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.

25 December 2013

Happy Holidays from Fate Saga!

Drax isn't hanging out here because he's not about to sit around a campfire singing Christmas Carols in freezing weather! 

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all!  For this year's Fate Saga art, I decided to go back to traditional mediums because I had been wanting to play around more with it.  Both drawings were sketched out with non photo blue pencil (which really isn't all that non-photo...), inked with Micron pens and colored with Prismacolor Colored Pencils. 

I almost always go with Digital Mediums because it's so much more forgiving, but despite the many mistakes prevalent it was still a lot of fun to do.  I hope you like them!! 

With college ending for Winter Break and the immense Freelance Project reaching the end, I can finally resume Fate Saga on a semi-regular basis.  More on Fate Saga's post schedule and new updates coming soon!

It's slightly obvious here that Bianca's the only one who sees the outside world on a regular basis.  Not that Vektor, Armand and Lukas have never seen snow before, but they're usually holed up in the labs.  Armand is also 5'10 tall which is a testament to how insanely tall Bianca and Vektor are.  Bianca is taller than Cain when she wears heels.

20 October 2013

Sleep is for the Weak

Hi everyone!

This semester has been pretty crazy, with the new classes I've been teaching along with a large freelance gig I'm working on concurrently.  It's been a blast so far, and the new classes are great!  Unfortunately, I haven't had as much consecutive time to dedicate to Fate Saga, so for now I don't have any big updates for it. 

For the duration of this semester, this blog will have to slow down to more infrequent updates.  There will still be updates when I can make them, and the blog will resume regular updates around the end of the year, once classes are done for the semester.

On a good note, having new classes to teach this semester meant spending more time developing and learning in areas that I knew functionally for work, but could always use more thorough knowledge in.  I also went to the Kelby "Adobe Photoshop Creativity Tour," have been studying DVD's on Blending Modes and Animation Principals, received a free, newly released textbook on Acting Performance for Animators (which I'll review some time in a future post) and have generally been absorbing so much relevant information.  Once things slow down here and I get a chance to absorb everything I've been researching outside of a class environment, I know this is going to benefit Fate Saga in a tremendous way.

For now, here is a fun sketch of Malachi and Bianca.  They are both professors of a School of Magic in Duero, so they (well, Malachi since he's the more studious of the two) know sleep deprivation!

07 October 2013

Warm Up Sketches on Manga Studio

Warm down sketch of Cain and Larkspur about to share a kiss

Lately, in between teaching classes and my freelance work, I've been experimenting with Manga Studio and getting used to the sketching, inks and tones.  It's a really nice program and I've really grown to like it!  I haven't had a lot of time to do much with Manga Studio, but I wanted to share some warm-down sketches I did this past weekend.  They're pretty rough, but a lot of fun to do!

This is a warm down sketch of Cain and Rori being forced to act friendly towards each other.  Cain's saying something to a character off screen, and Rori is biting her tongue, to keep from making a snide remark.

22 September 2013

Manga Studio Test: Bianca

So about a two weeks ago, Tracy showed me a program that I had heard about, but never used called Manga Studio.  There was a huge sale on their 4EX software and, after hearing rave reviews from her regarding how much this program speeds up the inking process, I had to give it a go.  A good sale and a program that can speed production?  Worth a shot!

Anyway, I do have to say I agree with her.  Inking on here is a blast.  I'm still getting the hang of the pen brushes, tones, pencils and the overall layout of the work space, but I can see why people like it.  For Bianca, I used School Brush, and several grey and white tones.  For the background, I was trying to get a fiery/magic-y pattern going.  I still have a ways to go before I get used to using tones appropriately.  Right now I'm not sure when's a good time to use any of the graphicy tones, like dots and lines and such.  I'm sure that'll come with practice.

For now, enjoy some screen-toned comic-panel practice Bianca!

08 September 2013

Don't Touch Him

 By Dana Corrigan

Seiron is a very gentle giant, but he is also very protective.  If an opponent hurts anyone he cares for, that is when you will see the beastial nature inside of him.  But unlike Rori, Seiron never flies into an uncontrolled rage.  If he does get feral and tear up an opponent, he will never willingly turn on his allies (then again, if one grabs his shoulder while he's fighting and he doesn't know who it is, or that it's an ally, then that's a different story.)

This sketch isn't from any scene in particular, though I could see something like this happening. It helps to have a big, powerful, well-dressed Gargoyle friend.

