Couple of areas that need adjusting now that I see them with fresh eyes.
After taking a good long look at the newer versions of these 2 fighting I had done I realized a couple things about this pic.
1) Orphan didn't look nearly as big as she needed to compared to the newer works.
and 2) That Standards pose was pretty boring.
Doing large overhauls on already completed works can be a major pain given how many layers there are to work around. So instead of trying to fill in the holes of dozens of layers I decided that I'll just redo the backgrounds colors completely.
Will save a lot of time overall, that and I'm thinking the colors should be brought more in line with the later pieces. A warmer light source than the original cold.
Tell me what you think and if there's other aspects u wouldn't mind seeing me take another crack at while I'm at it.
I'm considering shortening the fur on Orphan's shoulders too since that aspect evolved as I continued drawing her over a years time.
Starting to feel like I'm never gonna be done with this product. I think though that once its all done that I'd like to crowd fund a hard cover book for those interested. Gotta research the best way to go about it. Seen some very nice crowd funded books that were very affordable.
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Birthday Sketch Reward, i think I tend to go a bit overboard when the request involves one of my characters. > _>
Today ima get to work on redoing one of the novella pieces featuring Orphan.
Will be putting Standard in a more dynamic pose, and scale her down so she better fits the difference is size the later illustrations have them at.
Not sure if I should redo the colors for the background to be warmer the way they were for the later pieces. I guess early in i had the idea that the lanterns would provide a colder light till the fires got rolling. not so sure now tho.
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.
I started up by touching up the pic Arising Doom, where I had missed a detail on vampires gloves that just bugged me a lot. XD I designed her gloves so that the finger tips are red and I just plum forgot to add the element back when I did that piece originally. I also touched up the shading a tad here and there. Such small changes that I suspect most people wont recognize that anything had changed.
Were as with Precarious Maneuvers I cam to the realization that her front teeth were way out of perspective, and a bit too uniform where the back teeth were concerned. So I went in and completely redrew them to get them more in the proper perspective, adjusted the roof of her mouth and darkened her neck fur to match how her design has evolved since I originally drew this piece. I also touched up the shading throughout her body and darkened it so it wasn't quite as shiny.
I'm guessing, though, that most people wont be able to spot the differences between the too. Ah well if only my own OCD is left assuaged then it will still have been worth the time I put in.
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Finally it is complete!
Phewa man this one took me way too long to complete. What has it been, three weeks? Mnrrrg.
Its transformed so much from the original roughs I put together over half a year ago.
Sadly after all of this work I can't let the complete version of this pic out till the novella is complete.
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Shadow layers are worked in, am now trying to figure out the mid tones for the light source.
Its especially difficult with orphan because given her black fur she isn't very reflective.
Despite my stylistic approach to working out her fur shes not really fur less around her lower body.
Its just a more short body fur where the length naturally is longer where it would naturally be on a human.
And because of that I will usually not render her with an intense body sheen, like I might with a more human or reptile type creature.
It's something I've been continuously adapting and evolving as things move forward. I tend to shy away from doing the more shaggier style u might see from an artist like Wereworld. I think mainly because I've always been chasing that more anime styled aesthetic. But my work continues to evolve with every drawing. I would like to experiment with some werewolves later too who transform via alternative means, like having the order all off perhaps starting with the muzzle, or skin rippage.
I designed the world so as not to completely cut off the potential of any 1 major creature concept from being out of the question. I love unique monsters and want them all to have a place to play. ^ o^
Flats are in!
Am now working the shadow layer and figuring out the lighting.
Will be a lot of pushing and pulling to get the color temperature to feel just right. ^ _^
Finally Got these inks together!
With the floor I pulled back on the texture of the boards to ensure that the details didn't get too dense distracting from the main figure.
Unlike the boards Standard has been slammed into since she and the boards are closer to us.
Color wise I'll be setting up that there is a fire that started up when things got kicked off which will allow me to add some dramatic shadows. Will probably set it up so that her shadow is cast in the direction of that couch which should help to balance the shape the banner of standards is making.
