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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 She’s dormant and withdrawn, sheltering a wounded heart- but shines brightest and is at her strongest when honest, heart exposed.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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30 Day Magical Person Challenge List HERE


REBLOG EACH SET ON TUMBLR!
Set 1 (1-6) :star: Set 2 (7-12) :star: Set 3 (13-18) :star: Set 4 (19-24) :star: Set 5 (25-30)
:iconsparklesplz: ~+*ULTIMATE SEPTEMBER MAGICAL GIRL INTERLUDE*+~ :iconsparklesplz:

I ENCOURAGE ANYONE THAT WANTS TO READ THE BLURBS ON EACH OF THESE PIECES TO CHECK OUT THE TUMBLR LINKS ABOVE TO THE SETS.
That's where I rambled on about each of them more in detail. Characters featured here are 90% ones I already own that I've either revamped for this challenge or just cameoed for the fun of it, so if you recognize someone, that's probably why! *w*;

If you guys can't tell by now, the magical girl genre is my lifeblood. From random fan characters, assorted loose characters, or actual series Ty's helped bring conceptual life to like recently, this is one of those things I'm totally nuts for. I've wanted to do this challenge like crazy- far before the 30day Monster girls one, but I had to legit mentally prepare myself for it for a while before I could. OTL// I really like it when the genre is diversified, so things like super heroes and solitary heroines definitely feel magical girlesque to me, hence why some of these probably don't fit the frilly pink staple that is mahou shoujo. But yeah, I hope you guys enjoy this month long explosion of designing I did to kickstart my productivity again!

If you're interested, also check out my

30 Day Monster Girl Challenge!


Each was done in Paint Tool SAI on a 500x800 canvas with a tablet and lots of patience/endurance. I dunno how I survived. Text is added in PS7.

So guys, here comes the hard hitting question... :evillaugh:
TOP 5 FAVORITES ANYONE? And why? I'd love to hear your faves! :dance:
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:star: PART ONE:
Meme - Palette Prompts 1 by Ai-Bee

REBLOG HERE


From this tumblr palette challenge part two:

02 Bailey | white outlines... she has a facemodel now, can you guess who?
04 Mint | Ty's from Saladays! one of my faves... 
05 Wen | also ty's; our collabed book keepers)
06 Kirby | white outlines
10 Linette | fantasy world **also on art blog
15 Atka | Solaris **took me forever to get this last one done but it's my FAVORITE NOW
16 Jess | Picture This: JayJess
17 Piper | Sleep tight **bonus normal colors on my art blog
18 Stella | Picture This: StellaGale

Thank you for the faves/watches/comments and suggestions! I would like to do another one of these challenges sometime!
I'd also love to know.... your favorites~  (。´∀`)ノ *dun dun DUUNN*
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Reblog on Tumblr | Ty's Version Here




I'll search for you and find you
These questions are just answers on the other side of clarity
I'll reach for you and know you
I swear this time I'll pour myself out for you until there's nothing left


Bloom - Mae




Happy anniversary, PT! (And happy late birthday, Sam!)
I know this is rather Sam&Sara centric, but we are working on their story the most right now, it seemed only fitting. Ty suggested calling it Chapter 0 and it couldn't fit better, really... this is how they are pre-story. (Obviously not 100% of the time, but y'know the feeling you get when you want to talk to/be friends with that one person but can't bring yourself to? Like that.)

I did quite a few drafts for this piece last year but it never was completed. It ended up getting simplified and collaborated on which I think really made all the difference! I'm so happy with it and proud of what Ty contributed to it. She helped me lay out and refine the panels and thumbs I had down and I lined it all! Then she took the rough colors I had and refined those too and did the text.

Picture This and Sam&Sara is a collaborated series by myself and Tyshea, about love between girls.
Sam & Sara gallery | My PT Gallery | Tyshea's PT gallery | Ty's Sam & Sara Gallery


Thank you for the watches, faves, and comments! :love: I hiighly suggest checking out the tumblr link, you can listen to the song as you view!

Comment on Ty's post here~
PT SxS - Chapter 0 by Tyshea

Edit: This isn't the actual comic. It's an illustration comic representing their feelings/emotions prior to the story so this isn't what the actual comic will look like. Sorry if it mislead you...! OTL
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:star: Tumblr Post Here! :star:

So I was REALLY excited Ava’s Demon was having a design contest… I’d wondered what mine would look like when I first started reading and now I had an excuse to design her! Yesss!! “ヽ(´▽`)ノ”

I really really really love themes and hidden meanings and the way the canon characters both match yet also foil an aspect of their demons. I really wanted my demon to represent both good, bad, and neutral things. So ok lets see how well I can summarize this oh gosh.



