Hibernation Over & Dia do Japão 2017

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Oh… Hey there!

What warm light is this? Is the weather warming up?
Hah, as if the reason for our silence was sweet rested hibernation, no, not at all… How did the saying go… No rest for the weary?(no, not the wicked…) Rightly so, but we are far from complaining as health is finally being recovered, the new place is very comfy and sunny and we are happily busy since the beginning of this year!

We just returned from an event, Dia do Japão (Japan’s Day) organized by the Liga de Estudos Asiáticos at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (Faculty of Humanities of the University of Lisbon) We loved the day and met wonderful people, some don’t know how close they were of being hugged to death unconsciousness, stuck on our pocket and taken home♥ we want to thank everyone at the lovely organization for all the attention and care they provided us!

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We didn’t get the chance to take many pictures but here’s at least one of them♥

 
We hope everyone has been treated well by 2017 up to now and if not, we hope things start getting better from here on.
Have a great week and take care!★★

Followers and Book of Zhu – StarTwo

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Hello everyone!
Wonder no more, this looks and is officially a happy dance for reaching 200 followers here on our Starlit Den.

The happy critters entertaining you are Ruby and Jade, the characters to make an appearance on Jalek Moye’s visual novel named “Book of Zhu: Legacy”.
This was an amazing commission that challenged us to bring characters inspired on ourselves while following the guidelines of races and classes within the game’s universe.

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“StarTwo is a small troupe of two lady rascals who perform for the masses, for their amusement and their own bread winning. They would surely tell you their name, but you’d pay with your life for such information thus, only their nicknames are known. Ruby, a Neko race black cat, draws the crowd’s attention with her illusions and together with Jade, a Xerin red fox, dazzles them with their wild dancing.”

We hope you’re curious enough to go over to the Book of Zhu website to know more about this amazing world that is “The Book of Zhu”!

And now last but certainly not least, we want to thank each and every one of our followers, the new and the long lasting, for the continuous support!♥
Thank you for giving us your attention and we’ll keep sharing with you a bit of ourselves with each new post.
Stay tuned!★★

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!

 

 

Book of Zhu: Legacy Kickstarter

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“Book of Zhu: Legacy”, a project by Jalek Moye now has a Kickstart page

Hello everyone!

One of the projects we’ve been doing art for is Book of Zhu, a project by Jalek Moye and it now has a Kickstarter page that’s gone live!

Here is a list of some of the characters we’ve worked on:
Formal wear: Aya, Rani, The Empress and Eraeli.
Concept: Mika and Maru

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

 

 

Book of Zhu – Eraeli

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Calm and wise, Eraeli is always considerate and acts accordingly. Hardly too serious though as she can also be extroverted and friendly.

Eraeli is a blacksmith traveling across countries, trying to learn and absorb as much as she can from new and different cultures along with the materials used from her own very distant land.

This is her formal outfit, closely heightening her to the likeness of gods (same as the Empress Li Ling Qiao formal outfit) as she is seen as an avatar for the spirits by her people.

She will never act without thinking as she is always attentive to everyone’s comfort topped with being helpful and a healthy dose of curiosity for new things.

Go over the Book of Zhu website to know more about her and other characters!

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 – Mika Yin Qiao

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Despite looking (and sometimes acting) like a little troublemaker, Mika has her passion set on martial arts and is wholeheartedly dedicated to it.

Mika is a princess from the Xerin race, trying to grow and better herself as fast as possible so she won’t reside in her older sister’s shadow anymore. Her sisterly love is strong but she aspires to become a great warrior and find her place in the sun.

She is a very dedicated martial artist in training despite her being a bit mischievous. But her discipline and love for martial arts makes her a great student.

You can find more if you hop over 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 – Empress Li Ling Qiao

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Ruler of the Zhu Empire, the Empress Li Ling Qiao has a strong mindset and powerful effect over her people.

It’s time to introduce another character from the “Book of Zhu”, the visual novel placed in a setting heavily based on martial arts fantasy.

Meet Empress Li Ling Qiao, she is the ruler of the Zhu Empire, carrying her title after a harsh turn of events, she is also the mother of Princess Aya.
A strong and determined woman, she isn’t afraid to step into the expected continuation of traditions and make changes many might find uncomfortable.

She keeps winning the love of the people for her disregard for bureaucracies and for her unexpected consideration for every social class. But her path isn’t easygoing as changes always come with great responsibility and risks.

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!★★