Tell me what you think! I really want to know. If anything feels off or confusing tell me and I can get it adjusted more easily now than later. :p
Been a lot of work to get to this point but were finally almost there. ^ o^
Phewa I'm betting that people are getting pretty sick of seeing this pic at this point. Y oY
Decided that I needed to adjust Standard's banner on along the ground. Given its striking color I needed to make sure that its set up in such a way that it helps to strengthen the flow of the overall project.
Also I again changed up Standards hair as I was reviewing some of the past iterations and came to the shocking realization that one of the earliest variants really did look best. :\
On one hand it feels like I've wasted time, but on another its it will ultimately benetit the overwall quality of the work.
Two questions I've been asking myself repeatedly at this point is...
1) Does it angle of the piece make sense yet? I've heard from at least 1 person that it feels like she was jumping, and 2) that her breast stick out as weird. Maybe that's just personal taste though or its actually an issue and just no one else has brought it up yet.
So I wanted to ask you all, how do those elements feel to you thus far? Is there anything else thats not quite as strong as u think it could be? Even if you can't draw voicing what feels off could still help me a lot with zeroing in on the source of the problem.
Thanks again, everyone for your continue support! You really don't know how huge a deal it is for me. I'll be researching the next round of adjustments for the website soon. I'm considering moving everything over to word press. It will be quite the ordeal but there's a much larger number of options that will be opened up such as tighter control over membership content. Likely though I would lose several degrees of ease of use that I'll have to figure out.
Been continuously tweaking the main figures, Standards head position just didn't feel right yet. Starting to work in the damaged board from where the wall is caving in from the force of her being slammed against it.
Driving me nuts how long this has been taking me. For what should have been a relatively simple page to put together. can feel my skills growing though. and that;s what will be key in the end.
Made some new adjustments based on suggestions provided by the Amazing Were-World.
Stuff like showing more of her visible leg, adjusting her claw in the background, tilted the piece on its axis a bit.
With this the main 2 figures are complete, hopefully I can get the background completed tonight.
This piece has been quite the journey and I've learned a lot along the way and its going to be much stronger for the time put into the piece.
Were-World is seriously a great artist and very fast and well worth following and supporting and has helped me quite a bit with mentoring me on some of the pieces I've been working on.
I cant wait to see this piece complete I'm really digging how its transformed so much along the way. XD
Phewa things have changed so much for this piece so many times.
But it finally feels like its reaching its final form.
A lot more background to have to ink now, I'll have to give another look at the perspective on that couch.
I really digging how its going, how about you??
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Hoboy. So after discussing matters with my brother and Wereworld I realized that a small change could get the perspective to feel much more dynamic, and that a much bigger change could really push for a bigger moment of anticipation.
Thus despite how disapointed I will be to have in a sense wasted my time over the last 3 days I'll bite the bullet and put in the work to vastly improve this piece. Really it wasn't a waste of time because I wouldn't have gotten to this much stronger design otherwise. Its all part of the process. ^ _^
I'll really only have to redo her arm and legs. I'll have to do more work with the background now though but it will be worth the effort. This feels like it will be so much more epic a piece now, I'm really excited!
I even realized there are some major ways I could improve some of the previously completed pieces that will really bring them all in line design wise and help to strengthen the core of these 2 characters struggle.
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Mnrrrg wound up staying up all night working on this.
Didn't finish the inks but orphan is mostly finished now. Feels a lot more cohesive than before.
As is usual though it will make much more sense once the colors start getting layer in.
I still haven't quite worked out how standard will go from this moment to the one where she has Orphan in a head lock.
Perhaps a swift kick to a sensitive spot or she has to resort to stabbing her.
I'm playing witht he idea that when Orphan reverts that she has bruises or scars in all the places she was injured.
Saying something like... "I hurt everywhere." :c
I imagine days later wondering how she got these weird scars she didn't remember getting.