:bulletyellow: My demon’s name is Notimbia Apeiro!
Notimibia is an anagram of Ambition, and Aperio is from the Greek word Aperios/Apeiron, meaning infinite.
I struggle with my ambitions, anxiety, and self doubt- Ambition is a close word to me because it’s powerful and overwhelming. I drew myself with my hand on her arm because I’m afraid of her and her power, but I also depend on her. I liked how ambition is infinite like the galaxy, which I also associate with; So my irises are space-y blue-green with a stylized yellow star like a compass rose!

:bulletgreen: About her design…
I wanted her to be a condensed powerhouse- A supernova star, with a boiling core of energy and potential. Our element is light/lightning, which I figured was a good way to summarize all that “potential energy”. Light can be invigorating, but also unstable under pressure. When I’m drawing energy from her, I’d glow from my eyes/mouth/nose/hair. Then extreme situations would I start conducting electricity and zapping things (in the way that Ava’s extremes include vomiting lava and burning stuff!) The times I do let her “help” me, I get wired and go very fast. But afterwards there is a crash and a long period of fussing and being exceptionally jittery/nervous and reluctant to try again.

I’ve always associated with fairies, which is why my door is on my back where wings would be and are vaguely wing-shaped. Also, it’s incredibly hard to reach from its location, and equally hard to open because the handles are conductive. No pain no gain, right? Just need to be ambitious to open it...

For Notimbia, I decided to blend that into her (as some space fairy alien race) but also bring in something more sturdy than the bees and moths I usually liken myself to- So I chose a beetle; in the way her skin is sectioned, her serrated horns, and her multiple arms- which also double as a metaphorical “more hands = more opportunities"

I wanted a visual dichotomy of how she’s both masculine and feminine in the opposite way I am. Tall vs short, thick vs thin, strong vs petite, short hair vs long hair, multiple eyes vs bad vision, ambition vs apprehension. She has the strength to do incredible things, but as per terms of our pact she’s restrained by me, which is why her gauntlets are chained together. (But our pact was willing)

Also, I figure the inside of my mindspace would be like space and a surreal fantasy forest with a lot of liquid bodies of stars, space, fairy-type sprite beings, and glowy bits. A star forest!

If I had to pick a sin for her to represent… Ahh, it’s pretty hard. I’m personally most like Sloth (apprehension, inaction) but I feel like this would be best associated with Greed, as in constantly wanting to do more/be better/not being good enough. I’d have to spend days re-configuring how this design represents that though omg… I headcanoned that other demons that were an embodiment of an emotion or state of being were lesser forms of the sins- so not quite as high in rank, y’know? But yeah!

:bulletblue: About Notim!
Notim herself is a very ‘tough love’ personality. She’s ‘less talk more action’ and she can get very frustrated with the way I refuse to act when she would have. She’s confident, decisive, and impatient when I’m the opposite. She also a bit self-serving and unsympathetic of “distractions”, whereas I can’t seem to let little things go. She’s tried being cruel, parental, a teacher, and a drill sergeant with me- all with mixed results. She’s a bit reluctant to be outright gentle at first, but learns a little patience and kindness do go a long way in motivating her less-than-brave host.

When she wasn't a ghost, she was a warrior, a soldier, and a leader or general of some kind- She was moderately less exasperated and more… well, freely ambitious! She also enjoyed competitive alien sports. (Which naturally, I can’t even look at without getting nervous, nevermind participating in. She thinks I’m the most timid unmotivated space-lamb that she’s ever seen.)




And… I guess that’s everything I have to say! This was really really fun to think up and do research for. +__+ I feel satisfied! Thank you for reading if you did omg that was so verbose! Oh, and be sure to check out all the entries in the #ddcontest2k14 tag on tumblr, there’s some awesome stuff in there!

Sorry for random bare-bee-back gpoy shot hahaha.... *runs around shirtless and gets back to work now sorry sorry*
Thank you for the faves/watches/comments!! :love: 

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Picture This
By *Tyshea and *Ai-Bee
A collection of short stories about love between girls. Jay&Jess is the second of the four arcs.
Visit the PT progress Tumblr here!

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A day fashionably late, but Happy Birthday, Jess! My little trouble-making Scorpio. ;P
So adhering to what seems to be a pattern this year with birthday art, we had a plot-bunny for Jess's everything. Along with her recent haircut (which seems to be getting shorter and more defined every time I draw it, yay!) Ty and I had a pretty great idea for fleshing out her parents. (Which I regret to say I haven't drawn yet...)

They still need names, but- Her Dad is a European Spaniard that came to New York for business as a lawyer, which eventually relocates him to Texas, where he meets Mom, a fiery African American basketball coach. They end up having Jess there, but have to return to NY when she's about to enter high-school, making Jess leave her Texas lifestyle- and Jay- behind.

