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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Coloring the Curio & Co. tarot deck - Unveiling at SDCC 2015

Here's a bit of new info on the Curio & Co. Tarot deck: The whole set of cards will be actually a total of 80 cards with the 79th card being Number 22 - The Siren of the major arcana.

On the production front… It's been more then a couple of days since I last posted, well I've been hard at work coloring the cards.  The printing deadline is right around the corner and every spare minute counts so I'll quickly say: here's some of the cards I worked on since the last post.

See you at the San Diego Comic-Con,  Curio & Co. will be at booth 1217



Death card - Colored 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)

The Hanged Man card - Colored 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)

King of Coins card - Colored illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

King of Swords card - Colored illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Knight of Swords card - Colored illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Knave of Swords card - Colored illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Queen of Chalices card - Colored illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Knave of Chalices card - Colored illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Ten of Coins card - Colored illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Five of Coins card - Colored illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Three of Coins card - Colored illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Four of Coins card - Colored illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Two of Coins card - Colored illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Curio & Co. Tarot Deck - Unveiling at SDCC 2015

Here are some of the work I've done on the Curio & Co. tarot cards in the last couple of day, but not all of it just some of it.  It's noticeable to see how the coloring process changed as I've been coloring the cards.  As of now I have 24 cards in color and once done with all 80 cards I'll do a pass to make sure that the coloring is properly balanced in all of the cards.

And yes, you heard that right the full set will contain 80 cards - 78 are the Major and Minor Arcana with 2 additional cards, more details on this in the next couple of week.  For the time being you get to see these designs.

See you at Comic-Con - Curio & Co.  (we) will be at booth 1217

Ace of Swords card - Colored illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)


Knave of Wands card - Colored illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

More Minor Arcana Cards for the Curio & Co. Tarot Deck - Unveiling at SDCC 2015

Here's a batch of recent cards I've inked, I'm really close to finishing the inking pass and moving on to the color phase.

Before that I'll need to do an in-between pass for balancing of all the illustrations.  That will take care of making sure that all of the hand drawn text is the same font, that there are no misspelling, and that illustrations are really what we want to bring to the color phase.

During this in-between pass I'll also be dealing with creating the back of the cards, and yesterday I made the decision for the background pattern I will be using.  It took a bit longer then I anticipated to lock that down, but it's no surprise.  Design is something that works or doesn't and you keep at it until you have the feeling that the image works for the project.  Many are the times when I've done appealing designs that unfortunately didn't match the project, and out the window the design goes.

Enough blabber here are some of the cards I've inked recently.

Before that I should say… as a promotional effort…

Curio & Co. Tarot Deck
Unveiling at San Diego Comic-Con 
July 8, 2015 at booth 1217

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Friday, May 08, 2015

The Two of Coins Inked - The Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - at SDCC 2015

In ink – The Two of Coins of the Curio & Co. tarot deck.  The release date approaches quickly… back to work…

A little insider information: Ludus Sinceritas Novitas is the Curio & Co. motto which can also be seen on the Curio & Co. seal.


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

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The Ace of Coins Inked - The Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - at SDCC 2015

Moving to the minor arcana. Here's the inked card of the Ace of Coins for the Curio & Cotarot deck.

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

Monday, May 04, 2015

The Hanged Man Inked - The Curio & Co. Tarot Deck - at SDCC 2015

The inked card of The Hanged Man of the Curio & Co.​ tarot deck. – Almost done with the major arcana…
The Hanged Man 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)


Friday, May 01, 2015

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

Here we are! Now that all of the rough designs are done we are moving onto inking.

As always I'll be taking liberty of design changes as the project will require, and from this point on I'll be in a digital environment for production expediency.  I wish I had the luxury of sitting at drawing table.  My eyes were so happy solely working on paper, and it's quite nice having a pile of drawings staring back at you, it gives a certain sense of achievement.

Without any further ado (drum rolls)

The Magician

The Magician 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)

Unveiling of the Curio & Co. tarot deck will take place at the Curio & Co. booth 1217 at San Diego Comic-Con, July 8.  The cards will be officially released on September 15, 2015 at a the Curio & Co. art show taking place at Atelier Olschinsky Art Gallery here in Vienna.

We've had multiple request for the cards asking for the possibility of preorders and the chance to get the cards at the same time as the San Diego Comic-Con crowd is; I'm looking into the logistics for that.  I'll let you know as soon as I have something figured out.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Red Pencil Roughs for the Curio & Co. Tarot Deck - Unveiling at SDCC July 8, 2015

Here's a stack of sketches for the Curio & Co. tarot cards I've been working on.  It's been rather refreshing holding just one tool for some solid days.  I got to know the pencil just a bit better, and there's so much to learn from it…

More pencil roughs and inked cards to come, and of course there's the unveiling of the actual deck at SDCC on July 8 at booth 1217.  See you at Comic-Con.


Two of Coins card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Three of Coins card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Four of Coins card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Five of Coins card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Six of Coins card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Seven of Coins card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Eight of Coins card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Nine of Coins card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Ten of Coins card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Three of Wands card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Four of Wands card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Five of Wands card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Six of Wands card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Seven of Wands card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Eight of Wands card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Nine of Wands card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Two of Cups card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Three of Cups card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Five of Cups card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Knight of Swords card - red pencil sketch / drawing - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot - minor arcana - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)