My goodness! I've definitely been busy this October! I think it was all the time I spent outside and with friends this summer. Touching grass recharged my batteries and I feel ready to spend my autumn and winter drawing inside.
I did another drawing challenge this month! I was all revved up from Swordtember that I gave Killswitchkatie's Zine-o-Ween prompt list a shot. I did only 13 illustrations in black and white. I made a bit of a small narrative out of them featuring my OCs from Earthshine in an AU where they are creatures of the night. There's even a couple of illustrations featuring Sol's moms. These illustrations are a bit spicier than what I drew for Swordtember since my gals are actually interacting with each other.
Just like with Swordtember I compiled all these illustrations into a zine, which I shared with close friends as well as put up on my Patreon. I'll probably get this one printed out as a limited run for local and small zine fests as well, but I don't have any plans to make the PDF available to non-patrons. I'm also only sharing the first 6 illustrations from this challenge here.
Just like with Swordtember I had a lot of fun with these and I look forward to doing more challenges in the future. I think this method where I keep what I make to an insular group, and then post only bits and pieces publicly is the way to go for me. It's a nice thing to find out your favourite way of having fun.
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Over September and in between work I participated in Swordtember, sharing my drawings only in private spaces with friends. I wanted to try an art challenge, but I didn't want to make it a trial, so I chose to only do 12 illustrations. To make it even more fun, I used my Earthshine OCs as subjects. I love drawing these guys so much and what better delight than giving my lesbians some swords to play with? I did all of these with prompts taken from Faith Scaffer's 2022 prompt list.
Since being offline I feel like my relationship with community challenges has also gotten healthier. I thank my tiger drawing foray for this as well. Keeping this to a private space with close friends made doing Swordtember so much more fun. The delight comes not from completing the entire challenge but instead from just showing the people I love what I have done so far. Also, I know to only choose parts of a prompt that I actually like, rather than feeling obligated to do it all (which would have included concepts I don't find all that interesting).
What more I gave myself the space to experiment and I got to try out new CSP brushes, and I found a few that I really like and will likely be using for future projects.
I've only included 6 of my 12 illustrations in this blog post, but you can see all of the pieces on my Patreon for a $2 (USD) subscription. I also have plans to print a collected zine that I'll have available at local zine fests. I don't have any plans for wider online distribution.
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Earthshine is mainly a story about a duo, but there are a few important secondary characters who make their mark on the whole narrative. One who has a particularly big impact is Nova. She arguably turns the duo of Sol and Nyx into a trio, but only in the back half of the story.
I would love to share more about her here but I run the risk of spoiling the whole first arc, and I’m learning that I should probably stop doing that. I do still want to name her ahead of time. I have been drawing a lot of art as I develop her character in preparation for her future debut, and I really want to post a bunch of it with some context to point back to haha. I think I just have a habit of introducing powerful and charismatic high femmes late in whatever narrative I’m writing. It’s like a sick joke I keep playing on myself.
Nova has gone through a few design changes before I settled on her current look. Honestly what has helped me flesh out Nova’s personality was sticking her in a sci-fi AU where she, Sol, and Nyx are travelling on a spaceship together doing deliveries and/or smuggling shit.
The nuts and bolts of canon-Nova is that she loves swords, is a mage just like Nyx, and is a big fan of patricide. The rest will come as I start churning out this story.
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Hello, my name is Gisele! I'm a cartoonist, editor, and writer living on the cold shoulder of Canada. You can support me and my work through Patreon.
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