MY LATEST TWEETS

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Creature / Devil Inked - Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - Release at SDCC 2015

The Creature card for our Curio & Co. tarot card set. This one will replace the typical Devil card of other tarot decks.

The Creature replaces The Devil card - inked illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - major arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Temperance Inked - Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - See them all at SDCC 2015

From the sketch to the ink now we have the Temperance in ink.  I guess I'm a bit loopy today… heck it's ok!  A little craziness is good for the soul and the creative process.

Temperance card - inked illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - major arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Emperor Inked - Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - See them all at SDCC 2015

The ink version of The Emperor for the tarot card set.

We always put little easter eggs in all of the Curio & Co. projects we create.  Its fun for us and it gives an extra layer of discovery to what we do for our Curio collectors.  In this case: the chicken on the shied is the chicken of Cudworth-Hooper the manufacturer of the Gadabout (time machine).

The Emperor card - inked illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - major arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sketching the Ace of Coins for the Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - See Them All at SDCC 2015

Here we are with the initial sketch for the Ace of Coins.

I still have a couple more of the major arcana that I need to work on, yet tackling some of the minor arcana is helping figuring out some stylistic design elements that will need to be present in the entire set.

On to the next one…

Design for: Ace of Coins -In the spirit of the tarot Marseille - minor arcana - red pencil sketch by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sketching The Ace Of Chalices For The Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - See The Full Set At SDCC 2015

On by one the tarot cards are getting their rough designs. Here's the rough sketch for the ace of chalices / cups.

Design for: The Ace of Chalices Tarot card -In the spirit of the tarot Marseille - red pencil sketch by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Sketching the Ace of Wands for the Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - See Them All At SDCC 2015

Here's Johnny!!! No, just kidding here's the ace of wands.  I'm starting to transition from major arcana to minor…

Design for: The Ace of Wands Tarot card -In the spirit of the tarot Marseille - red pencil sketch by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Sketching the Emperor for the Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - See Them All at SDCC 2015

Switching things up a bit and doing more drawing then inking.  Variety is the spice of life…

Here's the sketch for the tarot card of The Emperor.


Design for: The Emperor Tarot card -In the spirit of the tarot Marseille - red pencil sketch by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Monday, April 06, 2015

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Sketch of The Wheel For The Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - Hold The Entire Set At SDCC 2015

Here's the rough sketch for The Wheel.  I think this is the card that has the more iconography in the entire deck, it's insane all it's missing is a cherry on top!

Design for: The Wheel -In the spirit of the tarot Marseille - red pencil sketch by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Saturday, April 04, 2015

The World Inked - Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - First Release at SDCC 2015

Here's the inked version of The World for the tarot card set.

Desing the one of those things that you never know what you need to change until you get almost to the end.  I have a the feeling that this card will have to undergo some changes before it goes to press.
Equalising all of the design of a set is always a hefty task, specially because every project I do I tend to do it in a different style.  And of course that leads to an other production pipeline.  Enough rambling here's The World.

The World Tarot card - inked illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Friday, April 03, 2015

Icon Design for Safety Pic - iPhone App

Here's some thing a little different from the more recent posts.  In the studio we are always working on multiple projects at the same time, its the nature of things.  Hence this project…

I was asked to design the icon for a new upcoming iPhone app "Safety Pic"  This is the proposed design that was submitted.

I have posted more details of the project on my Behance page


Safety Pic icon - proposed design - iPhone App - design by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Stars Inked - the Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - at SDCC 2015

Here is the next one of the tarot cards; I just finished inking The Stars. This time around I used a slightly different font, with a more decorative serif. Before I'll do the color pass, I'll be retouching each one and making sure they all have the same key elements: fonts, line weights, stylistic lines, and what ever else.

The Stars Tarot card - inked illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Tower Inked - Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - at SDCC 2015

Here is The Tower in it's full glory and with additional iconography.  Yup the fortune you'll ge to tell with the Curio & Co. cards will be just a unique.  Like every project we undertake we do things just a little different.  Take not of the candle in the tower the water and the fish, all extra iconography for your fortune telling pleasure.

The Tower Tarot card - inked illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Cover for "The Pumpkin Patch" - A Curio & Co Project - in the works

Cover design and illustration for "The Pumpkin Patch". 

These images are fully composited and illustrated in photoshop, no physical book exists. This material will be part of a pitch package we are putting together.

The Pumpkin Patch by Cesare Asaro & Kirstie Shepherd - Book Cover - jackolantern - Curio & Co (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

The Pumpkin Patch by Cesare Asaro & Kirstie Shepherd - Book Cover details of the word Pumpkin - jackolantern - Curio & Co (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

The Pumpkin Patch by Cesare Asaro & Kirstie Shepherd - Book Cover details of a jackolantern - Curio & Co (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

The Pumpkin Patch by Cesare Asaro & Kirstie Shepherd - Promotional Material - Jackolantern - Curio & Co (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Inking the Fool - Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - Debut at SDCC 2015

A quick screen grab of the inking of the Fool or should I say of the fool doing the inking…

The Fool Tarot card - in the process of inking the illustration - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Justice - Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - Sneak Peack at SDCC 2015

Just finished inking Justice with chicken, chicks and eggs.

