Armello teaser pre-production colour and location work.

We tried out lots of different things in the development of this project.  As we started to get closer to the right stories we moved into the colour and mood, which is always a fun part of production.  In the images above we were still kicking around some of the ideas that didn’t make the final piece.

I want to plug the Armello Kickstarter campaign again - it’s halfway through and steadily approaching the goal, but still needs help to get across the line.  So check it out, it’s going to be an amazing game and some of the rewards are super cool too. (Especially the art book ;)

Super excited to be able to start pimping this round!

This is the Armello Horrors & Heroes teaser that myself and a few colleagues have been working on recently.

What’s Armello? Well since you ask, it’s a digital board game of heroes and high adventure, set in a fairy tale animal kingdom. It’s being made by a talented group called League of Geeks and I’ve been fortunate be involved on the art and design side of things.

Today marks the start of the Kickstarter campaign designed to bring the game from alpha to release. Check out the page, it’s got all the info on the game, the world and characters plus some super cool rewards for backers.

After so much work by so many talented folks it’s great to see this picking up momentum.

Another character from the comic I’ve been (barely) working on.  Actual work’s been all consuming so it’ll be another month before I’ll be able to make any real progress on this unfortunately, but tinkering away where I can.

@reallyginny said: Will this be an online webcomic that we can read? Because sign me up.

I’ll post it all here for sure. But no other plans at this stage.

Another character from the comic I’ve been (barely) working on.  Actual work’s been all consuming so it’ll be another month before I’ll be able to make any real progress on this unfortunately, but tinkering away where I can.

@reallyginny said: Will this be an online webcomic that we can read? Because sign me up.

I’ll post it all here for sure. But no other plans at this stage.

I’ve been discussing with a couple of proper writers the idea of making a comic version of a short story of theirs. It’s an excellent story and an exciting prospect, but I don’t have much experience making comics. Storyboards are my usual thing.

So I figure I’ll do a practice comic first, something modest and short and poorly written, yep, by me. Something I can happily make a bunch of major mistakes on without ruining any friendships. Try to get those out of my system now.

Here are a couple of designs; the location at which the action takes place and one of the main characters. I’m also working through the rough layouts and while on the surface drawing storyboards and comics seem quite similar I’m discovering some significant differences.  I think I’m drawing way too many almost identical panels. Storyboards will have a drawing for a bunch of moments within a given shot, but I’m starting to suspect a comic might work better if it’s distilled down to the most important moment. Also it’s ballooning out into many more pages and work than I’d anticipated.

Well, maybe a bunch of unnecessary drawings will be my ‘voice’.