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

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


With their flipped images, high-ranking cards can represent duality, secrets, and— almost literally— a two-faced nature.

SamSara at it’s core is very much about secrets and what drives us to hide ourselves in a place where appearance and school hierarchy is really everything. This is a story about finding how to be honest, how to be vulnerable, and what brings out the best and worst in a person.



Ace of Hearts: The suit of hearts is ruled by Spring and Fire. It represent emotions, love, youth, and vulnerability. Aces represent the beginning, desire, and the individual. This is a passionate, optimistic card.

Sara represents the lowest and the highest value card, much like day and night. She’s dormant and withdrawn, sheltering a wounded heart- but shines brightest and is at her strongest when honest, heart exposed.

Queen of Diamonds: This suit is ruled by Autumn and Earth. Diamonds represent money, entertainment, responsibility, security, judgement, and values. This card is known to be a flirt and a gossip.

Blaire’s marionette strings represent the control she has over several different things, and the consequences of losing that control and freedom to puppeteer them, getting tangled in her own web.


Jack of Clubs: Clubs are ruled by Summer and Air. Clubs represent irresponsibility, youth, and intellectual growth. Jacks are the adolescent, the young boy. This card sometimes indicates a young, playful admirer.

Tammy’s emotions are young and theatrical, represented by masks. Masking her negative emotions suggests she cannot properly express them, confront them, but the dramatization of them will still keep attention on her.


King of Spades: This suit is ruled by Winter and Water. Spades is the suit of wisdom and maturity; they represent transformation, conflict, and acceptance. This card is an authoritative, ambitious, self-serving card.

Gwen is an ironfist; controlled and steadfast- much as a ruling King. But much like water against a stone, her resolve too can wear away and the self-preserving teacher finds herself worn thin after battle.


 

PT - House of Cards [Side B] by Tyshea
I did all of these four in SAI, text in photoshop
Picture This: Sam & Sara

Which one is your favorite? ;P
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Gravenda Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my god i love the spider motifs Blaire has in her card! and, yes, hello, i see that foreshadowing in the description ;) i'm on to you

there is so much stuff and symbolism going on here that i don't think i'll ever notice it all, but what i see in particular is how expressive their hands are and how telling such a small detail can be.

Sara and Gwen both have a strong grip on their swords, which i think symbolizes their confidence and strength of character respectively, but on the flip side, they kind of let them go. i think it hints that Sara's confidence may be a cover to protect herself from being hurt by others; i don't really know what it means for Gwen, but maybe it's because she get's tired of being a tough person all the time??? you haven't really dropped enough hints for me to pick up on yet, haha

For Blaire and Tammy their hands are relaxed on the red side, but clenched on the purple side. Blaire is obviously pretty pissed that she got caught in her own web, and like i said earlier, i'm pretty sure it's foreshadowing her demise in story. For Tammy i'm not really sure. i think she might be unintentionally emotionally manipulative? like, she sounds like she's an attention seeker and she'll use passive-aggressive tactics to get people to focus on her when she's upset? i was kind of curious how such a meek and passive girl could be an antagonist, but i can see now how she could oppose Sara

ANYWAY, i'll probably be thinking about this piece for a long time! i can't help but pick apart and examine every aspect of your PT characters; my bad, hahahaaa
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TheFlamingZebra Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ARGH Beedalee, I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT THESE, YOU KNOW I DO, I HAVE SPIT THEM ALL OUT AT YOU NUMEROUS TIMES BEFORE BUT UM.
yeah i just love each and every one of them. SARA BECAUSE FUCKING SARA AND HER POWER and then

g-gwen

s-s-s-senpai

I REALLY LOVE HER MOTHER FUCK.

But yeah, please know how absolutely pos-i-tively proud of you I am for all of this hard work and love.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH BOY CAITERPIE DO I KNOW
~DO I EVER~

gwen senpai will see u now *opens grand door*
I'm so happy you like her so much since I still have bouts of "she's so simple compared to everyone else" u//w///u;;;

T-THANK YOU CAIT ILU
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FunSmilies Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Wow
So cool =D
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :dance:
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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
Wow, first off love this concept since I first heard of it and how it ties into the themes of the story. If I had to choose a favorite then it would have to be Sara, mostly because I relate o her so strongly, though I love the masks in Tammy´s as well.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so happy you like Sara and Tammy <3 Funny trivia actually, Tammy's pose was originally Sara's-- but I redid sara's from scratch and she became infinitely more like... focused and fiery and determined and Tammy fell into the original Sara's pose perfectly. I was sooo happy! :excited:

Haha anyway, done rambling. Thank you! :heart:
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lostkingdom Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
simply beautiful
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :blush:
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