Sunday, June 6, 2021

Bovodar and the Bears - Episode 6

 

Bovodar and the Bears Episode 6 - "We're Returning to the Forest" is now on Arktoons! Read it here!

I've been looking forward to sharing this panel since it was drawn. It was very inspired by the visuals of the end credits of The Secret of NIMH, my favorite movie in childhood which, a couple years ago, I saw again after decades. So woodsy, natural, and homey with a touch of the mystical.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Clockwork Dancer #2

 

The second issue of Clockwork Dancer, written by Jon Del Arroz, drawn by me, and colored by Emmanuel Ordaz Torres, is now available in ebook and paper!

And with this one, I got to do the cover!

It's a cool steampunk story about an automaton, mad scientists, secret agents, mafiosi, and a certain holy relic. If you haven't yet, do give it a try! You can read Issue #1 on Arktoons.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Clockwork Dancer #2 coming tomorrow!

 

Writer Jon Del Arroz has announced, Issue 2 of Clockwork Dancer will be available tomorrow, Wednesday, June 2!

I can tell you, the action scenes in this issue are really something, and my art is highly improved over Issue 1!

Issue 1, by the way, can be read on Arktoons or bought as a paper book!

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Bovodar and the Bears - Episode 5

 

Bovodar and the Bears Episode 5 - "It was the She-Bears!" is now on Arktoons! Read it here!

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Bovodar and the Bears - Episode 4

 

Bovodar and the Bears Episode 4 - "Stop mockin' his domicile!" is now on Arktoons! Read it here!

Friday, May 21, 2021

No Paper Doll Veronika this week, busy with Bears

 

I am very busy at present, and was unable to prepare a Paper Doll Veronika update for this week. This is because Bovodar and the Bears goes up every Sunday on Arktoons, and I have to keep up the pace. Especially since I'm going on a trip in June and won't be able to do the coloring while I'm away, and probably won't have time to do much of the sketching and inking either, so I need to prepare enough pages before I go to cover the updates while I'm gone. 

I also won't be able to work on Paper Doll Veronika while I'm gone, but I haven't yet determined if there will be more of it before I go or if it will have to go on hiatus until I return. I would prefer not to take such a long break, but I'll have to see how things shake out. Thank you very much for your patience and for reading!

Thursday, May 20, 2021

April/May 2021

 

I have a series of Ace Attorney drawings depicting events on significant dates, usually holidays, which I mostly also tried to do in the year they occur, based on the only year revealed in the games: 2001 for the death of Gregory Edgeworth. From that, you can extrapolate the rest.

Thus you can also extrapolate the years in which Professor Layton events occur, based on the fact that the crossover is between Trials and Tribulations and the Magnifi Gramarye case on the Ace Attorney side, and Diabolical Box and Unwound Future on the Professor Layton side.

Thereby, we know that Katrielle is born this year, 2021, in April or May since she is a Taurus. It is very fitting that Taurus time is always mostly within the Easter season.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Bovodar and the Bears - Episode 3

  

Bovodar and the Bears Episode 3 - "This is Our Home!" is now on Arktoons! Read it here.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Paper Doll Veronika update

 

Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 8 of Part II, "Slip into the Pit", is posted!
The chapter begins here.
The part begins here.
The story begins here.

It updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Bovodar and the Bears - Episode 2

 

Episode 2 of Bovodar and the Bears is now up on Arktoons! Read it here!

Since the pages making up Episode 1 were previously made available as a preview, this is the first time you get to read all-new continuation of the story! Please enjoy it!

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Non-professional pysanky

 

While it's still the Easter season, here's the pysanka I did this year.

I considered no longer posting them here because I thought to restrict this blog to kinds of art I can do at a professional level, but that's kind of needlessly fuddy-duddy overthinking, plus there's a "pysanky" label, so might as well!

Friday, May 7, 2021

Paper Doll Veronika update

 
Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 7 of Part II, "The Other One", is posted!
The chapter begins here.
The part begins here.
 
It updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Meeting at the Sacred Elm

 

First comic book cover for Bovodar and the Bears by Jack Mikkelson, now available to read here on Arkhaven Comics new site!

Arkhaven's plan is not to print individual issues, so this image might not get used as a cover, but that's okay. The more cool pictures of this story, the better! I very much hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Bovodar and the Bears now on Arktoons!!

 

Joining the throng of awesome comics on Arkhaven's new platform is... Bovodar and the Bears!!!

Along with: 

Chicago Typewriter by Brandon Fiadino

Swan Knight's Saga by Chuck Dixon and Richard Bonk based on books by John C. Wright

and AI Wars by Jon Del Arroz and Felzbug Formosa

Read all about 'em on Bounding into Comics!

