Came out a lot faster than I expected overall which I'm very grateful for in that I now can get back to my novella! :D
The completed logos! Or at least I think they are. I just put in the last bit of feed back they had. 1 to make the spikes and teeth sharper for the flat version, and that I had forgotten to put the tail on top of the logo for the full version.
Came out a lot faster than I expected overall which I'm very grateful for in that I now can get back to my novella! :D
Had a short notice project come down from Dragon Shield today and I would feel really bad to have to turn them down after they've made my works into an entire line of product.
That and I really need the funds to put towards my move to a new apartment. I need to get out of this tuna can.
here are 3 concepts I came up with tonight to give them a bit of choice. I believe I'll have to also do a fully rendered version as well with inks and color. Should still be a fairly quick job if they get their feedback back to me in a timely manner.
I'm sort of torn between the first 2 myself, which one do you like better?
Phewa, finally finished this one up.
Feels like it might be missing something still, but I'll let the Art Director and his people decide what they need adjusted.
Final invoice has been sent out so I should be free for the next day or so till they get back to me.
Was considering doing a Crimson Dames related illustration.
Perhaps something that could serve as a poster or shirt. that or just a moody transformation scene? Not sure yet. That or just jump right into finishing up a new illustration for the novella.
I really need to get back to finishing writing it too. Its been a sort of by the seat of my pants sort of project so far but doing up a few illustrations in advance helped to inform the writing, which in turn helped to inform further illustrations.
Can't wait to get a solid product out there for the world to see. Then once the novella and comic are complete I'll probably start the prolog story with the chayse family and the wraparound vampire segment.
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Would really help me to further push what I can accomplish with your support. ^ _^
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Inking progress for Lane!
I changed up his expresion some to get it a bit more interesting.
Shield's persepctive is gonna be an annoyance to finish up.
Still need to put in some more details into the dragon here and there as well.
Now equipped with a fresh take on my logo I went ahead and upgraded my Adobe Cloud account to be able to have After Effects and Premier Pro. Actually I had to go with the full version (50 a month) so now have access to all of their programs.
So what we have here is an initial sort of rough draft on the concept I was thinking about making as a sort of trailer for the site and generally get peeps more aware of my work and the ways they can support it.
I need to get some music to edit the vid to which will allow me to better plan out the beats and timing. Might look for some public domain static to work in with the images. Towards the end it'll fade out into the full version of the logo, and probably some links to were u can find the page and credit any other creators whose content I end up needing.
Tell me what you think or if you had any ideas that you think would look cool with it all.
I wanted to update my studio logo in preparation for an ad I want to make to use for future process videos to advertise my works.
I should have been working on my commercial projects today but was exhausted today trying to stay awake to get back to a day sleep schedule.
Managed to stay awake long enough so hopefully I get that back on track again soon. XD
I'd love to know what you think of it, whether you like it or not. ^ o^
I'll be attempting something where the image's silhouette becomes a frame to showcase some of my best works with some sort of moody music playing over it for a singular ad, but then also make an end cap out of it for future videos.
Got a decent chunk of the way through the inks today. I'm really liking her wicked grin. I'll also be incorporating some creepy scaring from attacks and or experiments conducted before she became too much to handle, like that painful looking scar down her chest.
I need to decide on a way to censor the piece for non patrons. Not sure how I want to go about it tho just yet. Maybe some sort of mesh netting hanging from her body?
One things for sure, don't put anything important near her mouth that your going to need back. XD
Still waiting for references for the upcoming commercial projects I'll need to take on. I'm hoping I can get at least the inks complete before they get back with me.
Please don't forget to like/fave and share the posts you love most. Been feeling rather ineffectual with my outreach lately so need an assist from peeps to get my following growing again. :\
Made some adjusments to the pencils before moving forward with the inks today. got the fills and barbs to work a bit better mainly, made the free hand look a bit more interesting, and adjusted the bangs some.
I felt like revisiting my old False Mermaid design as a way to see how far along I've come along. The original was one of the first 100% digital works of art I'd ever completed. I'll likely be changing up some of the details here and there before its all said and done. I'll work on this one off and on between the commercial projects that I need to start up this week.
