Friday, December 31, 2010

Real beauty: last entries for 2010!

elianthos is into a casting spree these days and takes her job seriously. Say hello to her new entry for Martin Steeves: French-Canadian model GABRIEL AUBRY!

So that we don't just say that the boy has only one expression: zan zan zaaaan!

She also submitted another entry for Wilson Kane: Jamie Burke.

The man with a silly grin on his face XDD

Wild with Calvin Kleiness!

Okay let's put him next to a blond girl now!

Yup, he could be a bit more manly here... but let's just compare colors! XDDDD

Reyun suggested that Andrei Andrei could be an ideal Cat.

ooh I have to say that in some pictures he really does look perfect for the part. Shall we browse them together?

Very pirate looking here!

And it also looks like the eyes could be light enough.

Our last entry for 2010!
Happy New Year everyone!!!! See you in 2011!

A new game!

I will post more pictures of a new found Cat later on today.

Right now I would like to propose a new game.

I know many of you don't have the means and the ways to play this but you can always submit written entries and I'll paste the thing toether for you.

25 Essential Expressions by *napalmnacey on deviantART

This is something Nancy Lorenz posted on Deviant Art as part of her tutorials a few years ago.
I don't know her but the exercise is fun and we propose it to our animation students too, every once in a while. They seem to have fun.

I tried to put the 25 essential expression in the pirate Balthasar (although, for some characters, some have yet to show)... can you find them?

Here is how you do it. You either copy and paste (do a screencap, don't go crazy over it) an expression on the sheet or you send me a message with your name... and a list of the expressions you found: chapter 3, page 25, panel 4 (for example) - I will copy and paste for you.
Or you try and team up with someone who has the skills and submit this as a team work.

The winner will get to pick a Kiss Meme off of Deviant Art or propose his/her own picking the favorite couple. Example: I want Cat and Callista do the 6 kiss meme: kiss on the forehead, on the back, on the lips, on the neck, on the ear, nose to nose!
I will draw it in color!

You can look for the 25 expressions in one character or in many different characters and make a 25 expression mix! Your choice.

Does it sound like fun?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Real beauties encore!

We have some new entries... from elianthos.

She has picked another incredible beauty for the Papadopulos' sisters: Michelle Pfeiffer!





And she has posted many more pictures:

Castalia: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 -
Older Castalia
Mommy Castalia




Callista/Lio: 1 - 2 - 3

Callista/Kes as adults

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

tic tac back!

The nature of our tic tacs might have changed... at least until I get a new camera!
Mine has a had a little accident with food and leakage... to cut the story short it's broken.

So... no more tic tacs? For a while I could not post anything then I thought: "I could change the way I post preview" - finger to my chin... "because right now I have everything ready until page 50 of chapter 9".

That means... until page 45 - end of the chapter - plus 5 pages into the special... that will consist of 6 pages (page 6 I am cleaning up) and I am already drawing chapter 10.
I already posted the cover for chapter 10... I think I am doing good. Let's hope to keep it up after my parents arrive here in Singapore! hahahahaha.

And those up there are some of the scenes you'll get to seen pretty soon.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Chapter 10 cover

With only a few pages to go, before chapter 9 ends... and having a little special ready too (which will be uploaded daily on the blog too)... some of you might be wondering: who will get on the cover of chapter 10?

Well, it's about time Pifo and his Eternal Love(s) get on the cover!
So here we have him as beautiful as he could possibly be... finally on the cover of chapter 10!

Some of you might have noticed that the releases are still the same when it comes to number of pages, more or less, but the content has shifted or changed.

Some things are moving into the specials and new ideas surfaced along the way but... most of the stuff that's mentioned in the calendar will be there... just not when promised. But that' a good thing... because the aunties are coming back! *_*

Chapter 9 C - Curiosities

This part of the chapter focused more on behavior and responses.
At this point the girls have been on board almost two months and things are developing really fast.
I keep telling how much shorter life was so... even if we keep saying that today life is fast... it actually is slower. We get married in our thirties... work until we are 60... go to school until we are 22... in short we may rush through our daily life but we can take our time to make big decisions.

