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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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