One of the inked drawings I’ve been doing lately. This one is of Mikora, an old, old character of mine. She’s an OC for the X-men universe. I used to RP her a lot. I have to sleep after this, but I’ll be posting more of the inked art I did last month.
This was mostly done as a style practice for a comic I’d like to do in the future.
Style test for Tome Lords. Pass/Experiment 1.
Style test for Tome Lords / Siren’s Fate / The Antikythera Mechanism. This style is for the first book, illustrating how dark and grimy the world has become for humans. Later the style changes to be more light-hearted and cleaner, as the main characters become more and more enlightened, their heads clearer.
The Antikythera Mechanism takes place some 200+ years after a cataclysmic event destroyed the earth’s surface. Some humans have survived the event and eventually found places to hide and live. Technology never stopped developing and those tiny towns turned into major cities with high-tech shields against the harsh and unpredictable weather of nature. These bubbles of life contain two parts to the city: The Surface and The Pits. This will be discussed in a later post.
The following is a brief summary of important topics in the story:
Most cities were founded near a large body of water. Drinking water is scarce, so humans do as much as possible to preserve it. In the story, it is not uncommon for people to shave their heads or keep their hair short so they don’t have to wash it. Long hair is a sign of wealth, as long-haired people have the money to maintain it.
The use of a private car is no longer a common day thing. The use of a private scooter/motorcycle has taken place of cars. However, the biggest mode of transportation is public. Subways encircle the city and delve into her veins to reach all of its residents.
Most people communicate to each other electronically, either by phone or internet, collectively known as the Wire. All cities have their own Wire, and all of these Wires are connected by the Network.
Animals are scarce, farm animals pretty much obsolete. There are very little animals left on the planet after the wake of the cataclysm. Scientists have found a way to ‘grow’ animal meat in labs. The technology was controversial upon its release, however no one could find a way to survive without it. Pretty much all food is synthetic. Some call such products with a prefix of ‘S-‘, so: S-meat, S-vegetable, S-beer, etc. Only the wealthy could have a chance of eating real meat.
The Wilds/The Sands:
The outside world is known by many names, but to the characters in the story, it is referred to as the Wilds or The Sands. In the Wilds, the climate changes on a regular basis. Most do not venture out to the outside world in fear of being devoured by the cruelty of nature. Their corpse may be lost forever, blown away like footsteps in a desert.
People of the Wilds:
There are myths and legends of people who have survive the cataclysm, and now live in the Wilds and become warped in some way. Rumors say their skins are as dark as the Pits, their bones show through their skin, their heads made of masks of demons. No one really knows if there are any people out there, and many know better than to try to find out.
Meat being scarce, some people have turned to each other as a source of food. Organ selling is a big black market topic. It is rumored that the people of the wilds, if any, are all cannibals, as it is the only logical way to survive in such a harsh climate.
More may or may not be added later, but these are some of the most important topics in the story.
The original title ‘Siren’s Fate’ for the story was named after a bar in the story. In the first chapter, we see Dave and Adam, two lifelong friends, in this bar. The name itself was given to me by a friend, who had seen the band ‘Siren’s Fate’ in San Diego.
I created a ‘siren’ for this bar - a songstress- who could entertain the bar’s patrons whom were mostly working class men who needed to relax and get away. She is a highly developed robot, who looks and feels like a human, however has no AI of her own. Instead she is heavily hooked up to machinery that make her move.
The Siren represents the notion that the world that the people escape to is beautiful, enticing, alluring… however in the end it is not real. The solace that the people look for is simply a crutch. It is only a temporary relief from their problems that only return day after day. The fact that she is also tied to other machinery in order to make her move, hints that society is also the same way - it is attached and anchored by a greater force in order to make it move.
The two pink concept sketches are costume ideas; the bottom darker sketch was an experiment of the idea of a ‘dark’ siren, an opposite to what she would be in the comic.
Some drawings and sketches of Emelli, and her sister (I haven’t named her yet). Emelli (mostly South East Asian) was adopted by her sister’s family, who are predominately Native American. The older gentleman is the sister’s grandfather. The last sketch is of a WIP poster-style of Emelli and the Sand Prince, a character who shows up in the 2nd book.
Emelli works as a courier/runner (similar to Y.T. in Snow Crash or Faye from Mirror’s edge) on the Surface. Her sister is a part of the gangs in the Pits. I will explain the Surface/Pits in a later post, but the Pits is basically the ghetto/poor area, whereas the Surface is a lot nicer.