Book of Zhu – Maru Ibeshi

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Maru, standing strong with an opposite demeanor than his sister, Rani.

Meet another character from the “Book of Zhu”, the visual novel placed in a setting heavily based on martial arts fantasy.

Here is Rani‘s younger brother, Maru.
Without an early assigned job like his sister and the experience and training derived from that opportunity, Maru at his current age hasn’t matched his sister’s levels as he keeps studying in hopes to decide his future.

Being a calm and reserved boy, he watches his mother’s attention being diverted to his sister and her antics, leaving him feeling a bit put aside.
Despite all that, he relies on his sister’s advice and comfort as he searches his own path.

There’s a lot more to know about him and other characters right at the Book of Zhu website!

We intend to do more posts about the work we have done -and keep doing- for Book of Zhu, so stay tuned!★★

Book of Zhu – Rani Ibeshi

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Meet Rani, if you feel like you shouldn’t poke her even from a safe distance, you’re definitely right. She’s a strong fighter with a matching attitude.

We bring you another character from the “Book of Zhu”, the visual novel placed in a setting heavily based on martial arts fantasy.

Rani belongs to the high caste society, settled since young age to be the retainer of Princess Aya, everyone seems to see her hardly unfit for the job with her rebellious attitude and shortcuts from the protocol required.
Despite everything pointed at her, Rani remains a strong fighter, away from criminal activity and always at Princess Aya’s side as a retainer and as a friend.

There’s a lot more to know about her and other characters right at the Book of Zhu website!

We intend to do more posts about the work we have done -and keep doing- for Book of Zhu, so stay tuned!★★

Book of Zhu – Princess Aya

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This is Aya in her more formal wear, which still allows her to kick anyone’s lights out, so best not play your luck…

We have been working with Jalek Moye for a couple of years and we’ve been more than delighted to bring forth his visions come to visuals for his “Book of Zhu”, a visual novel placed in a setting heavily based on martial arts fantasy.

Here we bring you one of his characters, Princess Aya Li Qiao. She is the heir to the Imperial throne but of course it’s not so simple. So we invite you to know more about her and the other characters right at the Book of Zhu website!

We intend to do more posts about the work we have done -and keep doing- for Book of Zhu, so keep posted!★★

The Costume History book review

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Once in a while we’ll make an attempt at reviewing some of the stuff we use in our daily jobs. This is one of these attempts. Be gentle. Also, you can just slide down to the images in case you’re in a hurry ;)

It’s wonderful to be in the digital era where search engines bring us all the amazing research we need but some stuff you can’t find online (or you can, but not in the highest of resolutions.) So whenever a massive book on Historical costumes appear, it’s like a blessing from above.
One of those books is Taschen’s “The Costume History” by Auguste Racinet.

Within its 400+ pages you’ll find depictions of clothes worn around the world but you get more than one flavour of these, since the book is divided in 4 different chapters and each covers a certain period. It’s a wonderful travel from the ancient eras all the way to the 19th century. This book gives a true sense of costume evolution since you get to see what some countries donned from the medieval era, to the renaissance, to the dawn of the modern era.

Other extremely important things in this book are the depictions of not only the clothes but also hairstyles, jewelry and even some of the every day items in the lives of these far away people as well where they lived. True, it’s not thorough enough but it’s a good starting point to further your research.

Lastly, we’d like to say that this book does not teach you how these clothes were assembled or even put on. Many times you won’t find how the costumes looked from more than one angle which is something that for us can become a bit frustrating but the thousands upon thousands of images from nobles to peasants, daily life depictions and luscious colours are truly fabulous.

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Hope you enjoyed this mini review and let us know your thoughts! Do you have this book too? What’s your favourite historical costume?