Making of a comic

One thing about videogames is that sometimes they offer up a tantalizing paragraph of story that just begs to be expanded.

I did that with this little dialogue snippit from a recent quest in Destiny 2: Beyond Light. This is from the Hawkmoon quest, when Crow is telling you about the various keepsakes he’s stashed away in his lair.

Here’s the sketches:

Most of the work happened in the sketch stage, really. Painting it was just putting meat on the bones. I could have made it look even nicer if I’d had more time, but alas, I had to paint as fast as I could for an hour and a half and that was al the time I had.

I love doing comics like this. I hope I can do some more soon.

Very small art post

Just a smattering of artwork this week. I’ve been working on a commission and haven’t had time for much personal stuff. Here’s one where I was concepting my heroes as kids. Too much time spent looking at the sketches for the Valiard Mansion, a graphic novel that never got released.

I wanted to draw more Sonic the Hedgehog art this year, so here’s a fan character:

Zephyer

She made my Sonic fan followers very happy this morning. 😀

2020 creativity recap (and 2021 resolutions!)

2020 was quite a ride, wasn’t it? At the beginning of the year, I decided to take the Publishing 12 Books in 12 Months challenge. I had a baby due in June, so I figured that I would be doing really well to publish 6 books. I wound up publishing 5 books and a novel-length fanfic, so I figured that counted. Here are the books:

They’re all the same series. I have to figure out how to have the Vid:ilantes series labeled as happening inside the After Atlantis series. You’ll notice that Guardian’s Vow is book 2. I redid the cover for book 1 when I launched the paperback:

Once I had the baby, my writing mojo went out the window, of course. I wrote a few very short fanfics because fanfics are easy. I also drafted all of the next Vid:ilantes book, where the HeroTubers meet up with the characters from the After Atlantis trilogy. It’s still in edits, and I’m hoping to launch it late January or early February.

My goals for 2021 are to write one more book. And one more. And one more. I don’t have a set number. But I’m halfway through writing the book after the next book, so that’s at least two books for 2021 already. Maybe this year I can actually get some advertising traction so folks will hear that this series exists. It’s superheroes who film their own exploits and put them on HeroTube for those sweet ad clicks. And everybody’s powers come from Atlantis, which sank and is a modern-day island chain visited by tourists and cruise ships. It’s terrific fun, and I can’t wait to write more.

As for resolutions, my only resolution is to write and improve my writing, and to continue to improve my artwork by studying fundamentals. We’re hoping to move sometime in 2021, so I’m not planning anything beyond that. Moving is a brain-suck, just as much as having a baby. I’m going to keep on posting my weekly art blogs, with the occasional opinion piece here and there.

Speaking of art, here is a Destiny Christmas art, which I finished on New Year’s Eve:

A warlock takes his daughter to the City to see the decorations.

And that’s my very simple goals for next year. Let’s make it a good one!

Belated Christmas arts (last of 2020!)

I’m looking at the art and writing I did this year, and I’m very pleased with how it’s all turned out. Here are the last few Christmas arts I did last week, and then I can look into how I did with my publishing challenge for 2020. 😀

Christmas catgirl

I made this artwork for my hubby for Christmas. He likes catgirls, so I made a pretty one for him. 😀

Don’t take selfies with friends who will murder you afterward.

Had to do a quick Sonic Christmas artwork, too.

Stupid comic based on a joke my hubby made

Next year, I want to make more Sonic art, more stupid comics, and keep on studying fundamentals. Whew! That’s it for art resolutions. Next blog post will be the writing stuff. 😀

Artwork catchup

I guess this week is Christmas, isn’t it? I’d better draw something Christmasy! In the meantime, here is the random things I’ve been drawing over the last week or so.

I wanted to draw a robot guy with a sweater, glasses, a book, and a cat in his lap. I just love the contrast of the harsh, man-made angles and the soft curves of the cat and the sweater. Also, a robot guy with glasses amuses me unduly.

This is concept art for an upcoming Vid:ilantes book. Kari, a lightning super, has burned herself out. Possibly she’s been struck by lightning, I’m not sure yet. And Jayesh, the overpowered healer, is having to exert his strength to save her.

Concepting Jayesh’s armor. It’s the kind that mountain bikers wear, and the idea is that Jay’s team is sick of him always getting hurt, so they outfit him in this. There’s a helmet, too, but I wanted to draw his fluffy hairs.

That’s what I’ve been working on. I guess now I need to draw something Christmasy. Holly! Bells! Snow! Candles! Angels!

