yesterday/morning's progress. Am trying to get my sleep schedule back onto day shift again. For the umpteenth time.
I adjusted the position of her legs and arms a bit, and made the ghostly tendrils a bit more dynamic as well as added in some of the smaller sub ghost offshoots. The Ssudo Clones she can produce from her body.
It feels like it's just about ready to start inking.
What will be challenging is that given the translucent nature of the Monstress I'll have to ink the entirety of the background before drawing her in so I can be sure to get the points where shes piercing through the walls to work out correctly.
How do you feel about the piece overall?
This is the moment before she ends up cracking the ceiling allowing some of the moonlight into the space. Which is out of sync from the lunar cycle of the outside world.
This is one of several sketches I made for the novella almost over half a year ago that I'm only just now getting back to.
I reached a point where I opted to pump out several sketches to get a better sense of where I needed to guide the writing along.
As with all of the works I sketched out half a year back this one wasn't without its fatal flaws.
Orphans leg is stretched across the perspective to such a degree as to be ridiculously long or having just been ripped off
I removed the chair from the corner to make Orphan cloak more pronounced and the center of focus. I'll probably play with its over all shape a lot more before its all said and done.
As for what the monstress is? It's the phantasmal form of the creature inhabiting the the Doomed Cabin. In her own little pocket dimension, an echo chamber where only see reigns supreme. That is until Vampire intrudes into her domain.
She might have overlooked the other 3 but she quickly develops an intense hatred for Vampire and tries to manipulate the other members of the team against her.
She fails to trap Prisoner, Standard, and Vampire in a spacial loop, so she goes after Orphan sensing her true nature. To push her into turning so that maybe she can deal with the others while she is still mostly in an incorporeal state.
Shes quickly developing into one of my more unique creature designs.
Just realized I never posted a clean ink set for the clothed and non clothed variants.
I even set it up so there can be just a topless (and or bottomless) variant.
Only the first of these final versions will be available to non patrons.
Which one do you like more??
The main body inks are complete!
Now I just need to do up the torn clothing she'll be wearing for the SFW variant.
Man I can't believe how long it took me to get that stupid arm to work.
Everything else came together so quickly. = o=
Really hate when stuff like that happens.
As this is to be a gallery piece I couldn't let myself settle for such a glaring imperfection.
I wanted to try and experiment on some Pulp Novella type colors for this pick. Was leaning towards a sickly green potentially. But we'll see what feels right on the day of. XD
Hope you all like it as much as I do so far.
I wish I could get stuff of this level knocked out in a single day.
Please be sure to leave me feed back on what you like so far, where ever you'd like. Do you like it? hate it? Love it? have a recommendation? I really would like to hear from my fans more often. Don't be shy thinking your not skilled enough to lend a proper critique. Sometimes an amateur can more easily pick out an odd bit of anatomy than the person whose been staring at it too closely for too long. XD
I liked the idea of utilizing a half body sewing mannequin to create something not quite standardized among monster types. A phantom like Banshee felt like a good direction to go.
This could be a fairly easy design to render too.
I'd would probably use a wire mesh for the head to give it the right shape but keep it hollow space. Some glowing lights inside for that jawa eye effect. For the cloak I'd like to utilize something thats reminiscent of human skin to up the creep factor.
The voice would be something I'd want to set up in such a way that the entire space is utilized for a 3D effect where it feels like its echoing from all over.
I didn't have a clear idea when I started this one but before long the idea of the Hecatoncheires came to mind and the concept continued to develop from there.
Given the scale of this creature I don't think that it would be practical to render it in physical form. But perhaps this one would be best suited for 3D projection mapping.
Do up a 3D animated model and make it feel like its inhabiting a space much larger than the actual proportions of the room. then later in the path should it collapse or be defeated could render a portion of the creature in physical form to give patrons a sense of its size.
I especially want to use 3D projection mapping to make the space feel much larger than it actually is. Then couple that with some 3D soundscapes and perhaps even smells.
I tend to not see or rather not hear of haunts utilizing scents to bring their creations to a new level. I'm not sure if there are effective ways to produce some of the creepier scents out there without needing to actually have stuff like rotted meat or blood about. Also would like to avoid having to clean up vomit. xD
Struggled trying to find the ideal layout for the second panel here. I had to keep referencing the previous pages back and forth to make sure the continuity for the head and beams of light remained consistent.
For the next page I'm leaning towards her grabbing the second thief by the leg and either dragging him into the darkness followed by lots of gooey sound effects or her pulling his head upwards to bite it off.
Tomorrow I need to start up those 2 illustrations for Dragon Shield, can already tell their going to be challenging pieces to figure out. With the early stages needing more back and forth for the approval of the designs I should be able to work in some more penciling for the comic pages.
Been trying to zero in on just what I've been doing wrong lately with marketing my work, tagging were I posts, etc. It's been such a major struggle to get my following to increase recently, I just can't seem to pinpoint were the disconnect is.
I need to significantly improve my income so that I can start getting back on my feet vehicle wise and with eventually getting a place of my own again.
I haven't left the house since Christmas day and its starting to drive me a bit batty, but with no vehicle and no funds to even pick up some extra groceries there's not much point at the moment. That and its cold and wet outside. And there's animals! completely naked in the middle of the day!?? XD
Don't got time for any of that nonsense. XD
Mnrrg after another almost 12 hour session I've finally completed this piece.
My eyes feel like their melting. TT oTT
I'm really happy with how it came out. I do regret that it feels a bit stiff, but that's partially due to my still exploring the design and really wanting to have a good sense for their anatomy before doing anything that would distort their form too severely through forced perspective.
The False Mermaid can actually close her mouth completely without baring her teeth and when she does she's able to close her lips up showing off just her human ones with the monster lips tightly pursed shut to the point of seeming like a vague crack in her visage.
The True Mermaid also has similar such teeth though she cant open her jaw line to nearly such an extreme.
Story wise the 2 are trapped in a rather large research facility but despite the limited space the powers that be are powerless to bring down the False Mermaid without killing the True Mermaid, ash she willingly puts herself in the line of fire to protect the False, just as much as the False will viciously lash out at any soldiers or machines who try to get near them.
Werewolves would be little more than popcorn to this hulking abomination thankfully for them she exists far into the future of the world of Crimson Dames, in a time when mankind was finally starting to grasp the full extent of the lost technology and how to advance it to their cause.
I'll be posting it up to the Perilous Quest Gallery tomorrow as well and cast her out into the depth of the internet to see what shinies she can catch for me. ^ o^
I'd really love to hear what you all think of them and how they came out.
Still waiting on Dragon Shield to contact me about my current assignment, but they were moving house recently so I didn't want to bug them, I'll likely be starting up those projects this Monday but in the meanwhile I'll see if i cant advance the shewolf comic forward another page or so.