Farting around with another Gillian Akers concept piece
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I decided to color the sketch I posted the other day. It now serves as my twitter profile picture. I decided to go with purple highlights to Maximillian’s black hair. I’m currently picturing him as a very casual dresser. Bright, contrasting colors always accompanied with sweatpants. It adds an unassuming aura to him.
Messed around with a redesign for Gillian. Just throwing some things around.
A quick silhouette drawing I did for a concept of Gillian’s meeting with the leaders of the Black Carnival. Judging eyes on a wildcard.
Took a break from The Black Carnival Webcomic to make this graphic profile for our leading lady. I’ll (try to) slowly roll these out for all the characters introduced so far to help build the universe. You can tell I do a rush job on the comic strips for the sake of delivering content, but I enjoy spending some time and detail into making better drawings (this one took about 3 1/2 hours).
Black Carnival #7
Some notes: I’m going to experiment with how other comics deal with large walls of text. By the end of the fourth panel, I was getting upset that I would draw a whole panel only to have it blocked out by a wall of text (Panel 3). So I either have to be more concise in the writing or experiment and come up with solutions like I did in panel 4.
I normally (try to) participate in National November Writing Month, but this year I decided to do something a little different. Instead of a 1500 words a day, to get to the coveted 50,000 word novel, I’m going to try a panel a day (they do say a picture is worth a thousands words…). I’ve already gotten Black Carnival written up to #16 and I’m very excited for having what’s in store for the story. I’m already several days behind, but that’s not going to stop a man like me.
Gillian and Flynt go over the mission on their way to the Howling Siren. I know Gillian acts kinda bitchy, but I’m more trying to lean her towards a Renegade Fem-Shep from the Mass Effect series. She’ll have her chance to show more of her true colors and loyalty eventually. Once I get there. One panel at a time.
And speaking of panels, oh man, look at that production quality. Did I actually spend more than five minutes on a background? It’s quite astounding what happens when you put a little elbow grease in the less important stuff like backgrounds. You can obviously tell when I worked on certain panels on different days. Panels 1 and 3 differ in art significantly, though I think I’m really digging the character design of Gillian in panel 3. I love 4 panel pages because it’s a lot less intimidating to work harder on one panel and still obtain a sense of progress. I’ll try to maintain this quality when it comes to 6 panel pages, but we’ll see.
Probably a pin up or two before the next Black Carnival. I’m more on devoting my time to drawing over writing for Banana Scoop these past few days, but I don’t think you guys are complaining and I’m having a blast. Now about that DC pin up…
Woo-hoo! Another one in time before school starts. Let’s meet Flynt: Gillian’s over-protective/over-enthusiastic Guardian Angel. He’ll try to find every excuse to be by her side to her dismay. In terms of meta stuff, Gillian went through another series of redesigns. Rather then postponing the comic to hone in the final design for some of my key characters, I’ll chug through producing actual story content while tweaking designs until I find the one I like best.
In terms of progressing the story, I think the next couple are four panel pages, so hopefully we won’t see as much of a break. I’m definitely getting faster and faster at these while maintaining decent level of details. I might get side-tracked with other projects and school though. You might have seen I’ve been busy doing Avatar profile pics and I have a very awesome Roger Sterling picture in the works. I just watched Batman: Assault on Arkham and am feeling another DC lady pin-up binge, so watch out for that as well!
Deputy Gillian Akers meets Sheriff Meiter’s new secretary to discover a dark secret.
Black Carnival Overview Summary:
My name is Gillian Akers You see, 3 years ago most of my family was massacred in an attempt to seize the family’s prized possession, ownership of The Black Carnival. I was one of the few survivors and the heavens literally sent help from above to keep me safe from those who want to take my right to one day own it. The Black Carnival is a controlled ‘haven’ for all things dangerous, discarded, and devious. Ownership provides you access to some of the most powerful and dangerous people and beings around. But my whole life I never really cared about that, at least until my family paid the price for it. To help me survive, my Uncle Flynt has trained me as a part of his protection initiative. I intend to use my newfound skills to return to the Black Carnival to find the people who murdered my family. My uncle and I now work as a part of the Black Carnival Sheriff’s Office, occasionally taking out the Carnival’s trash and simultaneously investigating those who tried to take everything away from me. I will work day and night to find them and return the favor.
I’ve got plenty of panels already written, so it’s up to me to get off my lazy butt and draw them. I’m really excited about the new direction and am very satisfied with the quality. Satisfied. Maybe satisfaction isn’t enough…Which means I can probably step up my game ;D.
Drew some more concept art of my flagship characters for my original series, The Black Carnival. I’m edging towards another reboot/revamp given my newfound time during the summer.
For those interested, here’s a little summary of the starting monologue I plan on using for the series to introduce the premise.
My name is Gillian Akers and this is my Uncle Flynt. Well he’s not really my uncle, he’s a supernatural ‘Guardian Angel’, charged with protecting me from those who intend to hurt me. You see, 3 years ago most of my family was massacred in an attempt to seize the family’s prized possession, ownership of The Black Carnival. I was one of the few survivors and the heavens literally sent help from above to keep me safe from those who want to take my right to one day own it. The Black Carnival is a controlled ‘haven’ for all things dangerous, discarded, and devious. Ownership provides you access to some of the most powerful and dangerous people and beings around. But my whole life I never really cared about that, at least until my family paid the price for it. To help me survive, my Uncle Flynt has trained me as a part of his protection initiative. I intend to use my newfound skills to return to the Black Carnival to find the people who murdered my family. My uncle and I now work as a part of the Black Carnival Sheriff’s Office, occasionally taking out the Carnival’s trash and simultaneously investigating those who tried to take everything away from me. I will work day and night to find them and return the favor.
So how’s the reboot going to work?
We’ll dive into it below. This will include two pieces of concept art about the two flagship characters, the first strip, and a summary of the structure of how the story will be told.
If you’ve been visiting the blog lately, I’ve posted a number of pictures I’ve drawn all relating to original characters I created for a series I’ve titled The Black Carnival. The Black Carnival is a series I’ve created and is a story about a carnival whose employees, acts, and managers are mythical creatures and beings, masquerading to blend in society. I’ve created some character concepts of the main characters. The descriptions I’ve included in the times I’ve posted these images have been vague, because I’ve recently been trying to get the outline and manuscript in order.
Above we have the lead of our story, Gillian Eliza Reily Akers. Gillian, pronounced Gilly-an, is a timid and educated girl, who excelled at combative sports and fencing. Gillian grew up a normal life with her overprotective and conservative father and her wild and spontaneous mother. She’s a spitting image of her father in both personality and appearance and often questions if she inherited anything from her extraverted and perplexing mother. When tragedy strikes Gillian, she learns more about secrets her mother hid from her, which leads Gillian on an adventure to the Black Carnival where her mother’s mysterious legacy changes her life forever.
It’s at the Black Carnival where she meets a number of new friends and enemies, some of which I’ve listed below!