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Fan Art for Children of the Tiger

Kinrou from the webcomic Children of the Tiger. Fan Art by amulettsThis Fan Art is of Kinrou from the Fantasy webcomic Children of the Tiger by Melissa Stone aka purenightshade. I am every grateful to her for being the person to introduce me to the fact there is a webcomics community out there, and I read her webcomic regularly. This version of Kinrou is based off a pin-up she drew of him (you might be able to tell).

In the current storyline he is in a love-triangle with Kishandren and Sahiren, but in order to preserve an element of mystery I will not tell you which one he is in love with. Ha ha!

The story in Children of the Tiger very much hinges on the world, and society, in which it is based. It’s a slow reveal, where we’re gradually given pieces to the puzzle that connect events to wider politics. This is an example of a story that is not happening in a vacuum – the main characters aren’t the only people to exist or indeed the only people who are important. That’s something I like, but I think it’s hard to do. I can’t say whether the script succeeds on every level – all the pieces are not in place yet and the author is still learning.

What I like about the artwork is the bright colours. I’ll be honest: the anatomy isn’t great, but I’m a little guilty of that myself. Actually this put me onto Posemaniacs (which I never heard of before) and is such a useful resource. It basically has 3D models of nudes in all sorts of poses that you can move and practise drawing from different angles. They even include muscle structure. I might post some sketches from their references at some point.

Until then, just enjoy sexy Kinrou.

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Fan Art for Wayward Fall

I drew some more fan art, this one of Vigana from the fantasy webcomic Wayward Fall by Taversia Borrelli (now there’s the name of an Artist if ever I heard one)! It’s a fairly adult webcomic with plenty of violence, a dash of sex and a dark, Gothic feel – but what do you expect from a comic where vampires stalk the streets?

Vigana from the webcomic Wayward Fall; Fan Art by amuletts

And that’s just what Vigana is: a sexy flame-haired, red-and-black-wearing Vampire (just the sort Amuletts would probably go for)! She’s pretty awesome in my opinion – I like strong female characters.

Hmm, I think I just came up with a new tagline for this comic: Love Buffy? Hate Twilight? Read Wayward Fall!

And now I’ve stirred up that shit-storm allow me to explain: The Vampires in this story are very traditional, they are dangerous, blood-drinking creatures of the night. And like Buffy this comic combines elements of both fantasy and horror, with a hidden, dark world of magic and supernatural creatures. It’s not a teenage angsty romance. Well… I mean there is angst and romance but it’s adult angst and romance :p

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Fan Art for Dungeon Legacy

FAN ART SNEAK ATTACK! This is a drawing of Karlaia, a Tiefling Wizard, from the webcomic Dungeon Legacy by George Ward (aka DungeonWarden), and like Epic Fail it is also based on Dungeons & Dragons, but the more modern 4th Edition variety.

‘Saving the world one Dungeon at a time’ since 2008, Dungeon Legacy boasts 7 Chapters and is fast approaching 200 pages! It’s drawn in a niave, somewhat medieval style that not everybody will like but is very clear from a storytelling perspective and fits the genre.

If you enjoy flicking through the Monster Manual to see what weird and wonderful creatures it contains you will not be disappointed; the heroes encounter many monsters including Giants, Vampires, Drow, Displacer Beasts, Lizard Men, and many more. The story concentrates on the fantasy races and exploring their worlds –  there are six main characters and not a human amongst ’em!

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Webcomic Spotlight: Mysteries of the Arcana

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Mysteries of the Arcana is a Fantasy webcomic and fellow member of the Webcomic Planet Collective. Inspired by Tarot the story involves travel to different universes, or ‘Arcana’ as they are called. As such it is, literally, a colliding of worlds. There are many weird and wonderful creatures to encounter with elements from several different genres all mixed together creating a big a tasty stew! It’s difficult to anticipate what happens next as each universe is different, bringing together a great variety of magic, technology and, erm, stuff!

The story (written by J. Gray) moves quickly, getting across the important points as briefly as possible and then moving on. The art (by Keith W.) matches it perfectly, communicating just enough information and impact. But skip a bit and you’ll be confused so you need to read the whole thing.

The main characters are Chys and Theresa. Chrys is a Bisexual elf and experienced Arcana traveller. She’s on a mission to save her Mother and so far the story concentrates on that. Theresa is a Catholic from Earth and entirely new to all this. She’s a bit grim but has her funny side.

But so far my favorite character is Mandrake the Faerie! Because I love Faeries and she is awesome! So go check out Mysteries of the Arcana – easy to pick up, hard to put down. It’s one of the few webcomics I’m actually up-to-date with. Now how’s that for a recommendation!

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Interview with Reiki Director Pedro Chaves

Director Pedro Chaves takes the hot seat and tells us all about his new movie Reiki!

Tell me about Reiki the Movie; what’s it about?

Reiki is a low budget action-fantasy feature film from Belgium. It tells the story of Vann and Hansel who awaken in a destroyed factory in the middle of nowhere with no memories of who they are… EXCEPT flashbacks from 400 years ago! During their exploration of the factory they meet Reisha, a girl who’s been running away from a group called “The Order”, witch-hunters that have been hunting witches since the dawn of time. Reisha tells Vann and Hansel that their flashbacks are true, they are memories of their past lives! Now Vann and Hansel must try to figure out who they are, why they awakened in this forgotten place, and survive their fight against the Order whilst protecting Reisha!

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Sounds Exciting! Now, (if it’s not too much of a spoiler) why is the film called Reiki? Isn’t that a kind of massage?

Yeah, I heard that Reiki was a kind of Japanese massage; funnily enough when we started production nobody knew and it was just afterwards that some people told us. Actually there are some things alike between the movie Reiki and the Reiki massage (though very small).
Reiki is the name of the sword in the movie. The Reiki sword is a special sword that can cut the astral line of a human being, which means when a person is killed with the Reiki sword they won’t be able to reincarnate anymore,  thus they meet a true and absolute death.
The name of the sword has an hidden meaning, but if I told you it would be a huge spoiler!

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Movie Review: Coraline

Coraline is a Children’s horror film and, unsurprisingly, has been quite controversial within parental forums with some arguing it is too scary for it’s PG rating. The Nightmare Before Christmas – also directed by Henry Selick – provoked a similar reaction yet is a firm family favourite with a strong cult following. It’s very different from a regular children’s film, which may account for its success. Likewise Coraline is a refreshing break from the same-old same-old and pushes the envelope on children’s entertainment. It’s frightening in a surreal, psychological way evocative of nightmares with a sprinkling of creepiness. But by embodying these intangible childhood fears it also tackles how to deal with them, and is ultimately empowering and uplifting.

Coraline is a stop-motion animation and the hand-crafted feel is particularly appropriate to its theme. With the introduction of computer-generated animation stop-motion, which is a painstakingly slow process, is becoming increasingly rare. Coraline’s visuals are breathtaking with minute attention to detail in every frame. It’s a work of art with beautiful, atmospheric scenery and luscious, touchable textures. I could forgive a multitude of sins for something this pretty.

Coraline could live in a perfect world if she'd just let her Other Mother sew buttons in her eyes