Paulina Cassidy, the artist who illustrated the Paulina Tarot, has been working on her second deck – the Joie de Vivre Tarot – for a while now and her site has been updated with new images of the cards already completed. I think the only word that can accurately describe what I’ve seen so far is, “SQUEEEEEE!” I mean, isn’t that the most darkly adorable, creepy cute Death you’ve ever seen?
The other cards are equally as whimsical and oddball. The first thing I thought of when viewing them is Delirium of Neil Gaiman’s “The Endless“. There will also be comparisons to Burton’s work, but this is sweeter and somehow stranger, though I don’t know what exactly gives me that feeling. Some will say it’s *too* sweet, I’m sure, but there is a definite darkness lurking beneath the surface. Something to do with wind-up toys and the mutant dolls from “Toy Story”, with a soupçon of Mark Ryden.
This one is on my watch list, for sure. The finished cards are currently available as art prints through the website and I’m doing the pee-pee dance until the deck is done. Are we there yet??