i think i lucked out and got a really cool card assignment for this. i rarely get to do any dark themes for art since i tend to stick to cute and happy subject matters. so i channeled my inner Guillermo del Toro and tried to get as spooky as i am capable of. i also made sure i looked at skull references to make sure my skulls don't end up looking like cute candies or something. haha!
i used white roses throughout the illustration because the Death card reference i looked up (one of the many that's online) has Death with a white rose on a black flag. i think it has something to do with life.
my awesome Patrons got to see some work in progress shots. and i'll probably give them the high-res file to download sometime next month since i won't really have the cards available for purchase. (out of the 78 cards in the deck, i'm only doing this one.)
just a little background info (if u feel like reading a bit more) - the Death card is supposed to be not as horrible as it seems. it's not always about a person dying, but more like the death of something old to give way to something new. but in the card that i referenced, it had Death on a horse standing over dead kings and queens - to symbolize that no one's safe from Death, be they noble or common. so i translated that into the skulls in the front. and i did away with the horse but the white rose she's holding is supposed to lighten up the dark theme.