EPICATS is a tremendous Birthday gift for three awesome cats and friends, who put in a lot of effort and joy to yet again celebrate their days along with all their friends wirth an awesome party.
The idea was that I wanted to give Tabalon, MafunDi and AmurUssuri something special that combines them and their passions in one single image. They are very deep in music and film, so combining film and music was one idea.
Coincidentally at the other side, Chaseth on FA commissioned Fox Amoore for a big epic theme of them three combined in a single music piece, with their music preferences. So Fox and I sat together and it happened to become a great collaboration!
For those who ae not sure what the themes/films are: Heavy Metal (also the film), 80's (also music) featuring the outfit of David Bowie from "Minds Labyrinth" and of course featuring the movie Star Wars (along with orchestral film soundtracks). ;D
The three characters featuring:
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I AM PARIAH!
From the mountain tops To the depths of the ocean Raw energy is spent in a name That is immortal
The fall from grace is never gentle. In a tail spin of chaos, The god’s ‘IM’ breaks away And he becomes but a man.
Finds him bleeding and broken. As she tends to his healing Learning comes to teach. Deeds soon follow; patriarch of godly ascendency.
Climbing this pathway the ‘IM’ is won back And the mortal is restored to immortality.
We sometimes need to break a circle in order to grow stronger to be able to reach the stars in the distance. This is a project I have thought about for a long time to collect as many ideas as possible to depict a story of a very deep character, focusing on the one and single character only. I started it some months ago and was able to complete it just these days. In time I added more ideas, read more, grew more into the story.
This is a gift for a very great friend, who supports me and who sacrifices a lot of time to listen to me and to give valuable advices. I wanted to give him something back, at least something visual because my words are by far not as strong and inspiring like his.
This is my way of appreciation. And finally, I hope I did this amazing character, Kayin, justice.
It turned out to be a collaboration with Fox Amoore since he worked on an amazing character theme to interpret the story of Kayin. In the end and due to his incredible patience this turned out a bigger project than planned.
>>>Please listen to the soundtrack along with the artwork: [link]
Y'see, I was an odd child- as opposed to falling for Jack on the Titanic, or, say, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, I fell in love with the most hadsome of our founding fathers- John Hancock. I really was quite the anomaly, wasn't I? But, hell, according to one of my books, he was awful cute. Tee hee. Cough.
Our first assignment in Illustration II this semester was to illustrate a single word, and to do it in a way so that it wasn't blatant nor achingly subtle. The word crocodiles kept cycling through my head- not as the word to illustrate, but as the subject matter- and so I chose "awkward" as my word and came up with the idea of a crocodile businessman bring home a wildebeest friend from work only to find his wife preparing exactly that for dinner.
At the end of a long day Leigh and Sophie prepare for lights-out in their military installation.
When serving their paths crossed and they found eachother to be good company, becoming friends quite easily. Though the military is in their past they still remain friends today.
This was off of the Repose Portfolio thus no further prints will be made of it.
pencil and ink on bristol, coloured in painter IX with an AIRSTRIKE AUGH
My customer wanted this werehyena's human form to be less "great White hunter" and more like the sort of really practical, beat up outfit associated with the Boers. There are some things I wish I'd done better with this one, like that little bar of vaguely TLK inspired background just doesn't work for me, but I really like the sort of unified brown-sepia-reddish cast to the picture.
Varghoss, the werethylacine druid, reposted with customer permission. The armor is made of cedar bark with carved cedar helmet, gorget and pauldrons, based off Tlingit armors. The staff is patterned after Maori taiaha.
"Come on, you lazy slugs! Keep those halberds up! Keep those knees high! I want to see moonlight under your lazy feet!" Thessa roared. The powerful bovine female stalked back and forth in front of the serried ranks of halberdiers marching in circles around the castle courtyard. "The Orcs don't sleep, neither should you! If they attack at midnight, you should be ready to fight them at midnight!"
Jehane shook her head as she looked out the tower window at the young recruits marching back and forth in front of Mistress At Arms Thessa. It hadn't been so very long ago that she had been a recruit too, in the Paladins of the Silver Dragon. She watched as one hapless young knight fell to his knees in exhaustion. "Corwyn!" Thessa roared. "Get on your FEET, soldier!" Jehane smiled and mouthed the next words along with Thessa: "Lose your footing in training and you'll lose your head in combat!"
"Watching the recruits?" Simon asked. Her mage partner came by and stood next to her at the window, stretching out his arms. "I can understand. I can watch them all night."
"I know," Jehane said, a bit wistfully. "It reminds me of what it was like to be them."
"She certainly is inspiring," Simon admitted.
"Yes. She has this warrior spirit about her that no one else can quite match. . ."
". . . and sometimes," Simon smirked, "her top slips a bit, and you can see her nipples."
Jehane's backhand was sharp, and it stung a bit.
One of two sisters.
A really bad habit of mine is to come up with character designs without giving much though to backstories (or even names) until I am nearly done with the picture.
Maybe I should come up with a single setting and stick to it, to stop coming up with "one use" characters Personally I really like this design so I will see what I do with her.
"All right," I said. "I have to admit, you're very good at bodyguarding. . ."
"Yup!" Freya said cheerfully. "I'm the best bodyguard!"
". . . and for dungeon delving, there's no one better to back me up. . ."
"Dungeons are my middle name!" Freya smiled.
". . . and I have to admit that you're also very good at carrying gear down into the ruins for investigation. . ."
"But?" Freya asked.
". . . but could you please put on a shirt?" I winced. "It's a little hard explaining to the others at the Dungeon Delving Guild why my assistant is. . ." I gestured helplessly at her nearly bare chest.
Freya glanced down at herself, then back up at me. "You don't like my breasts?" she asked.
I could tell there was no good answer to that question, so I just groaned and put my face in my hands.
This is actually a panel from one of the comic pages in the early part of the storyline, but I got stuck at work late, late last night waiting for a meeting, so I pulled it into Photoshop and added some color...sloppily, but it was fun.
Rocky, who would agree that it's important to enjoy your work.
I'm really, really sorry about the lack of update, guys. Struggling a lot with the comic lately. I put this panel process rundown together for Draw! recently, though, and even though it's not very exciting, I figured at least it's something I could share in the meantime.
This process has gotten vastly more complicated since I started working on Lackadaisy. Pages used to be almost 100% pencil with just a little sepia tone added digitally. Now, after penciling, a panel often requires hours of additional work. (Put 12 or 15 panels together per page, and it adds up to at least part of the reason I fail so hard at regular updates.) ------------------
Some sketches and previews for upcoming strips. The color images are characters who haven't been formally introduced yet (although Zib should be fairly easy to spot in the introduction pages. Asa's in the introduction too, but somewhat more discreetly).
(For those who keep track of the comic, I apologize for the long intervals between updates lately. I would prefer to be able to move faster, but I also feel a lot of the current material doesn't hold together well unless I deal with it in 2-3 page vignette-like segments. It probably goes without saying that extra pages mean extra work. Bear with me, though, and I'll do my best to make it as worth the wait as possible).