Japan is known for the beautiful blooming cherry trees and the subsequent viewings of such an event.
A long time ago, going under the cherry trees while the beautiful petals were falling was considered dangerous, as one could risk insanity and the laws of physics could bend as the physical form could dissolve and somehow create an open way to the unexplained and the impossible to convey by common sense.
Cherry blossom petals become witnesses as they dance in the wind to the moment where a burning gaze troubles the most serene surface of water.
“Cherry Trees blossom Petals swirl perilously Befallen folly”
In our own haiku and illustration we represent the moment the cherry petals have done their deed and sealed the encounter of two people – the viewer, carrying a burning gaze and the girl, whose surface has been disturbed- we are left with the freedom to wonder what will happen next.
The sweetest song from the sweetest doll with an amazing voice, since “Les oiseaux dans la charmille” from Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann seem to be one of the toughest soprano aria to pull off.
This song captivated us immediately and the story behind it ties everything with a beautiful dramatic bow.
Olympia is a doll created by an inventor named Spalanzani, but so beautiful and graceful that a man named Hoffman falls deeply in love with her upon seeing her- greatly influenced by wearing glasses that make her seem human, but those are just details…- and even despite a friend assuring him that it’s but a doll, his passion burns too strongly to let it go.
Our version of “Olympia” in the illustration was inspired by the soprano Patricia Janečková and her adorable rendition of a living doll with a certain charming mischief.
In these uncertain times we hope that everyone stays safe and can still feel some solace from music.
It’s time for the linework!
Permeated with the wishes of sailing full speed ahead, hopefully with less of a bumpy road and clear skies, as the steering wheel works with your efforts and the winds lead the ship through the most beautiful waters!
And now for something completely different, we bring you a sneak peek into one of the projects we’re working on right now: comic pages for a book called “Eyes of the Forest” by James Streissand. Fantasy, action, magic and a lot of foliage!
This video shows the initial steps of the inking stage after the layout and sketch have been previously approved. This isn’t the final look for the inking but it is a teaser after all.
We hope to share more of these processes with you and give you a better insight on what goes into making comic books and more.