03 September 2013

OC Sketch X-Change: Our Hearts are Together

I've mentioned before that I am part of an OC Art-Xchange group on DeviantART, and this was the gorgeous entry I was lucky enough to receive by the exceptionally talented Brianna Alexander!!  Here is a link to the original post on DeviantART.  As you can see here, the prompt is love between two characters (it didn't have to be romantic love, but most of us opted for it.  MMmmm)

I love the posing of both characters, and especially how schmoozing Cain is, all up on Larkspur.  He enjoys a little desert with his music!  Another aspect I really like about it is how great Brianna is with different character bodytypes.  This is prevalent not only here, with a big broad man and a thin, rail-ish girl, but also in her other work.

Thanks so much, Brianna!  I love it!

My entry was with Mayocat's characters, Juno and Maurice.

26 August 2013

Busy Times Ahead!

 This adorable little frolicking Lukas is courtesy of the amazing Jay Miller, from the OC Art-XChange group's June entry.  The topic was "Chibi" and boy did he make Fate Saga's eccentric scientist absolutely adorable!!

Hi everyone!  I wanted to give you the heads up that things have been pretty busy this past month, and are going to be even busier here for the next few weeks.  School is starting, and this semester I will be teaching 3 different classes, two subjects of which I'll be teaching for the first time!  Which means double the syllabi, class preparation, lectures, assignments to put together and students to grade.  In preparation for these classes, I'm not going to have much time to post new content here.  However, that does not mean that the once-a-week posting date will change.  Instead, I will be posting guest art, from commissions and art trades that I've done throughout the summer for the OC Art-XChange group, and also with friends and colleagues from conventions.  I may also post some sketches and works-in-progress for some of the art I'm working on for Fate Saga.

If you would like to have your art featured, feel free to send me an email at dana_corrigan@ymail.com or through DeviantART!

19 August 2013

Anime Festival Orlando 2013

Hi everyone and welcome any newcomers to Fate Saga!  I just got back from AFO 2013.  This year it was moved to a new location - the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World.  Literally if you stepped outside of the hotel, you could see one of the theme park's rollercoaster. 

The convention itself was a little slow, but overall was a great time!  I got to see some amazing artists there including Kitsune Steele, Emily Boverie, Christa Deason and Brittany Cruz, some I know from previous conventions - when you frequent the same conventions, you tend to find some of the same people, which is great because we eventually all get to know each other.  I also got to meet Jennifer Hale and Ali Hillis, the voices behind female Commander Shepard and Liara T'soni from Mass Effect, respectively (as well as the voices behind many other characters from both television and video games).  They were both incredibly nice!  Ali Hillis even runs a dog shelter.  She and I went soccer mom mode and showed each other pictures of our dogs.

This is the last convention for Fate Saga, for the summer.  I may hit more towards the end of the year.  If that happens, I will let you know in a future update!  For now, thank you for checking out Fate Saga, and a big welcome to anyone who may be a new visitor!  If you like what you see here, please like us on Facebook, which is located along the right side column of this blog!

Fate Saga: First episode concept art: test screen shot, by Dana Corrigan

12 August 2013

Swimsuit Bianca Art XChange, by Hookyland

As some of you may know, I am part of a an art group called the OC Art-X-Change.  Each month we have the option to enter a drawing and get a randomly chosen original character to draw.  There are regular art exchanges, where they have to be full colored, and sketch exchanges, where they can be rougher.  This was one of the sketch exchanges.  Hookyland ended up getting Bianca, and I love love love what she did with the style.  Her drawing style really suits Bianca, and I love how she's strong and curvy, with a more natural body type.

I in turn received FrayZhaun, who belongs to Mycury-Art.  Below is my part of the art trade:

The sketch exchange's prompt was to draw them in a swimsuit for the summer, so Fray's sporting some swanky swimming trunks and chilling out by the edge of the pool. He seems like a laid back kind of guy, so I wanted to draw him doing something relaxing.  He was a lot of fun to draw!

05 August 2013

Fanboy Expo 2013

Larkspur, by Shawn Harbin

I went for one day to Fanboy Expo 2013 with a close friend of mine, to check out the convention.  I didn't have an art table for this convention, as I wanted to see how big the event was, and what it was like.  It was pretty small, but still pretty impressive for a first year.  It was fun meeting some of the celebrities, such as the wrestling announcer Jerry "The King" Lawler and the voice actor Rodger Bumpass, who brings Squidward to live in Spongebob Squarepants, not to mention Dr. Light in Teen Titans and other characters.  

