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Friday, June 19, 2015

Curio & Co. Musterberg Tarot - Production Update

Let me catch you up with some of the production updates…  The clock is counting down to SDCC and the things are moving along… It's definitely been a busy week!!!

Here are some quick excerpt from my social media activity in the past days

The package will come with a seal here we have the prototype of how it will look - Details make a difference – Seal it up!
Prototype for Curio & Co. Musterberg tarot cards box with seal - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot  - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

 The cards actually went to press two days ago and the first plate to run was of The Fool…Printed sheet of The Fool for the production of the Curio & Co Tarot of Musterberg - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot  - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)


And here we have the tarot cards before they get their corners rounded. 
Hand holding The Creature card - The Curio & Co Tarot of Musterberg cards before they get their corner rounded- In the spirit of the Marseille tarot  - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)


We are almost done with the production…

A little aside – two days ago I met up with the largest Austrian card manufacturer - Piatnik –and got a full tour of their facility.  I love that stuff!!!

The back of the Curio & Co. Card - the blank card - Curio & Co Tarot of Musterberg - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot  - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)
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Monday, June 15, 2015

SDCC Unofficial Blog Promotes Curio & Co. Musterberg Tarot Deck

I love it when people share what we do ; ) It inspires me to do more ; )

A Thanks to SDCC Blog!!! 

I just found out about these today:


Curio & Co. Tarot of Musterberg - Bonus in the Package

The file for the cards is at the printer!
So…  Now that the Curio & Co. Musterberg tarot are at the printer we are finishing off the Cartomancy Guide and the Game Play Rules for the set. The instructions will also include how to best read the bonus card of the Siren and how to use it in the card game.
The booklet will be bundled with the cards in the package and will be 64 pages of fun. Yup! the text will have a Humorous slant to it.
The picture is of the package prototype in black and white. The final package will be in full color.

Prototype of instructions and packer for Curio & Co Tarot of Musterberg - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot  - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Package prototype with Fool on the package for Curio & Co Tarot of Musterberg - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot  - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

No. 22 of the Major Arcana  - The 79th card of the deck.  We always do things just a bit different and this is us adding a little twist to the tarot deck, giving an extra splash to cartomancy as well as the tarot card game. Yup! there's a game you can play with tarot.

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

And here are a couple more cards from the Major Arcana, cards that are usually part of every tarot deck.

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

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


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Musterberg Tarot Deck by Curio & Co.

I'm in the process of designing the decorative elements and laying out the package for our Curio & Co. Tarot deck – below is a rough layout for the front of the package.
Why Musterberg? Well they have to come from some where, and in our Curio Verse many things come from Musterberg ;P
FYI Musterberg in german is the John Doe of cities.

Rough layout for front of Curio & Co. Musterberg Tarot deck - for divination / cartomancy and gameplay - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Packaging design for The Curio & Co. Musterberg Tarot deck  - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

And here's an other one of the card that will be in the box…

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

Friday, June 05, 2015

Curio & Co. Tarot Deck - see it first at SDCC

About the back of the cards of the Curio & Co. tarot deck. In the spirit of reproducing a fictional 1700's tarot card deck, each card will show independent ware of its back. Each card will be unique in front as well as back.

Because they are intended to be collectable the cards will also be printed on acid free paper and will be produced in a small quantity, we are deciding on the quantity right now but we know for sure that it will be below 500 sets.


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



A couple of days back we got the proofs for the cards… and we picked the set-up and color of the back of the card.

Cards Print Proofs - Curio & Co. Tarot - Colored illustration - In the spirit of the Marseille tarot  - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)


Here are a couple more cards that got colored since the last post… Some of the cards underwent some design changes during the coloring process ie the The Tower and The Stars.  If you compare the images to the ones of the prior posts you can see the difference.

The Tower 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 Tower 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)


The Stars 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 Stars 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)


This card of The Creature is the equivalent of The Devil, it's the same number in the deck

The Devil / The Creature 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 Lovers 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 Chariot 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)

Justice 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 Hermit 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)

Temperance 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 Emperor 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 High Priestess 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)



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)