My contribution to the 78 Tarot project: A Globar Art Collaboration. 78 different artists completed one card each to make a unique Tarot deck. The Knight of Swords is typically associated with messengers and therefore birds. I had seen a Peregrine Falcon perched on a lamppost outside my apartment in Brooklyn as well as while I was playing ultimate frisbee in Prospect Park, and decided that was the bird I needed to also include. I sketched a ton of different layouts before settling on this one. The composition was inspired by Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights" and Gerhard Richter's landscape paintings.
I did the final compositions and all of the painting digitally, in Manga Studio 5 and Photoshop CC on my Cintiq.