Burning Gaze on Troubled Water ~ Lines

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Art and Haiku by StarTwo

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Cherry Tree Petals make way to a fated encounter.

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.

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Sleepless ~ Inking Video

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Art by StarTwo

We’ve shared the inking and the full version, and now we bring you the inking video of the original illustration “Sleepless” from traditional sketch to digital ink.

If you haven’t seen the illustration versions here you go:

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Sleepless

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Sleepless dreams are sure to be a bit more pleasant if they happen in colour at least, so here’s the full colour version of the previous illustration’s linework.

To lay in silence,  waiting for the sleep to take over as the moons go by, the thoughts travel as if they grew wings, holding on under the starry sky. The key so close that you can almost reach for it, and yet, still out of reach – for now.

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Sleepless ~ Lines

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A little inspiration from endless nights of sleep-deprived dreams that lead us to create these words and illustration.

“A Child’s Dream in finding the key that opens the Door of Quiet
Dressed to please, unable to sleep. Finding solace in keeping silent.”

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Shin Megami Tensei – Alice

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A dubious skill to gain from Alice, we don’t advise to follow through.

Today we’re bringing you a character from Megami Tensei franchise, a series we’ve been very much in love with, not only for the story but also for the magnificent lore created for the several games under its title.

It’s set in a cyberpunk/post-apocalyptic dark fantasy genre with alternative realms, demons and magic with its lore ranging from inspirations of mythology with elements of philosophy, religion and occultism. There’s always a constant feeling of only being able to rely on your own abilities against inevitable destruction.
So we admit it was impossible not to be immediately drawn into it, especially when the soundtracks lure you closer even more!

Alice here in particular is inspired by the main character of “Alice in Wonderland” from Lewis Carroll and its adaptation by Disney, obvious by the colours and clothes design. Her signature skill “Die for Me!” and “Mad Tea Party” even strengthen that idea, feeding off the original tale’s dark side with a queen that demands heads to be chopped off and Mad Hatter and March Hare openly adding to tea party largely lacking in common sense.

Her origins also mention that she might also be based on a myth of an Aryan (Indo-Iranian noble class) girl who died young. With her death came great power as she turned into a spirit, turning her insane. Her story was used to scare misbehaving children, with the threat to be visited at night and killed in order to become her “friend”.

In Portugal we have an uglier, meaner version with this behavior: The Sack Man. A sort of Krampus that sells off the misbehaving children, with other harsher versions describing him as a murderer receiving the brat from their own parents…

Between dying for friendship and being sold off or given to a murderer by disappointed parents… Hm, sorry Alice, if we get you in the game, we can’t exactly die for you! But we can have a tea party instead. We may be all mad at this point, so we might as well enjoy it.

(This was a traditional sketch coloured digitally. Here’s the sketch version of this illustration: Alice Sketch )

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