Wilson Kane wins a fortune and his future bride at a game of dice from the former pirate Balthasar. When he decides to go and get the girl, the pirate way, by kidnapping her, not only he finds out that she is more than a pirate could ever want from a wife... but that she has 4 identical sisters as well.
This discovery hits him when his men, who were supposed to help him out, each kidnaps a different girl... and none of them gets the right one! But Wilson Kane wants the girl he had met and no one else! Luckily for him it will be the girl herself to solve his problem and put an end to his dilemma...
a solution that will eventually fling her into a new way of life, aboard the Alidivento, across the Mediterranea sea!
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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Oh my God... we're already tackling chapter 12, the last one of volume 3... and that marks also the midpoint for the series as volume 4 is the second to last one!
Actually just yesterday I was considering that in 2 months I will be celebrating my first year in Singapore... and this year definitely flew! *_*
But anyways... you know the drill, click on the title of the post to read it on Smack Jeeves and enjoy!
Il quarto sarà il penultimo volume... com'è volato sto fumetto.
A dire il vero constatavo giusto ieri che tra soli due mesi festeggerò il mio primo anno a Singapore! Un anno... nemmeno me ne sono accorta!
A ogni modo, buona lettura! :D
If you noticed... the illustrations are built on a background with stripes, each stripe's a color of the couple... so here are the 5 stripes put together and designed as I originally planned them... to slit into the illustrations as if we were peeking into their world.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
So... let's play another little game... who are they?
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Oooh when it comes to touch there is no doubt about it: Kane and Castalia are all touchy-feely. No surprise here, right?
She slips her fingers under his mask... he slips his hands on her back... and whether the time is right or not they are always wrapped around each other - but not in a cheesy way, more on a level of proximity that is equal to zero, since the very beginning. They way they sit or talk to each other is very uncommon and unique to a language that is all their own.
So for touch, here we go the Balthasars themselves!
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Actually in a little while the whole thing will come up in the comic itself, so stay tuned, we'll know why the doctor smells so nice all the time! (there is a reason... pirates never smell nice! We talked about foul smells, back in those days, in the blog curiosities)
Go Kes you are but one inch away from his precious neck! XDD Gnam Gnam gnam!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Isolde created this awesome 3 pages comic about.... shallallas...
I can totally imagine them talk.
Shallalla 1: "Gee, Shallalla, what do you want to do tonight?"
Shallalla 2: "The same thing we do every night, Shallalla—try to take over the doc!"
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder... so it's innocence and a bunch of other stuff... so let's make this couple about... the sight! XDD
Monday, March 21, 2011
In facts... it was.
Usually even if you'd had a staircase in a house - particularly one that is not build on top of a shop - it would lead to a terrace or a space under the roof, kinda like an attic, where you would either store or put things to dry... like corn, wheat and pickles...
That kind of second floor... was usually meant for laundry.
To have a second floor with rooms, bedrooms, mean also that you might have a loggia above and not just a random attic.
Now, truth is Cassandra comes from a big mansion... right? The Academy looked pretty big... but I don't know if you remember that it was a bit run down and had pots on the floor and the soldiers were sleeping in a big room that might have been like a big hall... and the sisters were sleeping together.
Dottor Fynn's house might be smaller in size... but it's a house that feels like a home!
Why the right index finger and the shawl?
Well... the only marriage Westley might have witnessed could probably be his sister's (the owner of the ring).
He was probably pretty young and does not remember much of it but he still wants to follows tradition.
Traditions are part of who he is... even though he might have lost faith in God and stuff he was still raised in a certain way and, being the traditional man he is, he probably wanted to do things the proper way... the Jewish way.
So you see... Cassandra becomes a Jewish bride.
But he does not remember much except the finger and the shawl... so he come up with his own formula and a promise. But it's not like he is a Rabbi or think this version of the ceremony is "legal" (like Kane). They got married in a catholic church the night before but he want to give Cassandra something she could remember.
Pea's hands are ones of a working woman now.
Martin calls her Milady and offer his hand only to receive not the hand of a lady, in return, but one of a person who scrubbed decks and has red fingers.
A lady does not work. Her hands are white and soft and never suffered what Pea's hands had to suffer.
