Hey folks!

I wanted to have a really nice piece representing both Nicki and Ross, the main characters of “Lotus For Help,” so I made sure to get this done before I sent my files off to the printers.  I was up pretty late, as you can imagine, having done both pieces in the second half of yesterday.

As with the Nicki piece, I used an image from the Lotus For Help sketchbook I’m working on (which…I’m hoping I can actually get finished in time!).  I haven’t shown that piece previously, but I completely changed Ross for this version of the image, so I kinda feel better about leaving the grayscale one in the sketchbook since it’s its own version.  He looks worried in the original sketch, but I don’t think that’s how Ross perceives the demons he summons.  He’s an optimist and kind of a sparkly fellow, so I want him to almost be like a magical girl in demeanor, except instead of magic it’s demons, and instead of a girl, he’s a guy.

I hope you like it!  “Lotus For Help” debuts next week, August 20th, at lotusforhelp.com!

~Drew

Hey folks!

I wanted to have a really nice piece representing both Nicki and Ross, the main characters of “Lotus For Help,” so I made sure to get this done before I sent my files off to the printers.  I was up pretty late, as you can imagine, having done both pieces in the second half of yesterday.

As with the Nicki piece, I used an image from the Lotus For Help sketchbook I’m working on (which…I’m hoping I can actually get finished in time!).  I haven’t shown that piece previously, but I completely changed Ross for this version of the image, so I kinda feel better about leaving the grayscale one in the sketchbook since it’s its own version.  He looks worried in the original sketch, but I don’t think that’s how Ross perceives the demons he summons.  He’s an optimist and kind of a sparkly fellow, so I want him to almost be like a magical girl in demeanor, except instead of magic it’s demons, and instead of a girl, he’s a guy.

I hope you like it!  “Lotus For Help” debuts next week, August 20th, at lotusforhelp.com!

~Drew

Hey folks!

I’m putting together some last-ish-minute prints for Dragon Con, and this is one of them.  I had initially planned on just keeping it in the sketchbook, but I liked it so much that I did it up all fancy.  It’ll be on sale at the convention!

Remember, Lotus For Help begins August 20th, right here!

Enjoy!
~Drew

Hey folks!

I’m putting together some last-ish-minute prints for Dragon Con, and this is one of them.  I had initially planned on just keeping it in the sketchbook, but I liked it so much that I did it up all fancy.  It’ll be on sale at the convention!

Remember, Lotus For Help begins August 20th, right here!

Enjoy!

~Drew

Hey folks!

My comic will exist on the web only (at least at first), so I won’t have physical copies of “Lotus For Help” to sell at Dragon Con at the end of August/beginning of September here in Atlanta.  However, I’m trying to put together a neat sketchbook full of grayscale Lotus-related musings to sell for the show.  If I manage to put it all together in time, I’d also like to sell a digital version on Gumroad.

The comic itself takes priority, but man, doing these sketches have been super fun so far.  The image above of Nicki in her mech (a proposed concept, at least) is a great example of what will be in the sketchbook.

I hope you’re looking forward to it!  Remember, the comic will post on lotusforhelp.com which is also a tumblr blog, so you can bookmark and/or follow it in anticipation of the launch of the comic on August 20.

Enjoy!
~Drew

Hey folks!

My comic will exist on the web only (at least at first), so I won’t have physical copies of “Lotus For Help” to sell at Dragon Con at the end of August/beginning of September here in Atlanta.  However, I’m trying to put together a neat sketchbook full of grayscale Lotus-related musings to sell for the show.  If I manage to put it all together in time, I’d also like to sell a digital version on Gumroad.

The comic itself takes priority, but man, doing these sketches have been super fun so far.  The image above of Nicki in her mech (a proposed concept, at least) is a great example of what will be in the sketchbook.

I hope you’re looking forward to it!  Remember, the comic will post on lotusforhelp.com which is also a tumblr blog, so you can bookmark and/or follow it in anticipation of the launch of the comic on August 20.