One of the special guests is a pal of mine and creator of the comic series, The Dungeon - Shawn Harbin.  I met him at Megacon a few years ago, and he's a swell guy.  The Dungeon is his pet project and beloved creation, just as Fate Saga is to me.  He already have several comic issues complete.  While we were at Fanboy Expo, we did an art trade.  I drew The Dungeon's Lace Wings and Brahmabull, and he drew Fate Saga's Larkspur!

Just as a reminder, Fate Saga will be set up in the artist alley in Orlando, Florida for Anime Festival Orlando, on August 16-18.  I look forward to seeing you there!

28 July 2013

Metrocon 2013

Guile and Rori Art Trade, by Dean Grayson.

This weekend I went to Metrocon in downtown Tampa, Florida.  I didn't have an art table, this time, so I used it as an opportunity for both networking and just meet people and have fun.  I had the pleasure of meeting Phil LaMarr (Jack from Samurai Jack), Dante Basco (Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender), D.C. Douglas (Legion, from Mass Effect.  We've met before but he's an awesome guy to talk to), Scott McNeil (Piccolo from Dragon Ball Z, Wolverine from X-Men Evolution and many, many more.  We've also met before, as he frequents anime conventions in Florida.  He's one of the funniest and nicest people you could ever meet at a convention), Brittney Karbowski (Black Star, from Soul Eater) and Janet Varney (Korra, from The Legend of Korra). 

They were all incredibly nice and with a great sense of humor.  Their panels were a lot of fun and they were so kind in person!  Janet Varney especially was very sweet, and she has a podcast I'd like to promote on her behalf.  It's called the JV club, and on it she interviews women actresses and voice actresses about what their teenage years were like.  You can check it out, here!

Also, at every convention I usually commission an artist and, if the option presents itself, do an art trade.  I commissioned Doug Smith, the guest artist at Metrocon, for a Fate Saga character of his choice.  He chose Cain, the main hero.  The image is featured below.  I love how knightly and manly he came out - he was a good match stylistically for Doug.  The shading also came out nicely!

I also had the absolute pleasure of art trading with Dean Grayson, who had a table at the artist alley.  We each got to choose a character from each other's stories - mine being Fate Saga and his being Relic Chasers, his web comic that will be starting in January 2014.  His image is featured on the top.  He decided on Guile and Rori, and I absolutely love how sweet they are in this image.  Such a warm atmosphere! 

This coming weekend I will be going to Fanboy Expo 2013, also in Tampa, Florida.  I don't have an art table there, but I do have one next month at Anime Festival Orlando!  If you will be there, be sure to stop by!

Noble Cain Commission, by Doug Smith

22 July 2013

Switch Around Meme

I heard about this meme from my pal, Jay Miller, and was interested in trying it out!  My buddies and creators of The Taffetas, Jess and Tracy were kind enough to humor me in trying this art exercise!  We all had a great deal of fun with it, and it's so interesting to see how our styles influence the image!  I can see a little of each of us, in each image.

The way the meme works is that we draw each other's characters, ink our own, then color the one we haven't touched yet.  Each panel is labeled with the one who worked on it!

Lukas belongs to Fate Saga, Sapphire belongs to The Taffetas and the cutest little Pancake Fox belongs to Jess!

15 July 2013

Supercon 2013 and Blog Updates

Over the July 4th weekend, I was in Miami, Florida for Supercon.  First off, a big welcome to our new viewers!  Feel free to stick around and check out the blog.  If you like what you see, please Like us on Facebook and follow our group on DeviantART!

For those who may be new - Fate Saga is a pitch project for an original animated series.  I have been developing the story and characters for a long time, and this blog was originally created when I was working on my MFA Thesis in graduate school.  Thus far, we have pitched to Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon and have overall had positive reactions.  We have also had the honor of recruiting some fantastic voice actors for the project, including Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Blum, Grey DeLisle, Keith David (conditionally), Kevin Schon, Scott Smith, Casey Mongillo, Celia Sullivan and Ashley Sahler,  

On this production blog, you will find animated trailers, voice tests, information on our voice actors and crew, storyboards, animatics, character designs, sketches, fan art, the step-by-step process of some of Fate Saga's illustrations, general merchandise and more!

