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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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megadragongirl Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Beautiful :o
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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FunSmilies Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Wow
Again, so cool =D
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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FunSmilies Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Your Welcome =D
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Azurenite88 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
These do so well to show the characters and their hidden sides. Itīs always challenge to show the whatīs under the surface of character, or even yourself at times. My favorite would have to the King of Hearts again, mostly as horrible as it sounds, I can really relate to the description.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Maiki!
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
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lostkingdom Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
These are awesome
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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lostkingdom Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
no prob :hug:
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rothouse Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
YES I CAN PICK A FAVOURITE!

Jaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyydddddddeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnnnnnnn.
Bad girl love <3

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FeatherEyed Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Gosh, I just love the contrasts in color, the themes and why you chose them for each character. These are so unique and wonderfully made.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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ndagat0r Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Is Jayden tearing off her skin over at her shoulder?
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, yep :)
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Gravenda Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH my god look at all the hints you've given me to over analyze LMAO.

i don't know how you managed to do this, but you've made me sympathize with JAYDEN of all people, and i was kind of "meh" towards Lissy before, but finding out that she uses her cute and sweet exterior to hide an ugly underbelly really interests me!!! 

Sam's self-sacrificing nature is NOT GOOD!! WOW! it really worries me, especially when it comes to her relationships with Mal and Jayden, and how they'd take advantage of it. and omg, Mal??? HONEY?? not being open and honest about your feelings is why you don't get the girl in the end!!! gosh i'm going to be so torn when you crash and burn. :'(

all the little details really make this piece and i love how subtle it all is. I like Mal's confident facade cracking and Jayden pulling off her skin in particular. my favorite card in general though is Sam's; there's something very poignant about it that i can't put my finger on


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Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
HAHA GRAV, I can always rely on you to over-analyze things just like I want people to LOL

I'm really happy that this picture gave you new insight on both Jayden and Lissy! I know I've been focusing a lot on Mal, but those two will be just as important to the story so this is definitely a great sign :)

YOUR LOVE FOR MAL DRIVES ME, I hope it doesn't break your heart too bad, ahhh

Thank you so much as always! I love reading your comments <3
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DeviantLilGirl Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Oh my god you and Bee are amazing at these conepts, youre both amazing!! i love it so much, and side not, i think im the ace of clubs... shit....
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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StonedHiddles Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is so gorgeous, Ty. You and Bee's art are always so, so gorgeous. I don't mean just visually too. Everything about it is just. AjsdhajksdSDasdasdjhk.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :blush:
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itsaman123 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
So...

So... Beautiful...
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :blushes:
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LovablyAwkward Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done, their descriptions are perfectly fit as well!!
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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LovablyAwkward Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so very welcome!!
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RottenNails Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow ! iam quite impressed ! as always XD
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
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'm so happy you like everything! :love:
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disturbingcalamity Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
I always disappear from here for ages and come and look at yours and Bees art and it's almost like - you know when you test that one time to see how long you can hold your breath underwater and you push right until your limits and then you break the surface with that one huge inhalation of air? That feeling when it happens? Scorching turning into a relieving cool soothing feeling of just, well; relief? This is what I feel whenever I come back on here. I don't even know what it is about your guys art. I don't know if it's the thought you put into everything, the amount of detail put into it or just the art itself is beautiful. Part of me feels because of the amount of EMOTION that you can somehow piur into your guys art. This may sound absolutely ridiculous but it's something I only really feel with the two of you. So thank you for sharing your art and everything that comes with it, sometimes even little pieces of your lives. I mean this for Bee too, I just thought it may seem weird if I copy and paste.

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 
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh gosh, I have no idea what to say other than thank you so much..! :blush:

It's amazing being able to share that emotion with people, so thank you for looking and thanks for communicating that to me.
I'm really happy that you can find so much in our artwork, good luck with everything you got going on! :heart:
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disturbingcalamity Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
*very real people with very real problems
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Rauron Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
These are gorgeous, and the research you put into the meaning for those suits is spot on! Cartomancy is a really interesting subject overall.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'd really like to study more on cartomancy and fortune telling haha, it's intriguing stuff
Thank you!
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ANTI-caustic Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing concept and thought have gone into this beautiful piece, I love the parallels and what each card represents is so fitting for each of the characters. Also, incredible art :clap: It's really inspiring to see a piece like this.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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IMBored25 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
This concept is highly intriguing!
I'd love to see these on actual playing cards. Haha.
My favorites are Mal and Sam but, all of them are so well done!
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh, happy you like those two! Thank you so much!
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IMBored25 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
No, Thank you for creating such a wonder series!
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AbsoluteHetalia Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
These are perfect ;v; I love everything about these. Amazing job!! c:
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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