Ebon Annis

Card art for Heresy Research Labs game. Each character will have it’s own card to be used in the game. It takes fae legends and brings them into a dark apocalyptic world. With each of these I was given a rough description of the character and a thematic color associated with them. From there I developed the character’s image, how the description would work into it, and Heresy provided input along the way.


Ebon Annis is a folklore monster which eats children with her iron claws. She is a darkness magnet. A young pale figure that floats just high enough off the ground for her toe nails to carve a furrow. She absolutely exudes darkness and evil. Her thematic color is black.

The knee-jerk response for this, to me, would have been to simply make her have black hair, be coming out of the darkness, and just generally be a cliche. But I wanted to go the opposite route and show how pale she was (almost translucent) and contrast that with the red of the blood. Plus I wanted to really display her personality and nature by showing how much she loves her “occupation.” She’s enjoying it… is completely unapologetic… and that’s what makes her so frightening.

Robby Malvilain
Spitting Jenny
Jack Rustfingers