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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 She’s dormant and withdrawn, sheltering a wounded heart- but shines brightest and is at her strongest when honest, heart exposed.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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lostkingdom Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
no prob:hug:
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FeatherEyed Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
These characters for these cards are not only unique designed, but both sides are different and that makes them mean more.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh, wow- thank you so much :heart:
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DeviantLilGirl Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
you such a creative Carol you know that?? and youre just so cool, and i love the conepts you and Tyeesha think up, and sometimes collab on!! youre both amazing!!
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg I'm gonna blush wahah~! :iconcblushplz:
I'm so happy you feel that way, thank you!!
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hell-sunset Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sara's representation is so powerful to me. It's raw emotion there. And Gwen's soooo subtle yet equally powerful... aaaaaah they're so beautiful i can't handle myself

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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Laaaatebee reply but thank you so much ah!! I'm really really happy you feel gwen's got power to her even if it's more understated, I was a little worried! :hug:
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hell-sunset Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the fact that it's subtle, makes her even more powerful. She doesn't need the rawness or the range the there have to get her message through. 
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Rochioo Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow loved the designs of the cards!!, and symbolism of each of the cards, with each of the girls was beautiful!!!!:D :D :D
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh gosh thank you so much! :faint: :heart:
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Rochioo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:blowkiss::blowkiss::blowkiss:
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RottenNails Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
holy allah tyshea bee ! this is frikin awesome !
first i lovvve the theme of this ! i think it fits your series very much and the colors you choosed for the characters are quite fitting for their personalities i say my fav is gwen here ! she looks pretty good with purple red gold and white <3
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahhh forgive my megalate reply but thank you so much!! I'm still really proud of this series we did and I'M SO HAPPY gwen is your favorite! You don't even know! :excited:

Thank you!! :hug:
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RottenNails Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
she's a unigue character of course she's one of my fave :D your welcome :D
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Rauron Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Oh good gracious these are cool
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :excited:
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AbsoluteHetalia Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
These are so gorgeous!! uvu I love Tammy's and Blair's the most!  Everything is this is so well done! c:
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'm happy you like them! :love: :heart:
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Wolfeyes32 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have spent 30 minutes straight sitting here gushing at these and getting out a deck of cards to compare them and flipping between yours and Ty's to see everything and my god these are so GORGEOUS, WOW. I love the similarities between the cards of the same suit, especially Sam and Sara, and I think I am emotionally attached to Gwen's crown. The style and the colors are amazing and this is definitely one of my favorite things anyone's ever made.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness! This is quite the late reply but wow what a comment :blush:
I can't believe you compared them to real cards too! :faint: We both tried to pull direct inspiration from the face cards of one type of deck art u///u I'm so happy you're into Gwen's crown omg! I was going for a warrior-king kind of feeling, vs Sam's less confrontational (Fragile figurehead moreso?) type of king.

I am soooo happy you like it that much! :wow: T-thank you gosh!
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GopherFrog Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright so I sort of poured my soul into a comment on Ty's side B, but everything I said over there applies to here, so just go read that ok ILU MY BAB. 

*takes a deep breath*

Side A fave is definitely Tammy, but that's not a surprise to anyone I think.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THAT'S OKAY STINA (this is late but) I SAW IT ALL actually I think she even read it out loud to me we were really a pair of hot messes so thank you.

YOUR FAVE BEIN TAMMY MAKES ME INFINITELY HAPPY WHOO
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GopherFrog Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 iluboth
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DawnZiarte Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, meaningful symbolism of the most basic human natures, and each one is so expressive... This is some real art. Well done :)
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, this was a really ambitious piece for us honestly- I'm so proud of it. :blushes:

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vai-russ Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
EEEE I LOVE THESE gosh it'd be awesome to have an actual card set of these omg
ort of thing
I think my favorite is probably Blaire's I love the puppeteer/spider caught in her own web sort of thing going on.
BUT THEY ARE ALL FANTASTIC~~ <3
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GOSH HONESTLY I WOULD CONSIDER IT IN THE FUTURE (i don't wanna make merch of these guys until the comic is running ya feel me)
BUT MAN THESE WOULD MAKE SWEET CARDS//;
THANK YOU SO MUCH :tighthug:
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FallonShadow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Really enjoy both sets and the symbolism used to choose both suit and position. I also love how the supporting characters are just as interesting/intriguing as the main ones cause things like this really make me want to know their full stories too =3 I enjoyed Blaire's card design the most, though likely due to the fact I've played characters with fighting styles like that so the overall design really spoke to me, though Gwen's execution is amazing with how the hands/arms are done
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh I'm so glad to hear that! We did a lot of research to set these up and it was a really fun experience, honestly! It really felt like we were getting in deep with the supporting antagonists with this one :) I'm happy you like Blaire, I felt pretty jazzed when I thought of her web puppeteer theme!

Thank you! :huggle:
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RandomThoughts189 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
I like these so much I might cry
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wahh don't cry! I'm happy you like it so much though! :iconcraiplz:
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RandomThoughts189 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Guh, I like everything of yours and your beau's. (ty)
kinda inspires me
not just kinda, but I'll keep the sap story brief

but ya'll are good people. ;3 just thought you should know.
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galaxysharks Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Blaire, Blaire is definitely my favorite omg
Especially the reverse side hjslkahfga
I really love how her face looks and how it looks like she's looking down on you dhsakfjsd * w * just Blaaaaiiiirrreeee

Bee-senpai may I please have a deck of cards like this 8)c
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ICHII THIS COMMENT IS LATE AS HECK BUT I'M SO HAPPY YOU LIKE BLAIRE'S ;///v///; SQUEAK
YOU EVEN PICKED UP ON HER CONDESCENDING LOOK (It was kind of hard to manage I'm not well-versed at that angle!)

kouhai, you can have anything your heart desires *rose petals flutter in the breeze*
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Yuujin1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!! THIS SO FUCKING FANTASTIC!!!! BRAAHHHH!! *dies from awesomeness and goes to heaven with an ukulele* ahhhh man their outfits are amazing and the flip faces like for pete sake alghrleiuhguhfgjklahsflhaeuafhiehfaliefldjlfkashdflsdhfalsdnjksd 
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AHHHHHHHHHHH YUUJ LOL I KNOW THIS IS LATE BUT SHIT YOUR EXCITEMENT MADE ME EXCITED WTF SHIT 
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THANK YOU SHIT OMG AGAEFGBHNBGSF :iconoldschoolownedplz:
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Yuujin1 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
EXCITEMENT IS CONTAGIOUS DIDN'T YOU KNOW~!!!!Panda - Running GIMPed Nyuu (Excited) [V2]  

YOUR VERY WELCOME!! LightningYayz for Kalvanas 
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magusVroth Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Artist
By the powers that be, I love everything about this set. I feel like we get so much more than just a new piece of art for these fantastic characters; we finally get a deeper sense of who each of them really are on the inside, as well. A candy coating with a sickly center...

I really admire all the thought and work that you guys put into these sets, and these are definitely something that I'll be able to keep to heart as I watch each and every one of them go along their path, for better and for worse. You two are amazing, for true. :) :heart:
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MissMellifluous Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HNNN TWIN THESE LOOK SO LOVELY, I ESPECIALLY LOVE BLAIRE'S OMG
Also waaah radiohead ;v; I LOVE RADIOHEAD.  BUT NOT AS MUCH AS I LOVE THESE CARDS.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HEEHEE THANK YOU TWIN I'M REALLYYY HAPPY WITH HOW BLAIRE'S CAME OUT :heart:
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