This is the last of the Inktober pieces. I learned a lot from doing this. I’ll be able to do some future projects better, faster, strong, I’m sure.
These characters and concept may be back in the future, but I have no idea when. They’re headed back to the junk shelves, where I sometimes take ideas apart and use them for pieces.
I will say that this was the page with the most computer editing, but it’s all subtle stuff. I cleaned up a lot of the text using digital tools, instead of white-out like I had been doing. Didja notice?
Narrator: One descent later…
Tomas: Well! That sure is a lightning tree!
Rodya: Is door behind fish in tree?
Immo: Yes. In better shape than expected.
Maura: The fish is an Avalonian Coelacanth. Thought to be extinct
Tomas: So… have we won? I mean, the source of the blue light is right here.
Player: I think so. ’twas my quest.
Matt as DM: What about the door behind the tree?
Players: Wasn’t in MY quest. Me Neither. Nope.
Hmm. Stuff to talk about on this one. First, tried to write italics. It didn’t work. It never does. Second, regretting the blue I picked earlier, but whatever. it’ll work for now. I’m okay with being committed to it.
Man, my cloud swirlys got out of hand, didn’t they?
Normally, for a comic where I create an RPG party and write a story, I spend a lot of time before hand figuring out the characters, but I’m just going for this one. I’m not sure if I like it better. Its faster, but I can’t foreshadow very well.
Immo: So.. This is the fabled “Thunder Tower.” Ropes. Get the ropes. Discovery Awaits
Janik: I should not have come.
Janik: I’ve been useless so far.
Maura: Was there a better climber we should have hired?
Janik: No. I’m the best.
Maura: Aye, that ye are. Prepare yourself Janik, your time is at hand.
Tomas: Captain Immo says we’ll be landing soon. Are you ready?
Maura: Aye, me pack is packed. All I need is to grab my lute and I’m good to go!
A lot of… not necessarily beat panels… but I wanted to see how well I could draw what I do with a copy paste.
Also, in the first half, I wanted to see if I could have shadows work and I think it probably, after I tell you what’s happening in it.
Tomas: Hey Maura? We’re nearly there. Maura?
Tomas: Did you here me?
Maura: …Aye? … *Sigh* Nay.
Okay, remember that below decks strip from earlier? Imagine it goes after these strips.
Tomas: I see the tower, captain. It glows just like we were told.
Immo: So, this is not JUST a pleasure cruise. Good eye, Tomas.
Janik: If you felt as I do, Immo, you’d not joke.
Immo: Sorry, Janik. We’ll be docking soon.
Tomas: If “docking” is the word. It looks like nothing but rocks.
Rodya: The captain be is put in shore anyway.
I’ll get us close, at least. Tomas, can you tell Maura we’re landing soon?
Here, have a collections of words that appear in this page
Aura’s Aria. Heave!
Rodya: The ship, she is stable. Head tale of Namesake wife. Less stable than boat, she.
Immo: A bride at home is worth a jenny at every port
Below decks: Maura
Tip, slide, turn, slowly tips back.
So I came up with an idea to get out of the slump I’m in and that is to join the world in Inktober, an art based month long challenge. Of course, I’ve never been inspired by the prompts, but I thought: “What if I drew a comic strip in ink all hand done and stuff for each day?” and due to my set up, that became 2 strips, and here is the first one.
So I’m going to be trying to tell a story about a RPG party, this being 7th Sea, as they go on an adventure. Who knows, if I like this, I’ll add it to my list of projects I’ll never finish.
Because I’m doing this at work, I don’t actually want to use an eraser, so I used a yellow colored pencil for my construction lines, then applied a threshold to the scanned image of make them vanish.
Today, everything was done by my hand with my Uniball buisness pen and a bit of whiteout. I’ll see if more options make sense tommorrow.
My fingers are itching to apply some color fills to make the background pop, but i’m resisting.