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"No one triumphs over Death, he is the last to die..."

This is my take on the Death card which is one of the major arcana in divinatory Tarot. Maybe I'll do the others sometime. I didn't want to represent him in a traditional manner, such as the Grim Reaper, so I did quite a bit of research on the personification of death and the deities of the underworld in many cultures. In the end I had waaayy to much material to work with so I kept it simple. Death is often associated with fertility and rebirth and a Celtic god, Cernunnos, symbolizes that with antlers which I thought was cool as they also represent strength and invincibility, both also characteristics of Death.



Transition by The-StrynxLeonard Grey portrait by The-StrynxThe Dryad by The-Strynx
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Xorsama Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
epiccc
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The-Strynx Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanksss ^^
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Xorsama Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
np its really gud^^
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cactus-in-bloom Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the best Death card I've ever seen, I need your tarot deck:o:heart:
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The-Strynx Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you! I may be continuing a tarot deck when I have the time :)
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cactus-in-bloom Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure:) It'd be wonderful, good luck with it:)
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MARSCreations Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your unusual take on Death kind of reminds me of its portrayal in The Book Thief. The amount of research you with through to add your creative twist is greatly appreciated. :)
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The-Strynx Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks! I never read the book thief but i just looked up Death's role in it, sounds very interesting.
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MARSCreations Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was! A Death that is tired and burdened by his job rather than cold and indifferent... The entire book is actually written from Deaths perspective, as they narrated about a German family during WWII. It really changed my outlook on Germans during the time of the war; I'm much more sympathetic to them and others in those situations, less likely to dehumanize them as "monsters" as a result. The movie wasn't bad either. Lol. 
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Zazwaki Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Hobbyist

The silhouette and the contrast with bright background part, is awesome.

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The-Strynx Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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Zazwaki Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Hobbyist
Your welcome :).
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alex-29 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
so cool
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The-Strynx Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks !
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Unkownbrony52 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016
Rudolph?
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The-Strynx Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Student General Artist
Don't know what you're referring to ^^
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Unkownbrony52 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016
The antlers, wasn't allowed to play reindeer games?
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The-Strynx Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Student General Artist
Rudolph and reindeer games? I've no idea what you're talking about
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Unkownbrony52 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016
The antlers make it imply that Rudolph the red nose reindeer turned goth after her was taunted and so be came the arcane. Hence the antlers.
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The-Strynx Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Student General Artist
Ok I looked up who Rudolph is, I get it now ^^
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Unkownbrony52 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016
Yeah sorry for that bad joke. It was bad on a galactic scale.
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The-Strynx Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Student General Artist
Don't be, I just didn't get the reference
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MysteriousWarrior123 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a new one death goat simulator ex-machina good one
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The-Strynx Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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kiracatthebat Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016   General Artist
Beautiful!
I'd love to see a tarot card set made by you it the future! Heart 
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The-Strynx Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you!
I'd love to do it I'll probably be too busy with studies ^^
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kiracatthebat Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016   General Artist
Hopefully sometime in the future! :3
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