Bartkira StarTwo style! Vol 5

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Hello everyone!★★
Today we bring you the page we did for the Bartkira project – Vol.5. (in addition to the ones we did for Vol.4! Check the post about it ►here◄ )
For those who are not familiar with the project, here’s the description on the Bartkira Roadshow youtube channel:

Bartkira is an animated parody mash-up of The Simpsons and Akira. Based on an idea by Ryan Humphrey articulated through comics, the concept was expanded with the Bartkira project, a comic collaboration of Simpsons fans, curated by James Harvey. In association with the comic, Moon Animate Make-Up producer Kaitlin Sullivan pitched the idea of an animated trailer to match and with the work of over fifty artists, produced the Bartkira animated trailer.

We had a lot of fun once again, as expected, but there was more work involved due to the different characters and rhythm of the action.
Despite the slow pace, this gave us an opportunity to turn what could be considered a “boring” page into something more into the Simpsons’ Universe, but not without being worried on how to translate “Akira” into “Simpsons”.

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Squidnapping! Squid smack!

In the end we decided to bring a story within a story, hence the “squidnapping”, making this our favourite page from the ones we made. Well, besides the one with the appearance of Sideshow Bob, because… It’s Sideshow Bob.

Here are some of the stages of the page and also some character studies we did to get a better grip of each one of them.

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Preliminary layout

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We hope you enjoy them just as much as we enjoyed being part of this project!
Take care, everyone!★★

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Inktober 2016 – Day 31

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“W-we can do t-thiiis!”

And here we are at the end of our first Inktober ever and what a wonderful ending, to end it with Halloween!
It’s been a wonderful journey. It taught us a thing or two about time management and helped us to beat some doubts and fears when doing traditional work. We hope to keep improving and keep reaching for our trusty pens and not just the digital tablets!

We would like to give a huge THANK YOU to all of you that have been coming to our blog. We are humbled by seeing so many of you coming back to check our things and keep connecting by chosing to follow our work! Really, thank you so very much! We hope to soon give you the chance to win a little thank you gift so stay tuned!

And now get your witch’s hats out, grab some candy and do the zombie shuffle! Woo! Happy Halloween!!

Back in action with Japan’s Party/Festa do Japão 2016!

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Oh dear here we go, getting cobwebs on this blog…
Dear everyone, thank you once again for sticking around and still being willing to continue following our (mis)adventures in the real and virtual world! We are back once again and will happily resume posting to our hearts content so please ride the hype train with us!

Like always, we went M.I.A. for good reasons, one of them being our participation on last weekend’s Japan Party! It’s the equivalent of England’s Japanese Matsuri in London and we were so glad to attend!

A hot, sunny day for a bright party! Koi, koi everywhere!

A hot, sunny day for a bright party! Koi, koi everywhere!

Helping to get the stand ready with Jan Ken Pon's team mates!

Helping to get the stand ready and realizing the sun was ready to cook everything alive. Better put those noodles in the shade guys!

We got invited due to our participation on Jan Ken Pon’s newest issue that featured a whole story from 2010 by 50% StarTwo (here’s looking at the Cat) and it was just perfect for the party. The theme was chosen and celebrated the 150 years of friendship between Portugal and Japan.

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It made our hearts skip a beat to be honest ♥

Apart from helping promote the Jan Ken Pon’s comic newspaper, we were also there to give autographs and make some portraits and since we had the time for it, we actually had a little Japan Party Souvenir ready! If anyone wants to buy one of these, get in touch, thank you!

Portraits, check. Souvenir quimono gal, check...

Portraits, check. Souvenir quimono gal, check…

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One friendly Cat, check!

13494839_934833863299817_3148206751554972286_nAnd soon enough… the madness begun. It was the first time we went to the Japan Party so we had no clue what would happen. But because we were in an open space, people started to approach us even before the event started. We truly wished we had pretty pictures of everything that went on stage but…

Draw faster!! Relax we got this, I t-think!

Draw faster!! Relax we got this, I t-think!

… but soon this was our reality. It’s bizniss as usual for us. We’re so happy about that but boy, it was really demanding, especially as the day progressed. Next time, hats. Definitely hats. If you guys ever have to draw outside, even inside a comfy stand, get hats.

Our many thanks to Jan Ken Pon who took some of these photos and to everyone who gave us a hand, spoke to us and congratulated us on our work! We will aim for better, always!

Apologies if we sound too hyper. Chocolate cookies and coffee are the culprits. Take care everyone! See you soon!

 

 

From Red to Black: a lineart demo

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Hello there, everyone!

We’re getting close to another event thus we’ve been busy getting things ready for it (more on that soon!) and, since we’ll be doing manga portraits and it seems people have been curious about our method, we decided to share it with you today.
So let’s begin! (don’t be afraid, we won’t be giving you big walls of text *wink*).

You can click the images to see them bigger!

We chose a random character of ours for this and we begin by making a sketch usually with a coloured lead such as blue or red. We like these two colours a lot since it makes it easier to remove them digitally if we so desire later.

After we’re happy with our sketch, we use a regular B lead to pencil over the red lines and flesh out our drawing completely. We prefer the dark tone of the B lead since it will contrast better with the red and white of the paper. And then, thanks to our image editing software magic, we play with the channels of the image and away with the red and hello black!

This is the perfect method to quickly get your lines done and coloured and with proper care for the black lines, you don’t even need to ink your artwork, saving yourself some time when you’re rushing through deadlines.

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We love the expressiveness of pencil lines a lot!

Hope you guys enjoyed this quick demo and let us know if you would be interested in a detailed walk-through/tutorial involving the digital steps to clean the image of the red lines.  Just let us know in the comments!

See you next time!

Late adventures welcome 2016!

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Hello everyone,

We would like to wish you a very tardy yet merry Happy New Year! For us it still feels a bit surreal that another year went by, but that’s often the rule and not the exception.

2015 was an amazing year. We feel like it was a year for inner growth and to decide to put ourselves more “out there”. It’s still a work in progress but do check our previous posts to know more ❤

But now onwards to some new content or at least, a long due update! It’s also the reason why we evaporated from the web for a while.

Among finishing our projects (FNF, Bartkira), we had two events in less than a month to attend.

The first was Iberanime Opo, an anime event that is huge here in Portugal and the second was Comic Con Portugal, an even larger event with people from around the world attending and us, with spinning eyes and “busy” as our middle name, trying to keep up!

We sadly don’t have many photos to share, (we spent most of our time with the nose glued to the paper!) but here’s a little gallery just for you.

We hope you had wonderful holidays and a great 2016 start . As for us, let’s get the engines started and try our best this year too!

Let’s get busy!

Juggle, juggle

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1: Animation for FNF: http://fnf-europe.org/
2: Convention’s website: http://www.comic-con-portugal.com/ (we’ll be doing a Q&A there!)
3: Bartkira!! : http://www.bartkira.com/
4: No links to that one, thank goodness.

And there’s still plenty more (you know who you are!) but we ran out of balls…

 

 

Come have cake with us ♥!

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The impossibility to control time or realize how fast it goes sometimes, struck us today. Our little blog is one year old already! Happy Birthday, blog! One year on the virtual world and your owners have only been active for the last two months… oopsie.

We’re struggling with a lot of work but we didn’t want to let time go by again and made this little picture to mark the beginning of our new, main window to the world. And of course…

We would very much like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the visits we have been receiving and followers who are keeping an eye on our silly musings. Thank you very much for being there on the other side of the screen! So indeed:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STARLITDEN!

Ah… and now back to work!