The Jack of Masks

This is the last of the jacks I did for CSFG Publishing’s upcoming A Hand of Knaves anthology. Since the other three cards focused heavily on the genres, science fiction, fantasy and horror, I wanted to give a shout out to urban and contemporary fantasy with this final card.

A tough girl with a dragon delivering pizza? Hell yes, I hope someone writes her story in the anthology.

A fire conjuring boy with his trio of ferrets? What adventures they might have!

Hope you liked the art. I’ll post back when the cover design eventually goes up.

x.

Shauna O’Meara.

A Hand of Knaves – CSFG Publishing

I was recently commissioned by CSFG Publishing to create the cover for their latest anthology, A Hand of Knaves. The cover is still pending design because the submission window only opened today and the editors are waiting to see what stories come in.

In the meantime, I have been asked to create a series of speculative fiction inspired knavish Jack cards as promotional material for the impending Kickstarter. One of the stretch goals is to have an entire deck created.

Card 1: This is a horror card of the KEY suit. 

The top character is a regency-era zombie ala Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Extra details I added in the design include a necklace of human teeth and tiny rib-bone motifs in the bust of the dress. The flowers in her hair are arum lilies: death lilies.

The other character is a medusa-style pirate complete with ye olde pirate hat and neat dress jacket. The parrot is a bird called a sun conure.

The key is an old-style key with a rat skull top.

Card 2: This is a science fiction card of the COIN suit.

The top character is a wild-west style robot. Extra details include solar-panels on the head, explosive dice and a virtual parrot on the shoulder (being an icon, only the parrot’s head is included: it is essentially an emoji).

The lower character is also robotic. This espionage robot uses a false human face to blend in and steal plans. I love the idea of her eyes and mouth being screens on which any design of mouth or eye can be projected. I included a Starship Enterprise influenced design on the gourd just because it was fun.

The coins are my own design, with a shape modeled off old Chinese coins.

Card 3: this is a fantasy card of the KNIFE suit.

This was my first crack at doing a card so is not quite as accomplished as the other two with regard to character merging.

The top character is a wealthy poisoner of monstrous kings.

The lower character is a Lord who takes from the poor and gives to, well, himself.

This will be the back of the cards. It shows the four suits that I have designed: MASK, KNIFE, KEY and COIN.