I like this tradition of the cast lineup.
Slave outfit Berserker demon Rachael looks kind of cool. That lineless fight was a little tricky to draw as I couldn’t figure out how to have the minotaurs fighting well, yet still be on camera. I think it gets the point across though.
Sadly, even though it was 9 days worth of updates, 57 panels worth, I failed to succeed this round. I might still do some side bits and bobs, but the contest is basically over for me. Alas, all I get out of it is some free time.
Oh, and this: http://fav.me/dbozo54
A pencil sketch of Rachael as drawn by Veldrin the guy running the contest. Each progressive round would add a layer of detail, whatever changes were needed such as outfit, equipment, etc. So that was a really cool prize that I hope gets repeated.
This was one of the sequences I thought of first. This is a limitation in the comic for, as I have to try and convey animation in panels. I think I pulled it off? Curious what people think.
I did some weird cypher to make the spell. I doubt I could repeat it, but it did mean a thing at one point. If I ever do some magic system with a lot of verbal spells, I will probably write a small applet to do the cypher consistently for me.
More layer mask for speech bubbles there in 4 and 5. I think it gives a nice air of “What Rachael is saying is not important.”
Kind of a short one due to pacing, sorry. Not much to say here.
No wait, I do have a thing. Those wooden shoes were a mistake. Yup.
I did make that cover from some random generator I found online (random as i have no idea where its from, not I clicked buttons until it said what I wanted) Here’s a bigger version http://fav.me/dboza35
This book has piqued my interest and I may have a story about it in the future, I’m not sure. I’m missing some useful details, like plot and characters and things. I know a lot of lore about it, though.
A camera shift to Lynn. I’ve relied heavily on camera shifts in this contest and all of them have been abrupt. Not sure what I think about that.
Panel 1 here is just my first foray into horrible horrible anatomy and perspective.
I used a lot of layer masks in this piece. Not something I normally do. A layer mask lets me paint transparency on art without ruining it. For that 100% mysterious motion blur in panel 4, for example. the detail of the blur exists where Lynn’s head is, it is just selectively transparent. Cool trick.
Of course, if she wasn’t starting naked, what is she dressed as? And a silly ballerina outfit came to mind.
I should share a bit of my writing process here. Before I started scripting, NevermoreFox(aka the competition) and I passed a lot of messages, fleshing out the, well, results. The costumes at least and a little bit of what happens in it.
So then I start writing and the only thing I actually had in mind where a few panels in pages 20-21. The rest were open and I just let my mind wander and sketched the story as it made sense to go.
Sometimes, I’ll go back and rewrite things in earlier pages to give more foreshadowing, but most of the time, I’ve included enough hooks to work off of so I don’t have to worry about it.
First: Veldrin doing the opera glasses or whatever over his glasses? Awesome.
So the corner of Deviant Art I lurk near does a lot of body transformations. So it was no surprise to me that this would be coming (in fact, he kind of mentioned it as part of the thing the winner of the round would get to do.)
I am not very… anatomically accurate, you might say. So it’s not easy for me to do a small tweak, like you might see from the people who actually art in this contest. So I went to an extreme and really Amazonianed her, as well as brought her horns back.
What? Yeah, she’s got horns. She’s part demon.
Ideally, this is the most risque I’ll need to draw for the whole contest. But we’ll talk about exactly whey tommorrow.