Paintings and Projects Update

Hello everyone! Sorry for the radio silence. It's been a busy few months so I thought I'd update you on a few things I've been working on~

Earlier this year a dear friend of mine passed away due to complications from Diabetes. His passing hit the RVA community pretty hard and many friends of mine were also affected by his passing. He was a wise, gentle and welcoming man and my heart forever goes out to his family.  I regret I was unable to make it to his funeral but I wanted to be able to honor him in my own way. Yesterday I finally completed my tribute to him.

Watercolor, acrylic paint, graphite and marker on Watercolor paper.

As good as it feels to work in watercolor again I've been sticking with inkwork a lot lately. Here are a few Alencia themed pieces I've been working on while doing some more writing for the next few books and story arches.

Rough unedited drawing of a scene I had in my head involving Alencia rescuing Theolyn from a tower/dungeon he was captured in, where his life is truly at risk. I wanted to show her anger and wrathful feelings overcoming her.

Rough ink drawing of Alencia and a still unnamed friend. She'll be involved in a whole story arc, I'm very much looking forward to it.

This is was meant to be part of a sign for my table display I made for a November convention I tabled at. I ended up not using it but I may later down the road as I really like how she came out.

Aside from the next Alencia books I'm also working on my collaboration project with my fiance' Ryan, "Unintentionally Alice." Its' an anthropomorphic drama/comedy about a group of girls who work at a maid cafe. I recently re-started working on the comic pages for it as the first 5 or so pages I already completed didn't meet my standards. I'm currently working on page 3 and these new pages are such an improvement already! Aside from redrawing them I've also decided to change the size of the book. It will be a standard US comic size, rather than the smaller 'manga size' I usually print my books in. To accommodate this I'm now working on larger sheets of Bristol paper (11x17") and I'm enjoying it so far. I haven't worked in this size since my days at SCAD about six years ago :P

I've also been working on a lot of illustrations and spot art for the book that I don't want to show off right away, but this first book will be half comic half art book. I wanted to do a comic book and an illustration book so I thought why not combine them! This will also be my first time printing FULL COLOR comics so this is exciting for me. It will take more work but I think it will really benefit the comic overall.

Photo of the first page right after I finished inking it (and smudging it, which will be fixed in Photoshop).  I decided to use a combination of liner pens and brush pens to ink this book, rather than the watercolor brush I ink Alencia comics with. I'm also considering doing Alencia comics in color in the future if I get more comfortable with coloring.

I'm really excited for these new books I'm working on and I will have more to share on these as work progresses! Don't forget to follow me on Facebook to see behind the scenes photos and snippits, as well as my Instagram where I also share WIP photos of my work. I also have comics and prints available on my Storenvy!