That's right! Arkhaven will be releasing Bovodar and the Bears on this digital platform and eventually, hard copy! It's tremendously exciting for this to be happening. Read the first episode of the comic here! 

At this point, yes, it's the same amount as the preview, but that will change in a week, and then we'll really be rolling! Plus this format is much better for reading on mobile! Please enjoy it!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Paper Doll Veronika update

 

Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 6 of Part II, "The Thieves of Thief Mountain", is posted!
The chapter begins here.

Sorry I'm late!

It updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Clockwork Dancer now on Arktoons!

 

You can now read the first episode of Clockwork Dancer for free on Arktoons! Here it is!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Arktoons is live!

 

Arkhaven Comics' new online platform went up today! So far, they've got the first episodes of the following comics free to read:

Deus Vult by Jon Del Arroz and Jesse White

The Hammer of Freedom by Luciano Cunha

Alt☆Hero by Vox Day

Midnight's War by Vox Day

Go Monster Go! by Chuck Dixon and Tim Lattie

Crusaders, cat people, fighters against communism, superheroes, vampires, and ghost cars! And there's much more to come, including a certain steampunk automaton. Check it out here!

Monday, April 26, 2021

Clockwork Dancer will be on Arktoons!

 

See the official announcement here! 

This will mean you can read it for free, but if you want to support it and other great comics, there are also subscriptions that will lead to bonus perks.

Arktoons is coming April 28!

Friday, April 23, 2021

Paper Doll Veronika awaiting supplies

I apologize that there is no Paper Doll Veronika update this week, as the next page to be made requires a piece of material that I currently lack. I have ordered it, and the next update will be the Friday after I receive it, hopefully this next Friday, April 30.

Thank you for your patience!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Asteroid sighted!

 

Art from Arkhaven Comics

Arkhaven comics is launching a new comics platform on April 28, Arktoons! Read all about the details here!

Similar to Webtoons, but focusing on American-style comics, and with conscious, built-in resistance to SJWism. This is gonna be a big deal. 

And while I'll remain vague until I can give you links to particular works, I am incredibly excited to be somewhat involved.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Paper Doll Veronika update

 


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 5 of Part II, "Refrain from the Pit", is complete!
The update starts here.

It updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Paper Doll Veronika update

 

Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 5 of Part II, "Refrain from the Pit", has begun!
The chapter begins here.
The part begins here.
The story begins here.

It updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Bovodar and the Bears banner for Patreon

 

I made this banner illustration for the Patreon that writer Jack Mikkelson has set up for our collaborative comic adaptation of his novel Bovodar and the Bears! The Patreon is here.

Soon, soon, this comic will be available to read, and eventually, to purchase in book form! Stay tuned for details! 

Happy Easter!

Friday, April 2, 2021

Paper Doll Veronika update

Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 4 of Part II, "Dinnertime Speculation", is posted.
The chapter begins here.

And may you all have a holy Good Friday.

It updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Paper Doll Veronika update

Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 3 of Part II, "Abandoned Halls", is posted!
The chapter begins here.
The part begins here.
The story begins here.

It updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Nib it in the bud

 

It's another art medium breakthrough for me and I'm a dummy for not doing this sooner. The other day I started messing around with a steel-nib dip ink pen, which I hadn't used since college drawing class. I've been using Pigma Sakura Micron felt tip pens for decades. Well, in smoothness and versatility and ease of making a beautiful line, the steel nib blows the felt tip out of the water.

Here's what I doodled. Nothing special, but the lines have a quality felt tip doesn't deliver.

This is especially fortuitous as I'm working on The Vampire's Saint by Corinna Turner, my first comic solely in black and white. With it, I really want to expand my capabilities with black and white, and I was frustrated at the roughness of my lines so far, so this will be perfect. 

And I have this book to help me out: 

Rendering in Pen and Ink by Arthur L. Guptill, published 1976. It's great! Check out these examples:


I have a lot to learn. I will still need the felt tips for initial outlining on pictures to be colored with alcohol-soluble marker, because such markers cause India ink to smudge. But for purely black and white pieces, this is going to be the way to go.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Paper Doll Veronika back in the ring

 

Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 2 of Part II, "Voices in the Depths", is posted!
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

I'm so glad the site is now back and running fine!

It updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Paper Doll Veronika down but not out

 

Unfortunately there will be no update for my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, this week, since the site is down; my web-host says they're having server problems. Hopefully this will not extend too much longer; if it does, I'll have to figure out something else, a different host perhaps? I understand little of how websites work. At least I'm not at all dependent on a "cloud" for my files.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Return to Society6

After ignoring it for a long time, I returned to my Society6 print shop, cleaned it up, and added some new pieces! Here are the pictures I added: 



I was pleasantly surprised to see that their interface update, unlike most sites', was actually an improvement, and excited that they now have stickers available. This will work well with my plans for my shop ultimately to be full of Paper Doll Veronika goods. More about that later!

Monday, March 8, 2021

Marked with Eclipse

 

An illustration commissioned by Laramie Hirsch for a blog post about the 2017 and 2024 solar eclipses and what they might mean, omen-wise. Read the post here.

The water turned out particularly well, I think.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Paper Doll Veronika update

 

Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 1 of Part II, "Prisoner of the Caves", is complete!
The update starts here.
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

It updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Breaking the shackles of feminist convention

 

I've written before about the ruining of stories by cultural Marxist ideology. This post by Laramie Hirsch a.k.a. Jack Mikkelson sums up the situation well and describes one way he and I are striving against it with the upcoming Bovodar and the Bears comic! 

While the most poisonous incidences of this ruination are normalizations of homosexuality and gender aberrations in works aimed at children, the most all-pervading symptom is, I believe, an underlying feminism. Bovodar and the Bears is not feminist at all, with the main party consisting entirely of male characters going on the type of manly adventure that you don't see much anymore. Neat thing about this, is that such stories appeal to both boys and girls, while girlified stories appeal only to girls and not even all of them. 

In the past, I was unaware how much feminism influenced my writing even though I thought of myself as anti-feminist. Not deliberate, it was present because I was drawing more from other works of fiction, particularly movies, rather than from observance of real life, especially when it came to writing dialogue. Thus I would make male characters act abashed and timid in regards to telling female characters what to do, because I thought that was "gentlemanly," and female characters undercut the males' contributions, simply because that's the convention. And then I'd be at a loss when I found myself disliking my characters and unable to get romantic chemistry going between them! 

Two things really jarred me out of it. First was the character of Professor Layton from the eponymous video game series, a perfect gentleman, especially contrasted with the character Ernest Greeves, a perfect "beta orbiter" (though still likeable! Now that's impressive writing!) I realized that while Layton is always kind and polite to ladies, it was unthinkable that he would ever change his mind or course of action because a woman wanted him to. 

The second jarring moment was when I was writing an upcoming scene in Paper Doll Veronika. The main characters have just been attacked by some violent creatures who then run off. The sole male in the group, Stade, wants to go after the creatures alone in hopes of finding something the party is searching for. At this point, I had the impulse to have Veronika say something like, "All right, we can watch out for ourselves here" just because this was conventional. But then I thought, given what just happened, why on earth would she say that? So instead, her line became, "What? Don't leave us alone!" And it just hit me, overwhelmingly, how much more natural that was, and how refreshing it would be to write without any pretense of feministic assumptions. 

This post on the Arkhaven Comics blog ably describes how feminist storytelling saps a tale of dramatic power: 

In a good story, there is a severe imbalance of power when the protagonist meets the antagonist. The Villain is so overwhelming that the matchup appears to be… Well, not so much unfair, as it is utterly hopeless. The Hero doesn’t win that first fight, he escapes from it. Barely surviving the encounter. The next time they meet the power balance has shifted due to the training and adventures the Hero has had in the meantime and it’s a much more even match. The third time the Hero, after having been down his road of trials, now has what takes to defeat his antagonist. 

But in Woke fiction the antagonist is NEVER any kind of threat to the protagonist at all. The Antagonist is almost always male. And is never any kind of threat to her. Childish and petulant. She defeats him with ludicrous ease every time they meet. He dismissively underestimates her, even after she has repeatedly defeated him. 

Worst of all, the Woke antagonist presents no challenge of any kind for the Woke protagonist. The challenge of defeating this unstoppable enemy, this near force of nature when the hero first him is the heart of Western fiction. If the conflict with the antagonist is trivial then so is the rest of the story. 

While described in terms of action adventure, this principle applies too to works in other genres, including ones considered very feminine: take Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It does not have the described Woke flaws at all. When the protagonist, Elizabeth, first encounters the villain, Mr. Wickham, she is utterly defeated by him, not in combat, but by being completely taken in by his manipulative deceptions. Throughout the story, she gains the knowledge and prudence that enables her to give Mr. Darcy the information and motivation he needs to defeat Wickham. 

That also really made me think about handling this principle in Paper Doll Veronika, and helped me make a part I was having difficulty with far more exciting. I hope you will find it so when I reach that point in the comic!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Paper Doll Veronika returns!

 

Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Part II, "Mountain", has begun!
The Part begins here.
The story begins here.

It updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages. --But it looks like that might wear off after a few months, or maybe it's that I've cleared my browser's history... anyway, I'd rather not take breaks this long, so I must work harder!

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Daisy field

 

Bonus art of Sibyl from my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika. It will return to updating this Friday, Feb. 26th! Read it here!

I usually use these bonus pieces to experiment, and lately I've been trying out techniques to contrast sunlight and shade. The foreground is in gouache, cut out and put on top of a background in ink with punched-out pieces atop it for the flowers.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Deus Vult looks awesome

 

Inks by Jesse White, colors by Matt Crotts
 

Writer Jon Del Arroz, with whom I am working on another project, has just launched the crowdfunding campaign for Deus Vult, a crusade fantasy comic.

I gotta be honest with you, this one looks really really cool. Just look at that old school silver age style, and the premise sounds great!

Check it out here!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Bovodar and the Bears are on their way!

Bovodar is hard at work and so are we! The future of the Bovodar and the Bears comic is now certain! Can't say all the details yet, but one thing is that writer Jack Mikkelson has set up a Patreon to support our efforts while we get this out there to you! It's still under construction, but I plan to post loads and loads of exclusive behind-the-scenes goodies there; I've got lots of character development art to start with.

You can read a preview of the comic here!

And the novel on which it's based is available for Kindle and in paperback!

Saturday, January 30, 2021

The Sadness of Jimmy Duck and coming return of Paper Doll Veronika

 

Bonus art for my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, which will return to updating February 26th!

Jimmy Duck may have acted like he didn't care when Veronika wouldn't let him join her party, but truly he was very sad.

More bonus art may be seen here!

Monday, January 11, 2021

Baker's Dozen 7 - Location

 

Even though October is long over, I return to my 13 Ace Attorney fanart prompts I started doing last year as an abbreviated Inktober! The seventh theme is Location and I chose Heavenly Hall.

I really like the concept of little shacks in which to shelter from the snow through the night. And I enjoyed Larry's role in that case. And now I think he was speaking the truth about Sister Bikini being his mother!

The prompt list is here.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Scene from The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

 

"The goose, Mr. Holmes! The goose, sir!" he gasped.

"Eh? What of it, then? Has it returned to life and flapped off through the kitchen window?" Holmes twisted himself round upon the sofa to get a fairer view of the man's excited face.

"See here, sir! See what my wife found in its crop!" He held out his hand and displayed on the centre of the palm a brilliantly scintillating blue stone, rather smaller than a bean in size, but of such purity and radiance that it twinkled like an electric point in the dark hollow of his hand.


My second Christmas picture for this year, and second of my series of illustrations of Sherlock Holmes stories in the context of Great Ace Attorney.

I had a bit of a reading comprehension failure here. Carelessly, I imagined Peterson as a policeman because it's normal for policemen to rush in and share their findings with Sherlock. I drew it, then I was like, "Wait, was he a policeman?" and looked back at the book: No, he wasn't, he was a "commissionaire." I wasn't sure what exactly that meant, the only seemingly-relevant result in a cursory internet search wanted to teach me Polish, so I just left it. After all, this is in an imagined context of Iris having fictionalized events for the stories, so if some things are different, it makes sense.

In any case, I'm very pleased how this turned out. I think I'm getting better with value range. Merry Christmas!

Monday, January 4, 2021

Clockwork Dancer announcement and another sneak peek

 Here's another sneak peek of Clockwork Dancer Issue 2, with colors by Emmanuel Ordaz Torres!:


And here's the announcement: Arkhaven Comics is making a new digital comics platform, akin to Webtoons, and Clockwork Dancer will be one of the launch titles, alongside many exciting comics including ones by Chuck Dixon, creator of Bane and Stephanie Brown! More information here

In the meantime, Issue 1 is available in digital and paper.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Art of 2020 & Clockwork Dancer #2 sneak peek!

 

This year, I finished the second volume of The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints (March) and the first issue of Bovodar and the Bears (May and July) but that is not yet available; the potential publisher has to make some decisions first. From what they said, it looks hopeful, but we'll have to see! In the meantime we will continue work on the next issues thereof!

One thing I didn't work on enough this year is Paper Doll Veronika (June). I haven't updated it since then, so that's something I definitely want to get back to now that my most recent milestone is passed, that is...
 
My work on Clockwork Dancer Issue 2 is complete! I finished inking the last page as the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve!!! Now it goes to the colorist. To see when it will be available, check writer Jon Del Arroz's blog! Issue 1 is available in both digital and paper!
 
I think my art is much improved from Issue 1. Here's a wee preview: 


It's action-packed!