Today's progress on a new approach to this scene.
It needs to match the lower portion of the shrine that I illustrated already, but I should be able to get more experimental with the upper portion.
Not sure if I shouldn't pull back even further with the shrine and vampire.
I'm not sure either if I should make a space for Prisoner.
Standard I'll keep closer to the front having her react to the screams of Orphan somewhere above.
The scene also illustrates a bit of the power struggle between Vampire and Prisoner in that Vampire winds up having to sometimes follow Standards lead when the group is at risk. Despite her will to finish her business there.
Standard could never directly challenge Vampires authority but if she just springs into action Vampire tends to have to follow along. Tho she cares nothing for the others she still has need of them and cant let them throw their lives away frivolously.
Is shaping up to a much stronger piece overall.
This is one of the benefits to doing all the pencil work first, that I can review the pencils well before jumping into the inking stage and can any ideas I feel are lacking. Where before I might have barreled forth without noticing glaring mistakes.
I'm not sure if I should put one of the Dames into this piece for scale Tho it does show up again later in "The Pit" scene.
The tendrils surrounding it are mainly plant based, the fluid oozing out of it are... troubling.
I'd theorized that its occupant likely has become corrupted by a some sort of lovecraftian entity and thus sealed away to prevent its corrupted blood from spreading.
Though that would make me question if it has any possibility of infecting the party. Maybe light exposure is okay given how dormant its been. XD
Its form represents the nature of its contents.
This piece represents a moment in the Crimson Dames Novella were the party has just made it through a trap of warped space designed to lock them into a spacial loop were they would eventually starve to death.
With Vampire's necromantic barrage however, they manage to break free and find themselves in the heart of the Doom Cabins domain. This is their reaction upon seeing the macabre shrine/tomb of the entity that has been dogging them since they entered the space.
It attempted to lure them astray, trap them in a looped space, bury them in rubble, and when all of that failed, it forced Orphan into her shewolf form in an attempt to have her kill the other 3.
When all of that failed, the entity opts to assume a corporeal form in order to strike down the Crimson Dames directly.
I really like how standards expression came out with this one.
I am seeing some anatomical mistakes I'll need to adjust though, now that I'm seeing with with fresh eyes... well about 25% fresh eyes.
Mainly I think I need to show a bit more of Standards back shoulder, and increase the size of her head a tad.
Its a scene that gets across a small moment were Orphan is clearly afraid of Vampire who is scene in the next image smiling viciously at a arcane key she uncovered.
It also helps to establish just how small Orphan is to Standard. As that difference in scale will be quite removed when she reaches her final wolf form.
A remake of my Awakening illustration for my Crimson Dames Novella!
This will actually be the 3rd time attempting this major scene.
This one fought me every step of the way! XD
It illustrates the moment were Orphans consciousness snaps back to awareness and she just can't deal with it. Its also the first time said has happened for her.
Usually Orphan's body goes through such a massive amount of growth that she can't cope with the intensity of the pain causing her lycan form to lock out her consciousness for her own protection, meaning that she has been runing on raw instinct this entire time.
Which is usually a highly dangerous time for anyone not Orphan in Orphans vicinity.
The rabbit masks represent the rabbits shes eaten in wolf form. There 1 skull is that one situation were the victim wasn't a rabbit, but her own mother.
Please be sure to tell me what you think of this one. Ima work on trying to pencil up as many of the pieces I can Identify as needing to be made from scratch or updated with more modern pencils. before having to get back into the slog of the inking process.
Man I need to find me a faster way to deal with inking.