Kassandra with her scale armor coming apart and floating away. I worked on this last night, finished up the type for some prints over lunch today. It's actually a good sized piece, about 26 inches tall. Check out the full-sized image, because it looks a bit fuzzy in the reduced size.
I did one last night, another tonight--the guy with the sign, gearing up for a big battle with these guys in the next few chapters of Saltwater Witch. Large crowds aren't easy to draw or paint, and I'm going to take some time to get this right. I'll definitely be posting more from the army of the drowned dead.
Here's another approach: paint every panel, a more realistic Saltwater Witch for the next chapters. This is the opening Chapter 13 panel, Kassandra having a serious discussion with Jill and Nicole (not pictured--she's straight on, view over Kassandra's shoulder in the second panel). Takes a lot longer to paint one--and consequently a lot longer to paint an entire chapter of panels, but with painting I have many more advantages--for one I can have the characters be far more expressive, a hint of a smile, a huge range of emotion, not just happy, sad, enraged, determined, etc. Downside is that it could take me six months to complete a chapter.
I'm playing with the idea of doing the next Saltwater Witch chapter in a different style--something like the following character studies. In the first one, that's--right to left--Kassandra, Jill, and Nicole. The second image was my first Kassandra study.
I'm packing up a couple copies of Saltwater Witch, signing them for the GoodReads giveway that just finished (Almost 1200 people registered for the books, which is very cool). I'm including the print below, folded neatly inside the book. Just need to box them up and get them in the mail!
I'm working on a prototype scroll--and I mean twelve feet of illustration rolled onto two scroll bars that can be rolled out on a tabletop. See the full pic for a snapshot of one section of the illo as well as me sawing one of the bars and rolled out shot from the printers.