What’s this?! Why, it’s a wee look at the buildings of Hollow Fields! That’s right, while I’m working on Rise From Ashes I’m also working on Volume Four of Hollow Fields, to be published through Seven Seas Entertainment next year. You might think black and white is easier, but honestly detailed backgrounds take ages for me regardless of medium.
I’m also working on a double-page spread for Rise From Ashes which you’ll see in about three weeks or so – it’ll be your introduction to the steampunk city of Bearbrass! Because I normally update three times a week, I’m going to establish early on right now that two-page spreads count for two updates. Because it’s two pages. Yeah, don’t get greedy. I promise it will be worth it!
I’m also attending the Stanley Awards in Sydney in November where I’ll be holding a panel with some other artists on the graphic novel process. Come along if you’re local!
I’m getting into a steadier rhythm, working between Hollow Fields and Rise From Ashes. Hollow Fields will have a fourth volume out next year, and the inks have required a lot of tweaking to surpass the first three volumes. If you like random clockwork, stitches and Mister Croach, you’re going to like volume four!
It’s been a while since I’ve done a webcomic (well, a long while) and I forget how intensive the social media side can get. But you guys have been great, and your feedback is really, really appreciated. Let me know if there’s any typos or something doesn’t look right! I’ve learned from working in publishing that readers can often have the best eyes for the foibles in a comic work that the artist is too frazzled to pick up on!
Now if only I could get my sleep schedule under control! I’ve been told I need more sunlight, but what is that, precious? Hisssss!!
It’s been a long time in the making, but Rise From Ashes has finally made its way from my headspace, through my sketchbook, into my computer and finally online! I started writing this story about the same time as I was working on volume two of Hollow Fields, which is…2007. Yeouch. Originally it was meant to go online in 2012, but thanks to interfering schedules and my own perfectionism I had to keep making up excuses to people as to why ‘that colour thing with the ghosts’ that I was working on just wasn’t anywhere near ready. I knew when I launched my webcomic I’d want to have a decent buffer and a generous update schedule, because there’s quite a bit of story to get through here. Today officially begins Chapter Zero, or ‘how things in Chapter One have come to pass.’ I hope you enjoy young Winter’s story, and her travels into the steampunk supernatural. And if you enjoy your visit here, please spread the love and tell folks about Rise From Ashes. Oh, and feel free to comment. The pages become haunted when the comment sections are empty, and my computer is old and creepy enough…!