Archive for June, 2010

Ensemble of the Dead (20 hours)

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Aaaand just like that, I’m over budget with a long way to go. Maybe I should have picked a simpler composition.

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Returning to the Shattered Lands

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

After my attempt at playing Dungeons and Dragons last spring was foiled by homework, I decided to sign up for the summer season of Encounters. This summer’s campaign, Fury of the Wastewalker, features the unforgiving desert world of Athas, defiled by magic and lit by a Dark Sun.

The titular Dark Sun may not be as bright as a normal sun, but it is certainly as hot as one. The reason Athas is a desert is because arcane magic, used by wizards and sorcerers, drains the life force out of the surrounding nature when used, causing plants to wither, water to turn to silt, and soil to parch and lose its fertility. The tyrannical sorcerer-kings who rule most of the Athasian city-states used vast amounts of magic to build their empires, and the planet suffered as a result. Sorcerers became known as Defilers, because of the effect they had on nature. They were feared and hated, but their power was so great that no one could challenge them.

Some creatures on the planet learned to adapt to the new, harsher world. The monsters of Athas are much tougher and deadlier than their counterparts in other fantasy worlds, with thickened hides, razor-sharp claws, corrosive venom, armored carapaces, and superhuman resistance to the elements. In order to survive, the humanoid races became tougher as well. Those who refused to bow to the sorcerer-kings learned to wander the wastes and make the best use of limited natural resources. Those who lived in the city-states were often toughened by the abuse they suffered, or the crimes that ran rampant, or being forced into gladiatorial combat in the sorcerer-kings’ arenas. Since the gods had abandoned the world, in order to challenge the stronger monsters and the magic-using Defilers, many people evolved to be able to alter reality with their minds alone – becoming psychic power users, or espers.

Everything else just died.


Ensemble of the Dead (13 hours)

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Despite my best efforts, it appears we are going over budget maybe 5-6 hours on this one. The background isn’t done and the characters aren’t even started.

Without the characters:

Larger background (incomplete)

I couldn’t put too much detail into the background because of time constraints, so you’ll just have to settle for these…

imperfect cherry blossoms.

Ensemble of the Dead (8 hours)

Monday, June 7th, 2010

I finished my final exam on Saturday and now I’m on summer break. But before I get to the Toho fanart, there’s a small bit of Toho fanart to get out of the way first.

Progress: 8 hours

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Even larger version (if you want to try coloring it yourself)

A number of errors in the drawing still persist, but I fear that if I go back and fix stuff, I’ll overshoot the target of 15 hours by a lot. I have to start coloring now.

Please wait warmly until it is ready.

Ensemble of the Dead (3 hours)

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

So I’m supposed to take this…

Original Dance of the Dead by Randy Gallegos

make it moe, and add Yukari.

Progress: 3 hours

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Old School Award (for YukiSilvermaine)

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

So my final exam is this Thursday (June 3), and my summer break follows shortly after. I will suspend Lotus Cobra is Evil until fall, and start working on Fairy Ring, the Cirno x Suwako comic that I have been planning since the end of winter.

But before I can do that, there’s one item of business that needs to be taken care of first.

A past contest to guess my favorite old-school Magic card ended with reader YukiSilvermaine finding the correct answer, Elvish Spirit Guide. I promised a prize at the beginning of summer, and it is time to deliver.