Hello everyone, my name is Karolyne da Rocha.
I am an illustrator and the creator of the Balsamus universe.
So, what is the Balsamus project?
It’s a comic project based on ancient middle-eastern culture (mesopotamia) + the period knon as “years of silence.” All the good stuff of these periods in only one story...hmm what a historical feast!
Balsamus tells the story of Reithan, an important general from the fictional Anraabi kingdom, located in the fictional lands of Mehsurabi in the dawn of civilization. Reithan and his band go in a risky mission, one which they are willing to do anything to be successful.
Presently, Balsamus has two completed chapters. During the development of part 3, you will have access to the sketches of the chapter that were previously finished;
What will you recieve if you contribute?
**First you will be helping the project to become reality (♡)
◈ 2020 SPECIAL ◈
“For the debut of the rewards, I will compile every month the best illustrations that were developed in 2019. The packs will include both published and exclusive illustrations;”
3 USD or more- Our mercenaries say UHAA!
- Thank you for your contribution;
5 USD or more- Meat with Flour
- Previous access to all illustrations/comics produced during the month + Your name will be in the list of supporters every end of chapter;
10 USD or more- Caravan to the city of Nuri;
All of the previous rewards + Illustration/Comic development of Balsamus that were developed during that month;
30 USD or more- Finding the treasure;
All of the previous rewards + slot in a draw (every three months) to win a sketch comission;
Presently, I explore the aesthetic of the comic books of the 70s and 80s, especially the Conan comics, which were the triggered to the definite rebirth of Balsamus in 2018.
The aesthetic mentioned is the finishing which involves the aged texture of the printed paper, donning the appearance of yellowish paper and some blemishes in black ink.
(Left) Howard Chaykin and Ernie Chan, Conan the Barbarian #82 Splash Page 22-
(Right) Sample of the pages of Balsamus
The colored illustrations will also simulate the limited coloring of the CMYK press of that time, where you can clearly see the mistakes and color limitations. This aesthetic brings a mixture of timeless nostalgia and an aesthetic that fits harmonically with retro comic books.
Conan- The Destroyer- Official Movie Adaptation- Balsamus Scene Concept Art
Well, as I presently work with commissions, I cannot dedicate myself integrally to the project. Thus, not only every support counts, but it is also an additional step so that I can sit on my chair and dedicate myself more to my middle eastern boys! Creating an universe is not an easy task- it takes time ( studying, training my drawing skills, writing, scenery studies, thumbnails, buying sketch materials, inking, coloring, developing the concept arts, and arts for marketing …. oh my, so much!).
I am also developing this project not only due to personal satisfaction,but also so that I can bring in it teachings and convictions that I have . . . after all, no project is born at random, right?
Do you want to be a part of this universe? Join the Kayhan soldiers to unveil the thick