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Shadows of Wiccumshire - Helrynega and Friends

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Here's a piece of Shadows of Wiccumshire concept art that isn't just a boring pin up shot of Helrynega and Logus. It's just now dawned on me that I haven't really drawn anyone but those two, so to prove there actually are more characters, I decided to draw a few. This time around, I decided to draw Helrynega pre-journey and her friends from her village of Sowynn, home of the eponymous Shadows of Wiccumshire, the community of witches who keep the entity in the Palace of Madness bound. 

The tall, skinny redhead is Amora, Helrynega's best friend. I'm sure you can glean what she's all about by her body language and choice of clothing. Lacking any mental filters, she tends to speak her mind, no matter how lewd or rude she might come across as. The shorter, younger redhead is Amora's perpetually dirt-covered sister Loammie. She's obsessed with growing food out of the ground, particularly root-based veggies like potatoes. Her dream is to feed the world with these magical plants. And the dude is Wilhelm, a goofy poet/bard who's family helps maintain the "inner seal" on the Palace, much like Helrynega's family maintains the "outer seal" (which is far more involved than the simple inner seal and requires journeying all across the province of Wiccumshire). He'll recite his poetry and sing his songs to anyone willing to listen (which is usually only Helrynega). 

The dialogue was added at the last minute, to fill up space and squeeze in a little more characterization, so I didn't calibrate the positions of the balloons just right, so it basically reads from right to left like a manga or something. Also, I hope I didn't go overboard on the Britishisms...

Anyway, I'm sure you're probably just waiting for me to start uploading the actual comic, so I'll get to work on that as soon as I can (been kinda busy with "real" world stuff lately, but stay tuned!) 

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If you're in the dark as to this whole Shadows of Wiccumshire thing, here's some stuff to get you up to speed: 

Shadows of Wiccumshire - Chapter 1 - Front Cover by Bradshavius Shadows of Wiccumshire - An Update by Bradshavius Shadows of Wiccumshire - A New Accessory by Bradshavius  The Palace of Madness by Bradshavius 
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looks like a nice lil' band of characters. Wilhelm is already my favorite!
Loammie looks also pretty fun :)

by the way, do you think you would ever add soundtracks to some of your images or characters?
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Y'know, I have thought about that, actually. Or something like it, anyway. I've thought about perhaps composing something of a soundtrack for the comic itself to kinda listen to while you read it for extra ambiance. I've even thought about making a half-animated video trailer for the comic, which would obviously need a musical score. Whether I would actually do any of those things or not, I still don't know for sure, but I have indeed thought about it. 
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i think would be a good idea, although a bit hard. I'm already somewhat working with that, in the sense of giving places and OC's of mine their own themes or soundtracks from games/movies at certain moments, like Requiem for a Dream; Lux Aeterna when my OC Titanium is Evoking a higher force to wipe out an entire enemy city by summoning explosions and stuff(which is pretty hard and exhausting to pull off, i must say), or Dancing with the DomZ from Beyond Good and Evil for the most powerful attack of the Order of the Tainted Blood. Needless to say, i only name the music and songs, and say what game, movie or artist they belong to in order not to get in trouble.

in any case, take your time with deciding it :)
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Aaahhh, it's awesome seeing some new characters, but the thing I probably like the MOST are Loammie's little th's and how stylized they are, it's super charming!
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Yeah, since I hand draw all of the dialogue, I like to do little special effect-type stuff to try to capture specific inflections or other vocal things; in this case, a lithp. There'll be more little things like that all throughout the comic. 
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This is a sweet array of interesting characters to help define Helrynega as a complete person. She looks quite pretty in her white dress, simple yet stylish in a nice way. It really makes her figure stand out, versus her adventuring gear. Even cuter is how she looks enamored with Wilhelm as he offers to share his verse with her. It's cool that the keepers of both seals share the same symbol (except for inverse colors) so that there's little reason for divisiveness between the groups. (Not that I don't already have some half-baked fan theories about what's going to happen. ;)) Wilhelm looks strong, handsome, well-meaning, and eager to be appreciated.

 

I can see Amora fancying herself as a stylish free-spirited woman who "just tells it like it is," perhaps with some bit of cleverness to spice it up a bit. Judging by her form and the way she carries herself, I'd guess she has a more mentally-fatiguing job yet can be tough when she needs to be.

 

Loammie is a cutiepie, and what a cute name for someone who's so very smitten with all things earthy. She seems excitable but well focused and controlled. I love how she's twiddling her toes as she contains her enthusiasm. My only concern is that if you go too British with her accent then people are going to wonder how she got it living in a small, close-knit village. ;) (Yes, I can think of a few reasonable answers, but it'll be fun to see what route you choose.)

 

Thanks for another look into your story. Best of luck as you continue to develop it.
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Wow, you're already developing fan-theories!? Dear god, all I've really released so far is the front cover of the first chapter! I can't imagine what sort of ideas you're cooking up, but I can almost guarantee that they're gonna be waaay off, and I don't mean that to insult your intelligence or anything, just that my stories tend to go in really, really weird directions, this one being no exception. 
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I actually hope my very wild fan theories are completely wrong because I prefer to be surprised. For me though it's just hard not to think about the possible tweest in any situation.

Also, the weirder the better, IMO. :)
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