Saturday, 29 June 2013

Lanschilandia comic page: A Spoony Experience, pg. 14

Tails of Lanschilandia! Here's the page!

So it seems I am announcing these here as they are put up. Updates to the comic are happening rarely enough these days anyway to not be obtrusive. Here's the 14th page of "A Spoony Experience" and the first major milestone in my webcomic's history: the final page of the first story! So, with one complete story, where's the comic going to go from here? Well, to the next story. As mentioned in the last Lanschilandia post, I would like to try a better art style for that one, namely drawing the pages at a higher resolution so it becomes less annoying pixel work and I can more easily add details to the pages (the final display size on the site will remain the same, as I think this is about as big as I can make them while keeping them convenient to read in most screen resolutions).

The colouring on this page took almost as long as the linework. Can't say if I'm happy with how it turned out, but I believe the art has come a long way throughout the first story (especially in terms of backgrounds) and I am satisfied with some of the drawings at least. This is one of the first times I have actually bothered to sketch some of the panels/character poses before drawing them properly, and those have turned out better than the rest, so I may be taking this idea further. These are also the first detailed drawings of Parsley I have made since her panel on the introduction page, and the latter was pretty much directly copied from her concept art. It took me a while to get used to drawing her, which is probably evident in how her looks change slightly across the page. I am not quite sure where to go with her personality yet, but that will probably work itself out as I use her in more significant roles. The red book on her table is "Haley Topper", which sadly isn't fully visible.

As another first, the page marks the debut of Prof. Manatide and is the first time I have drawn him apart from a quick design sketch. He's sort of Doc Brown- and Ludwig von Drake-inspired and I'm pretty happy with how he turned out. His design is fairly complex, but as he is a minor character (and will remain one), I won't have to draw him often. I do have some things in mind for him, but that's for a later story to be told at a later time.

Well, what more can I say. Enjoy the comic page and see you when the next adventure begins!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The Conquest

Behind horizons, hills and dells
Hidden well
Tales oft tell
Is found a fort where no one dwells
A fortune in its shell

A path is plagued by stalwart storms
Curved as strait
Curs├Ęd fate
The only path to thither forms
But ne'er does grip the gate

A wall as tall as mountain looms
Strong as stone
Hard as bone
A journey from the outset dooms
To settle seeker's throne

A thousand bowmen never miss
Sure in mark
Safe in arc
Each eye itself an arrow is
To pierce protective dark

A thousand horsemen full gallop
Steeds of state
Skins of plate
Infaust invaders swift to stop
A-routing out the gate

A thousand demons at the rear
Ghastly gaze
Breath of blaze
Entwine the shrine by sneer and jeer
And heal it in a haze

Enshrined inside: a mythic good
Most beseech
Few to reach
So seldom seen, oft understood
As "happiness" in speech

Just a poem to sum up my feelings as of late... I'm relieved I can still at least get those right, to a degree.