So yes!! Jess is Afro-Spanish! :dance: I finally got around to undoing the whitewashing she's suffered quite a bit since her conception, ahaha;; So I went back around into her past to  sort of re-visualize her growing up. It was much needed, imho. I didn't make this into an Age Meme, however, because she may still indeed grow and her features/etc may stabilize even more by the time we get to doing age memes for JayJess.

Age 6: She's pretty bright and sort of a crime-stopper, and tends to be really blunt. (Childish honesty coupled with her daddy's nack for law) She stands up for Jay (who is bullied a lot) without a second thought. They also share a name, so the nicknames Jess and Jay are born here, and ultimately how they meet.

Age 10: A couple years of becoming steadfast friends with Jay started to shape her into a rough and tumble tomboy, but between the two of them, Jess is far more subtle and composed, with a bit of a leader presence. She's kind of the cool kid on campus.

Age 14: Moved away before the look you see here (at about 12-13), she's thrust into the NY lifestyle and learns really fast she needs to drop all of her southern quirks and poor temper if she wants to be cool and fit in. As she starts to streamline her look (Joins swimming instead of BBall, cuts off her hair and starts to flat iron it ahah) she becomes more popular and promptly falls into the dating scene. Drama and wacky hi-jinks ensue.

Age 18: End result of four years of being a popular trendy heart-throb. Essentially dropped all of her rough-n-tumble nature to be a cool, calm lady-killer and never intends to go back.... or so she thinks.

Done in SAI, text in potatoshop 7~

In other news, Ty is visiting on Friday for Thanksgiving week. Oh boy, thankful doesn't even begin to cut it. /lays on side

Thank you for the comments, favorites, and watches! :love:
 

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Reblog here!


From this tumblr post floatin around, we have the first half of 18:

Monica is palette 12 (both mona and this palette were popular!)
01 for that rapscallion Rilu
11 for Quinn (two people requested this exact one!! omg)
8 for Graham (hopin' to do more boys in the second one)
3 for Einnea (FOR U CAIT)
9 for Summer (from here and here, an unexpected request!!)
13 for Dora (FOR U TY)
7 for Phoebe/Mew Plum
14 for Sara (i used white before i realized it was cheating sorry) 

I'm trying to do all 18 palettes so expect a second installment later on eventually! If you wanna request one you can just make sure I haven't done 'em already!
Done in sai far too slowly for my tastes! Feel free to tell me your favorites :D Thank you for the watches/faves as well! :heart: blush blush by Emoji-kun
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Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays everyone! :holly:

I'm just gonna post this up now because it's finished- my other x-mas gifts will have to wait til' tomorrow.
This is for *Tyshea, aka my favorite person in the world. You might be outta town right now, but I can still spoil you rotten, right? 
pandas by Emoji-kun

These are her SalaDays OCs; Ash the vampire, Autumn the banshee, Mint the werewolf, and Ren the death god-- and the reason we met, more or less. I've drawn Autumn and Mint before here and there, but I think it was a good excuse to draw them all together. :'P Please accept this CYMK nonsense, my love.

Done in SAI in a day because I went crazy.
Thanks for looking, and for faving/commenting/watching! :love:
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Hey guys! :wave:
Happy december! My thanksgiving was ~+*spectacular*+~, but now I return... with arts. ヽ( ★ω★)ノ

This was something I did over a period of a few months or so.. I wanted to thoroughly check how varied my skintones, hair-preferences, facial features, and naming conventions were to make sure there wasn't an imbalance of any one thing. I had a bad history of using pretty light skintones on just about everything when I started creating PoC characters, and I was worried that I still did it without thinking sometimes... but with that said, I'm pretty happy with the turnout of this! *waves tiny flag*

These are all main characters of various original stories of mine (ones developed enough to be drawn, anyway) but I can already think of three or more off the top of my head that I didn't include here because they're still concepts. *lays on side sadly* (I had to force myself to stop) This is also not counting like my pokemon gijinkas, since I haven't designed most of them yet either. Also no guys' version for now, though I plan on doing something fun with all my male identifying OCs sometime though! ;P If I can in the future (and don't outgrow this style by then, ahhh) I'll add more characters to this.

I also would very much love love to do more sets like these for my other WoC as well, but that relies on my free time. We'll see!

