F.A.Q.

Woohoo! Almost 5 months in to this crazy project, and some questions keep popping up. I'll try my best to answer some of them.

1. What the heck is going on? Where are all the people?

Ah, well... I don't really want to tell you right now :) It's no great mystery, but all will be revealed over the course of the story, though it might be hard to decide what is true and what is superstition.

2. How long does it take to create a page?

I can comfortably manage about 2 pages a week, not including the writing. I work on at least two pages at once so I don't get too picky about details and stuff. I've done up to 6 pages in a week before (the dialogue scenes usually take less time than the action ones). Also, the cats are murderously time consuming, so they take longer. 

I spend around 12 hours per page, sometimes a lot more.

3. Webcomics are ok I guess, but is there a physical copy I can buy?

First book is available here.

4. How many pages ahead are you?

I finished 30 pages before I started posting, so I'm still quite a bit far ahead. I think I'm still about 20 pages ahead, but I usually revise them a lot the day or two before I post them. 

5. This story reminds me of _______. What are your influences?

Mainly, The Secret of Nimh, lots of 80s movies like The Goonies, some Disney animated movies, George Miller's movies (from Road Warrior to Babe, Pig in the City :) ), lots of apocalyptic movies, and a handful of other things. I haven't read any Redwall or most of the other stories people have mentioned, but they are on my list of things to read.

6. Do you use a Cintiq or Intuos? Which is better?

I use an old Cintiq 21ux, but I've used an Intuos before. There is no difference in quality, it's just personal preference and price. I know many professionals that use and even prefer and Intuos.

7. Are you doing commissions? Freelance?

I'm not looking for any outside work at this time. 

8. I can has your brushes?

They can be found here.

9. Where did you go to school?

Nowhere, unless you count the one semester I was a graphic design major, but I only took one art class, and it was an art history class, so I don't count it. I'm self taught.

10. How long have you been drawing/painting?

For one billion years, but professionally only about 9 years.

11. What kind of machinery/black magic do you use to create this nonsense?

Answer:

Software: Photoshop CS 7 (and occasionally Sketchup or ZBrush)

Cintiq 21UX (or sometimes a Intuos Tablet)

Razor Nostromo Game Pad (for hot keys)

Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40 Ghz

RAM: 32 GB

OS: Win 10

Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660Ti

more to follow...