It’s on everyone. My co-writer is going through some life stuff, and he still hasn’t gotten me the full script, but he’s at least provided me the first batch of pages so I can get started.
Full disclaimer, the navigation menu is a little different than previous chapters, but please don’t let that “scare you.” Something happened with WordPress and my reusable navigation blocks got messed up, resulting in all the menus getting changed and essentially causing mass chaos with page navigation. As such, I had to throw together a quickly made navigation real late a night while making the page. This new menu will (hopefully) be temporary and I’ll privately toy around trying to fix the problem, hopefully it’s a one night issue. This issue isn’t affecting previously uploaded chapters, but until it’s resolved, I won’t be putting a direct link from chapter 24 to 25, otherwise it might mess up everything. Like I said, hopefully it’s a one night issue.
Sorry for that rant, it’s just so frustrating when something like this happens, cause I wind up spending hours experimenting and publishing stuff just to learn how to navigate new issues. Regardless, you can see the new chapter by clicking the thumbnail below right now!
So I mentioned that we would be doing some behind the scenes work, and while on that subject matter, there is indeed some commentary that must be said. In today’s blog, I want to talk about… the FULL PAGE.
Since starting this comic in 2014, I’ve personally discovered much on this long journey. I dare say that a full use of page was honestly something I had not even considered, for I, as a rank amateur back in the day, only saw a page as simple means to align panels. Over the course of time, I looked at a few artist who talked about using the whole page but it wasn’t until webtoons that I started to develop my own style.
Commonly found on webtoons are single panel comics, which are read through the use of scrolling down. It was something I had not once seen before and I dare say, did NOT adapt to it well. My comics were originally done with full on pages and cutting up those pages and making high quality scroll down pages was quite new and difficult for me. In fact I feel my lack of experience is one of the big reasons the comic didn’t exactly fly so high on webtoons. Shortly afterwards, smackjeeves also switched to this format and thus I left that site as well.
Since leaving and the struggle with scroll down comics, one of my working methods is to ultimately challenge the single panel scroll downs and thus not only make use of multiple panels but also design a page that can’t have the same effect otherwise.
Whenever I make page, and it’s possible, I try to make it artistic and present a unique scenario that can only be achieved through use of multiple panels. One such example is this page from chapter 22 where Kalwa goes on a rant. Kalwa’s text balloons are designed in a way that guide the reader down the page and keeps all focus on her. Yet the reader also has the option to view the members of the tribe who show a great deal of remorse, as though they were secondary focuses
Most of the time I do tend mix text with the pictures in order to set up and guide certain scenarios to the reader. Often I deliberately have text leak over into the next panel so that readers will be guided all over the page through the text itself.
This technique can also be used to convey a certain sensation, and example can be found in this page from chapter 24, which at the time of this post is the latest chapter to finish. The use of sound effects coming from the following panel convey a sense of interruption and swiftness. This of course does pertain to real life and Kalwa’s own perspective, as realistically an strong opponent would move quickly on a weak one and hit them before they knew what would hit them. These are types of scenarios and feelings that I try to convey within my pages, and attempt to make the entire page on big illustration in itself rather than just being a collection of smaller illustrations. Something a single panel scroll down comic could never achieve.
So all that being said, I hope this post has been most informative and (possibly) inspirational for some of you. I’ll be doing more posts similar to this in the future when I’ve got something I feel is worth talking about. Thanks once again for reading and I hope I can continue to bring you all more entertainment and some inspiration in the near future.
I spent the whole day yesterday writing the script to chapter 24 and just crashed and burned at the end of the day. So right now I really got nothing to post for you al to enjoy. So to fill the void, I’m doing a repost of character artwork for characters other than Kalwa, including some of the really older ones from a couple years ago such as Bridgette and Cassidy. All of these are available to view in the art gallery as well, anyway I hope this entertains everyone as I work to get some more stuff up. I’ll be reviewing chapter 24 one more time tomorrow before sending it over to my co-writer.
So I got a little caught up working on this tonight, I’m still kinda debating if the orange overtone is working for this piece. So there might be a slight change depending on how I feel tomorrow. We’ll just see, in the meantime here’s the hard time in progress work on chapter 24’s cover.
A little update on a promotional image that I’ve been working on these past few weeks. I’ll be posting the finished result as an end cap to chapter 23 when it’s done, as an official kick off to the Japan arch. we are now officially four pages away from finishing the first chapter. Things have been a little different as of late, I just started a new full time job and have kinda been adjusting to the new sleep pattern and workday. In addition to this I’ve started a seven work course on wordpress (mainly to better my skills at the websites like this).
So needless to say my time is mostly occupied as of late. However with this new job and the chance to move on with life, I’m feeling invigorated and motivated to keep moving forward. One of which is my goal to get both Kalwa and all of Green Raptor out into the world with more interactivity and experience. Right now the world is still on lockdown with the virus, but things are getting better and there is nowhere to go but up. So once again, here’s a little update and look for the finished product at the end of chapter 23.
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.
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.
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.
Happy New Years everyone, hope everyone is as happy as me to be free from the horrible year of 2020. It’s a brand new year, time for new beginnings and new goals and (hopefully) new ways of life. As I said earlier, this New Years Day is the big debut. Chapter 23 is now live at this very moment and thus begins the Feudal Japan story arch, which I promise will be quite the impactful story as it will be introducing a number of characters and plot lines that will be playing an overall major part in the overall Kalwa story. We currently got the first two pages up on the website right now. You can tune in by click one of the thumbnails below, the first one will take you to the front cover, or if you just want to dive straight in, the second will take you right to the first page. And remember to keep checking back for more updates all this month.