A Japanese Folk Tale: Okiku ~ Lines

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Lines for Okiku, the wronged maiden of the ten plates

Hair and more hair, that’s what can be summarized from the illustration of Okiku, twists and turns made quite the therapy to carefully ink and “sculpt”.

In case you missed it, the coloured finished version and her ghostly story is waiting for you at a previous post: A Japanese Folk Tale: Okiku.

★Have a great week and stay inspired!★

Book of Zhu – Half-Dragons

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It’s time to share a design of a race with dragon ancestry that we’ve made for Book of Zhu. What it means is that we got to play around to create a hybrid creature, making it mainly Zhuni (human features) with Zhu Dragon characteristics.

There were several features that we looked forward to adopt as the Dragons themselves are majestic creatures with visible mana bursting through their scales since they create mana and chi in their own mana furnace and also their wings are covered in tiny scales that make them extremely tough.
As hybrids it seemed interesting for us to keep the mana bursts in several points, specially as a feature that would add impact in a fight, a punch or kick fuelled by an extra power to land it! We would think twice before stepping on their toes…

Here are more characters that we’ve worked on:
Alternative outfits: Aya, Rani, The Empress, Eraeli and Ing Rao.
Concept: Mika, Maru and Yi-Sunai

There’s more about the project right at the Book of Zhu webpage.

★Have a great weekend and stay inspired!★

Ciara, the Black Amazon of Mars ~ Lines

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Linesforthe hot blooded reliable beauty

This is the closing of the Heroines Pin Ups for the Illustrated Stark: 70th Anniversary of Leigh Brackett’s space Opera, for which we made the concept art, illustrations and covers while loving every minute of it. The three volumes are published by the sci-fi fan favourite Cirsova Publishing.
Ciara and her lines, the tribute for volume 3, in all her fiery self, keeping an attentive eye on everything, just in case.

Don’t miss the original finished illustrations and their lines as well:
Volume 1: Berild and Berild’s Lines
Volume 2: Varra and Varra’s Lines
Volume 3: Ciara and her lines are right on this post!

If you would like to know more check out these links:
Take a look at Cirsova Publishing blog
Check Black Amazon of Mars at Amazon (kindle and paperback)
Get the Illustrated Stark: 70th Anniversary Edition (hardcover)

★Stay inspired!★

Ciara, the Black Amazon of Mars

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The tall blue eyed bird Ciara, hot blooded and ready to handle whatever needs breaking.

It’s time for the last book’s heroine to come forth. Praise Ciara from the third volume of the Illustrated Stark: Black Amazon of Mars by Leigh Brackett. All illustrations and covers of the three volumes are by us, StarTwo, and it’s published by the sci fi fan favourite, Cirsova Publishing.

Ciara is truly a character full of surprises. Not only is she master of the art of war but also owner of the true meaning of inner strength. It made us feel like she was ready to move mountains, literal or figuratively. And yet, there is also a sweet side, rational but not less giving.

As the passage on the book describes her well, inner fire is a strong part of her.
“The throat he held was white and strong, and his hands around it were buried in a mane of red-gold hair that fell down over the shirt of mail. A red mouth passionate with fury, wonderful curving bone under sculptured flesh, eyes fierce and proud and tameless as the eyes of a young eagle, fire-blue, defying him, hating him…”

She is fuelled by a strength that comes from inside, framed with long free flowing fire coloured hair, roaring and ready to stand until she can fight no more. Even then, she will surely be standing, pulling the best part of you to the battle, pushing you forward, not stopping until you are successful. We all need a Ciara in our lives!

Don’t miss the original finished illustrations and their lines as well:
Volume 1, “The Queen of the Martin Catacombs”: Berild and Berild’s Lines
Volume 2, “The Enchantress of Venus”: Varra and Varra’s Lines
Volume 3, “The Black Amazon of Mars”: Ciara is right here and Ciara’s Lines

Want to know more? Fancy a light novel read? Then check out these links!
Give a look at Cirsova’s publishing blog
Check Black Amazon of Mars at Amazon (kindle and paperback)
Get the Illustrated Stark: 70th Anniversary Edition (hardcover)

★See you soon and stay inspired!★

Varra, the Enchantress of Venus ~ Lines

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Lines under the wicked silver fairy of Venus.

Let there be more lines for the pinups of the Illustrated Stark: 70th Anniversary of Leigh Brackett’s characters we did for the volumes published by Cirsova Publishing.
Here are Varra’s lines! The heroine of the second volume and her silver curls.

Don’t miss the original finished illustrations and their lines:
Volume 1: Berild and Berild’s Lines
Volume 2: Varra and Varra’s Lines
Volume 3: Ciara and Ciara’s Lines

Fancy a light novel read? Then check out these links!
Take a look at Cirsova’s publishing blog
Check Echantress of Venus at Amazon (kindle and paperback) and at Barnes & Noble
Get the Illustrated Stark: 70th Anniversary Edition (hardcover)

★Have a great week and stay inspired!★