I'd like to think I'm awesome at art, but I've still got a little way to go.
Fruits and Vegetables. Amazing I haven't died yet!
Yes. I have one.
Kiss Him Better <3
August 15th, 2018
Don't act like you wouldn't for little Ardo.
If Ardo were human, he'd be about the right age to start thinking kisses from mom were gross. That would be a normal attitude.
But not so with embis. As it stands, embis don't even grow out of family cuddle time, much less kisses from mom.
Could he be okay without both? Certainly. Embis grow up too, but nether Ardo or Emmi would ever say no in the future.
As for everyone else, if you ever owned and dearly loved a pet enough to kiss them, you'd be tempted to kiss an embis.
August 1st, 2018
Butter has... A lot of pent up emotions right now.
It's actually incredible nobody else is crying over this.
Over the course of writing VHV, I've determined, much to my surprise, that my favorite thing to write happens to be emotional,
not actiony scenes.
Sure, those definitely have their place, but VHV has evolved to an extent to accommodate my taste for intimate fiction- Not
intimate as in love, but as in being close in focus- paying attention to the small details and interactions of characters, as opposed to any grander arcs or greater conflict.
I might go over this in a Daab-Gaab, but for now, discussing the comic!
Butter surprised me again writing her for this. She was primarily
introverted, possibly prone to anger in any
stressful situation, and certainly didn't cry as much as she is currently. Now? Well, you're seeing now. She's a bit softer,
vulnerable, uncertain. Definitely not capable of conquering all obstacles before her. That's why she has her friends!
And most real-world conflicts aren't solved by one person anyway. I find I like this Butter better.
A Happy "Family" Reunion
July 25th, 2018
Yeah, right. Like Mia WOULDN'T instantly
make peace with the little critter that was
trying to kill her some time before...
The action's kind of dead now, I think, but the story still lives!
Just expect, like, a lot of hugs until the end of the chapter. Because
Daab likes his hugs.
The only panel I'm really dissatisfied with is that last one. Couldn't quite
figure out the angles and geometry for Butter's face, but having a good reference
for at least Mia and Butter are very helpful for drawing.
Maybe when I get better, I can draw even
July 17th, 2018
"My friends! You found them!!
Praise- Uh... You, I guess."
"Gets weird when your goddess is right there, huh?"
"I've... Never had it happen before."
Some more goddess facts for your pleasure-
- While Tansheth's coat is warm and is always comfortable, Nuieptor's robe always feels cool and airy. Good for combating
intense heat, but Tansheth's coat is far better- Wearing it can actually protect one from all deadly temperatures, provided it's
not an actual chemical reaction
because it's always comfortable to wear
. Just don't take it into the sun as your only
-Having Ephtiim- the goddess of time- as a sister makes such good timing quite probable when you work together.
Oddly though, despite Ephtiim's time(and space)-jumping capabilities, Ailei and Nuieptor couldn't find her to work this out, so
the timing was just really good and kind of coincidental.
-Ephtiim can jump through space because just jumping through time doesn't account for the position of matter. This way she
can remain on the same global or relative position as she travels backwards or forwards through time. She can also remove
herself from a chronological place non-paradoxically, to prevent any un-fixable mistakes.
Niema was not stupid when she gave the goddesses their powers!
I neeeeeeed A Hug...
July 11th, 2018
"Okay, now wrap both arms around her head and squeeze. Just a little though!"
"Ailei, I've been in existence for many eons. I know how to hug."
Cuttin' it close again! Nothing much to report though, other than Ailei is adorable.
Well, actually, there's symbolic meaning to Nuieptor's tails. As the goddess of wisdom,
The left one is for knowledge, the right is for faith, and the middle is for wisdom.
But yes, they're very fluffy, soft and in fact, cool to the touch.
Not a Good Time to Do That, Butter!
July 4th, 2018
Al Tex sez:
Hey yall. This here's Al Tex.
Jess wanna say that this heer
author loves hiz happy endings.
Yall dig? Now donchew yall give
up hope fer Butter.
Yall take care now.
Let me just say that a bout of traumatic stress rarely waits for a convenient moment.
I mean, she had only just gotten off from Mother Jess, and already she's thinking she's gonna die!
Well, let's hope things get better next week!
Victory at a Cost
June 27th, 2018
That cost being somebody's foot in your mouth.
I went a little nuts with this one. Given the lack of content on the last page, I guess I decided I needed to make up for lost
panels and drew a whopping 10 of them! Of course, the sequence in the end wouldn't work out properly.
So, faerie kiss?
The fae have a lot less restraint when it comes to kissing. Anyone for whom they feel affection, be it platonic or romantic,
receives many kisses in their interactions. Embis by comparison are actually a bit more restrained when it comes to affection.
