This is novel number 8 for me, this time collaborating with my daughter Chloe. Going well so far. Tonight I spent a few hours painting the first character study for this one. It's one of the things I like to do after some plotting, decisions made about how the story ends, a handful of scene concepts going, and a couple chapters complete. I need to be able to see the characters.
So here you go, the first painting of this book, the guy in the middle is the protag:
I'm not planning to stop, but to slow way down, and open up some time for other projects.
I know, I know, I say it every week...but again, I really mean it this time: this is my favorite set of pages, I think the best work I've done so far. I think it's also because I love painting the underwater scenes--lots of contrast, dark blues--my favorite. Go check it out.
It's all here: Saltwater Witch.
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Tweeted about this one last night, finished up around midnight. I'm heading back into a sketchier style, and although I'll probably regret saying this, I think I have found the "look" for Saltwater Witch. And it's this—below, a little bit stylized but mostly realistic, with the line art showing through—sometimes in bold lines, sometimes thin. Keeping the watercolor look. My original thought was an oz-ish full color underwater, muted tones/sepia/black and white above the water. I pretty much ditched this thirty pages back, going to full color on the surface as well, and I'll probably continue with color.
This is the last panel for the next page set--going up Friday afternoon before the 10PM show at The Villains Corner. You going to listen in, participate? Please do!
I'd love to get some feedback on styles, or anything else.
I painted like a demon last night and this morning, turning out the first four pages for chapter 8 of Saltwater Witch. I just posted a set on Friday, but Friday was a big day, Saltwater Witch was featured on Monday at Drunk Duck web comics community and sometime during the week my saltwatery web comic stepped into one of the TOP 10 spots at Drunk Duck. This thrilled me so much, I vowed to paint another set--two in one weekend!
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Here's a panel from the last set--with a couple new details:
...for Saltwater Witch for several reasons. One, I love the last set so much I want to do more. Two, Kassandra is one maybe two sets away from getting back in the water, and I'm dying to do some more underwater stuff. Three, Saltwater Witch is now in the Top 10 web comics list at Drunk Duck and on the front page--really excited about this.
Oh, and I'm really digging Ephoros the demon. Here are a couple panels from the set of pages I painted today, Kassandra and her buddy Ephoros, a king among sea demons.
Read it all: Saltwater Witch.
It's become clear that I have a thing for these river witches. I just posted this week's set for the Saltwater Witch web comic, pages 153 and 154, and it's about setting up some allies for Kassandra. That was probably obvious from the last set. Here, we get a bit deeper into it, into some of the cool magic the naiads are capable of working, and Kassandra's taking a little bit more control of her life.
Go check it all out here: Saltwater Witch
Here are a couple detail shots of my favorite naiads, Parresia, Limnoria and Helodes:
I just finished the art and pages layouts for the next Saltwater Witch set--pages 148 through 151. I'm really happy with this whole set, a few problems I had to sort out going from print to visual. Kassandra has a scary side she feels, but she really has no idea what she looks like from the outside. She exercises a bit of that power in this set.