As for Supercon, the convention went very well!  It was exciting to see so many new people, especially those who were from a different area and who weren't familiar with Fate Saga or me.  Fate Saga received a lot of interest, which was wonderful!

There are also a few new updates to the blog.  I am working to try and unite the different social media outlets, including DeviantART, Tumblr, YouTube and Facebook, to make it easier to navigate to them from this blog.  Along the right side column, a link to DeviantART and YouTube have been added.  Once the Tumblr page is set up, that will also be included.

Currently, the next convention Fate Saga will be set up at is Anime Festival Orlando 2013.  More information about it will come as we get closer to the event.  I hope to see you there!

Armand versus Cyrus commission I purchased from Nathaniel Perry, at Miami Supercon.  He did an a-maze-ing job with it!  I always like to grab a commission when I go to a convention, and when I saw his work I knew I had to commission him for Fate Saga.  I had given him the option to draw any two characters from the story and he chose Armand and Cyrus.  I love the motion, and how fitting their facial expressions are to the characters.

08 July 2013

Armand Poster Development

For Florida Supercon, here is a poster I've made for Fate Saga's main villain, the scientist Armand. I don't often draw him because he's a very mysterious character. Not the type of person who I want to humanize the same way I try to humanize the other villains in my artwork. He is meant to personify everything that is scary about doctors and science - especially the dehumanization of test subjects.

As for the poster itself, it was fairly simple to make. I wanted a bright, backlit background that's almost like sitting in a doctor's chair or gurney, looking up as he's looming over. The hardest part was definitely that hand holding the medieval scalpel in perspective.

 This post was set up in advance.  Fate Saga is currently still in Miami for Florida Supercon.  In next week's post, I will talk more about the experience there.

01 July 2013

Fate Saga will be at Florida Supercon over the July 4th Weekend!

Cain and Larkspur are looking forward to Supercon!

This weekend, Fate Saga will be at Florida Supercon!  We will be located at Table AA59.

The 4-day convention lasts July 4 - 7, 2013 and is located at:

Miami Airport Convention Center
711 NW 72nd Ave
Miami, USA

For more information, check out the Florida Supercon website!   This will be Fate Saga's first trip to Supercon, and it's going to be a blast!  From what I've heard, it's the largest convention in Florida.  If you can, come stop on by!  See you there!

24 June 2013

Lukas Poster for Florida Supercon

 Fate Saga will be at Florida Supercon over the July 4th weekend, and in anticipation for it, I wanted to develop a few more new Fate Saga stuff to sell there.  At MegaCon, the posters did exceptionally well, and thus my first thought was to create posters for some of the cast who don't yet have one.

 For Lukas, I always thought his silhouette looked best in profile, and I had done an image just like this awhile back as a desktop image,  I had always liked the way the desktop image came out, but it was very hard to sell as a print because it was so very dark (as in, lacking in light).  I wanted to try it again, with brighter and better set up for print.

I also used this as an opportunity to experiment with the eyeholes of his mask somewhat conforming to the shape of his eyes to help show expression.  I tried this test in sketches recently, and Jay Miller suggested adding a black ring around his eyes.  I tried is here to some extent, and I think it worked wonderfully!  It also helped to make his eyes stand out more.  Thanks so much for the helpful suggestion, Jay!

Here are some of the sketches that lead up to the final. 
 I've grown into the habit of flipping my sketches at least once, often twice and re-sketching before I get into the inking stage.  It really helps to get out some of the kinks.
 The flat colors, with very little color/gradient effects to the smokey whispy thing coming out of Lukas' container.

Usually I do shadows first, then highlights.  For this image I did it backwards, because I really needed to know how the strongest light sources touched him first.  Also, another major difference between this poster and the others I've done so far is that this one has a lot of gradient shadows, both in the background and on the figure.  I was inspired by the gorgeous rendering style of Ashley Cope's online comic, Unsounded, and the way she handled the lighting of magical spells.

The final result, before I added the textures and Fate Saga title from the other posters.
The final product, with textures and title added.

Overall, this took me about two days on and off to complete.  It was sketched and inked in Photoshop, then vectorized and colored in Illustrator.  All effects are done in Illustrator.  I've done this for every poster so far and will continue to do so if I can help it.  This is because the posters are all completely vectorized, which gives the images a nice clean look and gives me complete control over their sizing.  I never have to worry about pixelation.

