September 22, 2010

Science Tarot RELEASE PARTY this Thursday! Thursday! Thursday!

Just a reminder and nudge with all the details about this week's Science Tarot art show and release party extravaganza! Come! See! Do!
On *Thursday September 23 from 6:00 - 10:00 pm*, (TOMORROW NIGHT!)
the California Academy of Sciences will present a Night Life event around the theme of Science
Tarot! *Tickets are now ON SALE!* HOLY CRAP!

*Science Tarot Night Life celebration*
*California Academy of Sciences*
*Golden Gate Park, San Francisco*
*6:00 - 10:00 pm*
*Thursday, September 23*

TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE (be sure to select September 23rd on their calendar.)

Only $12! ($10 for members)

*Please note: this is an adults-only event. (It's a friendly night-out
vibe, but alcohol is served.) Also, it is VERY LIKELY TO SELL OUT.
You'll find artwork on display, tarot readers, drinks available for
purchase, DJ music, circus performer entertainment, artists and Science
Tarot creators in person, and all the attractions of the California Academy
of Science.

You'll also find, for the first time, the Science Tarot available for

More info about Science Tarot:

Please let me know if you have any questions.

I am back from Hawai'i just in time to participate in this event - I sure hope to see you there! Wahoo!

Posted by tammy at 2:48 PM

September 15, 2010

Finally, some big island diving!

Here's a webcomic I made featuring some of the awesome stuff we saw on my birthday dive trip with Kohala Divers. These images were sketched from memory the day after the trip, and more recently enhanced and assembled into a little comic. Enjoy!

Posted by tammy at 11:11 AM

September 2, 2010

Science Tarot Deck - coming soon!

For the last year or so I've been participating in a really exciting project dreamed up by some friends of mine - a tarot deck, re-interpreted through the lens of SCIENCE. The creators re-envisioned the traditional tarot according to various scientific themes, which they mapped to the different suits - wands, pentacles, swords, and cups. Each tarot card within a suit is matched with a scientific concept that best reflects the card's traditional meaning, as well as expressing additional elements from the world of science. One of my favorite examples is the six of cups, a card that in the science tarot represents the evolution of marine mammals (like whales and seals) from prehistoric terrestrial mammals. The fact that these mammals apparently "returned" to the sea, the original source of all animal life, nicely references the traditional tarot meaning for this card - the six of cups can refer to revisiting and reminiscing about the past, reuniting with old loved ones, and thus being better able to embrace new experiences.
If that isn't cool enough, each suits' "face cards" (page, knight, queen, and king) represent different scientists whose ideas or research apply to the concept of the suit in some way. The face cards include some names you may recognize (Darwin, Carl Sagan, John Muir) as well as introducing some lesser-known contributors in the field of science like Otto Loewi, Robert Hooke, and Maria Sybella Marian. I was offered the opportunity to illustrate the "cups" suit, which ends up representing a lot of biology-related concepts (and includes a lot of wildlife illustration) so of course I was delighted to take this project on! Here are some examples of my completed card illustrations:

4 of cups - Dormancy (featuring a lungfish!)

5 of cups - Wildfire

9 of cups - Emergence
Queen of cups - John Muir

After more than a year of hard work by all of the artists involved, (and much longer for the project's original creators/masterminds) this completed tarot deck will be hot off the presses and ready to sell in just a few weeks! The deck will be for sale on the Science Tarot website as well as at our upcoming launch party and art show, a one night event on Thursday, September 23rd at the California Academy of Sciences. I will post more information about this event soon - I'll be back in California just in time to appear there, and show some of my original Science Tarot card illustrations.

I have loved watching this huge project come together, a seemingly overwhelming amount of work that came together so nicely as all of these talented people collaborated. The whole really is greater than the sum of its parts!

For more information, images, and news, please visit the Science Tarot website.

Posted by tammy at 10:22 AM