The Knight of Wands, The Bohemian Cats' Theatre Tarot
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Our Knight of Wands seizes the spotlight in a diorama.

Lights, theatre, action! A diorama brings our dashing Knight of Wands to life.

We’re working on the Knight of Wands, the Knight of Cups and the Knight of Swords now. As you may remember, the much more cautious Knight of Pentacles is already completed.

As we’ve been developing these three knights, which we aim to make visually glorious in their shining armour, we’ve realised that simple animation is a great way to show them off and, as we are often told that our cold-stamping gives the effect of movement to the figures, we hope it’s very much in keeping with the atmosphere of the final cards.

Taking reference to Baroque theatre as a key element, we’ve chosen a very simple animation style reminiscent of a diorama. This gives a distinctly old-fashioned charm, bringing the characters to life in a three-dimensional, antique-inspired piece of fantasy.

The Knight of Wands in progress. The Bohemian Cats' Theatre Tarot

So first up, here is our Knight of Wands, embodying a blend of charisma and boldness, and capturing his spirit of adventure and determination. The feathers on the headdress of both knight and horse symbolise the flames that we associate with the Wands suit, while the verdant greenery indicates growth and life-force. He simply radiates charisma, as all tarot Knight of Wands should.

The card imagery isn’t completely final yet, but nearly there, and we’ll of course show it when it’s finished. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this first glimpse.

Our focus now turns to the Knights of Cups and Swords, as we work to design them as visually and symbolically compelling characters in the feline theatrical world of The Bohemian Cats’ Theatre Tarot.

We hope that each time we share our work in progress, we can make it a special event, offering entry into the evolving world of The Bohemian Cats’ Theatre Tarot. The dioramas, with their intricate details and subtle movements, are a new way for us to breathe life into the characters as we show them- and perhaps to give a sense of wonder in the new world we’re creating.

Another example of theatrical diorama-style effects. 

A replica Baroque theatre exhibited at the V&A museum in London showed the kind of “cut out” diorama effect that we are using in several cards and animations.

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