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PT - House of Cards [Side B] by Tyshea PT - House of Cards [Side B] by Tyshea

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

— 'House of Cards' by Radiohead




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!
PT - House of Cards [Side A] by Ai-Bee

Can you pick a favorite? :)
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Chortura Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can you pick a favorite? <- Oh, yes I can. Queen of Spades. King of Hearts is nice too. So much drama in one card.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow thank you so much! Happy to hear that! :love:
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Gischie Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That'ssuch a good idea, love the concept and the drawing :)
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Tyshea Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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Gischie Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
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:iconthe-ephemeral-knight:
I really like the dynamic contrast with the opposite sides of each card.
Really creative; at least in my humble opinion that is.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :blushes:
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:iconthe-ephemeral-knight:
Mhm ^_^!
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TheFlamingZebra Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God if I left like, a legit comment on these I think I might be here for days. LUCKILY I think you have heard most of my feelings on this and I don't want to spoiler drop anything anyway WITH my feels.

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.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
GETTING YOUR REACTIONS IN REAL TIME WAS THE BEST, DON'T EVEN WORRY ABOUT IT

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
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