TELLING tales of defeat and victory, tarot cards have evolved since and their enchanting images have been interpreted by both mystics and psychoanalysts hoping to provide a more realistic insight into the mystery of the fortune telling capabilities of these cards.

The mystery behind tarot cards, ever since their existence in the mid-fifteenth century, inspired the Sketchbook Challenge Cebu Staff namely Veronika Hipolito, Eumir Carlo Fernandez, Louise Nicole Fernandez, Paulina Nicole Suarez and Philip Bawasanta to gather and collaborate with 78 Cebuano artists to create and interpret in their own artistic ways the images found on tarot cards. These artists created a Rider-Waite Tarot, the French kind of tarot deck which was first published in the early 1900s, created by Arthur Edward Waite and Pamela Colman Smith.

The varying digital artworks were displayed during the 10th Otakufest: The Matrix last Feb. 18 in UP Cebu, and merchandise such as a tarot card deck was available accompanied by a guidebook that explains the meaning behind every card and a manual on how one may properly use the tarot cards.

Groups of Cards and their Respective Artists:

■ Major arcana

Steven John Dela Cruz, Vim Carlo Nabora, Charlo Nocete, Louise Nicole Fernandez, Eumir Carlo Fernandez, Dylan Thomas Briones, Mary Katherine Ngai, Paul Adrian Tirol, Kathryn Layno, Agassi Karl Saballa, Nikko Cabatas, Lucent Ouano, Maxcel Daniel Migallos, John Gilbert Manantan (of SunStar), Maddy Boone-Migallos, Dexter Duran (of SunStar), Dale Amandoron, Philip Bawasanta, Deborah Tudtud, Angelita Gutierrez Perpetua, Aljon Comahig and Veronika Hipolito (of SunStar)

■ Suit of wands

Miles Semblante, James Tangal, Roy Jaime Chan, Lloyd Limbaga, Hilbert Bermejo, Leandro Panganiban, Joshua Luke Aquino, Johanna Oporto Flordelis, Lucky Cristerson Tan, Roberto Isaiah Isaac Lallana, Jason Santiago (of SunStar), Miciel Abalos, Carl Joshua Cañizares and John Joeric Navalatan

■ Suit of cups

Maricris Dela Fe Malatamban, Crisanto Etorma, Sofia Ruelle Dasmarinas, Jan Michael Co, Prince Halem Corpin, Axielle Allana Sapphire Suson, Cliffriane Sim, Jefferson Velayo, Cristian John Sabarre, Van Kevin Opura, Marvin Tabacon, Donnie Ray Obina, Kristine Demetrio and Pykee Lambaco

■ Suit of swords

Lorraine Causing, Paulina Nicole Suarez, May Jane Laurente, Jamie Jamandre, Kage Gonzales, Jake Orwell Madera, Noel Quijada Jr., Joseph Luna, Sara Verallo, Lemuel Paul Roperos, Wilbert Wee, Roy Ugang, Cyprian Francis Dave Fernandez and Rolan John Alberto (of SunStar)

■ Suit of pentacles

Marvin Avila, Reymar Fernando, Zeus Sagario, Bernard Policarpio Fabro, Alexa Charmaine Sonsona, Angelyn Khu, Rhenel Serencio, Jescae Jul Saavedra, Aldrin Jake Suan, James Palapar, Chaveli Yuson, Michael John Punsalan, Paul Yolando Vasquez and Ibarrchristian Carlo Cañete

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