One Hell of a week

Hell indeed…even written with a capital H.

We had a burglary last week in our house and studio. The studio managed to get through without all too many injuries, but still… The week has been hectic with all the administration and red-tape that comes with an event like this.

Things are slowly settling again and we would like to thank our clients who had to wait for their orders or answers to their questions, for their immense patience and understanding. Your support and the support of family and friends gave us energy when we were feeling life weighing heavy on us.

Most items that got taken had sentimental value and in a few cases were family heirlooms. Our dog got a few blows from the thief but all in all it could have been worse. We are still taking stock of any items that are missing, should you encounter a laptop or items with a big studio Colrouphobia mark on, let us know ;)

We sure got beaten with a “bad-Karma-stick”™ this week, since we go to spend time in hospital yesterday with our firstborn.

Needless to say: Life can only get better :)

What can we offer you this update? Well head over to http://roadtojove.com/ where the next update is imminent. We are quite overwhelmed with the response we have gotten so far. So bookmark the page is you haven’t already.

There are a few exciting NDA’s in he pipeline. and hopefully the items are published soon so we can showcase some goodies.

And for the peeps who sponsor us through Patreon: The first Empyrean Champion is bound to be released the coming days:

https://www.patreon.com/StudioColrouphobia

Commissions:

We still have spots open for 100€ commissions. Feeling like you need an interesting piece of digital art? (Single character, simple background) Let us know! These kind of commissions help us evolve, quite often our clients give excellent briefs and have creative ideas regarding things we haven’t thought of. So take the chance :)

For anything outside of those specs, or if you need any information not covered here, go to the bottom of the About page and send us a message through the contact form, or just email us. The address is right up there, to the right of this post!

Please note that Studio Colrouphobia will not do any paid commissions based on any IP’s not allowing any reproduction and/or derivative work.

Will work for money…

Welcome back to Studiocolrouphobia.net!

This week we have some exciting news, a bit of info on Road to Jove and some sketches to show, so let’s dig right into it!

 

We started a Patreon!

After doing a little survey Studio Colrouphobia has opened up our first Patreon project!

What’s this patreon thing?

Patreon enables fans to give ongoing support to their favorite creators.

The best way of explaining it is through Patreon’s own video:

In short, so far the system is built so that you can pledge whatever amount you choose in a recurring manner. This means, for Empyrean Champions, that at the beginning of each month you donate a certain amount and receive your rewards shortly after. You can cancel your support at any time and you can access past rewards also.

Will I have to pay to see Your art?
Heavens no!
The result of each month will be available for anyone to see, but if you support it, you get a big lump of goodies. At $1 a month, you get to see the work about a month before we post it anywhere else. From $5 a month, you get to see all the work in progress files as well as receiving some kickass wallpapers made up from these illustrations. And the more you support the more you get.
At $20 you get digital sketchbooks and the fullsized version of the illustrations, for instance, as well as layered PSD’s.

This project will be a fun one, and we hope you will join us and support us as we build a pantheon of Empyrean Champions.

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What are Empyrean Champions?
We’re glad you asked.
Empyrean Champions are characters who have a supernatural counterpart, an ethereal self if you will, that can manifest and fight for whatever cause the champion seem fit. These characters come from Fantasy, Contemporary Fiction or Science Fiction.

We set up a variety of backer rewards, including for those who wish to follow the process of creating the Champions, collectible prints for those who like to collect new art, and collaborative for those who want to add their spice to the worlds of Empyrean Champions!

Support our Patreon right here:

https://www.patreon.com/StudioColrouphobia

 

Some more info on Road to Jove

As you’re probably aware, our webcomic The Road to Jove is up and running, and we’re about halfway through the Prologue: In Crow Country.

We’re getting a lot of questions about it and Aaron thought it was probably time to shed some light on a few of the recurring ones. Firstly, thank you if you’ve been reading and enjoying it so far. The feedback’s been awesome considering how new it is, and how little we’ve promoted it through traditional webcomic channels.

So head on over to Aaron’s blog to read some answers in regards to The Website, Physical copies, Is it free, and  How much do we update.

Coincidentally, Aaron and David had their first proper interview last week.  Here’s their first RTJ interview with Liam Salt at The Cult Den.

 

Some sketches!

