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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If you found me at Comic Con Portugal… :D

For those of you whom I met in Porto last week, I was trying to explain what sketch cards are and give an idea of work I’ve done before. But it’s easier to show you. :)

Here’s a sample of sketches included with the trading card set for Topps & New Line Cinema Lord of the Rings:
There are more HERE and HERE.


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And some of the sketches for various Star Wars sets for Topps and Lucasfilm :
There are (many) more here for the Empire Strikes Back, and here for the animated Clone Wars series (which I really enjoyed), and here for all the Star Wars things before the new movies.

And here’s a sample of the tarot cards (major arcana only) I was asked to make for the Penny Dreadful set, based on the themes & symbols of the show, but not using the actors’ likenesses.
You can see more about these particular cards HERE, there are many more which I still need to upload to my site!

Penny Dreadful tarot cards, preview, Soni Alcorn-Hender

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