16 June 2013

Father's Day

So in going with the relationships the cast have with their mother's for this year's Mother's Day, for Father's Day I wanted to do something similar. However, instead of reviewing their adult relationships with their fathers (or father figures), I drew the main 4 heroes as children and showed their relationships that way.

Cain's father is an older man and a knight who didn't get to spend lots of time with his children because he was always off with knightly duties - but he nonetheless loved his children and Cain adored him. Many of Cain's traits he gained from him - his chivalry, sense of justice and responsibility. Cain's father was a gentle and heroic man, and growing up Cain aspired to be just like him. In the image, I imagine that Cain's father is talking knightly business with people, and had brought his son with him to the castle.

Rori had a very good relationship with both parents. They were both tough and could be strict, but being warriors themselves they weren't helicopter or tiger parents. Although she was rambunctious, Rori rarely got in trouble for the type of things she did. In this image, I imagine it's something like:
Lil Rori: "Papa! That boy pushed me so I punched him in the face!"
Father: "Ouch! That's my girl!"

Larkspur was definitely's a 'daddy's girl', as she had a poor relationship with her mother. Her father's a bit flamboyant and tacky, but very loving and affectionate towards his daughter. He was the type of guy who'd cheer for her during any singing recitals, and proudly go to any childhood event Larkspur had. It's through him that she learned her gentleness, patience and tolerance for all different types of people.

Guile's father died when he was a baby, so his father figure for a time was his Grandfather. His Grandfather unfortunately didn't care to have to play 'father' a second time and didn't tolerate anything Guile did. He would often take his frustrations out on the boy regardless of whether he had a reason. Later Guile gets separated from his Grandfather and is found/raised by Rori, so from that point on he's like the son of a single mother.

10 June 2013

Seiron Gift Art by Jay!

My friend, talented artist and hard working colleague Jay Miller did a batch of gift arts for friends a short while back, and amongst them was this absolutely adorable interpretation of Fate Saga's own Seiron!  I love his sweet little face and the 'fingers-tapping-together pose which is something he does quite a lot, especially when he's being inquisitive, nervous or curious!

He came out so absolutely adorable here!  Jay did a lovely job with the line-less style!

Thanks so much, Jay!

02 June 2013

Lukas Animation Puppet Development

To practice with After Effects, I've started working on an animation featuring Lukas and Bianca.  Since the initial test, I have been experimenting with designing a functional 2D puppet for Lukas in After Effects.  I've attempted using the puppet warp tool, however the arm became too noodly.  Lukas' arms are boney, and should have a distinct edge in the elbow that the puppet warp tool can't quite successfully create.

I have tried cutting the limb into pieces and animating them the same way I would in Flash, as individual parts.  It works alright, but very recently McArthur Freeman, an animation professor at USF, brought to my attention a very interesting, free script for After Effects called DUIK.  For any of you 3D rigging enthusiasts, the extension allows us to create IK (Inverse Kinematic) controls for the arms and legs.  The latest version requires it to be used in conjunction with puppet warp - or at least it appears to from my initial tests - but the results are promising.

At this current stage, I am running tests on a rough draft of Lukas' arm and leg to see if I can get the motion I want out of it without breaking his model.  I will post an brief animation rigging test on the blog at a later date.


In the meantime, there's an issue with his eyes that I've always sort of known about but now have to address if I want to try and animate with him.

In his older version, Lukas has distinct eye holes in his mask, and his eyes emote inside of the eye holes.  Functionally, this is fine and I can set up the puppet to work.  However, I find that it's harder to emote with him especially since his mouth and 'eyebrows' are essentially covered. 

When I roughed out the storyboards for his animation, I found that his expressions read well when the 'eye holes' of his mask simply conformed to the shape of his eyes, like with Deadpool or Batman in the cartoons.  The caveat to this is that it requires more suspension of disbelief, especially since Lukas wears a hard mask (like Cubone or Slade).

I also wasn't sure if, when he closes his eyes, whether you'd see the green outline around his eyes at that point.  It looked strange to do it when the image was placed in conjunction with the others up here, so I tried just having them blink without a visible eye hole.

What I wanted to ask is if you'd still be able to take him seriously with this simplification in his mask design?  Does it hurt him as a character, or does it make it easier to read his expressions?  He is a character who can be both quirky and creepy.  When he's at his creepiest/most serious, would this design still work?  Does the mask still look like a mask?