And now, a bulletpoints about each of them; starting at the center top with Charli and going clockwise! If they don't have links, I don't have a satisfactory drawing of them yet/this is their first updated debut. Please note not everyone is human... seems obvious enough? :XD: A lot of them are super-heroines, or magical girls. I won't be upset if you don't read it though ahahaha OTL/// /talks to self instead

:bulletred: Charli: [Asanbosam] She does slam poetry, enjoys beatnik culture, and adores caramel flavored beverages.
:bulletorange: Theodora: Dora is slightly reluctant magical girl, a history major, trans*woman, and a walking encyclopedia. Hardly ever smiles.
:bulletblue: Linette: From another time, a medieval knight-in-training that loves adventure and naturally inclined to help people. She falls in love with a grumpy witch.
:bulletpink: Natifah: Tiffy's trying to recover from her rough history. She loves nail art and cute makeup cases and her new unexpected boyfriend. She'd like to be a hairstylist if she could afford college. Abagael's younger sister.
:bulletorange: Trae: A short tempered tomboy with a lot of misplaced anger and a pretty rough life. A klepto and a pyromaniac. Is bestowed fire powers and dons the title "Salamander."
:bulletgreen: Shawntay: Shawn's a solitary, tech-savvy computer wizz who works at a computer parts shop- Discovers computer chips that give her cyber-mech abilities and armor. But what about the other chips? oooh!
:bulletpurple: Wynona: A laid-back, vain, intimidating beauty. Doesn't typically throw around her temper but is quite proud. She likes wine a little too much and it ends up giving her an ability she never expected.
:bulletblue: Irinora: [Giant from this fantasy race- her element is water.] She's a little scary and hardly ever seen, nevermind heard. Not much is known about her...
:bulletred: Teresa: [Apple Tree Hamadryad, "Monster High fancharacter.] She's very go-green and is also rather tall, at about 6'5".
:bulletyellow: Danica: [Lamia] her family is from Egypt. A fierce bellydancer and a bit of a maneater; good friends with Nadia.
:bulletred: Elise: Tormented by night-terrors, paranoid, and a little bit on the edge. Would really just like some friends. Can see "shadows."
:bulletpurple: Rorie: A quiet, to-herself person. Avid appreciator of music, oftentimes found with earbuds, plugged in. Has ice powers and knows how to use them, though.
:bulletorange: Sorrel: [eagle harpy] a steadfastly loyal friend, and a big sister personality. Very protective of those in her Nest, and proudly bears the law-enforcement position of Valkyrie.
:bulletblue: Jess: A New York ladykiller thrust back home to her dusty rural Texas hometown. Vain, proud, and smug as all get-out. She's half Spaniard.
:bulletblue: Kristyn: An extremely frail/ill girl but wise past her years. Has an endless fascination with astrology and gains superpowers from another planet.
:bulletpurple: Abagael: No-nonsense and street-smart. Intensely protective of her friends despite struggling with her own inner demons. Dyes her hair far too much, which inspired her younger sister Natifah to do the same.
:bulletpurple: Georgie: A quiet studious tomboy with a lot to say but not many friends to say it to. Can't see a thing without her glasses. Gets earth powers from a bashful but intelligent little mole.
:bulletgreen: Quinn: Japanese-American. Suffers from a little bit of bad luck, but works hard for her dad and little brother despite that. She's a stick that could use a good yank out of the mud.
:bulletyellow: Nadia: [succubus] Fashion-model in the making- sharp and intimidating as she is gorgeous, but she's honestly mild and relaxed about most things. It's just her intense face. Good friends with Danica.
:bulletblue: Belle: [TMM fancharacter] A to-be science major wholly invested in entomology. A bit of an oddball, lovely and eccentric, but probably more observant than what would make you comfortable to know.
:bulletpink: Avril: Grumpy gus cybergoth girl opinionated to her grave. However, she's levelheaded and her reasoning is sound if you can get past her bark and general meanness. Also gains superpowers from another planet.


:faint: ...Well, if you read all that, have a gold star. :star:
These were all sketched on paper, photoshopped together in bulk, and colored in SAI.

Feel free to let me know who caught your interest the most, I'd love to hear about it. :love:

Also check out this tutorial on how to draw ethnic hair! A great resource and big help to me :')





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I tried to control it
Tried to maintain it
Tried to contain it
But I failed terribly
And I don't know what to do

I tried to hold back
And accept the fact we ain't perfect
But what we got goin' on
might leave us both with bruises


Wild Heart - Sabi





FOR HER 24TH BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA


PART TWO


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Vaguely revisited solo-artist version of this one:

CtS - Wildhearts by Ai-Bee

For the updated universe, Solaris
and for Tyshea

Rilu and Kye from our newly transplanted story Solaris :heart:
I'm sorry the first glimpse of new Rilu you guys see is her angry and crying... which is like the 2% and the most difficult to provoke out of her whole emotional arsenal ://I;; So basically: KYE WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU DO

I wish I could've done more, but I reason maybe I can keep doing stuff for the rest of your BIRTHDAY WEEK. }8I

characters (c) myself and Ty! Done in SAI~
My Solaris Gallery | Ty's Solaris Gallery

REBLOG IT ON TUMBLR HERE</b>

*whispers loudly* you guys should all blow up her DA with birthday wishes with me yes
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