November 26, 2017
Been very quiet, but also very busy.
I’ve been steadily working on Issue 2 stuff for Apothecary Supreme, the plan being to build up an actual backlog rather than updating page-to-page. When I show pages again I plan to have consistent updates, likely around Christmas.
To anyone who is following, thank you for your patience! Once I get stuff out of the gate again it should be at consistent pace =)
August 12, 2017
Been a bit quiet post MCM, however I have been laying groundwork for my next volume behind the scenes.
One area I thought I might highlight are these reworked model sheets for Apothecary Supreme’s central duo of Greta and Burkhard.
My original concepts for the characters were done a long time ago and frankly they haven’t aged well. Burkhard in particular wasn’t initially meant to be a mainstay and thus I drew relatively limited designs with what I now consider unsympathetic features.
The bigger problem arises from the fact I simply didn’t plan out all the details or take account of how the characters would look and move from every angle. As such, volume 1 has some slightly clumsy character evolution across its pages as I explored the designs and found looks that worked. Here, I’ve tried to stay reasonably close to the original look for the characters so they don’t appear too alien in issue two, but simultaneously ironed out inconsistencies and moved towards a more attractive aesthetic rather than the ‘figure it out later’ approach I of issue 1.
To emphasise the difference, I’ve included my original early concepts from years ago (below) to draw attention to what’s changed and what’s stayed the same with these designs. For the most part, I think the improvement is massive and at the very least boasts greater consistency across the various angles. Not to mention; Burkhard’s expressions don’t just include snooty and condescending…
As usual finding time for the comic between the day job is an uphill battle, but the pieces are falling into place nicely for issue 2. All being well my next meaningful update should be soon.
July 31, 2017
Well, I guess I’m officially reactivated now.
My first comic con table in a LONG time and while I’m exhausted I really did have a fantastic time. Besides flogging a fair few copies of Apothecary Supreme Issue 1, I talked with a whole bunch of awesome people who had lots of great feedback for me. I’m more motivated than ever now to really hit it out of the park with issue 2! I promise it shall be even more mucky, monstery and weird than its predecessor.
That said I really am knackered courtesy of an extensive journey home and my impending return to the day job so I’ll save my in-depth thoughts for another post. Work on Issue 2 is very much ago-go and I’ll no doubt post up some of the less spoilerific pre-production stuff soon.
My deepest gratitude to everyone who stopped by my table, bought a copy or just had something interesting to say. You all made my day, thank you!