Character Design Challenge #183- It’s In The Cards


Ok folks, this week your CDC Challenge is to re-imagine one of the Major Arcana Tarot Cards as a superhero or villain. The only restrictions in place are that you must use at least two examples of masking, and at least four examples of shading or highlighting. Click on the link for a list of possible options.

There is no limit on the number of entries. Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck. The contest will close at 9:00am Eastern on Sunday, August 21st.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

 All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).


11 Responses to Character Design Challenge #183- It’s In The Cards

  1. cliff says:

    card XV The Devil (from the Vampire Tarot, that I made up)

    The card represents: Being seduced by the material world and physical pleasures; lust for and an obsession with money and power. Also: Living in fear, domination and bondage; being caged by an overabundance of luxury; discretion should be used in personal and business matters.

    The Devil is not a good thing to get this card in your reading, with the exception that it may be the confirmation you need to end a dysfunctional relationship.
    The core of this card is a negative relationship that you have with someone or something. It might be a lover or a boss. It might be marijuana or alcohol. It might be a friend who you knew was a bad influence and yet you deepened the relationship. This card carries all of the negativity surrounding the twin terrors of addiction and codependency. Toxic substances, toxic relationships and our deep denial about the depth of our situation conspire against us. The Devil card says your only hope is to abandon the current state of hopelessness.indicates prisoners of a lifestyle of their own choosing. The Devil is simply a metaphor for the thing to which they have surrendered themselves: addiction, anger, lust, interpersonal emotional games disguised as love, etc.
    The Devil appears to be beconing to come to him, indicating that most people willingly go into serving the thing that enslaves them and build a loyalty to this vice. this indicates the severity of servitude and the ruin caused by surrendering love to materialist and sensualist pursuits at the expense of all else.

    Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
    When your Tarot reading begins, cards are placed in locations that have specific meaning. Your past, present and future are signified. Some cards are stronger in different positions than others.
    When The Devil card is in the past position, your dealings with a domineering person or situation are over and done with. The foundation on which your life operates has the experience of this intense relationship at its core, but you have new structures in your life from which to operate and excel. It is good news to have The Devil in the past position. The chains have been broken.

    In the present position, this card’s appearance is your wake up call. You are hooked into something and may not even realize it. It could be the mindset of being a victim, or it could be the need to have a buzz before facing the day. You are being held back by something that you willingly embraced, at least initially. Perhaps your once great lover has become an embittered hater who takes out his resentments on you with verbal abuse. Whatever the case, The Devil card here acknowledges that a terrible connection in your life right now is chaining you down from being whom you truly are.

    In the future position, this card is a warning. You are setting up structures in your life that are attracting people who are users, takers and not good for what you hope to accomplish. The Devil in the future position looms as something that can be minimized or avoided if you work hard to spot the areas in your life in which you lie to yourself in order to just get by or get along. A rigorous self-examination is needed in order to move forward with confidence in the beauty and value of

    Card Combinations

    Cards that join together to make your reading also influence each other. They can change each other’s meaning ever so slightly. This combining of energies is what makes your reading unique.The card with the closest relationship to The Devil is actually its opposite: The Hierophant. This card represents surrendering to the greater good and to the established order. When these two are in a reading together, the tension will be whether chaos or order reins supreme in your life.
    Most other cards of the deck add a better definition of who The Devil in your life may be.
    The Lovers card combined with The Devil indicates an affair. The Chariot indicates your pursuit of victory will destroy
    everything in your life – this combination is particularly terrible to receive if you are in litigation.
    Combined with The Empress, The Devil card indicates that someone to whom you are attracted is too closely associated with bad people to ever really trust.
    One card that minimizes The Devil is The Fool. This card puts you in a safety bubble as you move through life interacting with people whose agenda is destructive. Even the Tarot has insurance cards!

  2. Brons says:

    Our hero seems to have gotten himself in a spot of difficulty and become…

    The Hanged Man:

  3. JR19759 says:

    An old one from me first up. I’ll probably have more later.

  4. Xinmodic says:

    Inspiration for both my characters design and story came from the tarrot cards imagery and meanings.

    The Devil: The dark sorcerer Eliphas Levi who used his dark arts to transform himself into the demonic figure he now is. Seeks to rule all 3 planes of existance Heaven Hell and the Earth, he taps into the minds of the living hearing their thoughts and desires and attempts to make them join his cause.


    The Hierophant: Antoine Court de Gébelin, a devote man of God gained holy powers to rise up and defeat all wicked and evil doers. Fighting for Gods law and liberty he will never stop defending the innocent.


    The Chariot: In the future, Prince&Tattva industries helped create the newest forms of police equipment. Their newset beta test is an A.I. unit called “The Chariot”. Its cyber steads, Sphin and Xes pull the chariot, allowing the unit codenamed Tarrot, to traverse inter demension portals to arrive at the scene of the crime within moments. Tarrot growing smarter and smarter every continues to find ways to save more people.


    The Fool: Le Mat Marseilles lived his life a beggar and thought as less than nothing by all until he managed to become the court jester for a horrendous king. The king would humiliate and torture Marseilles going as far as to legally change his name to The Fool. Ever stating his original name would sentence him to death. The Kings Mage and Sorcerer took pity on the Fool and thought to teach him magic. However life being belittled and tortured had made his soul dark. Once he learned enough he Pronounced that no longer was he nothing he was now the greatest of them all. He shouted his name in front of the king and transformed into a horrific beast killing all of the kingdom who once made his life hell.


  5. Xinmodic says:

    A destructive beast known from another world, a Tetramorph. Arcana Major masks himself as a holy figure to the worlds he descends upon. Proceeding swiftly to destroying said world.


  6. Xinmodic says:

    question. do you ever pick two honroable mentions from the same person, or do you have a rule that honorable mentions have to be all from diffrent people

  7. djuby says:

    Anything is possible.

  8. Xinmodic says:

    awesome. always wonder on ones i post alot on lol

  9. cliff says:

    (Keeping the entries short this time. Sorry about the first one’s length)

    Entry #2 THE MAGICIAN
    Marcus was born with occult power being a homo magi. He studied history, legends & lore, world religions, antiquities, ancient languages, and occultsm to become even more powerful and become the hero Magus

    Entry #3 STRENGTH
    Leon the Lionheart
    the personification of strength, his flowing mane, golden eyes, pointed ears and golden tanned muscles hint at a leonine power in him.

  10. djuby says:

    Contest is closed. Results posted shortly.