Website Update

The website was tightened up today in both English and French. It can still be improved by a professional but for now this is as far as I can go with my own coding abilities.
Ideally I would like to hire someone to optimize the site at some point. For now this is what’s changed:

Webdesign Updates:
-The menu bar was improved.
-The French landing page was improved.
-A “For New Readers” section was added.
-The TopWebComics button was given more visibility.
-The Newsletter Subscribe button was added to the reading page.
-The website fonts were updated.
-The banners were updated to reflect the upcoming Kickstarter (and will continue to be updated).

The chapter covers on the FR site cannot be adjusted. It won’t let me. I don’t know why and haven’t found an explanation yet but I’m looking.

Content Updates:
Over 23 pages have been touched up, with text adjusted or corrected and 4 pages were completely redrawn, here listed:

Chapter 3 – Page 14
Chapter 3 – Page 15
Chapter 3 – Page 57
 Chapter 3 РPage 60 

Coming Up On Kickstarter

I’m only a few days away from launching the comic on Kickstarter to get it printed into a 310+ page full-color graphic novel. I’m restless.

The Kickstarter launches Sept 13th!!

There are a few days left to sign-up on the early Kickstarter invite:

This grants you with a PDF of the finished Prologue, concept arts, a wallpaper set and my digital painting brushes. It’s gone after launch.

Here is the trailer video!

Run Cycle Animation

The Lady of Astor from Chapter 1, animated in a quick run cycle. This is replacing the current “coming up” animation when you get to the end of the currently published pages and hit “next”.
I used Muybridge‘s photographs to base this horse on. His work is very interesting for animation, albeit old.

It’s a painted remake of this pixel animation I made of the same character last year:

Making of full-spread pages.

I enjoy making full-spread pages. They allow me to fill them with a lot of information while being visually descriptive. They take a little bit more thinking ahead.

I usually start by writing down the speech bubbles, to see how much I need to say (or how much I can say within that space without over-crowding the page with information).
Telling a story with panels and speech bubbles is a lot problem-solving.
I pay attention to the page division in the middle, where I want to avoid any text or important visuals (which would get cut off or difficult to see in the book binding).
I can choose to divide the image in as little or as many panels, too and I like to stretch the panels horizontally from left to right. It gives for interesting composition. Sometimes it’s not about showing the characters straight on but their motion, the distance between them, the speed and direction of their walking. I took advantage of the horizontality in this page to show the icy water of the cave and the characters’ reflections on the surface to describe their emotions and to bring variety to the point of view. Too much of the same angle becomes quickly boring and it’s important to show the environment where the characters evolve.