my upcoming Tarot deck – and I’ve named it!

“Millennial Mystic” started out as a joke name for this Tarot deck, a comment on how I was embracing millennial styles and attitudes for the illustrations. I was also tuning into the magic and mysticism of millennial spirituality.

But after some discussion (partly in a YouTube video comment of all things!), I realized that young people around my age might actually really connect with a millennial-magic-themed deck. I started to take it seriously, and to embrace the style I was already heading for.

Bring on the man-buns, anime eyes, and endless Himalayan salt lamps. We’re entering the world of Millennial Mysticism and exploring it through the imagery of the Tarot.

This is gonna be a long-term project (it’s taken me week just to put together a few cards), but I am confident that it will be a good one. 🙂 Stay tuned for updates about the project – and, when the time comes, how to pre-order!

You can read more about the project here: http://julianjaymes.com/works/mmtarot.

~Julian

Creating My First Tarot Deck!

Hey y’all! Big news…

I am currently working on my first original Tarot deck!

Yep, I’m finally doing a proper full Tarot deck. It’s going to be full color and fully illustrated, and will largely follow the Rider-Waite-Smith system. I’m drawing inspiration a lot from the Millennial generation – no, please don’t wince; we’re not ALL bad. (Mostly. Not all.)

I’m bringing in a lot of the “aesthetics” (sadly accepting that this is the new meaning of this word) that have become so popular on online platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and yes, to an extent, Tumblr. The “boho/hippie” revival will be featured in the suit of Wands; “pastel goth” and Lolita fashion in the Cups; “emo/scene” in the Swords; and, my personal favorite, the “Witchy Aesthetic” in the Pentacles (what other suit could I choose?).

I also intend to incorporate, to an extent, the Millennial attempt to embrace diversity. I realize that this is probably a controversial decision, since representation is so painfully heavy-handedly (and badly) overdone in a lot of media. I do not intend to, like some movies and TV series, populate my world with a perfect collection of token stereotypes (which is not, by the way, good representation). Representation in Tarot and in art is a topic for another blog (perhaps a series) but rest assured that not everyone in my deck will be a fully-abled neurotypical straight white cis male who conforms to all of society’s rules about how he should behave.

Nope, I get bored WAY too easily to just stick with THAT. 😉

I’ve completed two cards.

Eight of Swords:
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Four of Wands:
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These are just very rough previews – the actual cards will likely be quite different.

If you’d like to hear more about the process of creating these cards, here’s a video I made rambling about everything from Cardcaptor Sakura to inaccurate representation in media to Instagram and Pinterest fashion boards…

Yes, it’s a terrible thumbnail. No, I don’t like YouTube either.

I also have a big announcement to make soon, though I can’t make it yet because it’s a collaboration of sorts, and I don’t make a habit of revealing my commissioned works before the commissioner permits it. But rest assured…something big is in the works. Something…epic.

~Julian