Don't be surprised that Romeo and Juliet fall in love in one night... life is short and time cannot be wasted.

Cassandra did something naughty naughty. She knows the truth about the doctor and that's all we need to know. I am not going to talk about his past until the comic is over and then I'll do the special about how the guys met. Right now we need to know that it was probably bad but he won't talk about it.

Castalia went through a lot in one night.
Clearly she knew from the start that she was not "the chosen one" and everything happens for a reason.
She tried very hard to make the man change his mind. When she doesn't try hard... that's when she succeed and she doesn't even know it. She was brave enough to listen to the whole conversation and confront the man right away... that's what makes her special, right?
But that's the kind of girl she is... unafraid of truth and she does not like to beat about the bush either.
Kane who, in a way, was always honest to her and never put a mask on because he does wear one... finally decided to come clean and stop hiding what he was hiding.
In the end she bites him, yeah, that bite is worth more than a thousand kisses and those are tears of relief in her eyes.

The XVII century was already very smelly, filthy and sticky (things will get worse in the XVIII century when people starts to cover stuff up with make up and perfumes - instead of taking a bath!). Bad odors... kind of disappeared from our lives after WWII, but before that (even though the transition between wars was not that bad)... the World was a stinky place, full of dirty people. How could people fall in love and be intimate with a smelly partner?
Well, let me tell you... everybody was stinky and so nobody noticed.
The very least you could think of, at this moment, is that the itchy chin really is nothing compared to the smell of sweat and the foul breath people have in the morning. Plus it's not like Kane might have soft skin... it's rough and "baked" in the sun. His hands are definitely covered by calluses and are pretty rough too.

But this is the first time Castalia wakes up with him and finds out his sleeping habits. He is completely defenseless and seems to be exhausted. Plus... he doesn't really wake up, does he? He just randomly answer to her questions in his sleep but kinda turn around and... snoooooooores back into slumber.
She really likes that!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Il Pirata Baldassarre - Capitolo 9 C

Eccoci qua con la nuova uscita. Uffa che pizza quando internet non coopera.
Ma noi siamo più tosti... e così... eccoci qua!

Issuu mi ha anche scritto una lunga email per farmi sapere che hanno migliorato la qualità dei servizi! Spero sia così!

Buona lettura!

The Pirate Balthasar - Chapter 9 C

Alright, me hearties... as usual you can either click on the title of the post to reach Smack Jeeves and read from the last bookmarked page since last update (and this time I timed it right so there's no page left out).

Or you can go ahead and use the flash reader which, apparently, has been improved like a lot (since Issu wrote an email about the improvement and seemed so proud about it).

So here's the update! Enjoy!

Release in less than 7 hours!

Yup, brace yourself the release will be up in a few hours...

In the meantime I'll show you a bit of the work in progress on the Musketeer illustration... It's going slowly, sorry! ^^"
The next one will be faster! I have a clearer idea in mind.

musketeers WIP 4 by ~Dedasaur on deviantART

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Calendar 2011

As promised.... I've made a printable version of the Calendar.
This is the flash preview - I blocked the downloads from issuu because the resolution is not nice - and as you can see it has crop marks (it's supposed to have also extra margins but my indesign decided to ignore that fact).
So look to the side of the blog and see up there at the top of the column? That's where you get your printable pdf CMYK file!
Do some print test before you print the whole thing... it might look darker than what you see on screen but the colors are all spot colors and are not contaminated so they should still look nice :D
I hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas the Pirate way - part 5

Ho Ho Ho....
who gets to kiss the Pif? You get to kiss the Pif! Even if you are a girl!
Meeeeeerry Christmas!
Ho Ho Ho...

