I just wanted to let you all know that I'll be going on hiatus for a bit. I just have more on my plate than I can handle at the moment. Plus, I'm going to be out of the country for a couple of weeks. I knew this before the chapter break, but I really didn't want to leave you all with a two month break, and I thought I could get enough pages done to cover my time away. But as I started the chapter I quickly learned that wasn't possible. In addition to my time away I'm faced with the fact that although Echo's Rift amounts to a full-time job, it certainly doesn't pay as much and I really need to prioritize paid work.
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.
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^)/*
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!
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.
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!