Chapter 23 page 7

Sorry it’s a little late in the day, I kinda slept in today, had other work to do around the house and wanted to spend some extra time to work on quality. So anyway, we got a new page up for chapter 23 and I’m kinda on a sugar rush working on it. As this chapter has a lot of emphasis on motion, I’ve been practicing to get a lot of motion and intensity into various scenes. I’ve actually been using my Naruto books as reference for line work and other effects. That beings said, I’m really loving working on this chapter, I feel like I’m really working on an action styled comic and this is years of practice really working it’s magic as of now. As usual, click the link below to see the latest page.

Page of the Day

Page from chapter 20 where Kalwa visits her first nude beach. It’s a little funny because every time I touch on nude beaches with Kalwa I always get some kind of praise for acknowledging Finnish Culture. I had originally touched on this subject for one of the young Kalwa mini comics and even though it was played as a joke, people were thrilled that I was addressing it. I’m really not obsessed with nude beaches, they are just a basic European piece of culture different from america.

As usual, you can check out the rest of the chapter by clicking the page.

From the Sketchbook: The Tribe

So I know it’s been a while since I uploaded some sketches from the sketchbook, the reason has to do with the scanner, I also wanted to wait a little as we got more story out. So right here from the sketchbook I’m presenting some sketches of the Tribe, who debuted in issue 22. For some backstory, I really had no real model for how each of these characters would look like except for the chief and the simple idea that his “second” would be a female. These faces were were mostly just drawn up and designed and fine tuned to fit the characters. I actually intend there to be about thirteen to fourteen members of the tribe, but just couldn’t design that many characters in the amount of time. So actually in chapter 22, there are a few shadowed characters in the background as blank slates for future designs.

The chief I wanted to have facial hair as a way to establish him as the leader. Since we had earlier done a western story arch, I was actually trying to get some facial features from that era worked into the chief given the the eventual background that will develop from these characters. The chief went through probably about four possible designs before finally settling on the current one. My model was actually John Hammond from the first Jurassic Park film as I felt he was the type of senior citizen who looked like he would be out and active in the world. From his open shirt to his bamboo hat, this was my idea of the type of senior citizen who would fit this story. Many of the chief’s final designs such as his potbelly and few other facial features actually were finalized on the spot of chapter 22, as you can see here the sketch looks a little lankier and thinner, although I did make notes to myself while designing it.

Carol the second in command of the tribe I wanted to be young and female. Those who follow my work should note that I mostly draw female characters as opposed to male and the reason is that I value strong female characters over male as I feel they are rarer to find in entertainment. Carol was supposed to look like a working girl, someone who was higher up and could instantly jump into the role of leader if need be. Her design was actually inspired by Sora from Digimon Adventure, and I even had pictures of Sora without her helmet out while I was drawing her. Unfortunately that ultimately resulted in her first design (girl on second image) looking far too young than what I intended. The second design (2nd female in third image) was much more along the lines of what I initially wanted.

I do think if I had to pick one, Mikeal was probably the character whose design I liked the most, and his final drawings in the actual chapter were breathtaking for me draw. He will defiantly be one of the more vital members of the tribe in future stories.

Chapter 23 page 6

Hope everyone had a great holiday. I spent the day mostly working on yet another page for chapter 23, I’m really getting into this shading style for the trees and plants. I think this new shading style will help me do other comics with heavy shading styles in the future. This is overall really good practice. As usual, click the thumbnail to check out the latest update!!!

Kaliesha Character Art

It’s another character art today, this is time it’s Kaliesha who originally debuted in chapter 12, introduced as the secret captain of the pirate hunters. She’s also a single mother who’s is highly protective of her children Amoy and Akoni. Kaliesha herself was actually based off an old boss I had who was a hardworker with a kid of her own. I’d watch her attend to both her job and her kid, and I had such great respect for her. When we were writing the pirate story arch, Kaliesha was the first character I came up with, though it was my co-writer who named her and all of her crewmates.

The flames were a last minute choice, I kinda developed them after I was playing around with the shadow and started getting a red hue. I thought the intense flames would help to emphasize her protective mother side and just how strong a character she is when it comes to protecting her kids.

Chapter 23 Update!!!

It’s a new page up on chapter 23 as Chief further continues his little “confrontation” with Kalwa’s mother. In case the thumbnail isn’t obvious, it’s getting a little spicy, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Click the thumbnail below and check the latest page.

Kalwa Rising Sun

A little piece to help kick off the Japanese story arch!!! This will actually be used as the profile picture for the facebook page hence why it was important to have the Pygota with the rising sun, which was actually meant to be a symbol for the country she’s in given the famous rising sun flag.