HOUR OF THE WOLF
Mostly art, but also game trailers, text posts, and links to resources.
I use it to fuel my inspiration as I finish up my first full-length novel.
And don't worry, it's taking a while.
So there are plenty more wolves to come.
Another illustration assignment. This one was fun; we had to take a classic faery tale and change it in whatever way we want, as long as it held some original context or character from the original telling. My choice was “Little Red Riding Hood,” and I decided to change it into a Japanese Oni-Demon slayer story, which are pretty popular in Japan.
Red Hood, the most talented demon slayer in the land, is assigned a quest by a village girl; to send medicine to the elderly wisewoman who lives at Rashamon Gate, who is her grandmother. However, to get to Rashamon she must pass through the forbidden bamboo forest that seperates the village and the gate. The bamboo forest is haunted by the horrible Oni wolf, which is infamous for killing woodsmen with its big claws, and abducting the maidens who use the stream to clean their clothes. She learns from the villagers that the Wolf hides by turning into mist, and only appears when it hears wood being cut by axes or the ripples in the stream when the maidens touch the water. Red Hood devises a plan; she borrows the girl’s clothes and goes into the forest. Dressed as a maiden and carrying the medicine in a laundry bag, she heads towards the stream. There, she touches the water with her slipper to summon the wolf, which can hear her with its great big ears. The Oni Wolf appears behind her, and says, “What a pretty dress you have.” “The better to hide more knives with,” Red Hood says… and, that’s pretty much brings us up to the scene here.
THIS OPTION IS NOT A VERY EFFECTIVE USE OF MY TIME.
It looks cool as hell, though. Color and I don’t get along well, so I’m attempting to learn. So on the one hand, I could make this comic totally in color and then also learn how to color at the same time. Downside to that is I’d be at a rate of maybe one page a week vs two or three black & white pages a week. I’d rather get the story knocked out faster than prettier, I think.
My plot so far is coming along, though I probably won’t start this monster project til next year. I want to take November to actually write out the whole story so I can just draw like a nut without having to stop to plot the next course. If you are wondering what’s going on in this page, my main character is running like a bat out of hell because she’s being chased and she’s out numbered, then she runs into blondey and they wolf out and take on their enemy together. My werewolves are smart enough to run away, you see. Also, the blonde one can’t transform the whole way and is very conscientious of ripping or destroying her clothes, so she tends to wear a lot of workout clothes when she would potentially have to fight someone. My main character just tries to find enough cheap clothes that it doesn’t matter. She doesn’t have time for that shit.
I was able to get my grubby little paws on a very well priced Cintiq and omg… it has changed everything. I’m thoroughly enjoying working digitally in a more intuitive and natural way for me.
Painting the werewolf saint. Thought I would show a work in progress of it. It’s got a long way to go, but I’m loving working on it.