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The second card from my photomanipulation Tarot deck.

The Lovers card symbolizes growth, emotion, and the occasional need to give in to the powers that push and pull us throughout our lives. This is a complicated card; on one hand, it can represent positive movement towards love and commitment - on the other hand, it can represent the negative effects of becoming tangled in lust and passion.


This took freaking forever to do. As you can imagine, it is rather difficult to make two women grow out of a tree...especially a tree with no leaves whatsoever (and no apples, for that matter).

The traditional Rider Waite tarot deck displays the Lovers as Adam & Eve figures in a garden of Eden, with a great leaf covered figure embracing them from above. My original intent was to mimic the male/female dichotomy of the card, but morph their bodies into a tree rather than have them sheltered by one. Consequently, I couldn't find ANY good stock photos of nude men; thus, my lovers became lesbians. I think this works, particularly because women have historically been portrayed as being intune with nature, as opposed to men who have historically been portrayed as masters of nature.

Tons of hours in this, but I'm finally happy with it.

Completed entirely within Photoshop 7.
Both women are from =lockstock
Cyprus tree is from BlackDove_stock
Forest background is from *faeryfroggy-stock
Apples from ~JaySmooth and Mistress_Grimm
Leaves from ~DemonicKittenXX
Snake from ~eksong
Corner borders created using MissM's Meteor Garden brushes. [link]

Other cards in the series:
The Hermit [link]
The Moon [link]
The Hanged Man [link]
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randy-nasir Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Lwen-Moss Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
thats cool.
black-dove94 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is one of those pics that u cant look away from cause its 2 amazing! :heart:
lunascura Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
Thank you so much!
black-dove94 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ur welcome! =D
Kiriya Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
very breathtaking idea!
lunascura Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Thank you!
AngeliqueSakuja Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
Not sure if anyone has said this or not (my computer is being stubborn so I can't read the other comments) but...
When I first saw this I thought...its Lilith and Eve! But no, its Amanda and Eve...but still. I love this, its a beautiful photo manip. And I love that the tempting snake is a corn snake.
lunascura Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Nobody has mentioned Lilith and Eve...never even thought of it myself! lol

As for the corn snake, it just happened to be that I loved the snake's "face" and the colors worked really well against all the green foliage. Luckily enough, corn snakes are known for climbing he's not too out of place in my design.

Thanks for your complements! Glad that you liked it!
AngeliqueSakuja Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
The faces of corn snakes are always so elegant with so much personality (I love corns, I own two) funny enough, my snow morph corn doesn't like climbing, I found it so odd of him.

The Corn snake you chose for your tree is called a Blood Morph...which I thought was fitting, since he's supposed to be satan. (people give snakes such a bad wrap)(in case you wanted to know)
and your welcome ^^
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