Portraits and Sunshine

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Yesterday was delivery day. We had brought back commission work from an event we attended a couple of weeks ago (more on that soonish!) and it was a relaxing pleasure to finally have them all ready to go.

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These are the three left to send!

We usually open for portraits at events only and when there’s too many clients to handle, only then do we resort to taking commissions back with us and mailing them later on. Our process is rather simple: we begin by sketching the main shapes work our way to the details.

portrait_egAt events, our drawing hands always end up feeling like they’re going to fall off – speed is key, so it’s therapeutic to take our time with these ones that don’t require super speed.
We packed them portraits and off we went to the post office! And hurray, such a sunny day!

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Gorgeous weather and a gorgeous town!

It’s a blessing to be able to walk in the sun and wear T-shirts in November. We do know we are blessed and to catch a bit of fresh air was very liberating, especially when we two usually stay at the studio for days on end like recluses doing time for some harsh penalty… fortunately we love this job ♥

Now we just need to find out a better postal service method to avoid overcharging our portrait clients… anyone got tips?

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!★★

Busy Bees organize over chaos

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Photo2-03-11-2015-12-21-03Being a freelancer, as in every other employment choice has its pros and cons. Some curse it, others rock it. What about StarTwo? We keep pushing forward. Not winging it- we don’t like to move forward with little to no preparation, to be honest. There’s a lot of organizing and planning behind it.

It’s no easy task to keep yourself in check and  until you find your own working method, achieving organization can be a pain in the… well, it can be a pain, basically.

Our advice to whoever is feeling swamped by the tasks ahead is to research methods for planning and organizing and try a few of them until you grasp what works for you. Just remember that it will also depend on your own self discipline. Sooner or later only relying on the biological filofax that is your brain might misfire and you might end up in a tight spot thanks to that.
From our experience of working as a duo, it became apparent that communication is and always will be an important key to successfully plan and split tasks to meet deadlines so also keep that in mind if you intend to team up.

Have you got a system you would swear is bulletproof?(oh, do share, if so!) Personally, we found out that the best way to make it work for us- regardless the nature of the project- is through lists, calendars and notes, mainly.

If you have any questions, don’t be shy and drop us a line! Questions, remarks or thoughts our words might arise, go ahead and (gently!) hit that keyboard!

Find your way and take care!★★