Folks, I have stuff up my sleeve. Comics stuff.
For the past year, I’ve been deep in development on a comic book project tentatively titled LADY CHAOS. I’ve hammered out a 200 page script (which will hopefully translate to a 200 page graphic novel), and the space beneath my bed is rapidly filling with (mostly) awful sketches. Seriously. I don’t know why I keep them.
But now that the script has reached a higher level of polish, I felt ready to unveil a very small sampling of the artwork I’ve been hording. But first, a brief pitch.
Seventeen-year-old Alani’s home island is doomed. Unless her people can appease their vengeful goddess, an erupting volcano will obliterate the village. But the goddess won’t be pacified without a sacrifice, and She’s demanding a severe contribution from Alani. The villagers will do anything to ensure the goddess gets what She’s asked for.
Alani thinks she’s ready for heroism, but on the eve of her penance, she panics. She flees the ceremony, plunges into the rainforest, and collides smack into Kana, God of Chaos. And, unlike the torch-bearing mob, he’s delighted by the state of things.
He’s impressed with Alani’s gift for mayhem and offers her a deal: asylum from her sadistic village in exchange for thirteen years of servitude.
If Alani accepts Kana’s offer, she’ll be ostracized by her people for the rest of her life. But if she refuses, they might just force her to sacrifice the one thing she wasn’t willing to give up for them in the first place.
Here’s a sketch of Alani in all her awkward, gangly-ness. I’ve since simplified her costume a bit, but the pose is so perfectly… Alani.
Here’s a a turnaround for my own use. It’s not perfect, but it does the job. I eliminated the fringe from Alani’s shirt to save myself from hand cramps, but doggonit, I miss that fringe. It might make a comeback.
And here’s Kana. I have a thing for feathers, apparently.
I’ve done a ton of experimenting over the past several weeks to try and work the kinks out of my process. I started with a few single panels, and then finally did an entire page as practice.
By far, the biggest time-suck in my process is in the jump from traditional to digital media. I draw everything by hand and only scan when I’m ready to color. Unfortunately, as much as I love drawing on paper, cleaning up a scan takes hours. I’m still exploring options to overcome that particular hurdle, but I might have to move the whole operation to digital if this is going to work.
More artwork to come! Stay tuned!