I may try another set of drawings coming up to test Lukas with a more rigid eye hole shape, and emoting his eyes underneath to see how that looks.  I want to have that element of his head design finished by the time I get to his head in the rig.  The Lukas puppet won't be his 'final' by any means, but I'd like to optionally use it beyond this one animation.

27 May 2013

OC Art X-Change (April): Cyberpunk Vektor

I've mentioned before that I am part of the OC Art-Xchange group on DeviantART.  The way the group works is that you sign yourself up each month if you have time to do an original, completed artwork for someone else's characters and, in turn, someone will do one for you.  You get to choose which one of your characters you're offering up to the mantel each month, and in return you receive the other person's character to draw.  It's set up as a Secret Santa format, and no one knows who got who until we post up our drawings.

For our April entry, it was "Cyberpunk" or "Steampunk." I offered up Vektor because he already wears armor so I figured he'd be easier to work with.  I was excited to receive this awesome Cyberpunk version of Vektor, by Myrcury-Art!  I like how she kept to his blue and silver color scheme, and he ended up looking pretty cool and sinister!  The binary code background, his name and the blue glows are a nice touch!  Feels very 'Tron'!

My entry below doesn't involve any Fate Saga characters, but it was a lot of fun to do!  His name is Reegan Keaton and he belongs to Caat.

20 May 2013

Character Facial Expression Practice Sketches

Here is a batch of practice facial sketches I just recently did as a warm up.  This batch features three characters that aren't part of the main cast but are being worked as on as possible additional characters in the story - Eli (the top middle), Isis (top right) and Mortar (bottom center).

Eli and Isis are especially in the process of being designed, and here I wanted to try drawing their faces/expressions/hair in the same batch as some of Fate Saga's established cast both to see if they look like they belong in the same world, and also that they don't look too similar to anyone else.  Neither them are solidified yet, but I'm slowly getting the kinks out.  Once I get far enough, I'll try a colored, more cleaned up version of them.

12 May 2013

The Mothers of Fate Saga

For Fate Saga's Mother's Day this year, I decided to try something a little different and draw out each main character's relationship with his/her mother.  Most of the cast's parents are not designed, and likely wouldn't be seen very much in the story, but I always felt that it was important to have some idea to each character's past, relationship with their parents, and basically anything that could contribute to that character's personality.  Obviously, the type of bond a person has with his or her parents affect everything else about their lives whether they want it to or not.  Of course, none of this is set in stone and could be changed, but this is the current relationship each character has with his/her mother.

Most of the cast is younger in this image because, in the current story, they don't have much regular access to their parents.

Cain:  He has a very good relationship with his mother.  She was a stay at home mother/housewife.  It was expected where he lived, and it was a type of life suited to her.  She was involved in her children's lives and is pretty much the type of person Cain compares every other woman he meets to.  Cain is very kind towards her, and learned much of his chivalry not just from her but also his Squire upbringing.  She is also the person from whom he inherited his psychic powers from, though Mrs. Strata makes an effort to hide her powers because she knows her people are superstitious and would see it as witchcraft.

Guile:  I was debating between drawing him with his birth mother, or with Rori.  Guile's parents died when he was a baby, and the only parent he remembers before Rori was his grandfather.  Since the only mother he remembers is Rori, I decided to draw him with her.  Guile's always been a goofy kid, and Rori deviates between being annoyed by him and amused with his antics.  He's probably the only one who can frustrate her endlessly, but also the only one who can make her laugh even when she's at her most miserable.  Guile himself has some insecurity with her, and whether or not she really loves him or is just using him as a means to an end (Rori's not the type to throw around the "l" word freely).  Still, they are protective of each other and will be the first to rush to the other's defense.

Rori:  She comes from a snarky, tough clan of were-wolf hunters.  There's a lot of sarcasm and teasing amongst them, and it's part of the reason Rori's very thick-skinned and hard to offend.  She and her mother have a strong, snarky relationship.  In some ways, Rori had to grow up quickly because the threat of were-wolves and surviving off of the land was always imperative, but Rori's inquisitiveness and maturity were rewarded.  Her parents were strict when she was young, but relented as she grew older and, as an adult, her mother became more of a trusted friend and confidant, until Rori became a were-wolf, herself.
Mother: Hun, you do know you're supposed to hit the targets, right?
Rori: You don't say?

