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Beneath The Clouds

A comic of ghosts and gunpowder, set in Heian Japan. Guaranteed to be the best graphic novel about 11th Century Japanese exorcists that you'll read all week.

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Good guess!
Good guess! The tree is on the wrong side of the shrine gate :P
@Caroline Parkinson: It's not that random bale of hay, is it?
Just a reminder about my fan art contest deadline mid Feb 2018...

In April 2018 I will be reaching a few milestones on my comic.

I have passed the 100 page mark, Beneath The Clouds has been running for a year (five chapters) and I'll be roughly a third of the way through my first story arc. And of course I've been accepted by Spiderforest (woo!)

In order to develop as an artist, finish my submission for the Spiderforest Rogue anthology, draw fan art for other comics, start an online course in sequential art, and avoid drawing kimono for a couple of weeks, I'm taking a month's hiatus during April.

I'd like to see if anyone would be interested in drawing fan art to feature during this time.
I would need eight pictures in order to continue updating for a month. In exchange, I will feature your characters in Chapter 6.

More details:

-You can draw anything- comics, pin ups, black and white, colour, but it must have characters or situations or something from Beneath The Clouds in it. A picture of your characters reading a BTC comic, for example, is fine.

-Nothing too graphic. Read my comic if you aren't sure of the level I'm working at.

-I'll start work on the city scenes mid February , so I'll need to know if you're interested by then, but I won't need your artwork until March 30th.

- My comic is set in a semi-realistic version of Heian Japan, so I will put your characters in period-appropriate clothes and they must be able to pass as human. If you would like to draw me fan art and your comic is about giant robots punching each other, that is absolutely OK! But they will appear in my comic as human versions of themselves. Maybe they can fight with naginatas, or perhaps shoot each other with arrows!

Contact me on caroline(at)carolineparkinson.co.uk if you are interested. Even one person replying would give me a little bit more free time during April.
I've used this sort of photo reference when illustrating timelines for WW2. It seems logical but I wouldn't recommend for an online comic a few hundred people are even going to read.
@Caroline Parkinson: Haha, that is pretty hardcore!
Thanks for the compliment! Glad you're enjoying it :)
Thank you :)
Love this so far!!!
Beautiful!
Edit: also i really like the sense of movement in these drawings. it definitely looks windy in there.
Hi all!

In April 2018 I will be reaching a few milestones on my comic.

I have passed the 100 page mark, Beneath The Clouds has been running for a year (five chapters) and I'll be roughly a third of the way through my first story arc. And of course I've been accepted by Spiderforest (woo!)

In order to develop as an artist, finish my submission for the Spiderforest Rogue anthology, draw fan art for other comics, start an online course in sequential art, and avoid drawing kimono for a couple of weeks, I'm taking a month's hiatus during April.

I'd like to see if anyone would be interested in drawing fan art to feature during this time.
I would need eight pictures in order to continue updating for a month. In exchange, I will feature your characters in Chapter 6.

More details:

-You can draw anything- comics, pin ups, black and white, colour, but it must have characters or situations or something from Beneath The Clouds in it. A picture of your characters reading a BTC comic, for example, is fine.

-Nothing too graphic. Read my comic if you aren't sure of the level I'm working at.

-I'll start work on the city scenes mid February , so I'll need to know if you're interested by then, but I won't need your artwork until March 30th.

- My comic is set in a semi-realistic version of Heian Japan, so I will put your characters in period-appropriate clothes and they must be able to pass as human. If you would like to draw me fan art and your comic is about giant robots punching each other, that is absolutely OK! But they will appear in my comic as human versions of themselves. Maybe they can fight with naginatas, or perhaps shoot each other with arrows!

Contact me on caroline(at)carolineparkinson.co.uk if you are interested. Even one person replying would give me a little bit more free time during April.

Many thanks
Caroline
The scroll is part of the the Chinese Wujing Zongyao or the "Collection of the most Important Military Techniques". The first book in history to record the written formula for gunpowder (1044 AD)
My beta reader pointed out that in the first draft of this page, the scroll looked pristine. I dirtied it up a bit for the final draft
Give it another five chapters and I might be able to draw Eiji's face properly.
Hey gentle readers! Spot the mistake in Panel 4!
Now we're not in a dream sequence Genza's impressive black eye has returned.
The image of a character falling through shattering scenery is stolen from my first ever webcomic, an unfinished fantasy manga.
Round bronze mirrors were hung over Heian-era beds for good luck.
The dragon screen in the second to last panel was inspired by the modern ceiling painting at Tenryu-ji by Kayama Matazo.
The image of walking across a bridge of flowers is partly inspired by the Tanabata Festival. which takes place once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month. At Tanabata, the star crossed lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi reunite by crossing the Milky Way on a floating bridge of magpies.
Thanks
Thanks Spirit of Water! Yes, you are right . I am sure I've read that there were a number of ceasefires in historical Japanese wars, sometimes lasting for several years. I'm struggling to find evidence to back that up though!
Glad you are enjoying it, thanks for the comment :)