Strange Tarot :: Major Arcana


This is the #StrangeTarot – a pack of 22 Major Arcana, based on the Tarot de Marseille and the TV adaptation of “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell”, the book by Susanna Clarke. Each card represents a card in traditional Tarot pack, as well as a character, place, object, idea, or event from the TV show.
That’s the general idea.
Now, to the specifics…


Each card has its meaning, and every character/place/etc. was chosen according to the concept of the traditional Marseilles’ pack, just because (surprise, surprise) I know how to read Tarot, and this particular choice makes sense.

I won’t be painting Minor Arcana for this pack because the thought of a card reading while using the portraits of real people doesn’t sit well with me. This is more like a kind of art in such a queer form, than an actual pack for reading.

I will be printing some copies out. They won’t fit for most readings, as I’ve told you above. But they can be a curious keepsake, or a souvenir, so if you want one, let me know. As soon as I figure out how much it will cost to arrange the printing, I’ll tell you.

These are a form of fan art — so, in case you want one of them in (more or less) HQ for personal use, feel free to poke me, and I’ll send you the file you need.

In case you get the digital file and feel like you want to pay me afterwards, these are the options you can use:
— go and donate to charity;
— go and support the actors/filmmakers/writers who made this possible;
— go and hug Edward Hogg. Or Bertie Carvel. Or Enzo Cilenti. Or anyone from the show — if you manage to catch them at some stage door, and ONLY if they aren’t against that, of course. I can only wonder if any of you actually does that… xD

Stray tuned for more creepy art; I’ll take a short break and will be back with more madness ;}

Sincerely not yours,

Si non confectus…

…non reficiat, если вы понимаете, о чём мы.


Once upon a time I’ve made this a t-shirt design; and I feel like it should be a free one.
Download link for transparent PNG for black and white versions is…
…можно скачать чёрную и белую версии надписи в приличном для печати на футболки качестве.
И — да, никто не просит за это денег, потому что.


Кстати, русскоязычный народ может заказать это сразу и с принтдиректа: версии «чёрное на сером» и «белое на чёрном» есть в женском варианте уже готовые, а в мужском присобачить — дело пяти минут)))

Material Stuff | Об овеществлённом

Всякое бывало. Футболки были. Постеры были. Открытки и фартуки. Кружки и магнитики на холодильник. Но чтобы что-то, выпрыгнувшее из нашего разума, да стало частью другого живого организма — это впервые. Материальнее просто уже некуда, посему Док последние несколько часов просто сидит и молча смотрит.


We’ve been trough a lot of things. We tried t-shirts. Posters. Postcards and aprons. Cups and magnets. But seeing something you created as a part of another living being — that’s something else entirely. Nothing more material comes to mind; therefore, your faithful .doc just sits and stares now.

А, вот ещё какие штуки у нас теперь есть; может, сподобимся мерчендайз устроить
Oh, we also have these now; which might be merchandise one day



On Magician’s Opinions, Parkinson’s UK, and all the hiatus jazz.

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Since this is the last image I’m posting here for the foreseeable two weeks… here’s some info.

First of all: these days my respect for Enzo Cilenti boosted up, because he’s not just a talented actor with one of the greatest voices I’ve ever heard, but the human being who cares, so — follow this link and donate if you can.

Second: yeah, I’m on a hiatus. I repeat: ON A HIATUS. That doesn’t mean I’ll cease painting or taking pictures of the most ridiculous stuff I can find; that means that I’m going to be away from the civilized world for the two following weeks, and I’m not going to be able to post anything or check messages. I can, however, keep babbling on twitter, so if you have questions/requests, I’m there: @erebusodora

Aaand the third: just… wish me luck. The magician you see above was that final nudge in the direction of designing my own set of Tarot cards I needed all these years, ever since I stopped actually reading Tarot for people. So I’m going to need all the luck, skill, and peace of mind to do that.

Wishing all the best to you lovely lot,

more or less yours,


On crows, ravens, and Strange things.

In case there is that statistical 0.25 of a person who actually wondered: yes, this website’s logo/symbol/coat of arms was established in 2004. And it’s half an ink drop, half a flying crow. It is most specifically the crow (there will come the day when we manage to translate that really obscene, but truthful anecdote about a strong and courageous crow from Russian into English to explain things!), not a raven

…although the black raven on the white field is a symbol we know and love, thanks to Susanna Clarke.

For those, who aren’t yet blessed to know: Susanna Clarke’s «Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell» (which, for yours truly, is on the same level of mastery as Michael Bulgakov’s «Master & Margarita») is now brought to life by BBC. And I dare say I’m weeping with joy every time I have a chance to behold another episode, for I know there will be only seven of them, and all good things on this scale of excellence always go to end before you have enough of them. I hoped that the adaptation of the book would be adequate. I never even considered the fact that it would be plain perfect, despite all the shortcuts and irregularities. [Add here the fact that my favourite character (from the book) turned out to be even MORE favourite in the film version, and you’ll get why all the art is happening.]

If you haven’t seen it: I honestly cannot guess what you are waiting for.
If you haven’t read it: go and see it before you run to your local bookstore and grab the book and read it yourself, and then to your awestruck children, husbands, wives, parents, or just the friends who didn’t run away the second they noticed your dazed look.

And, before I go all mad, finally embrace my inner Childermass and paint my own deck of Tarot de Marseilles, have some art I humbly offer.