I think I must have burned myself out recently or something because it took much longer to finish the pencils for this one than I expected. :\
It's here now tho. ^ o^
This piece primarily features the same sort of necromantic bolts that Vampire has been firing through out the story, but this one is on a much higher level of power.
I want to work in the idea that larger spells of that scale take time to set up.
I want vampire to say at some point, "Protect me for 5 minutes"
With Standard being all like "What??!" as their being surrounded by countless slimy tendrils.
Still a ways to go with this pic. This ones been resisting me pretty hard over the last few days. Still working out the forced perspective for Vampires body and trying to find a happy balance for all the elements.
I had the idea that these necromantic bolts required drawing Spectral energy from Reserve Undead Vampire has housed... somewhere. usually costing the body of a low ranking undead. Larger spells tho require a much longer cast time and also calling in of "favors" from high ranking undead.
The ultimate cost being the lost of that creatures servitude. Allowing the high ranking undead to roam free afterwards with no master. Much to the detriment of all who will later encounter it.
This is the moment before Vampire places 2 massive holes into the Monstress, opening the door for Orphan land the death blow. Though she was dead to begin with...
I had forgotten to add the cloak to this piece and the completed "Cursed Meat" piece as well.
I'll get the new version of that posted up soonish. Just really been wanting to barrel ahead with knocking out as many pencils for all of the pages I can possibly contemplate needing/wanting.
It's helped a lot in allowing me the time to look over with fresh eyes the currently completed works and ensuring they are all up to speed, before finishing them and only then realizing I wasn't that fond of the final result.
Which has been a big part of why this project has drug on as long as it has. :\
Seeing all of the pages lined up in order side by side has really made me excited at how this is all going to look once complete. Once the pencils are all done I'll get back to finishing up the first draft then if any new images have been inspired after that I'll pencil those up as well, meanwhile inking the oh so many pages that have been added to the project. Y oY
Man took so long to get a good pose for this one pinned down! It fought me tooth an nail resisting being born.
Am pretty happy with how it turned out though.
Aurg man just realized! I forgot to add her cloak wrapped around her waist. Also just realized I forgot to add it into the piece where shes slaying the Monstress! > .<***
Do I add it back in to both pieces? Or write the story that it fell off? also realized I forgot to put in her belly scar. Y oY
Ah well whatever, I'll decide on it later. Am not awake enough to start that amount of work. :\
Will chill out the rest of the night with some video games, and hopefully get back to a day schedule. XD
Tell me what you think I should do tho. :p
Skirt or no skirt?
Realized too that I named a piece with the Monstress dogging Orphan as Wild Tormentor. I think I should change that one to be Wicked Tormentor, and this one to be Wild Tormentor.
Show a reversal of roles.
Decided to completely redo Prisoner's Expression and pose on an idea given to my by my brother. It really was the last little thing it was missing to really make it excel. ^ o^
Also touched up some of the various tendrils here and there for the sake of balance.
I really liked how it came out. ^ o^
Phewa this one took a while to get pinned down. I had like 6 bodies in here at one point but it was causing the piece to lose focus so I decided to cut back and bring it in a bit closer to the main 2 bodies.
Red Riding Hood Prisoner typically fights with an Ax or a Crossbow, but she is quite adept at a rather manic form of makeshift wrestling she learned in the Wolfheim Asylum.
Her skills as a herbalist also plays a big role in just how unpredictable she is in a fight. One of her favorite forms of attack is tossing a ghost mushroom into the mouth of her combatant. Which causes them to go prone immediately from the incessant amount of screams going off in their head.
The effect tends to wear out after some hours but by then the fight has long since ended. Prisoner is often seen using these deadly fungi as a seasoning in her own food, which apparently seems to have no affect on her. Though it speculated that shes just grown used to the presence of voices going off in her head.
One of her deadliest weapons is Coma Dust. A rare concoction of herbs that has a chance of putting the victim into a coma state for as long as 3 minutes to 30 years! either way, pretty effective of stopping most large beast in their tracks with a light dusting of their air ways.
Don't underestimate the potential of the insane, especially when they have such a grab bag of seemingly random skills.