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The Vessel’s Blood – Character Portraits Pt. 2

Treillim

Treillim

“Stop standing around, you louts!”

Boisterous and steadfast, Treillim serves as the captain of the guard at Zjzjheinne. He answers only to the Commune and bears responsibility for the safety of the entirety of the temple and its inhabitants, but most importantly that of the Vessel himself. It’s a job Treillim takes very seriously—So seriously in fact that he barely allows himself any sort of personal life or time with family. His work is his life. Very few in the temple take pleasure in having to deal with him. Even his own men. Though all are grateful for the security his rigorous ethic has afforded.

 

Pestrymon

Pestrymon

“Come with me, child. Let me take you from this nightmare.”

Pestrymon is the aging Commune of the Vahndriins. His position is the highest within the faith and is granted to the one who may hear Vahndestrus’ words and carry out his will. As such, he resides in Zjzjheinne, the capital temple of the Vahndrii, alongside the Vessel. Much of his time is spent teaching Vulfrey and preparing him for his part in the coming of their lord, especially now that it is so close at hand, and the rest is split between guiding the other priests and monks in the betterment of the faith and expounding sermons for the masses—A task he never tires of.

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Just a little late, but here these geezers are. We’ll just pretend it was the holidays and not laziness and video games. In other news I’ve resumed work on The Vessel’s Blood, doing, what I hope, is the final somewhat major edit. Got a good start on the second book’s first draft, which I’ll probably dabble with on the side. As for the website revamp, it’s gonna be a little late too. The TVB website itself is mostly done, I just gotta get off my ass and finish the Alex pic for the new front page. I’m always slow when there’s art involved. Anyhow I’ll have it done sometime between now and the next batch of character portraits(which will be in March…or should be).

Jo

Vulfrey art dump

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Got some fresh scans of some old Vulf pics. Well not all old, I did churn out a couple new doodles just for the sake of this post, but we’ll save those for last. The first here is the only color pic among them and the main reason this post exists. I had to rescan it for the TVB gallery I’m putting together and I figured I’d rescan some doodles while I was at it and make a Vulf-tastic Vulfrey-filled post. Actually, I meant to do this last month, but distractions got me…Better late than never I suppose.

Before I dump all the doodles, I should note a few of these are before I completely settled on his design. Just tiny differences, nothing major or terribly old. I’m saving those relics for later.

Now to get this started.
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Time for a change

And by that, I mean my website.

Just look. This is when I first launched the dumb thing back in 2012:

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And this here’s the current version(complete with a non functioning TVB button):

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Needless to say, I’ve gotten a great deal of use out of this one picture of Alex. First one I ever did of him. But much as I love it, it’s definitely time for somethin’ fresh. Or sorta fresh. It’s still gonna be Alex. I’m not ready to boot him from his mascot position just yet. That is, after all, the whole reason I created him back before Fuzz & Whimsy was a thing. So Alex and his fuzzy tits are still going to be there. Just new and slightly improved.

And here’s a sneaky peeky at the new and slightly improved:

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Still a work in progress(very early progress…). Set up is going to be same as the site’s always been with the menu on the left. Unless I have a last minute change of plans. But first I have to finish the color job on the pic itself–Which is from this two year old doodle:

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You’ll probably notice I added a septum piercing, which is something that’s going to happen in a lil story with him and Jorge eventually. And eventually probably means a long time from now with all the other shit I’m working on. But it’ll happen. Some day.

Anyway, this pic is a little old, but I’ve been wanting to do a new site layout with it since I drew the damn thing, so I’m finally going to make it happen. And much as it sounds like one, this isn’t going to just be a visual change. I’ve got a couple other substantial upgrades planned. Most notably the button for The Vessel’s Blood is going to be made clickable finally. Meaning I gotta get off my ass and make the website for it. Though it’s definitely going to be a bit on the barebones side at first, but it’ll grow over time, especially as the first book’s release nears. It’ll be nice to finally have a place to stash all my TVB related art though.

There’s also a bunch of junk I’m going to be adding to the Pictoorz gallery and a couple things for the F&W gallery. Things that have been posted here(like the recent marker pics) as well as some older shit that never made it in.

