Bone & Ebon Playing Cards by Noah Whippie & NoirArts
Artwork is created by Noah Whippie – a comic book artist, graphic designer and illustrator.
Noah is also an amateur card magician, which means understanding the importance of a well-designed deck.
This deck is not his first. He has already published Bicycle Coffin Fodder deck.
Each of the suits represents a different caste of society.
The hearts are the clergy, diamonds – merchants, clubs – military, and spades – the working class. That concept is carried over substituting artisans for working class, giving the deck the significance of a “dark zodiac” of sorts.
Each of the assets were hand illustrated and then digitally compiled to give it a more traditional feel. The deck reads like a 54-page occult manuscript steeped in otherworldly dark aesthetics.
With an intense focus on Gothic surrealism. The glyphs or “letters” that was used in the designs are stylized “demonic calligraphy”, a unique phonetic alphabet – to add character and subtext to the art.
The cross symbol is one of Noah’s own design that he often adds to the art as a hidden “second signature” called “the infernal cross”.
Both decks feature accents of artwork made by applying of metallic silver and golden inks.