A Dog from the Past

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All is as it should be, no need to double check on your calendar, there was no Time travel and we’re still going with this bizarre year 2020.

With a sort of memory lane, we noticed the illustration we did way back in 2018 to celebrate the beginning of the Dog Year in the new Lunar Calendar and it seems that we have never shared it on the blog and the feeling of a sort of lost dog just won’t do, so here you go!

Hopefully it will transport you to remember the good things of that year and who knows, a great opportunity to see what you have accomplished since then – or instead – have the chance to work on now.

You can also delve into the perspective of how the current Present would seem so surreal back then…

★stay safe and stay inspired★

Sorrow Cypress ~ Lines

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Today we bring you the lines for “Sorrow Cypress”, the first sister piece of the illustration we did before, called “Sorrow Lilies”.

They are the first two of a series we have started called “Sorrow Flowers” which explores the turning of perceived appearances regarding the meaning of certain flowers.

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Not My Nature

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Today we revisit -with a clearer lens- an old work and statement. This one goes back to Inktober from 2016, and you can read it right ▪here▪

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Creature Feature – Enfield ~ Lines

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Even if it feels like Autumn just begun, with Halloween gone by it’s starting to feel like Winter really fast.
We’re holding ourselves to the current season though and as we try to appreciate roasted chestnuts and sweet wine, we’re sharing our Enfield’s lines with you.

By giving ourselves the challenge of creating a humanoid version, we tried to come up with a design that also felt modern and intriguing. Usually there’s a set time-length for these illustrations and we can say that this one pushed our time slot to the limit!
You can check our complete post about these Irish Chimeras and the colour version of the illustration here.

★Enjoy roasted chestnuts and stay inspired★

An early Xmas with Leigh Brackett’s Eric John Stark!

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Amidst Inktober inking commotion and regular work hours, the doorbell rang and an eagerly awaited package from Cirsova Publishing was placed in our hands. Just like that, Christmas had come earlier.

As we merrily mentioned previously in other posts, we were approached by Cirsova to work with them in producing illustrations and covers for the 70th anniversary of Leigh Brackett’s pulp hero, Eric John Stark.

And once again, Cirsova was delightfully generous to send us copies of all the editions they published of Stark, from the separate stories (coloured soft covers) to the compilation with all three (white softcover) and last but not least, the special hardcover coffee-table edition!

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From all of them, we have to say the deluxe hardcover is our favourite and the one making us rejoice the most. Besides our illustrations and coloured covers being included at double the size of the other editions, all the concept art we produced as well as the preliminary studies for the chapter illustrations are included, revealing how we went about creating the characters and creatures and which illustrations got picked for the project (Oh, those days of hard decisions…).

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Leigh Brackett was a wonderful creator and we wanted to translate to our style her manly men and strong yet feminine women. (We dream of being able to make a comic book about Stark, honestly.)

It’s with immense gratitude that we thank once again Cirsova Publishing for sending these amazing books over to us and in case you haven’t, check out which edition is for you at:

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And you can visit Cirsova’s blog

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Bonus pic with a curious photo bomber

★happy week and stay inspired★