STARTWO is a group created by Gisela Martins and Sara Ferreira, Portuguese artists dedicated to comics, illustrations and other creative media.
In no particular order, lets get to the introductions:
★ GISELA MARTINS ★
A mischievous fox born and raised in a sunny side country called Portugal. From a young age her attention was completely captured by anime but it would be years until she would have all her consumerist dreams come true so instead she drew and drew, striving always to become better at the one thing she was good at.
Other foxes didn’t exactly grasped her tastes, thought she was too obsessed especially with pretty boys (whatever that meant) and it was only much, much later that she had the luck to meet another misfit animal, a Portuguese cat who shared her likes for anime, manga and pretty... desserts.
★ SARA FERREIRA ★
A savant cat born to show that curiosity doesn’t get kitties in trouble, it helps them become closer to their goals.That curiosity might have however discouraged others from approaching her, as she would prefer to bury her nose into books, watch anime and read manga than to get pictures taken as it has become so popular among cats these days (this cat in fact, hates being photographed).
She grew up to become a well rounded illustrator, concept designer and junior 3D artist. Her curiosity ever growing has made her recently step into web and application design and her one true love for japanese manga has found a rival in her ever growing love for korean manhwa. The one putting up and joining her passionate discussions about each style’s fortes is another misfit animal, a fox who now claims gimbap is just as tasty as sushi.
Both born and raised in Portugal, the dynamic duo has been working together under the name Shoot to Kill (STK) from 2005 to 2014 and been involved with projects for events as workshop teachers, television, illustration, published works and also working with both national and international publishers. Currently they both work together as freelance artists, daring to cross boundaries and incorporate whatever they can learn in their works.
The fox known as Gi still loves her pretty boys but there is so much more out there to explore and the cat known as Sara still keeps feeding on data and enjoying her cat-existence including the 9 lives to fill up with wisdom and new experiences that art -above all, can bring her.
And of course there’s more, but for that just keep an eye on us!
Step by Step
• Futurália 2015. Invited artists by JAN KEN PON.
• Iberanime 2015. Invited artists by JAN KEN PON.
• Presentation of Nintendo Wii U game "Art Academy" at FNAC Chiado, invited by JAN KEN PON.
• TMNT Portuguese Tribute collection of Illustrations.
• STKStarbullet becomes StarTwo
• Tanabata Festival at Southbank Centre with Japanese Embassy in London(Cross#atch).
• Asian Culture Party 2014. Drawing/Colouring Workshop.
• MATSURI 2013. Invited artists (Cross#atch) by Japan Society and Japanese Embassy in London.
• MCM Expo(Cross#atch).
• Ongoing Projects “ One Nation – Black Lotus” And “Q” with L33Art
• Ongoing Projects “ Story Realms” and “Zoo Fu” with Game Salute
•Shoottokill becomes STKStarbullet
•1st place in the contest Mangajiman from the Japanese Embassy in London.
•Colouring for the comic book “Super Pig”
•Beja Comic Festival (Festival de BD de Beja) - Work Exhibit.
•Drawing Workshops with NCreatures.
•Illustrations for the book “O Mercador das Palavras”
•Short Story “Contos de Duas Saudades”
•Colouring for in-game character sprites/2D Concept Art for Biodroid entertainment.
•FIBDA 2009 (Festival de Banda Desenhada da Amadora) - Work Exhibit & Guest Artist.
•Colouring for the comic book “Chaos. Realidade Absoluta” Vol III
•Participative artist in Artists' Collection of Comics “Venham +5”.
•Colouring for the comic book “Formula da Felicidade”, Volume I and II
•FIBDA 2008 (Festival de Banda Desenhada da Amadora) - Work Exhibit & Guest Artist.
•Lisbon International Exhibition (FIL)- Lisbon Tourism Fair (BTL) - Embassy of Japan in Lisbon. Invited artists in March 2007 and January 2008, involved in dealing with the public & performing quick sketches in the Japanese comic style “manga”, and also showing the live process of applying color to an illustration.
•FIBDA 2007 (Festival de Banda Desenhada da Amadora) - Guest Artist.
•Beja Comic Festival (Festival de BD de Beja) - guest artists with work exhibition & demonstration of a two page short comic creation.
•Hi-Life Entertainment Television Channel Online. logo and graphic contents for the website.
•3 Issues of the series ”A Go Go” fanzines are published (OUT OF PRINT)
•Shoottokill(STK) is born.
•Worked as illustrators for Trisan.
•First time working professionally together as freelance conceptual artists for the studio Frog.
•Anipop- Anime, Manga and Japanese Culture Association. Work exposition and juries for art contest.