Sunday, June 21, 2009

V3 Sneak Peek - Striptastic

Volume 3 work has been moving ahead at half-sail due to the focus on web design upgrades the past few weeks. That's not to say progress has stopped, though -we've been developing the pages in the next scene, and designing one of our more elaborate settings to date...

Our current efforts take place in an underground dance/strip club decked out with elaborate Aztec-inspired decor... Think if Disneyland went to the effort of designing a themed strip club. It’s got everything except the animatronic pirates and screaming stroller-bound 10 year olds.

With all the time spent drawing fountains, engravings, statues, tables, structural perspective, and paraphernalia, it seems by comparison the actual strippers come into play almost as an afterthought.
Now, don’t get consternated that striptasticness will be completely devoid on the pages - just be sure to appreciate all the freakin’ detail behind the girls!

Aside from an opportunity to draw cartoon divas with a tepid attitude towards attire, the scene does serve a purpose in the actual story. Seriously. This is not a contrived indulgence. Or, at least, not just that...

In our story, this particular nightclub is allegedly a cover for illegal activity and trafficking related to ‘Scinter’s Mark’ - and that’s more than just a reputation. It’s scenes like this that make me grateful we publish ourselves, so that we can handle adult situations and scenarios without skewing towards the kid-bubble-compatible spectrum of pap.

I will say, I’m also looking forward immensely to the lighting in this scene - think very moody, with the fountains and liquid displays done up in neon.

I especially like the Mickey sketch here, and think it actually holds up on it’s own humor-wise. I posted it on Deviant Art and Fur Affinity.
Obviously I won’t be using Mickey in the final scene, because Disney has more lawyers than I have hairs on my body, and an inversely proportioned sense of humor. Try bringing your own wild-eyed Mickey costume to Disneyworld with a plush bloodied hammer included, and chase kids in the park while wearing your hilarious custom outfit, and you’ll see what I mean.

...Completely off topic, but I just thought of another entry for my ’Before I Die’ list.


Angela Entzminger said...

Hey Dave!

Love yours and Liz's comic. I read the entire Prelude in a day. Can't wait to order Vols. 1 & 2. Your work is fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Not to be a stick in the mud but don't let yourself get too carried away with the strippers. unless I'm mistaken most of your readers are still teenagers bound by the laws of pappy. Also be careful that it doesnt distract the viewers away from the comic too much since that's all strippers really do.

Tygepc said...

Awesome! I can't wait for the next update. Good luck with the web design.

Rose said...

Seriously 'anony', if you can't use the word 'pappy' correctly, don't use the word 'stripper'.

Anonymous said...

I've enjoy your prelude comic, and I am in awe of your leet color skils. That being said, I look forward to purchasing volume one and two.


Anonymous said...

Dreamkeepers is awesome and you should feel awesome.

Seriously, I just got into prelude (why am I just finding this place now) and I of course pirated Vol 1. After a voracious read I will be ordering Vol 1 and 2 and tremulously waiting for more. People like you, with good ideas, outstanding art style, and the gall to go out and publish them yourself, deserve all the support our usually callous internet community withholds.