Tell me what you think so far, does anything stick out as particularly weird or bad with the anatomy? If so please tell me so I can get it fixed. ^ o^ Even just telling me that something feels weird will help me to figure out what i might be missing from working with it too closely.
Arms feel better now Though still lots of little details nagging at me just yet that will need looking into. :0
As a lot of her body is hidden by the perspective and I'm worried that the placement of her legs and such just isn't quite getting the perspective I'm after just yet.
Ah well, will wait to see it again tomorrow with fresh eyes. ^ o^
Lotta improvements since this morning. Still though it feels like there are some fundemental errors I need to figure out.
Does anything in particular stand out to you??
Could really use some input to better zero in on the issues.
I suspect its the anatomy of the arms coupled with the extreme foreshortening thats just not sitting right with me yet.
Still a lot of push and pull to go with this one but its starting to feel more cohesive now. Both claws for Orphan will have to undergo some major adjustments to get the scale right.
Orphan is unique among those cursed with lycanthropy in that her full sized wolf form is many many times larger than what is typical of the Fang's soldiers.
The problem is that being so small in statue and young still the massive increase in mass is incredibly painful causing her to blank out during transformations. Usually a cause of her body shutting down her human mind in order to protect itself through in newfound lupin instincts.
This makes discerning between friend and foe a near impossibility, but something that she will eventually overcome as she continues to grow into her body.
Can her newfound friends last long enough for her to find equilibrium with herself in that time is the question.
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Man this piece has been resisting me really bad. I don't want to abandon the work I've put into it but it just wasn't working as I intended it to.
What I wanted was to have a piece where both characters seemed to have the upper hand in their struggle before the new challenger arrived.
So I'll try adjusting the layout to make it look more like Orphan is about to pounce on Standard and see how I can get that working.
I might try reusing the other side i had inked with Standard too just in a piece that focuses more on her than struggling against Orphans arm.
Tell me what u think of the changes so far. :0
Lotta changes / refining to get the anatomy and body language to all match up properly. Started shrinking down Standards face but i think it might be too large now still compared to the rest of whats visible of her body.
Mnrrg accurate foreshortening and perspective can be such a pain sometimes. XD
Hrmm not sure which variation of this pic feels better just yet.
I shrank down Orphan's body initially because I wanted to get more of her arms in there, but now I'm thinking it feels too small so I made a quick edit using the mid and large scale to see how it feels. I'm not sure which feels best just yet given how big she is in some of the other pics in the novella.
Thinking about it now I think trying to update a pencil sketch from half a year ago is restricting me too much.
I'm thinking I just need to start over from scratch and find a better dynamic pose for this particular piece.
This project has gone on for so long It feels like I've wildly improved from the earlier pieces in the set now. I'm sort of feeling like I really should just do something extreme like start over. I guess given the nature of a novella it wont be quite so big an issue if there are some inconsistencies in the character models or skill levels, but it just riles up my perfectionist nature really bad. :\
What do you think??? Leave a comment and help me decide.
Or is anyone reading these?? Y oY
Commend below here if u do. :c
Been a challenge trying to find a color scheme best suited to push for a horror pulp theme.
I'm still not quite sold with where it's at just yet but its getting closer.
The big wolf in the back I think is working, but I might just have to go with a more natural color scheme for the girl.
Candle Flames don't feel good enough yet I'll give those another pass later before fully rendering them.
Still a ways to go but I'm still digging how its slowly starting to come together.
Tell me what you all think, does it have that Pulp Horror Vibe yet? Is it too Garrish? or not enough so? Or should i go with something a tad more natural?
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??
Finally got the bulk of the flat colors put together.
I'm trying to go for more of a pulp horror style for the colors with this one, hence the strange color
set for the shewolf so far.
Still a lot of experimenting to go before its all all ready to go.
I'm pretty happy with how her clothing came out tho maybe its still not enough to be considered truly SFW. What do you think?
The clothed variant will be the publicly released version and the Nude variant will be for the Silver Tier and above.
I don't think that these flames are working just it'll get there tho. ^ _^