preliminary concept sketches for Guenevere
Before I say anything else, I should say that Guenevere is still a looooong way away from commercial publication. I estimate that if all goes well, it will take me a year to write each book. (I’ll make the beta of each book available as I finish it.) That’s the drawback of having a demanding day job. The advantage is that, since I’m not writing with a deadline or a need to support myself financially, I can take the time I need to produce the best-quality game I’m capable of.
Even though publication is a long way away, it’s still fun to think about. I’d like to give people who played the beta a reason to buy the final product. I don’t plan on withholding the last chapter or anything mean like that — if you stick with me over the next few years, you should be able to play the whole thing for free before I publish it. But if possible I’d like to add some extra content for the commercial version, maybe a few more side-branches or another romance path — nothing essential to the main plot, just more things to play around with. Another way to add value to the commercial version would be to include some artwork, which is an option I’ll think about seriously when the time comes.
Not long after I posted the beta, I got some really nice feedback and great ideas from professional illustrator and author Joanne Renaud.
Here’s a few concept spot illos I did for jeantownsend, author of the amazing “Choice of Games” Guenevere game, currently in progress.
An illo by brilliant illustrator James Montgomery Flagg. This picture, for me, depicts why the 1930s were one of the most stylish decades ever.
And I LOVE the expressions of the watching couple.
Fanart for A Question of Time! Courtesy (clockwise, left to right) katlaurange, laurenge, rosengeist, natasplund, rosengeist, and katlaurange. A lot of awesomely talented artists have fallen in love with my time traveling heroine Celia, as well as with Alan Forrest, AQOT’s hero, an adorably geeky but doomed high school English teacher who dies in 1989.
If you want to find out what happens next, you’re in luck! A Question of Time is available at Champagne Books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and All Romance Ebooks. Stephanie Draven, award-winning author of DARK SINS & DESERT SANDS, calls it “a clever love letter to the 1980s brimming with fun cultural references that warmed my geek girl heart.”
You can also find A Question of Time on Goodreads.
Click here to read an excerpt!
(Big thanks to @Sarochi1 for this comp comparing my art to the Tropes vs Women. Read full article.)
Long Story Short: You stole my art, used it for commercial purposes, and won’t even respond to my polite inquiries.
Financial and legal complications aside, I hope…
“Historically speaking, animating female characters are really, really difficult, ’cause they have to go through these range of emotions, but they’re very, very — you have to keep them pretty and they’re very sensitive to — you can get them off a model very quickly. So, having a film with two hero female characters was really tough, and having them both in the scene and look very different if they’re echoing the same expression; that Elsa looking angry looks different from Anna being angry.” — Lino Disalvo on animating Frozen, explaining (essentially) why they removed all the female supporting characters and replaced them with men. [[edited for accuracy]]
Yeah, I call bullshit.
don’t blame women because you’re a shitty animator
so basically what you’re saying is
"it was too harddddddd I didn’t wannaaaaaa."
"i dont care enough about women to animate them like reeeaaal peopleeee"
No. You don’t understand. You’re all ignorant fuckwads. Let me explain you a thing. Female faces? They’re softer. As in regardless of bone structure their faces are SOFT looking. Because of this, light bends differently and catches angles differently and the what not. Its harder to animate/draw/paint the female form, as any artist. It’s the same issue with babies- the SOFTNESS of the figure makes it harder to art them. And now I’m done with this tangent flies into the sun.
As evidenced by all of these guys with soft faces
none of whom are impressed by your sexist bullshit
female skin is NOT different from male skin, biologically
female skin isn’t softer, you’re just trained to think of it that way by media and our societal expectation that women use make-up to MAKE their skin look softer, which has not been done all throughout history and thus doesn’t actually make any sense in a movie set in a historical time period when nobody expected anybody to have flawless skin
the problem isn’t animating women
the problem is animating women to look like an ideal while still keeping them diverse
If animators treated women like humans beings they wouldn’t have this problem
look at all of these soft faces
Don’t even fucking talk to me about Kadaj
This gifset is making you look as sexist as you are, say cheese!
Look at Shrek and Fiona next to each other
It doesn’t matter if they’re humans or ogres
their skin is animated exactly the same
Same for Lem and Neera
OH WOW HER SKIN IS SO MUCH SOFTER AND MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN HIS are you fucking kidding me with this
Basically fuck you
When I tell people I have issues with Frozen, this is one of the things I mean.
French Revolution Frozen
Elsaas young Marie Anotoinette- inspired by this, Annadressed à la paysan, Hans as il Giovin Signore from Parini’s Il Giorno, and Kristoff as the jacobin.
Reblogged for awesomeness. It’s rare to see fanart that’s as literate and clever as it’s well drawn; but here you go! French Revvy Frozen AU folks!
I never cared for Kristoff all that much, since he reminded me too much of Owen Wilson, but Jacobin!Kristoff reminds me of Danton (via a young Gerard Depardieu), and I like him so much better that way.
Also, making Hans a Valmont type seems all too perfect as well.
A close-up of my Prince Hans painting (the original can be seen here). I like how the face turned out; not only am I moving away from Liquitex almost entirely, but I’m using a lot more zinc white to mix up my flesh tones, and it makes for more vivid and less muddy colors.
My first historically accurate Disney villain painting EVER! Woo! Behold Prince Hans of the Southern Isles, aka “Prince Tight Pants.” It was pretty easy to figure his ball/coronation outfit out, with the help of the ever helpful @fripperiesandfobs (who suggested an outfit inspired by Prince Albert’s wedding costume circa 1840, and the white military outfit worn by a young Prince Franz Joseph of Austria). For all my issues with Frozen, for the most part I like the design of Hans; his costumes are a clever blend of Regency and early Victorian styles.
This took surprisingly long to do, but I suppose that’s not surprising given that white is hard to paint and tight breeches are tricky. For the exact fit of the breeches, I referred to various Regency fashion plates, as Victorian plates tended to be much… vaguer, and far more airbrushed… about how men’s clothes fit.
His counterpart Elsa can be found here.
St. John Rivers by suburbanbeatnik (Artist’s website. They also do commissions and sell prints.)
Thanks for the shout-out! I love SJ (even though he’s such a pill).
Happy Valentine’s Day! And I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Valentine’s day than with up-and-coming romance author Lauren Smith, whose debut historical novel League of Rogues: Wicked Designs has just been released from Samhain. This is a collection of illustrations she commissioned back in 2012, featuring Miss Emily Parr, a feisty young lady, and Godric St. Laurent, the Duke of Essex, charter member of the League of Rogues, a club of charming, madcap, devil-may-care aristocrats in the 1820s.
Anyway, I had a lot of fun with this series. I did my best to give it a shoujo manga vibe— I looked at a lot of pieces by Riyoko Ikeda, as well as those of Regency romance cover king Allan Kass. I hope you guys like the paintings, and I hope you check out the book— it’s a fun, sexy romp, and definitely worth a look if you like historical romance!