I have been a very busy little bee! I have several pieces of new concept art for you, a new promotional artwork, and news about the graphic novel and its sequel. Yes, there’s going to be a sequel… in fact I’m probably going to make it into a trilogy because everything is a trilogy these days.
First off, the Characters Concept Art. I updated the Shelby Bly character page with two new alternate versions being Shelby in her scuba suit and in wetsuit with her new wet skin and wet hair shaders which I worked on for quite but probably need to work on them some more. I also updated the Olivia Cole page as I updated her hair shader as I finally came up with one that doesn’t look like playdough. She’s now even more beautiful than before. I have added three brand new character concept pages as well. The new concepts are Volos Vritra, GEEVA Mercenary, and Elder Monk. You can see all of the new concept art here or on the linked pages. I suggest you click the links so you can see info about the new characters as well.
Next up, new Props & Logos concept art! I have added new concept art pages for the Vril Society (which may or may not exist) and the all-important Field Journal. I’ve got a few more props and logo things to convert to Superfly and post here then I’ll create some brand new concept art to post here like Shelby’s awesome car. I wish I had Shelby’s awesome car…
Finally in concept news we have brand new Locations Concepts. The new locations include the Sunken Temple Ruins of –REDACTED– (I’m trying to keep spoilers to a minimum. You’ll find out where they are located when you read the novel!) and the Wander Magazine Office where Maia and Nick work. I have a few more location concepts to convert and several more to create. I want to create all the needed locations and all assets before I start production on the novel’s illustrations. Having to stop and create sets or find props will slow me down and break my focus. I learned that the hard way in the past. Hopefully my plan to have everything in my library ready to go will work out for the best.
After I converted the concept of the Sunken Temple Ruins to Superfly and also converted the concept of Shelby’s Scuba Gear, I decided to revisit and recreate an old Promotional Artwork of mine called Submerged. I needed to test out my underwater rendering and postworking skills and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do just that. I put Submerged in the Spoilers section because it’s basically a scene from a chapter after Chapter 1. It doesn’t spoil too much but it might spoil a little to those wanting everything to be a surprise and my cutoff for spoilers is anything that happens after Chapter 1… like this.
That’s it for news about Book 1 so now it’s time to tell you a little news about the sequel which I’m currently referring to as Book 2. While my computer was being rendering all this concept art and promo art, I was busy writing like a madwoman. I wrote down three pages of brainstorm notes and then I wrote outlines for all of the chapters plus an epilogue. I now have an idea for a prologue so I’ll write an outline for that next. Once all the outlines are complete, I’ll give them a once over and then get to work writing the very first draft of the story. I’ll do this while my computer is rendering concept or promo art so as not to lose any time working on Book 1. I’m also brainstorming ideas for a Book 3 though that’s in the very early stages of thought and I’m still working it out in my head before I am able put pen to paper.
That’s enough news for today as it’s time for me to get back to work! Thanks for viewing and I hope you’ll be back for more soon. Take care out there!