Cookie to Corvus from the shoutbox. Titalia has finally achieved her dual goals.
Not 100% happy with this page. I've been a bit distracted this fortnight with work and family issues. Very difficult to co-ordinate both quiet time to work in with enough peace of mind to be able to draw effectively. I know there are other peeps who work really well under pressure but I'm not one of them. Anxiety, of which there has been buckets of here of late, kills my drawing mojo stone dead. Trying to draw produces rubbish, like I've forgotten the basic principles of form and perspective... and lighting, don't get me started on lighting. This page sort of came out the way I tried to envision it. I had to cut back on a lot of detail due to time constraints and I cheated a bit with a filter to give Titalia the feeling of being a hologram. Not so sure about the use of filter and layer styles. The idea of straying from the pure inked art work makes me a bit uneasy. Like I'm cheating.
Favourite bits here are the vulpine warriors on the balcony. I spent a lot of time getting those right. And Titalia herself, particularly paying attention to that top down perspective I was trying to achieve. Captain Greythorn turned out acceptable but, as usual, Vellum was a being unco-operative. His fault for being such a tit.
Bad news. Unless a miracle happens the next update won't be for another fortnight. It's my 22nd wedding anniversary so admin and I want to do some us stuff if we get the chance. Plus I'm working 50 hours next week and on top of that I'm helping my in-laws prepare for their fiftieth wedding anniversary. (YAY Tom and Jeanette!!!). Not to forget I've got my mum responsibilities I can't ignore. Sorry about this. I know you guys understand I live in the real world and I REALLY appreciate your continued tolerance of my sloppy update schedule. I owe a lot to you guys, truly. Without you I think I would have let my life overwhelm my desire to write Terinu and this project I love would have stalled forever. Thank you so much for waiting and continuing to wait. Love to you all.
Originally this page was going to be made up of the Captain and the Commander facing off. But I didn't fancy the idea of drawing those two and their troops multiple times, plus I couldn't come up with an interesting arrangement of panels using those two as the subjects that wasn't going to be horribly difficult to pull off. So at the eleventh hour for funzies I started doodling cute pictures of Mel hugging Teri. After all that's what I'd do in her situation. And the idea turned into this page, which I think you guys would like to see much more than my first plan.
On a bad not, my shifts have been altered at work. I won't go into details except to say I, and many of the others affected, had little say in the matter and are pretty fraggin' upset about it. This may impact on the comic, although I hope not, due now working forty-seven and a half hours in one week. This starts next week. I will do my best to try not have this impact on the update schedule.
And as for Tit's here... Well, if you think things couldn't get worse then you don't know me. lol.
And in comes the cavalry!
I really love how this page turned out. Sometimes I don't like the end result but due to time constraints I can't go back and redo it. Though often when I look back months later I decide it wasn't as bad as I originally thought. This one I'm particularly proud of straight off. And given that I've invested eighteen hours into it I bloody well should be. My favourite bits are the vulpine troops and their weapons in the first panel and the design for Captain Greythorn in the last. He went through pages of concept sketches until I decided on the right look. I also like Velum's shouty face in the third panel. Just the right amount of outrage and military control. The Vulpine rifles design relied heavily on a real life reference. Cookie to anyone who knows it. (Leave your guesses in the shoutbox.)
This page has been the most satisfying so far to reproduce. The story boards were done loosely on printer paper by hand. The best design was then redrawn in Photoshop with great attention to detail. It was then printed out in very light cyan on A3 paper to be inked manually using Uni-pin fine liners sizes 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8 and my awesome Pental brush pen. The art was then scanned into Photoshop for corrections, adding panel lines and black areas. Then it was opened in Illustrator to add text, special text effects and speech balloons before being hand-balled back to Photoshop for resizing, adding the copyright and page numbers. This is the process I will be using from now on.
Some facts that might interest you... This is one of the scenes that I reworked. Originally Leeza and Rufus were also going to be present, boarding with the vulpines. But after a lot of thought I decided that, honestly, although I can see Lee and Ruf breaking free from one soldier the idea of the two of them trumping a whole carrier full of crack marines was a bit ridiculous. It would only be a short matter of time before they were recaptured.
