Friday, February 12, 2016

Marrok

Watching the WOTC Out of the Abyss live stream and sketched one of the mushroom infected characters. :)


- Ark

Monday, February 8, 2016

Rat Queens

While I'm posting about adult fantasy comics, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Rat Queens.  It's an actual print comic from Image, and while not as 'adult' as the last four I mentioned, it is certainly grown up.  Rat Queens follows the exploits of Violet the hipster dwarven warrior, Hannah the rockabilly elven mage, Betty the thieving hippie 'smidgen,' and Dee the atheist Cthulhu warlock.

What sold me on the comic was Dee's Intro - "My parents worship a giant flying squid.  Holidays get weird." It has not failed me.  I don't remember laughing quite so much at a comic book in a while.  Out loud.  Rat Queens is one of those things that are worth buying.

- Ark

Saturday, February 6, 2016

My Favorite Adult Fantasy Web Comics

Clumzor's The Party, Rupert Everton's I Roved Out in Search of Truth and
Love
, Totempole's The Cummoner, and Trudy Cooper & Doug Bayne's Oglaf 
I read my fair share of comics - from sci-fi to superhero - but what really warms my heart is fantasy stories with plenty of boobs and butts and jokes about dicks.  So, without further ado, here are my four favorite-ist.

Clumzor's The Party - This comic is about a D&D party who's leader, Bug the Gnome, never has any luck in the romance department.  They go on adventures that usually end up with lots of nakedness.  Bambi, the Tiefling Warlock, is my waifu.

Rupert Everton's I Roved Out in Search of Truth and Love - I just ran into Roved the other day, an it's an immediate favorite.  It follows the adventures of the elves Cinder and Maeryll.  The poetic landscape and painterly images really capture a wonderful fantasy feel.

Totempole's The Cummoner - This is the story of the witch Vilga and her unfortunate travelling companion Tuck.  Vilga's magic power is fueled by sex, and poor Tuck is her Energizer Bunny.  It's pretty much exactly what you would expect. :)

Trudy Cooper & Doug Bayne's Oglaf - Okay, what rock have you been living under if you haven't heard of Oglaf?  The weekly strip is full of sexy humor.  Sometimes there is a story - sometimes not.  But there is always something really fucking weird happening that will burn into your retina.

All of these strips are very NSFW - unless you work in an adult book store or a brothel.  Enjoy!

- Ark

Friday, February 5, 2016

Yesterday You Said Tomorrow

I just put the finishing touches on the 5th Underfeet strip for next week and I'm exhilarated and exhausted all at the same time.  I've been getting this lovely endorphin and serotonin cocktail from drawing.  Like Rob Thomas says, "I get this funky high on the yellow sun."

It's hard to believe that just a month ago, the Underfeet comic was only a hazy dream and some nervously scratched sketches.  The fears that I had - that I couldn't draw well enough, or that I couldn't pull the story off - have simmered to a low boil on the back-burner.  Unlike previous comic attempts in the past - if I have a panel idea that fits the story - I DRAW IT.  I don't adjust the story to images that I think I can draw.

One of my big hang-up with drawing goes back to my childhood days tracing Peanuts cartoons - a fear of not being original.  For years, I've had this idea that I should be able to plop down, alone in an empty room, with pencil and paper and spew out anything in my mind.  Well, you know what?  That doesn't work.

I need references.  For each panel that I work on, I have between 5 and 10 pictures open on my other monitor to stare at.  A body shape reference, a pose reference, a face reference, and several style references - pictures by artists that I like who do noses or ears or eyebrows in a way that I find pleasing.  And I've also got my own strips up there too as a reference, so I can aim for some consistency in character model.  I 'cheat' off of the entire world - even myself.  The better I cheat - the happier I am with my art.

So, are references really cheating? Well, no.  They are a crutch, sure.  Like using a car to get from Texas to Colorado.  I could hoof it.  But honestly, I'd prefer to use a tool to get me there more quickly.  A crutch is just a tool.  References are a tool.

No duh.  But I had to learn that.  Over and over, apparently.

Each weekly strip is taking 8 days to complete.  Yeah - the math is bad on that.  I've got to figure out a way to do a weekly strip in at least 7 days.  I don't want to cut corners, but I'd like to cut down on time.  Not sure how to do that, but I'll figure it out.

Currently, Underfeet is being posted to five places:

Rather Gamey Blog - http://rathergamey.blogspot.com/
Studio Arkhein's G+ Page - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+StudioArkhein/posts
Studio Arkhein's Tumblr - http://studioarkhein.tumblr.com/
Arkhein's deviantArt Gallery- http://arkhein.deviantart.com/
Underfeet Hentai Foundry Gallery - http://www.hentai-foundry.com/user/Underfeet/profile

Some of those places only get like five hits per strip, but as long as people are reading, I'll keep on posting to those places.  Others, like tumblr, never say how many hits - just likes.  So, if you are enjoying the comic, please comment or like or thumbs up or heart or share or repost or whatever.  That gives me a good gauge on what and where I should be posting.  Feedback helps. :)

Again, a big thanks to all of those who have supported me - my family, my gaming group, blog readers and art looker-at-ers.  I appreciate it!

- Ark