Larkspur:  She has an estranged relationship with her mother, and had a tumultuous one throughout most of her life.  Larkspur's mother was always concerned with what other people thought of them, and would put pressure on Larkspur not to make mistakes, offend anyone and generally behave in a way that will look good to other people.  Her mother has social anxiety, and either through nature or nurture, Larkspur inherited the same problem.  Her parents divorced when Larkspur was a child, and her mother blames Larkspur for it.  Larkspur finds her mother to be intimidating and impossible to please.  As a result, she ends up avoiding her, though Larkspur tries to find a common ground when she can.

Bianca:  She grew up to a rich family, and was the type of child who could have anything she wanted but her parents' attention.  Elemental attack magic is considered black arts to her shamanistic elvish people, and once she began to study it she was outcast from her homeland and disowned by her parents.  Having never had a close relationship with them, it wasn't a great loss to her - though she does tend to look for that attention she lacked from them anywhere else she can.

On the bottom left of the image are some of the characters who grew up without parents at all - little Cyrus, Lukas and Seiron.  Drawn as adorably as possible.

Anyway, I hope you like it!

05 May 2013

Lukas/Bianca Animation Roughs part 1

Hello everyone!  This post will be part of a series, as I put together the roughs, then cleaner roughs and ultimately finals of this test animation.

Next semester, I will be teaching Flash and After Effects at the University of Tampa along with the Beginning Digital Arts class I normally instruct.  Since it's been awhile since I've had a chance to play around with After Effects, the final version of this animation as of right now will have Lukas and possibly Bianca puppeted, with some frame-by-frame animation.  It will be experimental, both to test After Effects and also to see how well these two animate.

Right now this is a very, very rough first draft of what the animation might look like.  Bianca is injured, sitting on a table and awaiting treatment from Armand...and Lukas is all too interested in her injuries.

Lukas is voiced by Scott Smith.   Check out his website and samples of his voice over work here!

29 April 2013

Larkspur Sketches

Lately, I've been inspired to draw Fate Saga, but have been so incredibly busy these past few weeks that I really haven't had time to. Finally, recently I had a little extra time before bed and did a bunch of quick roughs. I clustered all of Larkspur's roughs together for this sketch dump.

Her hair is different in some of the sketches because in the story, she eventually loses her bandana. She would probably have a different outfit at that point as well, but I haven't designed her later outfits so right now it's all her original attire.  Some of these sketches are from scenes I have in mind, but I kept out anything spoilerish. So whatever she's reacting to, you can make up.

There will likely be more sketch dumps in the future, once I add a few more drawings of some of the other characters.

I hope you like it!

22 April 2013


Fate Saga itself doesn't really have a 'mascot' figure, nor do I really intend for it to.  The series is a little mature, most likely, to have an iconic little animal friend.  That being said, I spent a few months starting at the end of last year up until recently working on revamping my portfolio.  Usually, animators will use a mascot figure or an avatar of themselves (whether it's a cartoon version of themselves, a fursona, or an invented character meant to represent them personally).  My old mascot, still featured on my website until it's eventually remodel, served as that cute little dragon animal friend.  I chose the little blue dragon because many years ago, I used to go by a pseudonym of "Sapphire Dragon Studios," which I still occasionally use.

Now that I go by my own name more often, I intended to retire the little blue dragon mascot and use someone else.  It took me awhile to figure out what I wanted to do.  First, I tried some cartoon versions of myself and, while I didn't dislike how they came out, they just didn't feel right.  So I thought about using a mascot, again.  A lot of artists use a main character from their largest projects, thesis or senior films, so I started thinking about Fate Saga. 

Who would be a good 'mascot' figure for Fate Saga?  Despite being the main 'animal' of the group, Rori was immediately discarded as a candidate because wolves have definitely been done before, and she's way too mean looking.  I'd scare any clients away.  Mascots are usually fun, friendly and approachable creatures.  Thinking on that line, the answer came to me pretty easily:  Seiron.

He's sweet, friendly, approachable, more unique in design than any other beastial character in Fate Saga's cast, and his well-dressed appearance might help make the art he's featured on - and myself - more professional.