Finishing artwork and stories

I didn’t draw much this week because of five hours of sleep every night. And also pushing hard to finish a story. I wrote The End this morning, and it feels great. In between, I drew a few things, so here they are:

Bowhunting
My character Maximillian Ross when he was about 16, before I started writing him and ruined his life. 😀

Mostly just drawing stuff as I think about what I’ve been writing. Drawing helps me think through plot twists and stuff. Finishing a story this morning felt great. Now that’s out of the way, I can focus on this story I’m writing for a Beauty and the Beast anthology. I’m trying to hit the story beats while writing my own story, but I’m afraid it’s veering off into left field. Ah well, whatever I wind up with, it’ll be a good backstory short for a character.

Finishing a project is a big deal, whether it’s a story or an artwork. Seems like lately I’ve seen a lot of people asking how you finish a thing. My only answer: perseverance. Lots and lots of perseverance. It also helps if you like the thing you’re working on. That helps you muscle through the parts that aren’t so fun, like fixing plot holes or correcting your perspective. Ugh. Has to be done, though.

End of November art

I tried to a bit more artwork this week, so let’s see what got made:

Fanart for a character in Destiny 2. I’ve waited for this character’s storyline for two years, and now that it’s starting up, I am very happy.

Giftart for a writer in my Discord. This is her steampunk cowboy dude.

“I did, and I’m so sorry,” Kari said. “You deserve better. I see that, now. I hope you can forgive me, because I don’t want this to end. You’re too wonderful.”

“I forgive you,” Jayesh said softly. He cupped her face in both hands and stroked her cheeks. Healing magic still poured from his touch. He pressed his forehead against hers and closed his eyes. “I’ve been an idiot,” he whispered. “I let you suffer. I’m so sorry.”

“Kiss me, then, you big idiot,” she whispered back. “I’m giving you permission.”

His eyes opened, inches from hers. He smiled, a little nervously, then touched her lips with his own.


Bit of a story excerpt from the next After Atlantis book. Not Mercurion, the one after it, which I’m already writing it. Maybe I should get Mercurion finished and published, huh?

A girl falls in love with a dead man’s soul trapped in a gun. Based on the game Transistor.

I wanted to try to paint a pic in this particular style, so I went with one of my Destiny characters. Unfortunately, I can’t exactly do the concept art style I was trying for, so it wound up being my own thing.

That’s it for this week! Been writing a lot and not drawing quite so much. Hope everybody had a good Thanksgiving! We’re now rocketing toward Christmas.

November art and books

Man, where did the last few weeks go? I feel like I just woke up and it was mid-November. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been working on.

Guardian’s Awakening and Guardian’s Vow are both available in paperback, finally! I’ve spent a whole week fighting with the formatting and cover art. I just need to get the third book formatted, and that’ll be the first After Atlantis trilogy. Then I can start on Vid:ilantes. I’m going to have to rebrand the series name as After Atlantis, since they’re technically books 4-7. I’ve also been putting book 7 through final edits, hopefully to catch a January release. I’ve been bouncing back and forth with my editor and beta reader, and they’re holding my feet to the fire, like usual. 😀

Sooooo you can see why I haven’t actually been drawing very much. My art mojo has been going into another book cover for H.L. Burke (go see it here! Is pretty!) and redoing the art for my own paperbacks. But here’s a smattering of art I have done around the edges.

Trying out this style. I cheated soooooo very much.
Giftart scribble of a friend’s character. He turned out looking like David Tennant.
Jayesh is too distracted to notice that his dragon, Suntala, is eating his fries.

And that’s it for the past couple of weeks. Hopefully I can actually draw something decent this week to show off.

Inktober 2020 wrap-up

Welp, it’s November now, and Inktober is over for this year. I just love Inktober and I’m sad that it’s done. Anyway, here’s my scribbles for the past week:

Look out behind you!
Don’t break a guy’s heart when he has a dragon.
Rejected book cover design that I repurposed.
That moment when you black out, Lovecraft-style, when looking at the giant evil pyramid.

I’m trying out a new coloring style this week, so I’ll hopefully have that to show off next time. 🙂

More Inktober – Destiny and kissing

It’s Friday, so it’s time to show what nonsense I’ve drawn this week.

Here’s my characters Max and Sorrel. Max has lost the ability to use magic, so Sorrel is going to do it for him.

A quick drawing of a friend’s character.

Cute couple that I drew in 45 minutes and therefore didn’t have time to fix the mistakes. I want to go back and refine this later.

I went, “I wonder if I can draw Batman?”

Firefight back to back. I want to finish this one and do cool lighting effects and stuff.

Visual-note taking for an idea I want to put in a story. Probably another Vid:ilantes book.

And that’s it for this week. I was able to draw pretty consistently, and each day was trying out some new thing that I’m learning, so I’m satisfied.