As you know Studio Colrouphobia is a two (wo)man organisation. Here are some sketches to show what Natasja has been up to in between commercial jobs:

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Bast/Sekhmet- Natasja Sondered, 2015

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Beetle mount- Natasja Sondered, 2015

Commissions:

We still have spots open for 100€ commissions. Feeling like you need an interesting piece of digital art? (Single character, simple background) Let us know! These kind of commissions help us evolve, quite often our clients give excellent briefs and have creative ideas regarding things we haven’t thought of. So take the chance :)

For anything outside of those specs, or if you need any information not covered here, go to the bottom of the About page and send us a message through the contact form, or just email us. The address is right up there, to the right of this post!

Please note that Studio Colrouphobia will not do any paid commissions based on any IP’s not allowing any reproduction and/or derivative work.

Thunderbolt and lightning (very very frightening…)

Busy days at the studio.

With deadlines passed and more work ahead, let’s take a break and look at how something comes to life.

A page comes to life

So as you know, Aaron and David are doing a webcomic together, the Road to Jove, and the prologue is being updated every Friday.

So how does a comicpage come to life?

In David’s case it starts with a loose sketch, based on the script:

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After re-reading the script, David realise that there is one more panel on this page (note to any aspiring comicbook artists, always read the script proper, making sure nothing is continuing on the following page in the script!)

So another quick sketch is made, to make the panels sit better on the page:

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After taking the sketch into Photoshop, some adjustments are made to make sure it fits on the page-template:

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References for the backgrounds are found, if necessary (in this case, some references for abandon factories are taken from Google and own photos, to make sure all angles of machinery and items make sense), and the background of each panel is painted in:

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Discussing with Aaron, it is decided that the figures are to be let out of the last panel, leaving only the crucified people and crows for viewing.

The figures are painted in and now all that is needed are the text-bubbles:

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After adding in the bubbles a new page is completed, ready to be published:

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Details vanishing

During the painting of this page, Aaron and David realised, for the first time, that the downside about the comic-format is that you need to be able to make sure everything reads. The viewer need to see what is happening, and sometimes this means removing details, or, a lot more time effective, not to paint in details that either removes clarity, or can’t be seen on the final page due to size.

Here is a visually good example of how “details” look on a finished and published page, in comparison to the original size:

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The above is the final, published size. As you can see, the panels display the figures, and there are hints at details (click on the image for a full size view).

Here is the original size David painted it in (again, click for the right size):

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A lot of the details are very rough, and some aren’t even visible on the published page (such as the markjings on the chest of the robot, which are barely seen on the published page, yet obvious on the original size).

So now you know a little more. If you wonder anything, just ask in the comments and we will try to help or explain.

Commissions:

We still have spots open for 100€ commissions. Feeling like you need an interesting piece of digital art? (Single character, simple background) Let us know! These kind of commissions help us evolve, quite often our clients give excellent briefs and have creative ideas regarding things we haven’t thought of. So take the chance :)

For anything outside of those specs, or if you need any information not covered here, go to the bottom of the About page and send us a message through the contact form.

Please note that Studio Colrouphobia will not do any paid commissions based on any IP’s not allowing any reproduction and/or derivative work.

“I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.”

What better way to start this blogpost that to cite the illustrious Jessica Rabbit?

We have been drawing, and sketching, and publishing, and have generally been very busy bees.

Road to Jove is rolling, and with at least one new page weekly coming out, it is making the cogwheels of the studio grind. If you have not checked it out yet, we do not want to know about it. Instead we urge you to go check it out and get lost in the captivating world which Aaron and David will be sequentially revealing. Strap in, it is going to be one helluva ride!

As much fun as the webcomic is, we have as per usual work in the pipeline for various companies. If only some would publish their books already so we could share the art provided. We can give a hint though: we are current working on the revival of an old and classic tabletop game. The art is there and now we are acting like smurfs asking the publishers “Is it there yet? Is it there yet?”

On a brighter note we can provide you with the image for our Ars Scribendi winner. Due to us having to replace our hardware at the studio and being forced to prioritise company commissions, this image got delayed. So congratulations Dave Boddy! We really hope you like the image, and thank you for providing us with an interesting, exiting tale which resulted in a very moody piece of art.

