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 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!