I just wanna be your lover
No matter how it ends, no matter how it starts
Forget about your house of cards
Fall off the table, and get swept under
Because of the (high school) royalty theme and focus on deeper emotions, I wanted to do a set of illustrations for Sam&Sara's story based around cards.
Many of the characters' hidden desires drive a majority of the plot, and I felt the visual reflections showed a truer picture of their personalities.
With their flipped images, high-ranking cards can represent duality, secrets, and-- almost literally-- a two-faced nature.
King of Hearts: sometimes nicknamed "the suicide king," the king of hearts represents the kind ruler. Hearts are associated with youth, fire, vulnerability, and of course, love and emotion. It's debated whether the sword through the head was put there by the king himself, or by a traitor.
- Like the king of hearts, Sam's self-sacrificing nature seems romantic, but the truth behind the gentle demeanor is something very wounded and unacknowledged.
Queen of Spades: associated with the warrior goddess Athena, the queen of spades is the strategic, militant queen. Spades represent winter, water, transformation, conflict, and acceptance. In many card games, the queen of spades is considered an unlucky card.
- Aloof but regal, Mal's aggressiveness seems to imply confidence, but is in fact a facade to hide her intense jealousy and insecurities. Her greatest fear is vulnerability.
Ace of Clubs: the ace of clubs is often called "the clover," and in fortune telling, indicates a sudden gain. Aces themselves represent the beginning, the individual, selfishness and desire, while clubs are the suit of irresponsibility, air, and growth.
- Surprisingly self-centered, Lissy hides many of her uglier attributes behind a simple but endearing temperament. Though her nature can seem very artificial, she is self-reflective and has room to grow.
Jack of Diamonds: the jack-- or the knave-- represents the adolescent, while diamonds represent responsibility, earth, money, and entertainment. In fortune telling, he represents a jealous and unreliable person that usually brings bad news.
- The jack of diamonds can be interpreted as the youth on the verge of adulthood, struggling to transform into someone new-- similarly, Jayden suffers from a self-destructive cycle from straddling two lifestyles.
Both Side A and B are together on Tumblr
But be sure to check out Side A on dA too!
Really creative; at least in my humble opinion that is.
Just, these really turned out amazing. I love the hard work that went into each and every one and the thought and the emotion really just kills me. Jayden is still probably my favorite one out of the lot but honestly that still seems unfair when the rest are so goddamn amazing.
ARGH, I'm just REALLY PROUD OF YOU FOR THESE.
I'm honestly very happy you like Jayden's the most? Probably because you're like...educated about her personality.
UGH THANK YOU CAIT I LOVE YOU
Again, so cool
Haha my turn to say something that sounds bad, but I'm really glad you can relate to Sam's struggles. I worry some people may not be able to relate to her because she tends to be the deuteragonist/'love interest' of the story, so thanks for sharing that <3
id like to say that the theme of this makes me goo soo exited about you two's series X3
the colors of this are attractive ! the purple and the red and the white and the gold... amazing !
my fav here is jayden ! i adore her expression when she's ripping her back skin off X3 btw OUCH !
nice jop <3
But yeh, thanks :]
i know this seems like a strange picture to put this comment on but i was afraid of putting it on a more personal picture and I still feel all this even with these series and Bees series of cards because of the beauty and thought into these characters that you are making into very real people with very real people and I have to remind myself that these are pieces of your imagination you've bought to life