Grandia, StarTwo style!

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It’s a joyous day for any Japanese rpg aficionado! One of the most beloved titles from the 90’s era named Grandia, together with its first sequel, Grandia II, gets an HD release today.

Oh Grandia, how long has it been? Our nostalgia filled souls already have your soundtrack blaring for all to hear (well, not on the stereo because it’s still daytime… we’re respectful neighbors) and we celebrate by drawing your sweet, memorable characters!
This game might not be the best jrpg out there, the plot is quite simplistic and the most demanding rpg gourmand among us might quickly decide to snub it, however, for us two, it was a hit straight to our gamer hearts.

Without geeking out too much, here’s what we believe the game offers very, very well:

• An awesome combination of medias: engaging story that keeps you moving forward, fun game mechanics, great music evoking the feeling of exploration.

• The feeling that you’re truly going on an adventure and on the search of an ancient civilization.

• Well written characters that are equally appealing visually, with their looks perfectly representing their roles and personality.

On our image, from left to right we got Justin, a troublemaker of a kid, dreaming of becoming an adventurer and honor the legacy of his ancestors, Sue, the cutest girl in town, but with wits and attitude to match and Feena, an adventurer from the New World, with a few well kept secrets. And there’s also Puffy in accessory mode on Sue’s head.
And now we get to travel by their side once again, on their quest to reach The End Of The World and maybe, even go beyond it because as we know, the World never ends and neither do adventures.

Charming, delightful, a bit frustrating at times but very well paced, Grandia is the perfect treat for this weekend. Hurray!

★Stay inspired everyone!★

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A Portuguese Folk Tale – Cardil, the Bull ~ Lines

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The colour illustration for the folktale of “Cardil, the Bull” wouldn’t be complete without at least a detail of its lines.
Poor Cardil… If you’re wondering why he’s looking so upset, don’t miss the opportunity to read the story on our previous post. Or even quicker, by clicking right here.

★We hope you have a great week and stay inspired!★

Ciara, the Black Amazon of Mars ~ Lines

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This is the closing of the Heroines Pin Ups for the Illustrated Stark: 70th Anniversary of Leigh Brackett’s space Opera, for which we made the concept art, illustrations and covers while loving every minute of it. The three volumes are published by the sci-fi fan favourite Cirsova Publishing.
Ciara and her lines, the tribute for volume 3, in all her fiery self, keeping an attentive eye on everything, just in case.

Don’t miss the original finished illustrations and their lines as well:
Volume 1: Berild and Berild’s Lines
Volume 2: Varra and Varra’s Lines
Volume 3: Ciara and her lines are right on this post!

If you would like to know more check out these links:
Take a look at Cirsova Publishing blog
Check Black Amazon of Mars at Amazon (kindle and paperback)
Get the Illustrated Stark: 70th Anniversary Edition (hardcover)

★Stay inspired!★

Sssummer Sssensations

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As the European heatwave comes closer, the summer experience intensifies.

This is the perfect time to share with you our Summer Medusa. So grab your favourite drink, don’t forget to put on some sunscreen and relax, her hair was instructed to behave and not bite.

★Have a great weekend and stay inspired!★

Teaming with Beasts ~ Lines Detail

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Keeping up with sharing the inking of what lies behind the illustrations, we bring you a detail of the edited outlines for “Teaming with Beasts”.

This one didn’t have the usual inking stage since the pencil and ink lines sort of merged together in one. The pencil stage was cleaned up after the sketch, to work already as inking, resulting in rougher but also looser lines.

★Stay inspired!★

The Wolf and the Hawk ~ Ladyhawke Lines

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We’re pretty happy to share with you the lines for the illustration we did of Ladyhawke. In case you missed the final version, you can check it ►here◄.
Every now and then, we feel it’s also interesting to give a peek at the linework since it’s usually covered or merely hinted on the colouring stage.
You can also see a closer sneak peek on this previous post.

★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!★