There were also a few name changes made. Captain Greythorn was originally Greymane. I changed it because Greythorn sounds a bit more battle scarred. The old fox is missing an ear, a story point that may or may not be revealed in the future. (Yes we're going to see more of him.) The Veracious was originally the Navaho, but this was only a working name used for next seasons story concepts. The word Veracious means 'Truthful', which reflects the vulpine strong moral code while also sounding similar to voracious: eager to devour. A nice combination.
Next week... Mexican stand-off. Who's going to give first?
Sorry about the last skipped page, guys. Stuff got busy here and I ended up with another virus, and during my days off too. It's been a bad year. Half the ward seems to be either coming down with or still trying to get over this years wave of respiratory tract infections.
First off... congrats to Royce in the success of his crowd funded audio book. *Insert round of applause here.* Captive of the Red Vixen is a goer. I will let you all know when the audio book becomes available to buy. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this very worthy cause. Support for independent writers and publishers is one of the best uses for the internet.
From this page on wards I'll be doing the rough art work digitally, most of the inking by hand, and finishing, corrections and any really technical drawing on photoshop. See how that turns out.
On this page... I dislike Velum's face, just couldn't get it right. But messing around with it was eating into my time so I've decided to leave it as it is with a weird expression. I may go back to it when I have time and redo it. I like the way Mel came out in the bottom panel. Somehow I feel I've got the knack of drawing snarly animal muzzles... no idea why... but it's a handy skill. It's one of those things that I don't even have to think about to draw, unlike extreme perspectives or looking up at a face which is painful for me to do. Anyway... mama vulpine to the rescue! And a surprised Terinu lets his guard down for a moment. He'll deny everything later.
Hi again everyone. This page is my first attempt at mixing both hand and digital inking. It's also my first effort inking with my new Pental brush pens. I think I'm a bit heavy handed with it. The line widths are a bit thick for my liking. I'm going to keep practicing as I enjoyed hand inking much more than digital. The satellite took longer then I expected. When i loaded the blues into my graphics program and rotated the canvas so I could work on it vertically (Much easier to line everything up that way) I was flabbergasted at just how skewed my sketch was. The ink work turned into mostly redrawing and guess work. I think in future I will design anything geometric digitally so I can get all the lengths and angles right first time. There are other major flaws with this pic but I decided to leave things as they are.
Also a very important announcment! My good friend and dedicated supporter of Terinu Mr. Royce Day is working to release the first of his fantastic books as an audio book through Audible.com. Captive of the Red Vixen is the first in a series of well written books based in a Sci Fi fantasy universe and follows the story the young foxen noble Rolas Darktail and his misadventures with the infamous Red Vixen. I highly recommend this adult fiction series for lovers of high adventure and anthropomorphic based fiction. Royce is currently seeking backers through kickstarter to finance a professional narrator. There are plenty of bonus incentives for jumping on board with this project up to your own copy of the completed project and more. If you're feeling really generous you can even have your own character created for a future novel! Every dollar will be greatly appreciated and small donations are most welcome. Please check out the page link below and help support grass root authors and creators!
The Red Vixen series is available for sale on Amazon for the kindle.
First off, again I'm sorry about the delayed update. As I posted in the blog I had a really nasty infection which pretty much wiped me from doing anything useful for over a week. I'm still on A.B.s and the damned thing doesn't want to go away. I am feeling better than I was but not quite over it yet. I feel stress levels may be a significant factor in this.
Also, not going into details here, but there have been other family things that have required my attention, and a lot of it. Unfortunately this is going to be ongoing and its sapping not only my time but also my creativity. It's really hard for me to concentrate on something as all consuming as a graphic novel when there are so many other worries dominating my brain run time. I will endeavor to continue updating this comic regularly but I will shift the update day permanently to Saturday as it will fit better into my work schedule.
Finally, with the next page I am going to try marry both hand and digital inking and see if I can get the best of both worlds. Will try this for a few pages and judge how we all feel about the results. I'm thinking that this is the way I'll probably go but we'll see.