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)

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)

Friday, April 17, 2015

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

Sketching the Ace of Swords for the Curio & Co. Tarot Cards - See them all at SDCC 2015

Moving on down the minor arcana… and here we have the initial sketch for the Ace of Swords.

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


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)