Fate Saga is a fantastical, action/drama animated series about fate and free will, and follows Cain, a knight who can see the future. With only glimpses of prophecies to guide him, Cain interferes in natural disasters and war in hopes of stopping his tragic visions from happening.

However, in a world on the brink of an apocalypse, is knowing the final outcome enough to change it?

Fate Saga is an original animated action/drama series taking place in a fantastical world based on Medieval Europe.

31 December 2012

Fate Saga Christmas Card Process: Caroling

For the Fate Saga Christmas card, I wanted to do a group shot of the main cast.  Last year, I did a postcard of the cast celebrating Christmas, and this year I wanted it to be a card that could be filled out, put in an envelope and sent to people.    After trying several ideas, the one I went with was the main cast singing Christmas Carols.  The reason why is that it allows everyone to face the viewer, without too many obtrusive background elements.  Also, while Fate Saga does not take place in the real world, their world is based off of Europe in the Middle Ages so the concept of Santa Claus and exchanging gifts might have felt Alternate Universe-ish.

Larkspur is the central figure because, to me, it'd make the most sense that she would orchestrate it (and somehow convince Drax, Seiron and Cyrus to participate).  She and Cain don't have papers to read from because, if anyone would know Christmas Carols by heart, it would be them - they're both very family-orientated.  As for the rest, some are enjoying it more than others.
Technically, this card is meant to print on the bottom half of an 8.5x11in paper and fold into an 8.5x5.5in card.  A white snow flake border was created place around the image at the very end, originally to try and get around cutting the card to bleed.  For the border, I designed one snow flake in Illustrator, then brought it into Photoshop and turned it into a brush.  With some variable brush settings (including size and opacity), I painted the border before importing it back into Illustrator. Ultimately, the cards were still cut because the printer left too much space between the graphics and the edge of the paper, which made it feel unbalanced.

The characters were sketched and inked in Photoshop, then vectorized and completed in Illustrator.  Everything but the snow flake border are all vectors, which relieves the worry of printing with any pixelation.

Armand and his crew are a little Easter Egg placed on the back of the card.  There's no background with them at all, because I wanted to feel like they were a little sticker or insignia placed on the back.
They were pretty fun to draw, and I took more liberties with their designs.  I wanted to allow them to look kiddier, friendlier, in the spirit of fun and Christmas.
It might be hard to tell because these graphics are smaller, but Vektor's musical notes are squared because he himself is a square.
Armand, of course, is the orchestrator.  He sings for no one but his crew will sing for him.

24 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

 Season's greetings from Fate Saga! 

17 December 2012

Cain Strength Exercise

This was a little exercise I wanted to do to show Cain's strength, how he uses it and how his three companions view it.  Guile, being a kid, loves it.  He sees Cain as this strong big brother or father figure, who can use his strength to pick him up, throw him around and basically rough and tumble fun.  Larkspur sees it as a gentle strength - To her, Cain is someone who can protect and comfort her.  Rori on the other hand sees Cain's strength as a threat and opposition.  She sees him as someone who is forceful, and whom she needs to compete with.  To allow him to outshine her in terms of strength (of which Rori is very physically capable as well) would make her feel weak, so she can't allow it.

Of course, Cain sees himself as very strong, and others (especially women and children) as people who need his protection.  This works well for those who really do want it - like Larkspur and Guile - but puts him at odds with those who unquestionably don't want it.

10 December 2012

Larkspur and Rori Emotion Test

After watching "Rise of the Guardians" and "Wreck-It Ralph," I was really inspired by the range of expressions in the characters (as well as the likeability of the characters, the story, the lovely graphics, etc.) and wanted to see if I could push some of the expressions for my Fate Saga cast.  For this test, I tried Larkspur and Rori and enlarged some of their features a little bit - such as their eyes and mouths.

Hope you like it!

03 December 2012

Cain and Larkspur Dance Scene WIP

Sketch by Dana Corrigan.  Background is based off of environmental layout design by Monty Bess

Hi everyone!  For those of you who are in school I hope you had a grand Thanksgiving break.  We're now in the beginning of December and before we know it, Christmas will be here!  I can't believe how quickly this year has gone by.  It's been an incredibly busy here, both for me personally and for Fate Saga.

In the next stretch, I'm slowly going to be working on some new artwork for the pitch book.  A few months ago, my close friends and Taffetas co-creators Jess and Tracy made a good point that the pitch book's images were a little too dark (as in, implying that the whole show might be darker or more mature than it actually is).  With that in mind, I'm going to rough out - and eventually finish - some more light-hearted or comedic scenes from Fate Saga.  I don't know yet which will make it into the book.  Right now it's more of an experiment to see how these scenes come out.

The above image is a dance scene between Cain and Larkspur.  They both have a tendency towards being awkward people - but they're both enjoying themselves.  They're not the only main characters in this scene, however.  This is probably one of the first images I've drawn (other than images done for posters) that has good guys, villains and even neutrals in the same scene interacting with each other.