The plan is to get it all done and launched on New Year’s ’cause that’s a nice day for a change. And hopefully I can stick to it. If not it’ll be early next year, but we’ll see…

Jo

More Scans – Fuzz & Whimsy Edition

Well, mostly an Alex edition. Can’t help he’s fun to draw. Though these pics of him all originated from old doodles. The ink and color are all recent at least.

I have this thing I do with my sketchbooks, where once they’re full I dismantle them and file everything according to story/etc so that when I go looking for something I don’t need to dig through a zillion sketchbooks to find whatever it is I’m after. Not to mention the things take up space. Anyway, after getting the new scanner I posted about last month, I went on one such dismantling binge, looking for things I might want to scan and filing the rest. There were quite a few Alex doodles in there–More than I’m posting for sure–But these are a few I particularly liked, so I’ve slapped some color on them so that I can throw ’em on the F&W website and pretend like I’ve done something.

One of these days I’ll get another story up. I really want to, but TVB and its sequel are eating up my time at the moment. Got too many projects.

But enough yabber and more Alex:

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Last one, a tiny shot of his spikey hairs. The line art and sketches for ’em can all be found in the Alex tag of my tumblr.

I ordered a bunch of new markers last week, since I’ve been getting back into working with them. Quite a few purples among them, being one of my favorite colors, which got put to good use on Alex’s flamboyantly dyed hair. Also got a couple really nice, pasty skin tones that worked well for him. Still want more, of course. But expensive as they are, I’ll just have to keep on gradually building my arsenal. It is getting decently big though, even if a lot are old. I use prismacolor mostly, for anyone wondering, though I do have a few copics I throw into the mix as well. Wouldn’t mind getting a few more of those too.

Now for a tiny bit of Felix love.

This one’s just a rescan of an art card from a couple years back.

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Which leaves this–A sketch I actually drew this year! Last month even. I’m probably gonna color this one too(digitally this time) and use it as the cover pic for chapter 2 whenever I have time to churn it out. That’s the chapter directly following The Trouble with Fuckbuddies, since I’ve not numbered them. Not much to say about it at the moment, but it’ll be the first one from Felix’s perspective. He’s meant to be out shopping in the doodle, hard to tell without any background, I know, but hopefully it’ll be clear whenever I color it.

That’s a sucker btw.

Jo

The Vessel’s Blood – Character Portraits Pt. 1

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Vulfrey

“They’ve come for Vahndestrus, not me.”

Vulfrey is the Vessel–A religious sacrifice–Or rather the body meant for Vahndestrus, the wise and benevolent god of the Vahndriins. It is a task he alone is capable of, and one he has long accepted and bears with great pride. For his safety, he is kept sequestered within Zjzjheinne, the greatest of the Vahndriin temples, where he wiles away his time pillaging the archives for anything and everything to read, learning all his greedy mind can, terrorizing his bodyguard, and waiting for his twentieth birthday to come–And so too his end.

 

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Gajdren

“You’re going to make these last couple of days a real pain in my ass, aren’t you?”

Among all the guards within Zjzjheinne’s walls, Gajdren holds the most honored of positions. He is the Vessel’s personal body guard. This means while the others patrol halls, guard gates, run errands for priests, or even let off steam in the barracks, Gajdren is always by Vulfrey’s side. He guards him with his every waking moment, though he doesn’t always act it, and begrudgingly indulges in his charge’s whims, while trying his best to keep him out of trouble. Vulfrey doesn’t make his life easy.

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There we are. Only the two for now. I’m going to be doing these in pairs. No new faces this time, since these two were among the three featured already in the old portrait set. But sooon. Though, these are the most detailed bios I’ve shared of them, so that’s new at least.

For the curious, these were done in gray scale with markers on artist trading cards. Example here. The color was added with photoshop ’cause I wanted to do a bit of toying with it, particularly for the sort of washed out look I went with. Though I’ll probably still use the original scans somewhere on the series’ website once I get it made, and speaking of, these profile blurbs will probably be the very same I end up putting in the characters section there. I’ve got a pretty major update for my website coming in January, and if I can fit it all in, I’ll probably try to get that fitted in too. Still gotta work out some plans though, so we’ll see.

Next portrait batch will probably be in December.

