Still in Japan for a few more days, but I put this together right before I left so I’m gonna post it now for you guys!
Here’s the Kawaii design, from initial concept to sketch, color mockup, and finished design. I’m really glad it resonated with people! The number of people who stated a desire to get it as a tattoo was astounding (which I’m cool with by the way, please send me photos if you get it done!) Anyway, thanks guys!
The young god, the old god, and the mortal monster man who the two gods liked enough to make immortal so they could be together forever. Ha ha ha, so many people have asked me lately when I’m gonna do a comic about these guys. The answer is: ????? the future ????? I’m really thankful they resonate with people, though!
Hey so I’m going to be out of the country from the 12th to the 24th of April, so this blog is going to be fairly quiet until then. Ananth will continue updating over at Johnny Wander in my absence and I’ll hopefully be able to update dumb photos over at my twitter whenever there’s free wifi access. Take care, guys!
Here’s a process gif of the Dhio tarot card from yesterday! I’ve been really trying to/meaning to delve into better design in my illustrations. If you are also interested in those things, Kali Ciesemier (kalidraws) has some great articles on her blog about composition and subdivision!
Omigosh I can finally share this! At SPX last year I was asked to draw something including the words “TOO KAWAII TO LIVE, TOO SUGOI TO DIE.” Afterwards, Ananth and I asked if we could elaborate on the sketch and make it into some sorta design and then I did.
Drew this on the plane headed to ECCC. I guess it’s a spiritual successor to the Dhio Journal Comic from a while back? Been thinkin’ a lot about my pantheon of prehistoric beast gods lately! Some day I won’t be working on four big projects simultaneously and will have the time to do a proper comic about these guysss
There’s a open ballot to vote for the names of Pluto’s two unnamed moons and let-me-say-right-now, I am a huge supporter of one of them being named Persephone. (Well it should technically be Prosperpina/Prosperpine if you’re going for the Roman names but I digress.) The whole thing’s made me think a bunch about my own Hades and Persephone analogues; Dhio being an irritable creepy god of what people (mistakenly) assume is death and Kaia being an even-temepered goddess of the hearth and domesticated animals.
Anyway what I’m getting at is that, despite its being in first place, Vulcan really isn’t an appropriate name for a frigid moon of a dwarf planet.
As promised, here’s the process gif of yesterday’s illustration. The colors were originally more muted with soft greens instead of the yellow, but then I decided to shoot for a high-saturation primary palette.
Found this drawing from last year then kinda got carried away cleaning it up and coloring it. I’m not 100% on the meaning of cosmos flowers, but the name means “balanced” and there’s a variety called the Psyche cosmos, so I went with ‘em. (And Serona’s costume design is the same as from this illustration.)
I kinda made this fella up as I went along so he might be more of an unusually small kobold than an unusually small goblin? Also I think I was subconsciously channeling Lauren Pettapiece and/or Sam Bosma with this one, and while I’m here you guys should be following their tumblrs if you are not already.
Kaia and Dhio Progress Post. Non-photo blue pencil, brush and ink, photoshop touchups.
A picture of Kaia and Dhio for a ~mysterious thing.~ I tried to give informational captions on each image. If you’re trying to get your hands on these types of tools, I order my brushes and ink from ASW Express and brush pens and non-photo blue pencil lead from Jet Pens or the Kinokuniya in Manhattan. I learned everything I know about brush inking from the Comic Tools blog.