So I thought I’d do some promotional art for Witchfire what with the Halloween season coming up, and since I’ve got shelves and shelves of stuff already taking up space, I’d love to be able to send this to a good home.
It’s $75 for the signed original (that covers shipping and handling, too) and any interested parties can send me an email. 🙂
DragonQuest: Death of the Queens pages 2 and 3
As promised, here’s the final version of the 2 page spread. I hope the text comes through large enough to be readable! If not, you can always check it out on my deviantart (where it is slightly better).
I’m sorry again that this has taken so long—and thanks to all the wonderful supporters who’ve liked and reblogged my Pern fanart so far. <3
My schedule doesn’t look like it will be thinning out in the near future, but I’m not going to let that stop me (just, maybe slow me down a bit.) More Pern to come!
I’m always on the lookout for awesome talents in the field of visual storytelling—and it’s an exciting time for us as new methods of self-publication make it possible to reach a wider audience. From time to time, I’ll come across something that strikes me as so utterly awesome, I’m simply compelled to dissect it (as part of my personal learning process) and share it with others.
In the past, I’ve reviewed Off-White and Lost in the Vale and now I’m pleased to say I’ve got a new favorite:
Like Off-White, Spindrift is sort of a DeviantArt darling; indeed, that’s where I was first exposed to it and I simply can’t say enough good stuff about this handsomely constructed masterpiece of visual storytelling.
In terms of content, we see a lot of familiar fantasy tropes here: the Moses-style origins of a half-breed character born on the margins on society and therefore unable to really fit in… Warring races in a far-away land filled with magic… But the reader can sense that there’s so much comprehensive depth behind this well-worn façade that rather than being obnoxious or dull, it’s a relief—it gives you a strong jumping-off point from which you can embrace all the nuances and subtleties presented in story and visual cues from panel to panel.
This is the total package here. Incredible in-depth world-building—the stuff you’d generally expect from an entire team of artists and developers—and a gripping plot pull the reader in immediately. The sumptuous talents of an artist with skill and style to spare mean that even after 80+ pages, I still haven’t spotted a weak scene. Set aside a couple hours for this one, because once you start, you won’t want to stop. And they’ve generously posted all sorts of extras to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what’s in store for us as this epic fantasy tale unfolds.
There’s just one terribly sad caveat: the artist in question recently experienced a devastating family tragedy and production on this webcomic has been spotty over the last few months. It feels selfish to say one wishes she would recover quickly so we can share in more of her tremendous work, but there it is.
This is one of the finest examples I’ve ever seen for the new art of visual storytelling. Whenever I hear mainstream comics lament their inability to broach their own self-created borders and find new readers, I think of incredible original works like this. It’s inspirational to see, and it’s something I know I’ll continue to strive towards and aspire to as a creator myself. Go read it, you won’t be disappointed.
Another Webcomic Review:
As mentioned in some past posts, I’ve been looking for interesting, imaginative webcomic projects both as a personal education in what works for this new storytelling methodology and also because…well, hell, they’re just fun to read!
I’ve recently fallen in love with Lost in the Vale for this very reason. I’m charmed by the fact that this is a husband-and-wife creative team (my little married heart swoons with joy at the thought) and as a pair they bring a fantastic sense of dynamism and humor to both the story and the art.
At only 17 pages so far, it’s hard to make broad, sweeping statements about plotline, pacing, etc., but the character development is already strong, and I find myself checking back frequently, hoping for new pages. Their site is user-friendly to new readers (“Start Reading” is a button that should be mandatory on all story-driven webcomics).
I’m enchanted by the medieval tone of the art as well: the hint of woodcut texture in the shading and highlights is a nice light touch. The scenery and setting are something any fan of Tolkien would recognize, but it doesn’t feel like a re-tread of Lord of the Rings or any of the other major medieval-fantasy epics. It’s fresh, it’s light-hearted, it’s got spunk. It’s a must-read—and bookmark. Keep those pages coming, guys!
Draw-it-Again with Original Art
This is a popular meme on deviantart, and for some reason seeing it made me think of this extremely old drawing I had dating back to my high school days. So I dug it out (no minor miracle in itself!) and tried my hand at a new version. It’s been a lot of fun—not only because it brought back some nostalgia for those younger days—but I’m also still learning new painting techniques with manga studio. This was a nice way to explore; lots of fun and a welcome departure from my usual admittedly grim choice in projects.