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This episode was going to follow directly on from the previous one, with Nova and Byrne having an argument while the former tries not to die, but it struck me as kinda boring. A little bit implausible, or as implausible as things can get when you have demon corpses lying around.
I really enjoyed exploring the D&B world/setting in this one, although I hope I didn’t get too info-dumpy and bore anyone. That’s the danger with any kind of imaginary world, you have to explain what it is that’s different about them, but doing so slows the story and runs the risk of making your reader want to yawn.
I’m playing with the Sailor Moon setting in D&B, adding a dash of Roswell (1999 TV series) and making it a little darker (in the spirt of GoT). What do you think?
Feature image: Della
Della was some kind of priestess back in her Imperial life and still has a few of those powers. I tried to reference that in the toga/tabard-like costume and the ornate belt. Not sure if I should have kept the flying skirt panels.
BTW I hate drawing faces and hands, especially on bodies. I always manage to get the proportions wrong 🙁
You guys had some really awesome ideas after episode one. Thanks again for sharing!
On Facebook, Barbara kinda read my mind and suggested that Tellamoth (the badie in ep. 01) was a superior in the demon army/horde Byrne was fighting. That made me go “yeah, that’s what I was thinking too buuuuut…what if Tellamoth wasn’t part of the demon army/horde? Ooooo.” (The “oooo” was when the plot bunnies started hatching.)
I haven’t mentioned Tellamoth again in this episode because I really wanted to concentrate on what had been done to Nova, but hopefully they’ll get a guernsey in the next episode. In the meantime, keep your Tellamoth ideas/thoughts/suggestions coming!
Another idea came in via email, and it was that Byrne be guilt-ridden because she’d failed to protect Nova. Again, this is where I was going too but then I had another “what if” moment and thought “what if Byrne resented her sister?”
Now, having your main character resent her critically injured sister is a bit of a gamble because the reader’s sympathy tends to be with the person in pain. So, I needed to give Byrne a good reason to be angry with Nova, and I think have one. Hopefully, this episode has given you a hint as to what the reason is (another hint: it involves Tellamoth). I’ll give you the rest of the reason in the next episode.
Sketches of Fion. I didn’t really know what Fion looked like (or even her name) until I started writing her intro and then I had this picture of a long blue mowhawk and that was that.
I didn’t want to give her the same outfit as Byrne, so I started thinking about a pants version, but still with a nod to the battleskirt. I think it looks kinda cool.
Sketches of Byrne’s uniform/costume. I thought I’d taken more of the sketch in progress, so you could see some of my thought processes. Alas, this is it.
As you can see from my initial sketch (on the left), I started with a traditional sailor scout outfit but with a Roman General-style cape. That didn’t work out for me, neither did the Jedi-style robe or the nod to a kimono, so we have the version in the middle!
My only quibble is, what is she wearing under it? I’m going with battle tights.
About me & drawing
Before I started writing, I drew as a way to express all the stories percolating in my imagination. Unfortunately, it would always end in frustration because when I failed to capture what I saw in my head. Thankfully, I have no such problems when it comes to writing!