The much smaller mermaid in the pic is a true mermaid, one whose blood has the power to heal injuries and sickness, extend lifespans, and provide immortality in large enough doses.
She about 9 feet tall from head to tail tho basically human scaled. A lot of that length is in the tail. So you can imagine how big the false mermaid grew to be.
Yes the true mermaid is missing an arm. XD Whether that was before her capture or after tho is yet to be determined. The false mermaid is highly protective of the true mermaid and kills anyone who tries to get near her. essentially ending the powers that be's attempts to harness her blood for their own benefit.
Given that her bloods potency cant be reproduced via cultures they opted to try and clone her only to have the clone rapidly grow into a twisted abomination. Even beyond her intense strength as well as the cutting power of her claws and razor sharp teeth, shes capable of spitting a pressurized stream of water that's capable of cutting through even armored opponents with ease from a distance.
They had to give up trying to destroy the false mermaid as any weapon with the strength to kill her would have surely have destroyed the far more fragile true mermaid who is never left very far.
I did up a new header and divider element for the Kid and Dog page since that one has a different theme from the rest of the website. Structurally similar but thematically unique. ^ _^
The whole set together at last!
Mummy Jar = Bearing a crude representation of the Lich Anubis.
Head Box = Bearing a cursed head that plagues Feif Lords across the frontier.
Monster Box = A very hangry Mimic.
Toy Box = Filled with plush representations of some of the various man eating monsters to plague the world.
Marionette Box = Some assembly required.
Goo Box = Contents under pressure.
Treasure Box = Worth the effort?
Spider Box = Best left buried deep below the earth.
Thise will primarily be used as clickable icons for the various Lore pages, but I'm also contemplating using some of them as illustrations to flesh out the Arcana, Monsters, and Myths/Legends pages.
Some of them did give me some fun ideas to play with doing some brief written articles over. Some of the characters and factions pages are so in depth that their a daunting prospect to begin, but some smaller pages concerning strange devices and or urban legends could be fun too.
I really need to make time to bust out that Spine Esoteric program again and see about using it to add some animation to a few of these. They would be really fun to see in a video game. but they'd need to move to really seal the deal.
Which vessel was your favorite? Did any of them inspire some questions or idea's you'd like to see explored further?
The only way to store your most important organs!
Hah, this Anubis esque character is pretty thick.
This this the set is complete!
Now I can move on to something more interesting.
Well just as soon as I knock out some commercial work. T oT
I kind of really want to do an new elaborate illustration not directly related to the current projects I'm on.
But I guess I've been dragging my feet long enough on these bigger projects.
I really need to get this novella and or comic finished so that I can point to them and say start here.
I really do need to start getting into the habit of writing more too tho to start fleshing out some of the lore sections out.
Everyday I find more pages that still need the new visuals added to. Starting to feel like I'll never get that part finished up.
Brother is trying to help me out with figuring out the code to add a hovering icon with a pop up text box.
I would set it up so that you'll see an icon with my avatar and you would then know that you can hover over it to get more info, like my internal thoughts on the various concepts and designs to be found on my site.
I could even use it to do a bit of role play with the characters by showing their internal thoughts. to help establish their voice some.
Could be a fun way to scatter content across the entire site to be hunted down. And / or maybe even start up a game were u can track down breadcrumbs.
I've been thinking that I need to get back to doing the Roll For Loot contests soon. I will need to change it up some though. I've got so much on my plate right now and not much in the way of funds.
*Cough!* Help support Studio-Aegis by becoming a patron today! *Cough!*
Since I cant afford to give out any very elaborate prizes was thinking of doing sketches again
but on a much smaller scale.
Perhaps doing a contest 1 per week. The roll codes are weighted to give more chances to the higher level patrons. but I also don't want people to feel like they have no chance of winning.
I'm trying to decide between either...
1) All patrons and non patrons who are part of the discord roll off once per week for 1 single sketch.
2) Rabbits, Cats, and Ravens, Roll against each other with the Werewolves having their own roll. 2 possible sketches to win.
3) all patrons roll off once per week, and maybe once a month non patrons are allowed to participate. But only on the same phase per month.
I want to ensure supporters feel like their getting their moneys worth out of helping me out financially but I also need to avoid taking on too much extra work that will just slow my progress down to a crawl.
