A Shout-Out for Illustrated Stark

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We’re so happy! The third volume is going to be out on June 28th!
We hope you enjoy our cover art and illustrations, published by Cirsova Publishing!

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We recently got a shout-out on Cora Buhlert’s blog for our new edition of Leigh Brackett’s Stark:

Interestingly, the most recent editions by Cirsova Publishing of all companies, are the first to actually portray Eric John Stark as Leigh Brackett described him, namely as a black man.

In her post, Cora talks about how the Golden Age of Science Fiction was more diverse than it’s generally given credit for as she takes a look at the 2019 and the 1944 Retro Hugo Awards nominees (the latter of which includes a couple Brackett stories!).

One of the focuses of our own pulp review series at Castalia House (rerunning here through the end of the year) was to illustrate that the pulps were not what people have thought they were by showing what they actually were. And few if any of the nearly 150 stories we reviewed were anything like…

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A Japanese Folk Tale: Dodomeki ~ Lines

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We previously shared a teaser and then the finished illustration of our original vision of the youkai Dodomeki , and today we want to share with you the lines under the colours.

Lines have been done traditionally in ink with a mix of pens and a brush pen. The slight colour has been done digitally.

★Stay inspired!★

The Wolf and the Hawk ~ Ladyhawke

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Always together, eternally apart

The nostalgia bug decided to pay us a visit!
Part of the 80s fantasy boom, Ladyhawke is a charming fairy tale movie that we hold dearly to our hearts.

Without going too deeply into the plot -and we came across dozens of lovely articles about it- the movie introduces us to Isabeau and Navarre who are cursed lovers.
Though always together, the two are kept apart by a demonic spell that steals their human forms.
Navarre turns into a wolf by night and Isabeau into a hawk by day. Only for the merest fraction, during either twilight or dawn do they almost see each other, but even then, their minds are still lost in their animal form.

How tragic and wondrous for a young heart! <- that was us.

But since we are still hopeless romantic fools, we decided to give a go at drawing the ethereal and beautiful Isabeau and her faithful love, the fierce Navarre. More than trying to do our own version of these fated lovers, we could only see them as the actors in the movie Ladyhawke, and since it came out before the book we feel that it’s even more fitting.

We get the feeling we will be revisiting this theme in future illustrations along with the movie and we really enjoyed trying to make the characters look like Rutger Hauer as Navarre and Michelle Pfeiffer as Isabeau.

We hope you get the chance to watch it sometime or to re-watch! And you can also check the linework sneak peek for this illustration right ►here◄.

★Enjoy your weekend and stay inspired!★

Cirsova Summer Special Out Today! + Tangent Online Review — Cirsova

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Cirsova Summer Special Out Today! + Tangent Online Review — Cirsova

We’re sharing the cover we made for the Cirsova Summer Special!

Our Summer Special is Out Now! Amazon eBook Barnes & Noble eBook Amazon Paperback Barnes & Noble Paperback Lulu Hardcover [with wrap-around dustjacket art!] Check out this review on Tangent Online. The Ghost of Torreón By EDD VICK and MANNY FRISHBERG A strange experiment gone wrong has granted Professor Rigoberto “Beto” Caminante an extraordinary power—the […]

via Cirsova Summer Special Out Today! + Tangent Online Review — Cirsova

Spider Groom

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Sometimes the first idea becomes a draft of a second one.

This was our first illustration for the Spider Bride Folktale, but we felt that more than the main character, we wanted to portray a quirky yet beautiful spider turned into a human bride.

Even when a work is finished it doesn’t mean that it will be shown, just like the one above. Except we felt it was an interesting fact to share about the times when you don’t share!

Enjoy your weekend and stay inspired.

Reminder: Leigh Brackett’s Enchantress of Venus Out This Friday (5/31/2019) — Cirsova

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Leigh Brackett’s Enchantress of Venus is out this Friday!

It’s this Friday already! Don’t miss Volume two of the Illustrated Stark we proudly illustrated for Cirsova Publishing!

Dark Secrets of an Inhuman Race Lie Hidden Beneath the Seas of Venus! Eric John Stark travels the shores of Venus’ gaseous red seas seeking the whereabouts of a missing comrade. Pursuing this mystery puts him in the hands of the Lhari, a cruel and power-hungry family that rules over the pirate enclave of Shuruun! […]

via Reminder: Leigh Brackett’s Enchantress of Venus Out This Friday (5/31/2019) — Cirsova

Japan Day Fan Girl

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Hello everyone,
Here’s an illustration that we did back in the day, specifically for celebrating Japan’s Day here in Portugal.
This one alludes to Japanese Fan Dancing, which has always been something quite beautiful to watch. The patterns and colours that invite your eyes to dance along with such graceful and calculated motions that the dancer and the fan start confusing your notion where one ends and the other begins. It’s truly fascinating when done by those who master it!

★Have a great weekend and stay inspired!★