Hate this image. It just is not at all what I wanted it to be, and everyone looks so blank and expressionless. But hey…it makes for a decent late-night post, I guess.
And if nothing else, at least I can remind you that Ross Boston - with a different title, tone, etc. - will probably be making a comeback very soon. I’ve put in quite a bit of work thus far and things are looking good. If you didn’t see the original post a while back, here it is.
Nicki Noelle and Ross Boston are the two main characters of my upcoming webcomic, “Lotus For Help." I wanted to try a very simple, cel-shaded painting method and I’ve really wanted to focus my creative efforts on comic-related things. I was up entirely too late working on this, but it felt great and I’m happy with the method. Definitely doing this again.
I wanted to see what last night’s Nicki concepts would look like in a more completed form, so I did this up really quickly to wind down before bed. I’ll reblog it tomorrow (when people are actually awake), but for now, you night owls can enjoy her first. :)
I’m liking her new design! She might be where I want her, actually. She’s been the biggest hurdle, so it’s nice clear it.
This is a concept for the lotus lobby in my upcoming webcomic, “Lotus for Help." It serves much the same purpose as the Bobslist Adventure Team Headquarters did in "Ross Boston.”
It’s not a 100% finalized design, but it’s really close, I think. I wanted something that looked sort of luxurious and simple, but also a little bit dingy, with this pristine diamond goddess hanging out in the pond in the middle. The left doorway (our left) goes to Nicki’s lab, and the right doorway leads to Wayne’s wing of the building. The pond/statue functions as an elevator to the base of the lotus tree, and goes even further down for other purposes that will remain a secret for now.
I’ve never had so much fun working on a background. I’m learning to enjoy the process. It’s really quite therapeutic!
I’ve been toiling like crazy with Nicki Noelle’s design for “Lotus for Help." Her most recent "approved” design is visible on the left, obviously.
I sat down tonight after work work to fiddle with this and I realized, either her hair has to change or the shoulder pads have to go. And I’m a little bit married to the pads at this point, since I think they create a really interesting silhouette and they’re weird and I like weird things. The problem is, her hair creates a lot of horrible tangents with the pads and her lower-lid eyelashes, an issue I didn’t really notice before.
So far, I’m actually really liking the bump/pompadour/updo on the very right. It will also probably allow her to emote the most effectively by no longer hiding her eyebrows when she’s anything but angry. I’m going to play with it some more and see if it works well after some more sketches, since I may find it to be just as impractical. But we’ll see. As an aside, I’ll probably be rounding out her fingers, too, or just figuring out a better way to draw her hands. They don’t work very well right now.
Anyway, thought you might like to peek into the further design process of “Lotus for Help." I’m doing my best to prevent Nicki from looking or feeling tortured in her design, but she has been given the biggest overhaul of the main cast from her "Ross Boston” days, so I’ve had to pay special attention to getting her right.
It’s super late so I bet not many people will see this. But oh well. Winding down tonight with a sketch of Nicki Noelle, one of the main characters of my upcoming webcomic, “Lotus For Help." I’m still figuring her out…I don’t feel like I’ve quite got her design down, but I’m definitely digging the shorter hair. It seems appropriate for her.