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  • Chosen Ones and new directions

    Chosen Ones, part 1, page 1

    The Short Version- This is page 1 of Chosen Ones, my new comic. The elevator pitch goes- “What happened to Harry Potter next?”* A bunch of former teen heroes and heroines, bored now they’ve fulfilled their prophesied destinies, set out to have more adventures.

    Pages will go up on the Patreon as they’re finished, then will be published on The Duck webcomics later.

    The Long Version- I’ve not been as productive as I’d like so far this year. It’s time for a rethink. I think I’ll get more done by putting aside the projects that aren’t working out, and try some new things.

    I still want to work on Didn’t Bleed Red, but I need to leave it for a while, and build a better outline. Then I’ll be able to attack it properly.

    On the comics front, Uninvited Guests is not getting finished any time soon, and I did too many pages that I wasn’t happy with. So I’m taking it down from the webcomic host, and starting again with Chosen Ones. I’m drawing it on smaller pages, and in shorter episodes. As said above, Pages will go up on Patreon first, then I’ll work out a schedule for wider publication. Right now, I have six more pages pencilled, and I’ll be attacking them in the next week or two.

    Hopefully, I’ll have more new stuff for you soon.

    *Yes, I know what happened next was shown in the epilogue (I’ve only ever seen the films), but the cliche of the elevator pitch is that you have to relate you project to an existing successful franchise.


  • Uninvited Guests, page 10

    This page, I’ve tried out a new way of shading eyes, with the pupil still a black spot, but the iris shaded. (To the character’s hair shade. I don’t know why, it just seemed appropriate.)

    Shading is still taking longer than I’d like, and I’m not sure of the ‘2DLT’ (as Manga Studio calls it) image imports. I’m off to find a tutorial that explains them, so I can learn the best ways to tweak them.

    If you would like to make a longer term commitment to supporting my comics, check out my Patreon page. Supporters get early access to comics and novels, and can get other rewards as well.

    Or, if you want to know where you can buy my books, and other creations, check out this post, which gives a comprehensive list.


  • Uninvited Guests, page 9

    If you would like to make a longer term commitment to supporting my comics, check out my Patreon page. Supporters get early access to comics and novels, and can get other rewards as well.

    Or, if you want to know where you can buy my books, and other creations, check out this post, which gives a comprehensive list.


  • Uninvited Guests, page 8

    I’m quite proud of the layout on this one. I know it’s still a traditional 3×3 grid at heart, but the way the forest takes over the little girl’s panels feels right. Still having issues with drawing eyes (and faces in general, really). I need to work on them.

    If you would like to make a longer term commitment to supporting my comics, check out my Patreon page. Supporters get early access to comics and novels, and can get other rewards as well.

    Or, if you want to know where you can buy my books, and other creations, check out this post, which gives a comprehensive list.


  • Uninvited Guests, page 7

    Bits of this page were rushed, and still it’s a week late.

    The guests in the foreground of panel 4 are friends of mine, sketched from photos I took at weddings last year. (I’m never getting invited to another wedding, I can tell.) I’m sure I’ll go in and revise this page later, adding a bunch more guests in the background, so that it’s properly full.

    If you would like to make a longer term commitment to supporting my comics, check out my Patreon page. Supporters get early access to comics and novels, and can get other rewards as well.

    Or, if you want to know where you can buy my books, and other creations, check out this post, which gives a comprehensive list.


  • Invited Guests

    No new page this week, but here are some sketches I’ve done, to be dropped into pages later.

    If you would like to make a longer term commitment to supporting my comics, check out my Patreon page. Supporters get early access to comics and novels, and can get other rewards as well.

    Or, if you want to know where you can buy my books, and other creations, check out this post, which gives a comprehensive list.


  • Uninvited Guests, page 6

    Artistically, this page was about trying to improve my abilities with faces and consistent likenesses. I’ve still got a way to go, I know.

    Story wise, this is an attempt at a montage. William is meeting people he hasn’t seen for a while, updating them on how things are going, and telling the same story to them all (slightly different with each iteration). You get to meet supporting characters, and read some back story as well.

    If you would like to make a longer term commitment to supporting my comics, check out my Patreon page. Supporters get early access to comics and novels, and can get other rewards as well.

    Or, if you want to know where you can buy my books, and other creations, check out this post, which gives a comprehensive list.


  • Uninvited Guests, page 5

    If you would like to make a longer term commitment to supporting my comics, check out my Patreon page. Supporters get early access to comics and novels, and can get other rewards as well.

    Or, if you want to know where you can buy my books, and other creations, check out this post, which gives a comprehensive list.


  • Uninvited Guests, page 4

    After the cold open, the splash page.

    This isn’t as busy as I’d like. Part way through drawing it, I looked at a photo of a table I took at a wedding last year, and realised there should be way more glasses and other stuff. I added a bunch of details in, but it’s still not as packed as I want.

    I didn’t pencil this, either, working from 3D models imported into Manga Studio. I think they’ll be useful for background elements, but don’t really work as the main focus of the image.
    I learn a bit more with each page, though, so- onwards!

    If you would like to make a longer term commitment to supporting my comics, check out my Patreon page. Supporters get early access to comics and novels, and can get other rewards as well.

    Or, if you want to know where you can buy my books, and other creations, check out this post, which gives a comprehensive list.


  • Uninvited Guests, page 3

    As well as digitally inking this page, I also sketched the figures from my Daz posed reference images, rather than using the light box to trace their proportions, when I did the pencils. It feels freer this way, though I wish I’d done a better job on Rosemary’s mother in the third panel. All the pages, and the script, are open to revision later on, when I’m more confident of my art, or need to come back and make changes for the sake of continuity.

    If you would like to make a longer term commitment to supporting my comics, check out my Patreon page. Supporters get early access to comics and novels, and can get other rewards as well.

    Or, if you want to know where you can buy my books, and other creations, check out this post, which gives a comprehensive list.


  • Uninvited Guests, page 2

    This is my first go at digitally inking a page using Manga Studio. I fully expect to come back to it and redo it later.



    If you would like to make a longer term commitment to supporting my comics, check out my Patreon page. Supporters get early access to comics and novels, and can get other rewards as well.

    Or, if you want to know where you can buy my books, and other creations, check out this post, which gives a comprehensive list.


  • A blast from the past

    I’m starting to create a new comic, so I’ve been digging around in old drives, looking for previous projects. With Mortal Engines in cinemas now (or soon, I’ve lost track), it was interesting to find this little sequence I drew a few years ago. It never went any further, I was just playing with putting images onto postcards.

    If you would like to make a longer term commitment to supporting my comics, check out my Patreon page. Supporters get early access to comics and novels, and can get other rewards as well.