Penny Dreadful tarot sketch cards

Penny Dreadful tarot sketch cards, Soni Alcorn-Hender

For the Penny Dreadful trading card set, Cryptozoic Entertainment asked me to draw the 22 Major Arcana cards of the Tarot in a way that fitted the feel of the show – but without using actor likenesses.  So I took the traits of the main characters, blended them with the Major Arcana archetypes, mirrored the compositions of the original Rider Waite tarot cards (included below for reference), and lavished them with a heady mix of Penny Dreadful themes and symbols.
Everything I put in the cards has a Penny Dreadful reason, and a Tarot reason, for being there.  Everything. o.O

Inks, acrylics, gold medium, and 22k gold leaf. Everything except the lettering of the card names and numbers is hand-drawn or painted.

Official info about this set release here: http://www.cryptozoic.com/trading-cards/penny-dreadful-trading-cards-season-1

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Dreamers of Darkness

‘Dreamers of Darkness’ sketch card set for sadlittles.com. I took classic literary horror as my inspiration

The Dark Nights are here

Halloween is a splendid time of year: the perfect excuse to eat your bodyweight in chocolate and wear your superhero costume in public. But any truly sinister creature knows that Halloween isn’t the best time to venture forth, precisely because the streets are full of chocolate-buzzed nutjobs dressed as superheroes. No, these chaps prefer a time that’s quieter and darker than Halloween: the night when the clocks go backward; the 13-hour night that ushers in Winter and heralds the dying of the light. Things are about to get very dark, and (as it’s me) that also means Victorian! (Apparently modern culture has monsters as well, but really, phoo, who cares?) These precious little monsters are all sketch-card sized paintings (2.5 x 3.5 inches) adorned with gory little treasures for a 3-dimensional touch.  The sale of each of these contributed a little something to an array of apt charities; for example Dracula helped an organisation in Africa get clean blood, Sweeney Todd’s donation went to Locks of Love; you get the idea. So swoon gracefully into the nearest velvet chaise, and enjoy!