So while this isn't a piece for Fate Saga in particular, here is "Mascot Seiron" as featured on the front of my Digital flatbook.  His wings are lightened so it won't conflict with the text:

15 April 2013

OC Art X-Change March part 2: Hao

This was the other half of the Art X-Change, drawn by JayJayRey.  The prompt was simply to draw our characters meeting for the first time, and I was lucky enough to get JayJayRey as my secret Santa-of-sorts.  JayJay drew her character, Satinka, meeting Cain for the first time.  I like how Cain looks like he had just woke up from sleeping outside (totally in character for him).  He hasn't had time yet to get confused and bewildered at this new, brightly colored critter greeting him!

Satinka herself is adorable.  She seems like a very friendly character.  It would be interesting to see how the two of them would interact beyond the initial 'hellos'!  Maybe that'll be explored in a future Art X-Change.

08 April 2013

OC Art Exchange: I Think We've Met Before?

So about a month ago, I joined an OC group on DeviantART started by Myrcury-Art and a friend of mine and creator of Machinema, Jay Miller, that's all about drawing our original character(s) interacting with the original character(s) of another member chosen at random, based off of a prompt given every month.  I had been debating whether I was going to post my side of the prompts (or the prompts that the other person does for me) on this blog, but after what happened to my first month's post I have to answer with a resounding "yes!"

Why?  Is it because the above drawing is a shining example of Fate Saga?  Well, not so much for the above image but because of what it inspired:

In my original post on DeviantART, I mentioned that Elena looked as if she was peeping out of Cain's shirt (Elena, what are you doing in there?!), and then Jamie posed the question that we've all been wondering... what wouldn't she be doing in Cain's shirt?  And it spiraled into the insane and lovely sketch Tracy did above!  This is one of the reasons why I enjoy drawing/writing my original characters with others.  What fun shenanigans.

31 March 2013

Happy Easter from Fate Saga!

Rori and Seiron celebrating Easter the way two carnivorous ravenous animals would!

25 March 2013

MegaCon 2013

First off, I want to give a hearty welcome to any newcomers from MegaCon!  Here you will find concept art, voice acting tests, promotional illustrations, crew member information, story information (with spoilers omitted) and more!  If you have not already, please "Like" Fate Saga on Facebook, which is available on the right side column of this blog. 

It had been a few years since I had the pleasure and opportunity to return to MegaCon, and it was well worth the wait.  I always remembered MegaCon being a great place for independent creators and this year was no exception.  There were a lot of other artists with very impressive work and interesting, original stories.  Here are some of the original projects I came across while walking around the Artist Alley.  Click on their images to go to their website or Facebook.

Especially considering all of the fantastic talent, it was great to see a large turn out at my table for MegaCon.  At the conventions, I sell mostly regular, fan-art based material but I also sell a little bit of Fate Saga merchandise mostly in the form of posters and prints.  This was my first time with a new, vertical sign set up.  I loved the final result, and I will be using this set up from now on.

Fate Saga did exceptionally well especially considering that it's still primarily in the conceptual/pitching stage.  Rori in particular drew in a lot of attention at MegaCon, I assume because she is a wolf, and I received some fun and interested comments also for Guile, Armand and Cyrus.  It's pretty fun to see people's first impressions of my cast - it gives me a good idea of how the general public, or at least the target audience, would think of the cast's physical appearance. 

I shared a table with my pal and Taffetas co-creator Yesenia Carrero and had the joy of seeing some pals of mine (and Fate Saga crew mates) from Savannah College of Art and Design, including Jamie Lewallen and Celia Sullivan.  Yesenia did amazing at the convention, especially considering that it was her first con.  She handled it like a pro, as I knew she would!

So where is Fate Saga going from here?

Well, right now we're forging ahead, keeping up with minor but frequent updates.  The idea right now is to keep moving, maintain a dialogue with the networks and continue pitching Fate Saga to new places.  I'm hoping that through exposure with conventions, online and in general, we can continue to build an interest in Fate Saga and, ultimately, gain more momentum when presenting the series.  The pitch book itself is complete, though there are some additional artwork I may add to it in the future.  Those who have been following me may remember this piece, which was the most recent of Fate Saga's new Pitch Book artwork:

 There will be more to come in the future, but there is no determined date for it right now.  As it stands, the pitch book is complete and ready to use.  I will simply be tweaking it based off of any new ideas or critiques that come my way.  If you have any ideas or suggestions for what artwork might be nice to see either on the pitch book or even just on the blog, let me know!

Fate Saga will likely be attending some of the Florida conventions during the summer, including Metrocon, Florida Supercon, AFO and Florida Anime Experience.  Please check back for more information!