End of Chapter Update

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Hello!

I definitely said I was going to make a blog post on Friday and I definitely didn't. I had a rough day for completely not-comic-related reasons, so I decided to treat myself to a day off which meant watching the most innocuous thing I could find (in this case Escape to the Country on Netflix) and drawing skies because that's something I want to get better at.

So here you go...skies:

They're all referenced from photos I took around my neighborhood in San Francisco (the last one is the view from my apartment. I had a lot of fun with these and I intend to keep adding to this series of studies.

So yeah, chapter break! I said I was going to take three weeks, which would put us at the last Monday in May, but, that's Memorial Day here in the US and I'm spending the weekend with friends in LA. So, I'm currently thinking I'll start the following Monday, June 5th. On one hand that feels like so much time, but on the other I'm sure it won't be nearly enough to accommodate everything on my to do list!

At the top of the list of course is chapter layout, followed by creating a small buffer of pages, setting up a store for prints, setting up a Patreon, and finally doing some site updates like adding a cast page. Right now I'm looking at that list and thinking no way, something's going to have to slip, but we'll see how it goes. If you don't hear from me for a while, it's probably because I've been crushed by the weight responsibility so send help! XD

It's worth noting that that list doesn't include my ongoing "downtime" project of updating some of the older, more bothersome pages of Echo's Rift, in advance of a print Kickstarter, but I'll share more about that in another post!

For now I'll leave you with the sky drawing I did this morning...a little something in honor of the French election!

Art Giveaway!

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UPDATE: The giveaway is over. Here are the winners for the various platforms:

Instagram: Modzy78
Twitter: spectrumstungun
echosrift.com 100: CJ Joughin
echosrift.com 101: LazyReader
echosrift.com 102: Ciara
echosrift.com 103: BowenTheKotoc
Tapastic 100: maeleo
Tapastic 101: F4*
Tapastic 102: FluffyFae
Tapastic 103: Paul Salas

* Person has not yet claimed their print. If they do not claim their print by March 8th, a new winner will be selected.


Hello everyone! As you know, Echo's Rift just hit 100 pages! Wooooooo! In order to celebrate, and give back to YOU, the super awesome and supportive audience that has been coming along on this journey with me, I'm giving away some art! Yay! *\(^o^)/*

About the artwork

The artwork (pictured above) features our mysterious shape-shifting friend (will we EVER learn its name?*) just hanging out on E. Connery's journal, you know, mid-shift between rabbit and squirrel...like ya do. The artwork is limited to an edition of just 10 prints, created specifically for this event! Each print is 5x7 (art area is 4x6), printed with archival quality pigments on 100% cotton rag paper, and will be hand signed and numbered. I will mail the prints anywhere in the world!

How to get your hands on a print

It's easy, all you have to do is comment! Recipients will be selected from the comments section of pages 100, 101, 102, and 103. On March 1st, one person from each of the aforementioned pages will be randomly selected from the comments. Commenting on all of the pages will increase your chances of being selected, but only one comment per page is eligible. (It probably goes without saying, but comments must be PG.)

Recipients will be re-selected if 1, they were already selected from a previous comments section (no duplicates) or 2, they do not come forward to claim their print within 7 days. 

But Jennifer (you may be saying) that's only 4 prints and you said there were 10! To which I will say, look at you paying attention! Good job! Well, I'm going to do the same thing over on Tapastic! So feel free to comment over there (same pages) if you want to increase your chances! Aaaaaand I'll give another print away on Twitter and one on Instagram, so follow me there if you haven't already!

There you have it! Ten limited edition prints! Good luck and thanks so much for supporting Echo's Rift! :D

A Wooden Cage

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Happy Halloween! Here's a short story I drew this month. It's a creepy fairy tale, inspired by Grimm stories. Between this and Echo's Rift, basically all I did in October was draw (well, I made it to a few movies), and I'm still kind of surprised I made my personal deadline of Halloween, tbh! But I'm so glad I did, aaaand I'm super glad it's done. It will be very nice to have a bit of free time!

Eventually I'll need a good home for it, but I'm not exactly sure where, so for now, it's here. If enough people like it, I'll try to do more stuff like this. I've got a handful of story ideas at the ready.

Oh, and apologies for the handwriting. I'm no letterer. XD

Without further ado:

Welp, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed it. If you did, please consider sharing it. I'd really appreciate it! :D

FREE Photoshop Forest Brushes

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Wooo. Chapter 1 done! As promised, here's a celebratory treat. I made a bunch of custom brushes so that I could produce all the recent forest scenes quickly, and now I'm sharing them with you, for FREE!

You guys have been super awesome! The fact that you have been following this comic early on, when it's virtually unknown, means the world to me, and I wanted to find a way to say THANK YOU! So I put together a set of 17 brushes and made a demo video so you can see how I use them. Even if you don't use Photoshop, or even work digitally, the demo might give you some ideas for incorporating trees in your own work.

Here are the 17 brushes:

And here's how I use them:

Finally, here's where you can download them: https://gumroad.com/l/dGvNl

Know any artists that might enjoy these free brushes? Share this post so they can get 'em!

See you all August 22nd for Chapter 2!

Echo's Rift is one month old!

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Well, I've been publishing Echo's Rift for a whole month! Fifteen pages! We're only about halfway through the first chapter, so the fun's just beginning.

So far, I think it's been a really good first month. I started as a complete unknown, but I've been getting some art out there in social media land, and the response has been really encouraging. People are starting to read this fledgling comic, and some have even been kind enough to comment, which I really appreciate! Building a little community is an important part of keeping momentum, so I couldn't be happier with the show of support!

One of the added benefits of building a following on Instagram is that I get to see the work you guys are producing and oh wow, you guys are super talented! Some of you are producing art I want on my wall RIGHT NOW. But for those of you who are just starting out, I'm so impressed by how prolific you are. You're never missing a chance to practice your craft, even if it's just a doodle here and there when you've got some downtime. So many cool OC's, and some full comics, even! And I love seeing the progress. Even if you don't do one of those side-by-side redraws, it's so easy to just scroll back and see how far you've come. It's really inspiring.

Thank you all so much for checking out Echo's Rift, and especially for coming back again and again! You guys rule!

Introductions

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Hey there! I'm Jennifer, pleased to meet you! Thanks so much for visiting. Have some cake!

I just wanted to take a moment to extend a warm welcome. I'm glad you're here! I hope you like adventure, because there's a big one ahead of us. I'm really excited for the story to begin unfolding. I've been working on a decent sized buffer of pages, so I've got a bunch ready to roll. I'm starting off with just three pages a week, but I hope to increase that as my workflow improves.

I'll use this blog to share things that relate to the comic but don't fit in with the main chronology of the story like news, concept art, and the occasional tutorial. I might even talk about some of the comics that inspire me. Is there something you'd like to see? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!