That's why he assumes, since she does look like a lady, that she is prisoner and is being treated like a slave, forced to work against her will.
The cold glare... yup, that's where Pea got it from.
It's a family thing... the girls were raised by nuns.
Pea and Kes would spend more time with the aunties, to learn the good art of becoming a perfect lady, hence a wife.
That's why they grew up adopting the same mannerism, in the end.
By the way... the malicious pinkies... come from the aunties too.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Buona lettura! Ci vediamo domani per le curiosità! :D
Or enjoy our flash version of the chapter.
The first one is for St. Patrick's day!
March 19th is Saint Joseph... which happens to be father's day in Italy... so here we go: auguri a tutti i papà. Happy father's day!
Last thursday it was also a big anniversary for Italy, her (yes, Italy is a lady) 150th birthday.
I am preparing something for that too but I will post it far from the actual date to avoid stupid polemics (yes, Italians are like that: when they need to party they throw serious sh*t at you and when you have to do serious things they party then complain about nothing getting done... they need to straighten their thinking a bit XD).
But let's not forget that our Pirate is Sicilian... therefore he is Italian and I am pretty sure he'll love to celebrate his roots. So wait for his patriotic, btw there's nothing wrong with being a bit patriotic, illustration... it will be green, white and red!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Look to your left, you will see in the column links that will take you directly to the polls for each character.
On average 140 people participated in the game (well, it's not an average the numbers go from 101 for Martin to 147 for Westley who is, currently, the most voted real beauty).
Here is how it goes:
147 votes for Westley
145 for Foxy
144 for Quoque
143 for Cat
141 for the girls
138 for Kane
101 for Martin
Martin lacks in vote is probably due to the fact that six votes were lost when the test broke and I had to recreate it... Kan is clearly due to the fact that nobody up there still match our imagination so we'll have to look better (in fact he is the one who received the most: "I don't like the choices" comments in the "other" field).
Also the guys chosen for Quoque look too old for him... so try to imagine them at 15. ^^" I cannot really post underage people in my blog without google getting my ass for parental permission.
We also got new proposal so we'll have a second round of this game... soon. :D
Now... talking about the theme proposal:
I am currently working on more than 8 project at the same time so... I have to admit it my noodles are fried and I cannot think of themes for the quick illustrations.
Alright, maybe it's better if I start from the beginning.
The extra illustrations and freebies I create go in 3 different ranges of time I spend on them:
1 hours, 3 hours and 5 hours.
in 1 hour I create: the chapter covers; the illustrations sets like "too darn hot", "song and dance", "breakfast", "boys pin ups" and so forth; cubee, paper dolls and other freebies.
in 3 hours I create: more rendered illustrations with background like "her special day" "girls pin ups" and some of the completed fan arts, or something like the covers for volume 1.
in 3 hours I create: Volume covers and some of the fan arts like the Musketeers (the background took time) and red hot riding hood.
As you can see the girls pin up and the fan arts go into the category that requires a lot of time and I can produce only in a few days (because I can only spend a certain amount of time per day on TPB).
What I ran out of... is ideas and themes for the quick ones, like breakfast and song and dance...
in short I am saying: I accept requests!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
But let's say the boy doesn't want to take a bath? What do you do? You let him play with you hair... 100% epic win for mama Kes.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
The effect and damages left by the Earthquake are still too recent but help is coming to Japan and maybe we can be part of it.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Also I think you need to know how much of storytelling you can include and how much of lecture needs to be achieved.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
here are the changes required:
I'll leave the question mark on drunk until you tell me what to put there. ^__^
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Baroque music did change quite a bit in just a few years... already towards the 1650 madrigals had gone from 4 voices performances down to three or two voices.
Monteverdi helped transition from polyphonic to monodic and concertato.
Girls the age of Pea would already know madrigals with soloist part and in the XVII century madrigals already had instrumental music accompanying the voices. Because England stayed behind in the evolution with madrigals... I am thinking Pea should sing solo madrigals with basso continuo using a lute, which was more common in Southern European Countries.
Monday, March 07, 2011
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Actually, no, the front cover should be out by the end of the second chapter and the back cover by the end of the volume... but I am working a little ahead of myself here.
So here's Cat for the back cover. Once again I chose a very famous painting to complete the theme for these covers.