I think I want a faerie-wrap after all this. Does anyone know of a taco place that sells them?
FOMF is the sound effect I'd put if it would work for this page...
June 20th, 2018
Well... It really wasn't for the fire.
HOOOOO BOY. This page was a bit difficult to work with, wasn't it?
I had very little idea what to do for the next page, and in general had a bad case of the I-don't-wannas for the comic. It took some
sideways thinking to come up with this page. I realized eventually that the kind of drawing I
able to do lately was the
single picture drawing. Thus, this what I think is skillful, full page spread. It also about wraps everything up in a tight little bow.
Regarding my illness last week, I think I'm all done with that! It was gross and made me feel horrible, but I'm glad I'm back on the
horse now. Thank you all for your patience!
You're going the wrong way!
June 6th, 2018
Noun: An instinct useless to adventurers
and a hindrance to heroism.
When I said before in previous author-rants below the pages that I like any opportunity I can use to cheat, I meant it.
This page, for instance, is full of it. I think I only made two backgrounds from scratch, and those were mostly with the air-brush tool!
The characters, however, I decided to give my all and I think it shows.
I picked up a modification to my shading method involving sharper borders between light and shadow, you know... Like in real
life. The characters seem to have more of a presence because of it!
So, as for my life, can't really complain. I mean, I do- especially about my seasonal allergies, but I really shouldn't.
Fox go Splat
May 29th, 2018
Actually, it may be more of a sploot.
When a species evolves to imitate many different kinds of creature, a lot of weirdness can
end up in their underlying genome. For instance, certain phenotypes of Mia's species are
meant to imitate cats- a creature flexible enough to land gracelessly with relatively little harm.
Trained adventurers like Mia know that an uncontrolled fall is usually safer- Long limb bones
don't squish as much as a ribcage or, surprisingly to human perspective, a skull.
Also, it's funny.
As a cost of this, embis strength and weight are both reduced- But agility and stamina help
counter this greatly, as well as sharp claws, strong bite, very sharp senses, tool use, and a non-
hostile, practically universal xenophile attitude which usually prevents hostile encounters in
the first place.
Basically, Mia's explanation could use a lot of work.
Now you can be certain that the lighting effects of the top panel are actually a little bit beyond me-
I don't really know how I did them. I'm thinking it may be a couple years more understanding of color theory
before I can pull off such a thing consistently, but I really do like it!
Also, Mia's still a silly goofus.
Have a good one!
Two things glowing now...
May 23rd, 2018
(Cue suspenseful yet optimistic string music)
This was a close one!
I had worked on an official reference for VHV's main cast, so that ate up a lot of time for my comic,
but I'm otherwise okay because the final result looks pretty good. Some new techniques I'm using are
really paying off.
Hopefully, VHV can start being more boldly colored again with this little appearance of (???).
Take care! I'll see you all next week!
Odd Night Light
May 15th, 2018
Restore Day involves a controlled burn of books that are far too worn to salvage.
After this, copies are reprinted and slotted on the shelves in their place.
This is not restore day.
This is an uncontrolled fire in an enclosed space.
This is not good.
Tried some cool tricks for anatomy with this one. I attempted to sketch out a select portion of the characters bone structure
beneath the actual line art, and the results are certainly looking better than my previous work.
It's also quite slow.
That may be the reason why the backgrounds are nothing to write home about.
Every Librarian is Now Wincing
May 13th, 2018
: That's a bit hard to be certain of.
Considering the whole thing kicked off because of a miscommunication, punishment may not be necessary if she feels bad enough already for it.
Every Librarian is Now Wincing
May 8th, 2018
Petting one's embis friends is an activity best done when
one is not feeling like they should be doing more for their
She's already spent 20 minutes doing it anyway. Any more
would be ridiculous.
As completely expected, work kicked my butt this week, but only because I had reversed all the conditioning that allowed me to stand up for almost 12 hours straight on concrete, as is required for a production floor like the one I work at. My everything was sore for the first couple days of the weekend, but now I'm feeling quite a bit better.
But enough about me, let's talk about the comic a bit!
Story wise, I'll have you know that this arc was already going to be much more dramatic than I ended up making it, with a full fighting scene (or like, four) and even crazier magic than what you're seeing. I've simply downgraded to giant lasers setting things on fire in a closed environment. Not much of a step down, but there you have it.
