In the meantime …

… work on book 2 continues. As it seems, the upcoming volume of Telaya & Dioman will be quite a couple of pages stronger than it’s predecessor, and will also feature much more dialog – in short, there will be much more to read. πŸ™‚

It’s title isn’t yet final. At the moment I think about naming it Hrug’s War.

I don’t want to spoil anything by revealing too much, so I’m going to be niggard concerning scene scribbles, WIPs, sketches and so on. However, I think it doesn’t hurt to show you some fragmentary stuff now and then, carefully selected to keep the greater workings hidden. πŸ˜‰

To make a start, here are a few:

… Cin’Thele, wearing something:
A Pinup

… a scene idea:
A Pinup

… part of another scene:
A Pinup
Humans are naked at times, too … even if they’re male. πŸ˜‰

During the Seelbach exhibition, Katharina and I talked a lot about ideas finding, sketching technique and related stuff. I tried to explain my usual digital workflow for page scribbling, which is probably best described as a stripped-down digital painting style, reduced to a few discrete shades of gray, cell shading only, characters often – but not always – blocked in as shapes first, outlines drawn later.
Unable to provide a proper description of how to find shapes by gradually refining contours of color blobs instead of immediately working on outlines, I gave up on verbal explanations, and went for a demonstration via tablet and beamer instead … turned out to be a bad idea, because I plugged the HDMI cable into the wrong tablet port and immediately shut it down. :/

So when she left, I promised her to capture a scribble session … which i finally did. Here it is:

This has not been particularly fast, about 60min to complete.
Right before, I had done my daily gymnastics routine, resulting in an exhausted and extremely tremulous hand, I completely failed in drawing smaller detail …


  1. since you’ve revived your tablet… do you have any suggestions for saving my cellphone that I threw into a lake a few days ago? ^^, I buried it in a bowl of rice…
    Back to topic: I tried drawing similar, but received a big knot in my brain… I even outlined the basic blotch and filled it with color. Then erased it, scaled up the pencil tool and tried again. It’s not as easy as it looks, feels like drawing backwards. πŸ™‚

  2. Better no hints on electronic gadgets from me.
    The stupid tablet died … again. Screen went black, all of a sudden, without any visible reason this time.
    That’s really what I need at the moment.

    On topic:
    it seems that there are artists who are more on the draftsman side, while others are painters rather. For the draftsman characters, outlines come as the natural way to capture shapes – they always create a drawing, and “fill” color later. The painters, on the other hand, find volume/color areas more straight to grasp, and start right away with region filling, while contours will apear later, as a side effect of refining detail … and that’s exactly what I do here. Being a mediocre drawer myself, I paint and model instead. On the other hand, I’ve heard from fellow artists with strong drawing preference, that it drives them mad to try this.

    In a way, calling the strategy “drawing backwards” describes it rather well, I guess.

  3. I’m glad that there isn’t a hesitance to draw naked dudes in addition to naked ladies. That’s so rare.

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