MMM I'm hungry now! Scrambled eggs anyone?!?

Justice Tarot card - inked illustration - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Death - Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - Sneak Peak at SDCC 2015

Here's Death for your viewing pleasure (from a distance of course).

…and here's a little BTW: this card is #13

ASIDE: It's so much easier to ink if you already have the designs taken care of… DUH! Spend the time on the roughs.

Death Tarot card - inked illustration - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Hermit - Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - Sneak Peak at SDCC 2015

Development continues… here is The Hermit.

Trying out the tarot cards without a frame, and one more down and many more to go… next!

The Hermit Tarot card - inked illustration - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Hierophant - Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - Sneak Peak at SDCC 2015

The initial inking and layout are always test subjects I tend to go back and redo/fix things once all of the illustrations are done.  That allows me to see what the sets requires for layout, stylistic lines and fonts.  In animation the call it working on passes, I'm really happy I spent time in the animation industry it taught me a lot.

See you at the San Diego Comic Con ; )


Tarot card - The Hierophant - inked illustration - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Moon - Tarot Cards Sneak Peak at Comic-Con 2015

Tarocard: The Moon - ink version 1.  I'm working on the balance of the line weight to get them to read right at print size but also at decorative art prints size (4x the card size).

I tend to do multiple versions when I work on a project, considering that there are 78 cars… I really need to keep in mind to slim down my production process.  


Tarot card - The moon inked version - illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Curio & Co. Buncy Ads - Details

Here are some details of the Bunchy ads - all digital paint, patience, and digital calligraphy.

In order to make things look right I really had to pay close attention to the details…

Bunchy ad - The all want… - retro advertisement - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. - Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com

Bunchy ad - One is not enough - retro advertisement - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. - Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com

Digital calligraphy or the word Bunchy - design by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. - Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com


Detail of Bunchy bottle - digital paint - retro advertisement - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. - Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com

Detail of Bunchy bottle cap - digital paint - retro advertisement - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. - Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com

Detail of Bunchy bottle opener - digital paint - retro advertisement - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. - Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com

Friday, March 20, 2015

Designs of Tarot Cards for Judgement and Hierophant - for Comic-Con 2015 Sneak Peak

Here are a couple more designs / initial sketches of the tarot cards I'm designing for the Hierophant (AKA the Pope) and Judgement.

Tarot card sketches for Hierophant (the pope) and Judgement - illustration and design by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. Cuiro and Co. OG www.curioandco.com

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Page 1 - of "Love Letters" Published by Atelier Olschinsky

I just sent off this piece to the publisher… it will be page 1 of the art book "Love Letters" published by Atelier Olschinsky.


I'm looking forward to seeing what the other artists submitted… I'll be posting more about this project as I have more details.



My Beloved Angel, - Cesare Asaro -  page 1 of "Love Letters" art book published by Atelier Olshinsky.

Some details

My Beloved Angel, - Cesare Asaro -  page 1 detail "My" of "Love Letters" art book published by Atelier Olshinsky.

My Beloved Angel, - Cesare Asaro -  page 1 detail "B" of "Love Letters" art book published by Atelier Olshinsky.

My Beloved Angel, - Cesare Asaro -  page 1 detail of helo and wings of "Love Letters" art book published by Atelier Olshinsky.

The points that build the type

My Beloved Angel, - Cesare Asaro -  making the type for page 1 of "Love Letters" art book published by Atelier Olshinsky.



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Abstract Digital painting

It was a heck of a busy day yesterday so I decided to unwind last night doing some more work (fun work).
Here's the result an abstract piece in black and white. It's been a very long time that I wanted to give it a go to something like this…

Space Exploration in Line and Shape -Abstract Painting - digital - Cesare Asaro

Curio & Co. - Tarot Cards Looking for the Look

This morning I did a test of how the tarot cards could look at the final stage.  I think we'll go with something along this lines.  I'm quite happy with the new brush it's got enough of a bleed and tooth it feels as if it could've really been on paper.  Now I just need to figure out how to best deal with the paper on which they will be printed on so that they will have that old timey feel once they are in hand.

The Moon - tarot card concept illustration style - Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Curio & Co. designs Volksgarten Pavillon Sign

At the beginning of the year we were asked to design a retro sign for the of the Volksgarten Pavillon (formerly Corti cafe) the building is one of the architecture land marks of Vienna having being designed by Oswald Haerdtl and completed in 1950.  Our task was to design a sign that would complement the architecture and the atmosphere of the cafe. 

Needless to say it was a really fun project.

Volksgarten Pavillon Cafe Resturant Sign - googie retro sign - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. Og - www.curioandco.com)