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!★

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

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!★

Teaming with Beasts

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Muffled crackling sounds on a cold night.

Rustling in the woods, rushed breaths through the silence and the crushing of dead leaves on the ground making you feel a shiver up your spine.
All of these can lose in comparison to the beasts you decide to team up with though. Given that you chose well, of course.

A Huntress and her Companion, brought together by circumstances and teaming up by choice. In all fairness they both have a good sense of humour, so don’t worry if you happen to meet them on a walk through the woods.

To be honest, if you decide to go for a walk at such a late hour on a cold moonless night… You are definitely the suspicious one.

★Team up well and stay inspired!★

Book of Zhu – Ing Rao’s Chef Outfit

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Here’s another character we did for Book of Zhu, today is Ing Rao’s turn in her Chef Outfit for when she moves to the Palace.

Not only is she prepared to fight whatever might come her way, she will also cook amazing things for you – we can totally vouch for Ing Rao’s cooking skills since she was hired to be a royal chef, so… Yeah. There’s only so much that connections can do, and if she’s keeping that position, we’re sure that she must be doing a great job!

Here are more characters we’ve worked on:
Alternative outfits: Aya, Rani, The Empress and Eraeli.
Concept: Mika, Maru and Yi-Sunai

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

★Have a great week and stay inspired!★