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.

28 January 2013

Chibi Maker Fun

So I found this fun little Chibi making program on DeviantART, created by gen8, and I decided to give it a try. With it, I made the Fate Saga cast with it!  Here they are:












 Dana, me, the creator

21 January 2013

Cain and Larkspur Dance Scene Illustration

For the pitch book, I've been working on adding one or more new pieces that have a lighter, more jovial atmosphere. This image is based off of a scene from the story, and though the details of that scene might change between now and the final product I wanted to capture the fun of that moment.

This was a very long work-in-progress, and is probably the largest and most detailed image I've done thus far, both in terms of background and number of characters.

The most challenging part was posing so many characters in ways that would be energetic and show their personalities, without awkward tangents or having weird cut-offs like Cain's arm blocking Guile's face.

I've had to repose some of the characters more than once, to help capture that energy of their dances. Cain and Larkspur are dancing "The Waltz" while Malachi and Bianca are dancing "The Tango." The others vary, or are doing their own dancing (like Guile).

The background and characters were sketched and inked in Photoshop. With the exception of any characters who are physically touching each other (Cain/Larkspur, Cera/Kyle, Malachi/Bianca), everyone was kept on separate layers to make it easier to adjust their size and position. Once inked, all of the characters were transferred to Illustrator and vectorized there. Ultimately, the characters' inks, colors, shadows, highlights and all color effects are vectors, and the background was painted in Photoshop and exported into the Illustrator file as a flat image. The Photoshop file has the background broken down into many layers. Many, many layers.

During the coloring process, I focused on the flat colors and textures (such as the wood texture) first. The light source was clearly established here, coming from the chandeliers above. So I added the shadows on the characters next, with that in mind.

I added the environmental shading/atmosphere at the end, mostly so I could see how the layers of color modes blended with the flat colors and shadows underneath.

 I would like to give a tremendous thanks to Allison Rose, Tracy MacLauchlan, Rhandi Fisher and Jay Miller who gave their time, support and critique to help make this image look its best!  Thank you so much, guys!!

Overall, this image took about 10 days to complete, with the resulting Photoshop file a whopping 200mb and the Illustrator file 50mb.  My computer cries when I open either of these files.

Many of the dancers are drawn almost full-body, but are layered so that they cover each other.  In a future post, I'll show each of the dancers individually. 

14 January 2013

Upcoming Screen-Recording Videos

Kicking off 2013, I am going to be adding a new feature to the blog - screen-recordings.  Outside of Fate Saga, I teach Digital Art at the University of Tampa.  I have recently acquired Camtasia, which allows me to record high quality videos of my computer screen.  This is great for tutorials, speed-paintings, documentaries, etc.  and will be great not only for my students, but also for Fate Saga.  For my first test, I recorded myself doing a quick-sketch exercise of some hands (can you guess which Fate Saga characters these belong to?) and sped the video up around 500%.  The original drawing took about 20 minutes, and the music is "Fate Saga's Battle Theme" by our talented crew member, Spencer Bambrick!

I am going to be experimenting with the program within the next few weeks and uploading the videos to the blog.  Any requests for what you'd like to see?  Tutorials for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign or Flash?  Speed painting of a particular character or feature?  Animation?  If so, please feel free to comment here and I will keep your requests in mind!

07 January 2013

Holiday Matsuri 2012

Hi everyone and Happy New Year!

On this post I wanted to talk a little bit about Holiday Matsuri 2012, which I had the pleasure of going to on December 15th and 16th.  Because it was a small convention, I decided to forego the Art Table and just spend Saturday and Sunday networking with fellow artists and special guests.  I had the pleasure of meeting D.C. Douglas, Quinton Flynn, J. Michael Tatum and Todd Haberkorn.  They were all very nice, and their panels were fun and informative!

I don't normally talk about the hotel itself when I talk about conventions, but I'm going to make an exception in this case.  The convention was held at Embassy Suites Orlando – Lake Buena Vista South.  The hotel itself was clean and gorgeous, and the room was one of the nicest I had ever stayed in for the price.  They had a great deal - a free weekend pass for each night booked at the hotel, which my friend and I definitely took advantage of.  If Holiday Matsuri is held there again next year, I would definitely stay at the hotel again and would recommend it to anyone else. 

The next convention I will be going to is Megacon 2013.  I will have an Art Table there, along with my pal and Taffetas co-creator Yesenia Carrero!  At Megacon, I will be selling my usual wares, along with a little bit of Fate Saga merchandise.  I will talk more about Megacon as the event comes closer.

 Quick sketch of Cain