Another idea I was contemplating was doing draw overs for aspiring artists to help suggest ways they could improve upon their current sketches.
Tell me what you think I'm deeply interested in knowing what you think would be fair.
What forbidden delights does this box hold?
Had a lucky mistake with one of the blend layers that I really liked for the goo leaking out of the box and decided to keep it.
Though its not a precise representation I wonder if anyone recognizes the lock/symbol in the center.
Just 1 more to go and i should finally be far enough along that that I can shift attention away from the overhaul for a while.
I'm kind of feeling like I really should make a 9nth box just to make a 3 sets of 3, and in case i end up needing another.
Would really help to quiet my OCD too. XD
Ended up redesigning this box some.
Originally it was going to be strange artifacts for the arcana section.
It's still a strange artifact but its more interesting now.
I've always been fascinated by these Japanese styled jointed dolls/marionettes.
I'd actually like to own a life size figure of this style some day.
I'll have to either make it myself or hire someone else to do it.
Story wise I do plan to have some of these as enemy creatures eventually.
They start off as the prototypes of what eventually become the panzers.
Only at this stage they have no use of their limbs but full consciousness still.
I've imagine entire video game boss fights using these before. were a massive mechanical spider puppeteers them into lashing out at intruders. I'd like to do another full illustration featuring them down the road.
Is she just being taken out of the box and assembled? Or is she about to be packed up and put into storage?
Man this one took me a while to finish up.
The perspective kept resisting me from beginning to end.
I still don't think that I fully nailed it, but I got it to a point were you should hopefully not notice too much. :\
They are really starting to look cool together tho. :D
So... Is this arm a natural part of this things anatomy or is there a lot more space in there than there seems?
This one was pretty fun to draw.
well the perspective wasn't XD
Though this one wasn't as aggravating as the Treasure box is currently being to me.
each one of these things perspective has major/mino flaws about them. ;0
Try not to look too closely at them. XD
4 more to go and I'll be able to move onto something else.
Wish I could just jump back into the shewolf, or novella, but I'll have to work in 2 more commercial illustrations first. T oT
Tell me what you think so far tho. Still need to redesign the crate box and think up 1 more design in the meanwhile.
Did you pick up your toys??
This one turned out a bit more sinister than I had originally intended it to. XD
Each of these toys, or at least the animal ones. represent some sort of deadly monster that inhabits the world of Crimson Dames that could swallow you whole. Yes even that one. XD
I really should get someone to make these someday as plushies.
Could have my own Studio-Aegis line of plush monsters. ^ o^
Website wise today I succeeded in getting the MISC and Comic Works galleries up to speed. be sure to check them out. :D
And please do your best to help me spread the word about my works I desperately need new supporters to help make ends meet out here. :\
If I can get like a thousand $2 patrons I'll be able to get a new vehicle and apartment much more more easily. ^ _^
WHATS IN THE BOX!!!?
Box one of se7en complete.
I also added a few more pages to the Silver Tier Section tonight. I found more works I had on hand that had variant takes on them so I decided to throw them up along with their associate High Res versions.
I'd love to hear back from peeps about what they think of the current state of the site and the quality of the reward perks.
I think that once I finish this set of Vessels for the lore section that I would like to knock out a new Crimson Dames illustration, then move back on to the shewolf comic.
before that though I'll be knocking out some sketch requests from birthday peeps.
I think i'd like to start doing contests maybe once a week with only 1 prize available, at least initially. Hopefully that way I can avoid falling behind on projects but also provide more value to the patron tiers.
you would have to sign up to the discord server to participate though. ^_~
Got the flats laid down for the first of the chests. Not completely satisfied with this color scheme just yet. Will see what I think about it with fresh eyes tomorrow.
Though the idea of a creepy head in a box is giving me story ideas now. like what if every major monarch has received this same box, and they have to like get rid of it less their reign come to an abrupt end.
Will have to let it simmer more in my brain. ^ o^
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Got a couple more vessels added. They decided to put up more of a fight than they did the day before. Not sure if I should stop at 7 of 8. i got 7 lore pages currently but was thinking that a maps page could be added in the future. I really do need to get around to filling those in though.