Apothecary Supreme Issue 2, Page 2 – Not Quite

January 14, 2018

Here’s a handy update:

http://apothecarysupreme.thecomicseries.com/comics/38

ApothIssue2Page2PREVIEWBA few folks said my last issue was a bit light on actual horror, so I’m getting right into this time around. Hopefully the scenario I’m presenting here is a substantial departure from that of issue 1.

More next Sunday!

 


Apothecary Supreme Issue 2, Page 1 – Almost There

January 7, 2018

Time to start releasing these into the wild again!

http://apothecarysupreme.thecomicseries.com/comics/37

I’ve been building up a backlog for a while now that could generously be described as ‘modest’, but an update is incredibly overdue so screw it. Much as I’d love to hold off for a little longer, it’s been months and months so I feel compelled to show something for the start of 2018.

I’ll try updating every Sunday for a while and see how far I get :)

 


Building Up to Updates

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 =)

ApothIssue2Page2PREVIEW.jpg


More Apothecary Supreme concepts

September 9, 2017
A few more new characters and monsters – I’ll let you guess which is which – showing up in the next Apothecary supreme issue.
 
I’ve been working on planning for a while now, in terms of both visuals and story for Issue 2. I feel like there’s a LOT more I could do in this regard but it may well be at the expense of momentum. Past experience has taught me that it is possible to overplan, with a great deal of pre-production content becoming irrelevant anyway and damaging motivation as production ends up feeling creatively restrictive.
 
In a nutshell; time to get started proper.

Reworking Model Sheets

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.