Kiss the Pif by ~Dedasaur on deviantART

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas the Pirate way - part 4

You are like Christmas to me by ~Dedasaur on deviantART

Fifth entry... ooooh!

Here we go... this game is getting more and more fun!

Some anonymous user left his/her entrance for the Papadopulos... (come forth anonymous, don't be afraid): Jessica Stam!

She thought this looked like Pea:

and this one looked like Lio:

and the one on the right could be Castalia:

She/he also said I draw a lot of 3/4 up shot and not just for Pea that look like this:

Then she/he proposes Romulo Pires for Josh:

...and this boy, called Raphael Sanders for Foxy:

Now Kyra also entered the game with some Juicy stuff!!!

Proposing Jason Lewis - the REAL Absolut (e) Hunk - for the doctor.

And David Gandy (the Dolce & Gabbana man) for Wilson Kane:

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas the Pirate way - part 3

A Balthasar Christmas by ~Dedasaur on deviantART

Two more drawings to go and the set is done... wait and see wait and see... one is tomorrow and the last one on Christmas day!

Fourth entry... oooh!

This is getting cool!

I received another entry for our real beauty game! Muahahahahaha.
Ready with the bowls? Alright: drool!

wants to enter a young Michelle Williams for the Papadopulos sisters.

She also proposed this guy for Cat (I don't know who he is... any help?)

And this is her idea for Foxy... not bad not bad *_*

Also she suggested a young Meg Ryan for the Papadopulos....

Aaaaw, Meg Ryan is sooooo pretty! >_< I love this woman!

December the pirate way!

december the pirate way by ~Dedasaur on deviantART
Ooooh we finally reached the end of our calendar.
December might come as a surprise (as I never posted this chubby illustration before)... but I have decided to have Duccio, Jacopo and Tonno dance for us just like Pifo had taught them to.

It's a Christmas dance of love and piracy... with pom poms. XDDD

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Third entry... go real beauty, go!

We have some new entries...

Patricia proposes Gaspard Ulliel for Foxy...

And he is French too!

And Breed did her homework seriously too!
Will you look at this! (but she does not know their names... and neither do I... if you do know let us know!)


Are Cat's eyes like these?

But his face and hair is more like this!


Martin Steeves

By the way... the red head (beautiful hair *_*) guy proposed in the first post is called: Bartek Borowiec and he is Polish!

He is about 20 something years old (just FYI).

Kane and Castalia calendar toy

Alright this is the last one of the calendar toys....
so grab your rubber bands and have Kane and Castalia jump around your house! :D

As usual... follow the instructions!

Have fun and Happy Holidays! :D

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Second entry!!!

Oooh so many entries already.

Okay let's post them up one by one!

Juno propose the absolute hunk, Travis Fimmel, as the doctor:

And now... elianthos.... has gone picture hunting... like... for real!!!! Be warned! XDDD Prepare the bowls, lots of drooling involved!
Viggo Jonasson is Pifo!

Nicholas Rogers is Kane!

Mar Van Der Loo as Martin Steeves.

This model for Cat Wodehouse...
And this other guy here for Quoque Tu

For Foxy she found a boy with an oval face...

And she has many more links of him:
Do you want to see another one? *_* --- CLICK ----

Otherwise she proposes Mitch Baker!

For the doctor.... she proposes Mathias Lauridsen.

Do not fear there's a blond version of the man XDD
TATU... the body to be put under the above posted head...

Well, what do you know Jamie Burke finally appears in the nominations and she put him down as an alternative to Kane!

As for the Papadopulos... here the girl she proposes: Anais Pouliot!

And what do you know... with the girls she has totally gone picture shopping! Muahahaha Let's sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Brigitte Bardot.... and all of her angles offer a side to the different sisters.


Lio? (okay she is a bit old in this photo but... what a woman!!! *_*)

And I have plenty more pictures but I won't burn them all in one go... so stay tuned! :D