Enjoy!

~Drew

Hey folks!

Can you believe that the only character I haven’t absolutely nailed down a final design for “Lotus For Help” is Ross?  Silly, considering he used to be the titular character in the original iteration of the comic.

Because Ross doesn’t appear until page eight, I’ve been focusing on Wayne and Nicki (among other side characters that appear with them).  I’ve found even the most recent drawings of him have been difficult to keep on-model;  I’ll have one fantastic, “perfect” drawing of him and then never be able to match it for whatever reason.  How frustrating!  So I’ve worked the past few nights to try and finalize him, and I think I’ve got it, or at least I’m close.

I’m shortening his sleeves and putting him in shorts because I think it makes more sense for him to wear something that could be perceived as more comfortable, even if he’s somewhat overdressed.  Plus, it allowed me to cut out a few unnecessary details out.  Also, it’s just cute.  :)

Perfectly round or oval eyes can be difficult to get right without the help of shape tools and paths, so I’m considering giving Ross the more “football” shaped eyes that Nicki and Wayne have.  I’ve found them to be plenty expressive with the other two characters, and it will make drawing Ross a lot easier.  I’ll have to draw him a few more times to see if this is really working for me, but I’m optimistic.

As you can see, I might be changing his blue accessories (bowtie, shoes, belt) to pink, to match the design identity of the project, and because Ross is the sort of person who dresses for the job he wants and it stands to reason that he’d wear a color inspired by the lotus tree outside of the Lotus For Help headquarters.  I also think it’s more “special” than the blue, but maybe I’m crazy.  Maybe I’ll change it back.  Not quite sure yet.  What do you think?

As a side note, I’ve always had this thing where I associate characters with a specific color, even if it’s not a color they prominently wear.  In this case, I associate Nicki with light blue, Wayne with dark blue, and Ross formerly with this (frankly unprintable) electric blue color.  Perhaps the warm pink color will help differentiate him.

Anyway, I need to be in bed.  I’m up entirely too late.

~Drew

Hey folks!

Can you believe that the only character I haven’t absolutely nailed down a final design for “Lotus For Help” is Ross?  Silly, considering he used to be the titular character in the original iteration of the comic.

Because Ross doesn’t appear until page eight, I’ve been focusing on Wayne and Nicki (among other side characters that appear with them).  I’ve found even the most recent drawings of him have been difficult to keep on-model;  I’ll have one fantastic, “perfect” drawing of him and then never be able to match it for whatever reason.  How frustrating!  So I’ve worked the past few nights to try and finalize him, and I think I’ve got it, or at least I’m close.

I’m shortening his sleeves and putting him in shorts because I think it makes more sense for him to wear something that could be perceived as more comfortable, even if he’s somewhat overdressed.  Plus, it allowed me to cut out a few unnecessary details out.  Also, it’s just cute.  :)

Perfectly round or oval eyes can be difficult to get right without the help of shape tools and paths, so I’m considering giving Ross the more “football” shaped eyes that Nicki and Wayne have.  I’ve found them to be plenty expressive with the other two characters, and it will make drawing Ross a lot easier.  I’ll have to draw him a few more times to see if this is really working for me, but I’m optimistic.

As you can see, I might be changing his blue accessories (bowtie, shoes, belt) to pink, to match the design identity of the project, and because Ross is the sort of person who dresses for the job he wants and it stands to reason that he’d wear a color inspired by the lotus tree outside of the Lotus For Help headquarters.  I also think it’s more “special” than the blue, but maybe I’m crazy.  Maybe I’ll change it back.  Not quite sure yet.  What do you think?

As a side note, I’ve always had this thing where I associate characters with a specific color, even if it’s not a color they prominently wear.  In this case, I associate Nicki with light blue, Wayne with dark blue, and Ross formerly with this (frankly unprintable) electric blue color.  Perhaps the warm pink color will help differentiate him.

Anyway, I need to be in bed.  I’m up entirely too late.

~Drew