A StarTwo Thank You

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Dear all,

Today’s post is exceptionally for you.

It’s a simple Thank You message to convey our appreciation for your constant visits and support, for following and engaging with us.

In this confusing world of constant rush we will always strive to welcome you with stories and the work that we create.

★Thank you for being the stars that make us grow★

 

 

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Grandia, StarTwo style!

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It’s a joyous day for any Japanese rpg aficionado! One of the most beloved titles from the 90’s era named Grandia, together with its first sequel, Grandia II, gets an HD release today.

Oh Grandia, how long has it been? Our nostalgia filled souls already have your soundtrack blaring for all to hear (well, not on the stereo because it’s still daytime… we’re respectful neighbors) and we celebrate by drawing your sweet, memorable characters!
This game might not be the best jrpg out there, the plot is quite simplistic and the most demanding rpg gourmand among us might quickly decide to snub it, however, for us two, it was a hit straight to our gamer hearts.

Without geeking out too much, here’s what we believe the game offers very, very well:

• An awesome combination of medias: engaging story that keeps you moving forward, fun game mechanics, great music evoking the feeling of exploration.

• The feeling that you’re truly going on an adventure and on the search of an ancient civilization.

• Well written characters that are equally appealing visually, with their looks perfectly representing their roles and personality.

On our image, from left to right we got Justin, a troublemaker of a kid, dreaming of becoming an adventurer and honor the legacy of his ancestors, Sue, the cutest girl in town, but with wits and attitude to match and Feena, an adventurer from the New World, with a few well kept secrets. And there’s also Puffy in accessory mode on Sue’s head.
And now we get to travel by their side once again, on their quest to reach The End Of The World and maybe, even go beyond it because as we know, the World never ends and neither do adventures.

Charming, delightful, a bit frustrating at times but very well paced, Grandia is the perfect treat for this weekend. Hurray!

★Stay inspired everyone!★

A Portuguese Folk Tale – Cardil, the Bull ~ Lines

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The colour illustration for the folktale of “Cardil, the Bull” wouldn’t be complete without at least a detail of its lines.
Poor Cardil… If you’re wondering why he’s looking so upset, don’t miss the opportunity to read the story on our previous post. Or even quicker, by clicking right here.

★We hope you have a great week and stay inspired!★

A Portuguese Folk Tale – Cardil, the Bull

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Today’s folktale is a simple tale of Temptation versus Loyalty swirling around a prized bull named Cardil. Curiously, we were unable to discover the meaning of the name in Portuguese, but we discovered the name in Ireland having its origins in an old Gaelic word, “ardghal”, which means “high valor”.  Very fitting for the esteemed pet of a king!
This story, with deep roots in Portuguese tradition is usually told in the island of Madeira, in the region of Algarve and the city of Coimbra. In the Sicilian tales we discovered a similar tale but instead of a bull, it is a goat that will test the hero’s faithfulness.

Now without further ado, let’s begin our retelling of this tale!

Cardil, The Bull

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A Portuguese Folk Tale sneak peak

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Temptation and loyalty, is what our next Portuguese Folktale will bring you! Probably in the least expected way and the least expected results…

So be sure to visit soon and we’ll tell you all about it with the final illustration!

★Have a great week and stay inspired!★

Book of Zhu – Ing Rao Event Image

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Today we bring you a different peek into art we’ve done for Book of Zhu, a visual novel placed in a setting heavily based on martial arts fantasy. A glimpse of some steps of an event image of Ing Rao in the Palace’s Kitchen.

We posted Ing Rao in her chef’s outfit previously and she has one of the best quotes that can be applied to mostly anything to keep your motivation going. It goes like this:

“We’ve all got different Mak Ti, for you it’s fighting for me it’s cooking. What matters is that we both put our soul into whatever we do!”

We’ll take Ing Rao’s wise words and keep doing what we do, invigorated! She could think about a side job as being a motivational coach and we would register in a flash. But first, members discount maybe?

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

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

★We hope you have a great weekend and stay inspired!★

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!★