Nini Berishvili
High Priestess

12″ x 8″


Yves-Olivier Mandereau
Teaching Assistant
Ceramic Artist

“I tried to draw the second tarot card, High priestess, which means knowledge, wisdom and understanding. I wanted it to be very different from other illustrations of this card and draw it in my own way. That’s why I decided to draw it only in graphite pencil and make it as realistic as I could.”

Related:  Chris van Allsburg, Shaun Tan, Seurat’s charcoal drawings, Art Nouveau, Shazia Sikander, Toba Khedoori, Mikio Watanabe, Paul Noble, Vija Celmins, Gustav Klimt

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3 responses on "Nini Berishvili"

  1. Profile photo of Alexander Rowe

    I really love this piece, especially because of the sense of narrative you have (and I’m definitely a sucker for story in art!) The design is a little simple, but I think that works with the almost iconographic style of the image. Really works well for the Tarot concept you’re working with! (Also PLEASE make more of the cards! It’s an undertaking but I know a few artist who are working on Tarot series and it’s always a cool project to see develop!) The figure comes off as more stylized than realistic, and despite your goal being realism I think the exaggerated style works well for this. Maybe explore what that means and looks like to you! Look at what your natural style pushes you towards and follow it, without trying to force it into realism. Look up Olga and Andrej Dugin (an awesome illustrator couple!) and their book “The Adventures of Abdi” written by Madonna. Pay attention to how they capture realism and their own personal style as well!

  2. Profile photo of Clara Lieu

    Your pencil technique is so lovely and delicate, I especially like the way the darkness of the shirt slowly dissolves into very thin vertical lines. The contrast of that softness against the almost prickly quality of the hands is an excellent contrast. I would love to see you do more visual research for the pattern and branches behind the figure, if you can get really specific about the kind of tree I think that would greatly enhance the piece. Nice work!

  3. Profile photo of Deepti Menon

    This piece is so intriguing! The way that the figure is gazing at me, and how the apple almost seems like an offering or lure, is all very captivating! I’d love to see you play around with composition more, and engage with the bottom half of the image a bit more. Great job, this is a really stunning and beautifully rendered piece!

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