Also, Happy Halloween <3

Jo

Shiny New Scanner

I’ve had a bunch of shit heaping up for a while now that I wanted to scan, but the only thing I’ve had to do it with is a shitty 3-in-1 that I fucking loathe. So after putting it off for a good long while, I finally caved and bought a new one. Specifically the Epson Perfection v600, which was one of the more frequently recommended ones I came across while searching, and I gotta say, it is indeed quite awesome. It’s quick and the scans are way better than the aforementioned 3-in-1. Though I do still need a bit of photoshop to tweak the colors, but it’s far less work for a much more accurate and attractive result.

Anyway, on to some scans:


Freckles and gratuitous nakedness <3 These guys were inked and colored recently, though the drawings themselves were a bit dusty. Neither are characters of note–Or at least weren’t meant to be–But the lad with his cock out I inadvertently colored near the same as a character from one of my stories. Though a story I won’t be working on for a very long time(priorities and stuff). I blame the markers. I’ve never actually drawn the character in question, so I guess this is sort of a concept or somethin’ now. As for the ginger qt, he really is just a random dude, but I do have an overwhelming temptation to promote him and use him for something later on. No idea what. But don’t be surprised if he shows up again sometime in the future.

Last set here is a compilation of random dudes I did seven or eight years ago. Still cute though, so I decided to rescan them while I was going. Again nobody in particular and that’s probably how these poor lads are gonna stay.

Armed as I am now with a decent scanner, there’s going to be a bit more art postin’ going on around here. Including things I’ve been procrastinating on, like the TVB character portraits. Though I am going to string those out a little bit, but the first batch will be coming before the end of the month. As always this blog is primarily focused on my original work, especially story related things, but you can catch more sketches, lineart, and rescans of random junk and fanart on my tumblr.

In the mean time I gotta update all the busted, old marker pics in my galleries with sexy, new scans.

Jo

Spiritual Soul

The other day I was reading through some of my old webcomics, trying to decide if it was worth keeping them on display in the site’s gallery or not. I did decide to keep them, even if they are a bit on the shit side, but the point of the post is that it also got me thinking about reboots. For Spiritual Soul in particular. I’ve already got some major plans for a complete remake of Leidau as a series of novels(I’ll make a post about it one of these days). But Spiritual Soul has kind of been left to gather dust, which is largely because the story needs loads of work, and by loads of work I mean a complete reimagining.

My first thought was to do something written, ’cause that’s mostly what I’m into these days. But then I started thinking about the possibility of trying it as a comic again. Now, a good while back in 2008 or so, I decided to quit comics because they don’t really work for me. I mean, I love ’em, but I’m such a slow, picky artist, and I’m absolutely abysmal at keeping up with updates(If my extremely sporadic blog updates weren’t telling enough). But reading through got me thinking about trying again. It’s probably just a bit of nostalgia, but still something to think about.

Now, I don’t know if I’ll actually do it. Hell, I don’t even know if I’ll ever do anything new with Spiritual Soul at all, I have a lot of stories lined up already that I’m far more passionate about. But there is a slight temptation there. Perhaps as a side project like what I do with Fuzz & Whimsy. I might have to try fishing around for some ideas sometime and see what I find.

For funsies though, here’s a written remake of the comic’s opening that I did a few years ago:
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Sour puss

It’s Vulfrey! Albeit a very bored and possibly disgruntled Vulfrey–Or maybe it’s just resting bitchface. He’s also not in his usual temple whites either, though I’ll leave that for the book. Anyhow, I started this pic late last year, been poking at it off and on for ages now, and finally it’s finished. The plan was to use this for the website launch, and it’s ’bout that time, so I’ll be getting to work on that before too long. Vulfrey’s sneer of boredom will be there to greet everyone.

Far as actual writing progress goes, I finished reading the printed copy(and was quite pleased), but before I start my next edit, I’m going to try to whip up the first draft for book 2. That way there will hopefully not be a terribly long gap after the first one’s release before the second is ready to go. I mean, there’ll still be a year or so between them, but hopefully not much more. I’m lazy and a perfectionist though, so we’ll see. At any rate, there’s not much heavy lifting left to do on The Vessel’s Blood. Some minor additions and touch ups, and it should be ready to go. The worst thing left to do is figure out a cover for the damn thing.

Back to work and video games. I’ll leave you with this shirtless variant, ’cause I couldn’t resist.