I’m back from a trip everyone. I was actually away for five days to attend my brother’s wedding in VA, in fact everything you saw on the 9th was actually scheduled. Once I got home I started working on a bunch of stuff that I put off in an attempt to fill the void in my absence. A part of that is working on new artwork for getting the Kalwa comic on other sites such as webtoons (which it’s already on), Tapas and Webcomics. Plus I’ve been focused on other ventures beyond just Kalwa such as establishing myself and Green Raptor Studios as an artist. So forgive the silence, there is still more to do but I’ll try to keep up posts here as best I can.
Meanwhile, here’s a piece to satisfy. Kalwa’s once again under the sea with Amber, Green Raptor’s OTHER comic star. She’s got her own one shot comic over on the Green Raptor website, looking to do more with her when I get around to it. I’ve kinda been obsessed with Taylor Swift’s song “Shake it off” and that’s kinda where this image came from! Everyone enjoy the mermaids shaking things up!!!!
Back from a bit of a break. I’ve been working on some other artwork on the Green Raptor website and other online accounts, plus preparing for a trip. So I’ve been a tad distracted since the end of Halloween. But here’s a new art piece for the time being, This ninja Kalwa drawing was actually started last month, but I didn’t want to disrupt the Halloween sprit, so I put it off till I finished the Halloween draw off over on the Green Raptor site. Hope you all enjoy.
Sharing a bit of behind the scenes work today. So while attending Tuscan Comic Con, I got a little note that my characters all wore similar clothing, and it was a bit hard to tell them apart at times. The specific moment was more about the opening training battle between Kalwa and Suzume from chapter 26, however while drawing the last page of that chapter I realized that Zack and Kalwa do wear the same outfit. While they are different colors, this is mostly irrelevant on black and white manga.
So I’m looking at an outfit mixup to make them more distinguishable from a certain distance. I still want to keep the hoodies since those are kinda a signature for my characters, but give them a little more skin so they can engage in combat and do some “better” adventuring. I don’t have it pictured here yet, but I’m planning on giving Zack some kind of utility belt/fanny pack or something. These two will soon be embarking on some more serious adventures and will need supplies, you’ll see why in about three more chapters.
I’ve been trying to draw Kalwa in a more realistic art style for quite a while now. Years ago I tried, but wasn’t happy with the results. Since starting a new job last year, I’ve spent my lunch break drawing other people’s characters and practicing their art styles in an attempt to enhance my own skills and develop other illustration skills. Finally months of practice have accumulated in finally creating this. Her hair is still a challenge to draw in this style, her three hedges are a trademark of hers and I’m not completely sure how to translate them to this style, the style here was actually inspired by a fanart crossover I received some time ago.
Suzume finally gets her own character art, pretty much the last major character (outside of antagonists) from the Japanese arch. Similar to Izuha, Suzume was designed to be a minor background character just to fill the student scenes, her face was drawn on the pages of other background characters in the sketchbook. But I decided to give her a little bit of a larger role as one of Kalwa’s friends. Originally she was supposed to be short tempered, but I felt this was a little cliche and done before in the story, so she’s instead a little arrogant and passionate, but still loyal to her friends.
A scrapped joke in chapter 24 is during the hot spring scene, Suzume was supposed to be eating some fish on sticks and coined the term fish-sticks, which Izuha rejected as a name. But this got scrapped for timing.
So this idea just came to me yesterday and I just had to make it a reality. This is a revers role illustration of what the series would look like if Reko was the eccentric one with the phone and Kalwa was the head smart tech girl with the glasses. Actually kinda liking the glasses Kalwa quite a bit, she was actually based on Barbra Gordan as she appeared in Arkham Origins! Reko kinda came out looking a bit like Sora from Kingdom Hearts, though he was actually based a bit more off Yoshimori from Kekkaishi, a show I’ve only watched a few times.
This is the first of a five part series which will feature Kalwa as she would appear in the worlds of five anime series. This first one is what Kalwa would look like if she lived in the Stone World from the anime Dr. Stone. She would probably of the warrior class because she loves action. Four more illustrations are to come, so be on the lookout for what anime Kalwa will visit next.