Hammerhead Hou that is. Just a fugitive pirate trying to make his way in 12th century China. His escape from a notorious island prison kicks off the events for my newest project. More cartoony style for this one.
Update: Well now looking at page two I think I have to go back and redraw page one. The styles don't quite match up. Meh. It happens.
Further Update: Yeah, I just went ahead and redid page one.
Redrawing old pages I did last year. The last batch got roundly ignored, so obviously it's back to the drawing board (rejection usually means "we didn't like the art"). Never a bad thing. Every new pass is always better than the last, and the old pages definitely lacked dynamism now that I look at them. Happier with this take so far. You'll all see the finished project eventually. Even if I have to self-publish.
Here's my own reconstruction of the personal seal of Genghis Khan (and all subsequent Great Khans). Supposedly there was a red one for official documents and a blue one for personal documents. My grasp of Classical Mongolian script is a little shaky, but I'm about 95% sure I got the text right. It says:
“By the power of Eternal Heaven, let the decree of the
Oceanic Khan of the Great Mongol Nation be respected and feared by subjects and
Literally translated it's more like :"Eternal Heaven's power under, Great Mongol Nation's Oceanic Khan's decree, subject or hostile people reach if, should revere, should fear." Thank Eternal Heaven's power under for poetic license.
More works in progress. Doing backgrounds and characters separately,
like animation. These are just backgrounds. I'm working with mixed media. Some manipulated photos, some hand drawn stuff. For anyone who thinks photo manipulation is "cheating", it's just as labor-intensive as drawing by hand. Most of the photos have to be tinkered with considerably to get the desired look and to fit with my compositional needs. I also warp them intentionally to create slightly off-kilter angles. Trying for film noir vibe.
Too gray? Too bleak? Too depressing? too bad, I'm going with it. The magic continues.
After further tinkering (it never ends) I've decided to go with both red AND blue. Plus I added a big-ass hat, because people with big-ass hats get shit done. Are YOU wearing a big-ass hat? And are you getting anything done? I rest my case.