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Commissions:

We have still 4 spots open for 100€ commissions. Feeling like you need an interesting piece of digital art? (Single character, simple background) Let us know! These kind of commissions help us evolve, quite often our clients give excellent briefs and have creative ideas regarding this we haven’t thought of. So take the chance :)

For anything outside of those specs, or if you need any information not covered here, go to the bottom of the About page and send us a message through the contact form.

Please note that Studio Colrouphobia will not do any paid commissions based on any IP’s not allowing any reproduction and/or derivative work.

Busy Bees

Road to Jove

In case you hadn’t noticed, RoadtoJove.com went live two weeks ago.

Meanwhile we are busy with commissions, private and commercial. This year might turn out to be the best one so far since the start of Studio Colrouphobia. Look out for things released later this year, beginning next year.

100 Euro Commissions

Here are two examples of how one of our €100 commissions could look (this offer still runs- Single character, simple background).

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That’s it for now.

Tell us about interesting artists and their art!

Should you encounter a great piece of art or artist let us know! We’d love to showcase some more art on our blog. Let us know through the comments, Facebook page or Twitter Page  (don’t forget to hashtag with #dontfeartheclown on Twitter!).

Commissions

Above you can see an example of our €100 commission-offer. For anything outside of those specs, or if you need any information not covered here, go to the bottom of the About page and send us a message through the contact form.

Please note that Studio Colrouphobia will not do any paid commissions based on any IP’s not allowing any reproduction and/or derivative work.

By Jove I think I got it!

Hi there!

As you might have noticed, it took us a while to get back.

NDA’s and Commercial work have taken a lot of time. As an effect, the blogposts have been on a break.

As a compensation for our absence, and to generate a bit of variety in the illustrations/sketches we produce, David has a special offer that will run until further notice-

One character on a very simple background, or two on no background (see examples below) for €100.

We charge €30 upfront and the rest upon completion.

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This is for a digital copy only! (If you want a print of the art, we offer this for an extra €20, which covers the printing and postage, to be paid upon completion).

Road to Jove

So Aaron wrote a little about Road to Jove the other day and we thought we’d do something similar. But where Aaron mainly talked about where this came from in terms of story and script, we would like to share a (tiny) preview of the art that goes into it.

Leading up to the 6th of February, when we launch the roadtojove.com, we will be releasing some more teasers, but for now, here is a crop of one of the panels already created. It’s “the robot” seen from behind.

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A crop from the webcomic Road to Jove, by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and David Sondered
Art by David Sondered, Studio Colrouphobia

Working together, directly, with a writer, has been refreshing in many ways. The input is very direct. The exchange of ideas and concepts, visual or in words (Aaron has mad MS Paint skills) are invigorating and is leading us to a very interesting point indeed. It’s coming together rather nicely, in fact.

Shortly the webpage will come up, we’ll let you know where and when, but until then, why not pop by the Facebook page of the Road to Jove? And while you’re at it, here is the Twitter account.

So keep an eye out on those two places, and right here, for more updates about the Road to Jove.

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Tell us about interesting artists and their art!

Should you encounter a great piece of art or artist let us know! We’d love to showcase some more art on our blog. Let us know through the comments, Facebook page or Twitter Page  (don’t forget to hashtag with #dontfeartheclown on Twitter!).

Commissions

Take a look in the beginning of this blog-entry! For anything outside of those specs, or if you need any information not covered here, go to the bottom of the About page and send us a message through the contact form.

EDIT:

It has come to our attention that some people really liked the sci-fi example image above.

So until our special offer ends, you will get to download the full image, for the cost of a tweet, FB-share,Google+ mention. Just follow the link below and it will tell you how it works.

You have our permission to use it for personal usage only, meaning that if you want to print it and hang it on your wall, that’s fine.

Below you will find the link to use
http://www.paywithatweet.com/pay?id=e6a5b96c-31e0-4a94-9073-cc4cf13ff003

Please note that Studio Colrouphobia will not do any paid commissions based on any IP’s not allowing any reproduction and/or derivative work.

Merry Teaser!

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We hope that you are enjoying the vacations. There’s a treat for you! Follow the Road to Jove on the Road to Jove Facebook-Page Follow the Road to Jove on @theRoadtoJove or read the comic on roadtojove.comDecemberTeaser-websize The Road to Jove is a collaboration between Studio Colrouphobia and Aaron Dembski-Bowden Studio Colrouphobia will return in the New Year!

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