Here also another fact of embis is revealed: While this would quite obviously be Mother Jess' bed, embis as a whole are quite willing to share with people they like. The reasoning behind this is that in an embis household, the "master bed" in the master bedroom is more the family bed, meaning its presence in the house is implicit invitation to family and guests alike to sleep in a little cuddle-pile. Not inconsiderate though, an embis is also willing to offer their spare beds or couches or whatnot if the invitation is not accepted.
No Charlies or Trotting Foxes Here
April 30th, 2018
Don't get caught outside in a
Don't get caught inside in a
Heck, don't incur the wrath of
a lightning-laser storm
Hey! First time on this Saturdays schedule that I'm posting on a true work day!
Today marks the start of my third time around my one and only temporary position because I have not been actively looking
for a more permanent one. Hopefully, with the allotted 4 day weekend, I can easily manage a comic a week, but I suspect if my
workplace takes too much out of me, that may be a little too much to ask.
On to comic chat!
It's weirdly relaxing to be able to draw such chaotic scenes in my comic now that I've gone through so much exposition. Some
of it feels like I'm finally writing the interactions between these characters I've spent such a long time developing, both in the
comic itself and in my personal notes, and being able to write something so organic without an immediate need to consider
the potential confusion of my audience feels good.
Of course, I'm hoping from this denouement of the current arc, I can start a healthy cycle of stuff happening, then world
building, and keep on going. VHV is, after all, not showing any signs of stopping barring authorial tragedy, such as loss of life
Though, if I did lose my right arm, I would definitely wish to take up piracy like my aunt.
April 25th, 2018
<=To Be Continued=|\|/
Here's this week's page, with my apologies for the missed week.
My Grandfather went to be with The Lord on April 14th, and I had to be out of state to attend the reception and funeral.
I can't say I was very choked up about the whole thing, as I never knew him that well, but the funeral itself took me by surprise and there were moments where I cried. He was a gentleman and a dedicated christian, and his influence on my life will stick with
me until The Lord calls me home too (or returns before then! That would be tremendous!).
But enough about me, let's talk about the comic a bit!
I'm always a little excited when I can come up with any excuse to not draw backgrounds. It's sort of a guilty pleasure of mine, and I'm sure you can see I've done that with this page.
Of course, that's just good practice. Never do any more work than you have to!
The other thing I want to bring up is the
special effect on the second panel.
I think my one most abused tool in Manga Studio is the air-brush tool. I use it for all my shading and every single effect otherwise, but I think this may be the first page I've ever considered myself competent with it. I've recently picked up a new method of shading, which I think is helping me a lot more than I thought it would!
I really won't get into details, since I think maybe one to two percent of my audience would be able to understand it, but just know I'm feeling rather "chuffed" about it.
It's Pronounced "My-yuh"
April 13th, 2018
Hey, if every faerie you've ever heard of was
terrifyingly beautiful/hideous and not at all
friendly unless they were suspiciously so,
you too would doubt the flying mousie was
a faerie when he told you so.
Allow me to date this post for you- Activision and Toys For Bob (what a name, huh?) recently announced a full remake of the first three Spyro games, and I was quite excited to hear this news!
I even drew something to celebrate.
Of course, with such an early artistic high in my weekly comic cycle, producing this page was such a labor of love I think I'm almost all out of love-juice this week. Thank goodness I managed to make this just in time for Friday evening! And most importantly, it doesn't look like I pooped out on detail! Yay!
Anyway, I hope to see you readers again next week.
Who left that on the floor?
April 8th, 2018
: You quit that reee stuff. She was bouncing all over the place and I didn't want to mash four different backgrounds together.
Thanks for the comment! :)
Who left that on the floor?
April 5th, 2018
Instructions for preparing a Happy Fae™:
1. Obtain one faerie of any age
(Do NOT use Fair Folk™ for this recipe!)
and prepare party of adventurers
2. Mix with contents of party
3. Locate and scratch ear
4. Repeat until noodle is tender
5. Wrap in hug until desired happiness
6. Servings may vary. Prepare more as needed
This comic basically proves that Mia is the perfect ambassador. She can accidentally injure herself
and a foreign
and still repair relations moments later.
Of course, she's also a mother and would not have the time to represent her empire in any official capacity due to the
attention she must give her kids.
My thoughts on this one?
I think this may be a new favorite of mine. The composition is great, the timing is great, and heck, I think even the writing
isn't half bad.
Also, Mia bouncing around adorably never gets old.
Depicted: Leo Not being Creepy
March 29th, 2018
I just realized Mia's standing on the poof-chair next to the table.
It's only a matter of time before it notices it's prey...
I'm not 100% happy with the panel layout with this one. It sort of peetered out at the end,
but overall I think it still does the job.
At this point, I really don't have much to say, so I'll just leave you with a random string of symbols:
...Someone "P"d on that string.
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