A Japanese Folk Tale: Yuki Onna Wip

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In fear of the Yuki Onna’s wrath from knowing we have two Japanese Yuki Onna themed movies lined up but haven’t come around to watch them, we thought it would be a good idea to share with you the sketch stage of the Yuki Onna illustration as an appeasing resource (inking and light colouring was done digitally).

The weather is also getting better over here, which makes us wonder: do Yuki Onna yokai hibernate during spring?…

★Have a great weekend and stay inspired!★

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A Japanese Folk Tale: Yuki Onna

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As great fans of the Japanese folklore, today we bring you a creature from a popular folktale, the Yuki Onna (Snow Woman). She is a Japanese snow spirit known for her beauty and also for killing humans.
In some versions she is described as having very pale skin with black hair contrasting with her white kimono, she leaves no footprints as she floats over the snow and sometimes her feet are invisible.

Following one of the legends about its origins where a snow spirit of a Yuki Onna is born from a woman that fell on the snow, the decision for a regretful girl taken by the sadness of a letter she just received, laying on the snow and perishing from exposure gives us our own Yuki Onna, with the fleeting reminiscence of being human in the past, when faced by the beauty of the cherry trees under the snow.

Gathering some courage we felt compelled to give a haiku a try…

“No footsteps, no sound,
A letter filled with regrets
of being human.”

The Yuki Onna calls out to people on snowy nights and if you reply, she attacks, but there’s also the version where she will push you off a cliff if you don’t reply as well, so if you ever meet one… Good luck?…

★Happy Friday happenings to all. See you next week and stay inspired★

Demon Beast! Happy Year of the Earth Pig!

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猪年大吉! Wish you luck in the Year of the Earth PIG!

The two of us have loved Asian culture even before we could read. The main culprit was a Chinese martial arts series back in the 80’s, with equal amounts of kung fu and cheesy drama and pretty clothes. Oh, those pretty, pretty clothes…

When the golden gates of the internet years opened, we indulged in countless hours of feverish research but it was at a local Chinese restaurant that we first heard our cheerful waitress say “Gongxi Facai!” as she handed us a complimentary calendar. “May you be happy and prosperous!” it was the meaning of those lovely words and we asked her what was the occasion. “Lunar Year!”

We can’t say we remember what animal was designated on that particular year but suddenly, to have gained the knowledge of this whole different year calendar with its different zodiac beasts, made our imaginations soar high.  And years later here we are, writing about this with a happy smile and a cheerful image to match (hopefully) that has its own little wild story, straight from our imagination.
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The Fox and the Magpie

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The enjoyment of the hunt comes to eyes that glitter like gold.

Mercy me, they really are posting this year!

We believe Victorians must have been some of the first larpers (live roleplayers). The way you conducted yourself had to fit a role in society, and there wasn’t much room to stray from the mold.

Dear Miss Magpie and Mister Fox prefer to leave such dogmas out of their lounge room and dedicate themselves in the art of capturing each other’s heart.
Who shall be the first to succumb?

★Happy Friday happenings to all. See you next week and stay inspired★

In the blink of an eye it’s 2019!

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Happy New Year everybody!

Such a dejá vu from our last post, somehow. If you ask us directly, it’s a bit hard to explain how it happened. We might eventually go back into it in the future, but not for now- at least not yet.
We’re happy to restart posting once again and definitely plan on updating our blog a lot more this year. Well, we can’t do worse than 2018!
If you’re someone that takes “New Years” as a time for renewal or even if you don’t really pay attention to calendars, we wish you a Happy New Year of 2019!

Now let’s get busy!

★See you soon and stay inspired!★

 

2018 – Here we go!

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Before January ends, we want to wish you all a great 2018!!

The festivities are over, the year just started and we’re well into the working rhythm of the new year but it still feels like 2018 appeared out of nowhere, even if we welcome it with wide open arms!

The tic toc of Time keeps going, so let’s stay committed to the resolutions (ah yes, we mean you too! Don’t let yourself quit if it’s something that you believe is a tool that can get you closer to the person you want to be! But keep it positive, always. No need for bad energy that ruins your Karma★★).

With so many things on the list to focus on and, as always, searching methods on how to improve and keep learning more (never enough!), one of our resolutions is to give some space to better ourselves and balance the personal and work life, because the scale can’t just go tipping crazy to one side!
Controlling this workaholic streak we keep falling into is a priority from now on, since it has resulted in bumps on the road over time, specially health issues (which are stable now. Phew…).
Despite this, please don’t worry, we are aware that we have been posting seldom lately – mainly because sometimes we are asked not to share the works before they are made public by the client and we end up postponing in such a way that we lose track to post it later on…- We are resolute in changing this streak. We love sharing what we do with you and everyone that visits our dear Starlitden!

We hope you get some good vibes from us as we’re sending them out, trusting that we all keep striving and positively achieve our goals!
Stay inspired, everyone!★★

Bartkira StarTwo style! Vol 5

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Hello everyone!★★
Today we bring you the page we did for the Bartkira project – Vol.5. (in addition to the ones we did for Vol.4! Check the post about it ►here◄ )
For those who are not familiar with the project, here’s the description on the Bartkira Roadshow youtube channel:

Bartkira is an animated parody mash-up of The Simpsons and Akira. Based on an idea by Ryan Humphrey articulated through comics, the concept was expanded with the Bartkira project, a comic collaboration of Simpsons fans, curated by James Harvey. In association with the comic, Moon Animate Make-Up producer Kaitlin Sullivan pitched the idea of an animated trailer to match and with the work of over fifty artists, produced the Bartkira animated trailer.

We had a lot of fun once again, as expected, but there was more work involved due to the different characters and rhythm of the action.
Despite the slow pace, this gave us an opportunity to turn what could be considered a “boring” page into something more into the Simpsons’ Universe, but not without being worried on how to translate “Akira” into “Simpsons”.

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In the end we decided to bring a story within a story, hence the “squidnapping”, making this our favourite page from the ones we made. Well, besides the one with the appearance of Sideshow Bob, because… It’s Sideshow Bob.

Here are some of the stages of the page and also some character studies we did to get a better grip of each one of them.

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We hope you enjoy them just as much as we enjoyed being part of this project!
Take care, everyone!★★