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Monday, August 31, 2015

More of Farlo Cocept Sketches for Curio & Co.'s Spaceman Jax

Farlo Charcter design concept art in red pencil for Spaceman Jax by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com) Design by Cesare Asaro

Farlo Charcter design concept art for Spaceman Jax by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com) Design by Cesare Asaro


And here are some more… rough sketches of Farlo for Curio & Co.'s Spaceman Jax animation project.

This character is definitely not to be trusted…

Friday, August 28, 2015

Red Cocept Sketches for Curio & Co.'s Spaceman Jax

Red Concept Sketches for Curio & Co.'s Spaceman Jax animation project - Design by Cesare Asaro (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)


For our Curio & Co.'s Spaceman Jax animation project – A version of Red that didn't cut the mustard. The design just didn't match the character attitude. But! I think there's an other character here that may join the Spaceman Jax universe.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Star Cowboy Model Sheet from Curio & Co.'s Spaceman Jax

Work in progress… Start Cowboy from the Spaceman Jax animation project for Curio & Co.
One of the changes… the 'S' on the belt will be a star.

Star Cowboy character design - for Curio & Co. Spaceman Jax animation - design by Cesare Asaro - (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Rusty Model Sheet from Curio & Co.'s Spaceman Jax

Continuing the work on the character designs for all of the other cast members of Spacamen Jax and the Galactic Adventures.  the Curioverses keeps expanding…

Rusty character design - for Curio & Co. Spaceman Jax animation - design by Cesare Asaro - (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mantagons Concept Sketches for Curio & Co's - Spaceman Jax

Mantagon concept sketches from 2010 by Cesare Asaro for Curio & Coo.'s Spaceman Jax (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)


I was looking for some Spaceman Jax designs for Red and… I bumped into these concept sketches for the Mantagons I did in 2010.  At the time we brought on Luca Fattore to work on the development of some of the characters and help to set the style of the project.  It really was a great experience working collaboratively. Luca and I were on design and the Kirstie from the content side.  I had previously done some initial work on the characters: Jax, Dekkin, and the Mantagons, which we passed on to Luca and within a couple of month of back and forth of design revisions we had Jax and the Mantagons locked in.

Since then we developed more characters and other products of the Curio & Co. universe, and also published a total of 5 books one of which features Jax as a main character: Spaceman Jax - Through the Mantagon Minefield. It's been quite a ride so far…

Time flies!

So many projects to realize such little time.

Back to work…

Friday, August 21, 2015

Rusty - Continuing to Design the Spaceman Jax Animated Show

Continuing to expand the Curio & Co. universe, by designing Rusty the old time mechanic friend of Spaceman Jax.


Rusty character sketches for Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures - Design by Cesare Asaro

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Curio & Co. Tarot of Musterberg - The Deck at a Glance

It took a lot of time to finish this new Curio & Co product, but the entire deck it is done and it was unveiled at Comic-Con this summer.  Now we are getting things ready for the official release on September 15 which will coincide with the inauguration of the Curio & Co. - Let's Play art show at the Olschinsky Art Store. We are prepping the images for the large prints…

If you are curious to see what four months of work at a glance look like… all of the 79 tarot cards are here

and here you can preorder the deck.



Curio & Co.Tarot of Musterberg - The 79-Card Deck for Gameplay and Cartomancy - design and illustration by Cesare Asaro - Written by Kirstie Shepherd ( Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Curio & Co. Art show at Olschinsky Art Store

No Posting for a while on this blog?

I know, I know, I'm not Superman and I don't pretend to be.  I just can't keep up with all of the social media channels.  But believe me I've been busy since the last post, and I'll try to catch up with the news of the past couple of months the best I can in the next weeks or so.

For now though here's a bit of news


The Curio & Co. – Let's Play – Art show

Location:
Atelier Olschinsky Art Store
Esterhazygasse 11
1060 Vienna, Austria

Date:
September 15 - October 17, 2015

Opening:
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 7:00pm

Curio & Co. Let's Play - Art show at Atelier Olschisky Art Store - 15 September - 17 October, 2015 (Designer and illustrator Cesare Asaro with writer Kirstie Shepherd - Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)


Curio & Co. Let's Play - 15 September - 17 October, 2015 - Opening Tuesday Sep. 15 at 19:00 (Designer and illustrator Cesare Asaro with writer Kirstie Shepherd - Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

We've been telling people about this upcoming show that Curio & Co. will be having for a while without an official announcement.  The priority had to be finishing our Tarot of Musterberg deck first, since the show was originally intending to only feature the card but, it got BIGGER ;) A part of the show will deal with a small retrospective of what Curio & Co. has been creating for the past 6 year, and how we play with pop culture.

Curio & Co. - Let's Play
A fictional universe: From comic books to vintage advertisements, Curio & Co. creates memories from an alternate history to play with the power of nostalgia. While bringing a sense of whimsy to every project, Curio & Co. grounds each artifact with details from reality to bring their make-believe world to life. This intricate game of “What if?” continues with their latest project, the Tarot of Musterberg, as they deal up fun and fantasy and suggest: Let’s play!

We spend so much time cooped up in the studio working on so many different projects that we are really looking forward to the chance of seeing our fans in person.

I should add add – a ward of thanks to ​Verena Weiss and Peter Olschinsky​ for giving us the opportunity to exhibit at their gallery.

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)