“Here She Comes…”
Is Aedre afraid she’ll be followed? Why does she keep looking back instead of watching where she’s running? Look out!
Aedre’s Firefly Graphic Novel updates every Wednesday.
New Readers: click here to start closer to the beginning of the story… You also might like this well-written precis of the story by Todd McElmurry at the WebComic Alliance’s pick-of-the-week: Aedre’s Firefly.
#LFWC this week
is The Vanguard, a British-based superhero comic, writing and art by Dan Butcher whom I met through the Sketchy Crowd, (a community I’m sorry to say I’ve had no time to visit/contribute to lately). The first number of updates were each a representation of a separate character, of which there are quite a few. But if you want to skip introductions and get to the actual story, it starts HERE.
A downed private jet involves our British Vanguard superheroes in political intrigue starting with a tricky rescue mission and escalating out from there. Check it out. The art improves as the story unfolds, and will continue to do so I have no doubt. Dan is a dedicated author and gives his all to the work. The Vanguard is a story worth following, especially if you have a soft spot for superheroes. :`D
This has been a frustrating week as far as getting work done on Aedre’s Firefly. An unscheduled summer vacation was a lot of fun, playing Magic the Gathering, kayaking, and playing with my new camera. But I’ve been champing at the bit to get back to my regular work schedule. I also haven’t been able to listen to my favourite podcasts, as our computers are in the main room of the house (We call it the Uncommon Room). An Mal has begun to work on his delightful novel again, getting it polished up ready for publication. This makes me blissfully happy, and the podcasts will always be there when I can get to them. Like today for instance. I listened to four podcasts while I cleaned up some line work on background image for this website. :`)
That image I penciled in red, then inked over it and scanned it, then I opened it in photoshop, duplicated the layer and turned off the green and blue channels. Then I made the remaining channel the selection and deleted the contents of that, leaving me with lovely black line work. So easy! Nothing left to do but clean up some of the lines. I think I learned that trick, or something like it from Jules Rivera ( see last week’s #lfwc pick), though I never used it before. Jules has some very handy tutorials on her site that can make an artist’s life much easier.
I also took a last couple of passes on my portfolio fantasy environment piece :“Forest Walker”. My heartfelt thanks to Mal and Melzor for their sharper eyesight and willingness to vet the final painting for me. <3
I’m still looking into how to create a portfolio page here but not sure how to do it with Comic Press. Here is a small version of it:
~ Forest Walker ~
The original is over 8000 pixels in width, but if you click the above image it should take you to a 1200px version. Enjoy!
The closer I get to the end of this chapter the more sure I am that I really need a break. So that’s the way it looks right now. Two further updates to the end of Chapter VI, then a short break during which regular updates will be process pics and teasers, and of course blog entries, then back to regular updating, I’m thinking September 12th. I hope by then to also have my PDF ready. It’s in Black and White with occasional touches of colour and coloured Chapter splash pages.It will save people a lot of clicking to get caught up with the story. I’m thinking of selling it for $1.99 – $2.99. I’d love to get your feedback on this.
I really have to say it’s going to be weird. This will be my first break in over two and a half years. But I already have a lot of Chapt. VII thumbnailed, and some of it inked. And the scripting is going pretty good, too, though I’m still scared I won’t be able to pull it off. I guess we creators are never really sure of what we’re doing. We just keep doing it. Like breathing. Rest assured that I’ll be continuing to work on Chapt VII and on Vol. 2 and 3 of Aedre’s story during my time off from updating it.
Though working on game development has been suspended for the summer, eccentric Orbits entertainment (eOe) is still meeting Tuesday evenings to discuss the game we’re working on. This is keeping our excitement levels about the game pretty high. Work will resume on that also at the beginning of September.
And Bearman, I’m putting together a small set of custom brushes for you, since you asked so nicely. ;`D
One more thing ( really should update this blog more often. Or put an extra one somewhere else –lol)… I’d like to draw your attention to the share buttons just below this blog, and to tell you how much I’d appreciate it if you could click one or two of them to share this and future updates
So that’s the news that’s fit to print this week. Thanks again for reading Aedre’s Firefly and for all your encouraging comments! <3