Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Journeyman Die

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Journeyman Die
Words & music by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2011] | Last updated: 11/09/11


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Inspired by ‘Journeyman Die’ (by JoeJesus & hoevelkamp):

‘Journeyman Die’ by JoeJesus and Hoevelkamp
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It’s been a while since I worked on my rock pieces, so I decided to delve back in, starting with this one. I tweaked the instrumentation and reworked the mixing, along with – at last – adding some lyrics!

Lyrics: (click the [+/-] to expand/collapse →) []

[Verse 1]
You’re all set and ready to go
You know we’ve nothing left to sow
The dock is clear, the time is near
The moon bids its welcome
Across the endless desolation
The map of astral isolation
I wanna go far, I wanna go home

[Chorus 1]
Lights are on tonight and we rise
The world below is leaving us behind under the skies
Above this endless pantomime
Of a future near and dear
Leave this world and this fear of mine will disappear

[Verse 2]
Diamonds in the sky forever
Over the sunset blue
He wants to move on, but don’t know what to do
Stuck somewhere ’tween me and you
We soar like a bird
Over the empty heavens
I don’t want to make amends

[Chorus 2]
The lights are on tonight as we rise
The world below is leaving us behind under the skies
Above this endless pantomime
Is a future near and dear
Leave this world and this fear of mine will disappear

[Bridge 1]
See the ground drop below
Under the midnight rainbow
What you need is what I have
Where we’re going is a place of consolation
Together in this escalation
Tonight, we fly

[Chorus 3]
The lights are on tonight and we arise
The world below us leaves behind
The treasures of the skies
Above this senseless pantomime
Of a future near and dear
We leave this world and this fear of mine will disappear

[Outro Verse]
World is far below
Faces shining in its glow
Lights all around us as we go
Troubles past and lives untold
Reveal, the acts of a better nature
We feel, the fate, the bitter failure
We’re going far from here
Oh, so far from here

Written & recorded with Sibelius and Guitar Pro; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to expand/collapse →) []
  1. 11/09/11: Made a few minor volume and sound tweaks to polish it up for tomorrow’s interview with my new potential music teacher. Also added more distortion to the solo guitar.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Path to War Soundtrack | Lone Wolf

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The Path to War Soundtrack
Lone Wolf
Words & music by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 10/28/11


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This is part of my soundtrack for my planned novel, The Path to War, which has been on the backburner since my early teen years.

This is the tentative theme song for TPtW. It’s one of the oldest songs I’ve ever written, with only a year or two of attempts at writing music under my teenaged belt before I wrote down the first notes for this. It started with a very simple piano riff, which I expanded to make the present rendition. I then added strings and a harp and so forth, and have been working on it sporadically until now. It also includes lyrics, which may be performed by yours truly once I figure out how to do the job properly and/or get a working mic (details, details …).

Lyrics: (click the [+/-] to expand/collapse →) []

LYRICS

[Verse 1]
It's so cold out here
There's a world to fear
Enemy is prowling in the night,
Always seeking for end's light
They may have taken the past,
But this pain won't last
Fighting for a future never to be,
When it all comes down to me

[Pre-Chorus 1]
When I'm all alone tonight,
I dream of the world with you in sight

[Chorus 1]
Always fighting the war I've lost,
When all around I'm reminded of my cost
Though the spirits will keep you in sight,
Always the lone wolf in the night

[Verse 2]
I'm just trying to be
Someone else but me
Tired of this presence that haunts my soul
Tired of falling in the same hole
This path I've chosen, I'm walking down
Tears of the past in which I'll drown
Measures to be taken against the dark,
When all around the world is stark

[Pre-Chorus 2]
When I'm all alone tonight,
I dream of the world with you in sight

[Chorus 2]
Always fighting the war Ive lost,
When all around I'm reminded of my cost
Though the spirits will keep you in sight,
Always the lone wolf in the night

[Bridge]
Though this world may be dead,
You and I will keep ahead
Stares of the strangers behind my back
What they stole, I'll surely lack

[Chorus 3]
Always fighting the war I've lost,
When all around I'm reminded of my cost
Though the spirits will keep you in sight,
Always the lone wolf in the night

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Monday, August 15, 2011

New ‘Inhuman’ teaser preview

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‘Inhuman’

I’ve been making sporadic little progress reports/teaser previews for my book-to-be, Inhuman, elsewhere for a while. The thought only now occurred to me to actually used my own blog for self-promotion for once.

I've been on a bit of a roll these last few days, so much so that I sat down today and wrote about 1,400 words in less than three hours. (Which, for me, is rather astonishing.) So, to celebrate – and to give my one-and-a-half readers something to chew on other than my tasty vertebrae – here’s an excerpt from the latest scene I cooked up as part of the first of three entirely new chapters. Enjoy! (And, as always, feedback is much appreciated.)


Sean followed Nessi’s instructions to the letter, and a few minutes later, he arrived at the little irrigation canal separating the village from the fields, with the orchards to the right. He made his way over the short fence and through the gate, and soon found the foxgirl he sought. Her back was turned to him as she picked some fallen fruit off the ground. Sean couldn’t help but have an uncomfortably good view of her backside, and Nessi’s tease about him being her “obsession-slash-mate” resurfaced to nag him.

Rolling his eyes at his own behavior, he grinned as he crept forth towards her, doing his best to stay out of sight until he was right behind her, an arm stretched out towards her long, fidgeting tail –

‘If you yank on that, I’m throwing you into those nettles,’ came Aki’s voice, an orange-furred arm extending to point at some rather vicious-looking thorny fruit-bush off to their side. Sean immediately retracted his hand.

Aki slowly came back upright, turning to stare him down with that characteristic glint in her eye.

‘You’ll need to evolve some footpads if you ever wanna trick these things, human,’ she said with a cute waggle of her vulpine ears.

‘Pfft. I can beat ’em anytime I want. I just let you win this time.’

‘Oh, so you’re Sean the Noble, then?’

Sean turned as he heard a giggle from behind him. ‘Not from the way he was just staring at you, Foxy.’

Sean felt his cheeks go hot again and he glared around at Nessi as she came up behind him, that teasing smile on her muzzle again.

‘What? That’s not …’ he tried to excuse, but the look of mingled surprise and amusement on Aki’s face made it quite clear she knew Nessi was speaking truthfully.

‘Oh, I know, he’s always staring at me any chance he gets,’ Aki said with feigned exasperation. ‘It’s like he’s never seen a pretty girl before.’

‘Well, then, maybe he just needs more … exposure,’ said Nessi with a nod.

They both stared at him with disconcerting grins, and Sean barely had time to wonder what they were up to before …

Oh, dammit, you two.


Current word count (original): 157,969 (152,454)
Current page count (original): 437 (423)

Monday, July 04, 2011

Inhuman | Sean (illustration)

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I’ve been meaning to do a full-body character pic of Sean from my book-in-progress, Inhuman, for the longest time. Recently, I took to reading some choice webcomics, and I figured I’d try to draw him in a looser, more anime-like style than usual, so now about a week later, this is the result:

Sean O’Neil
Sean Achelon O’Neil (25) in jumpsuit with plasma rifle
Sketched, inked & colored in PaintTool SAI, finished in Photoshop CS4 • Tools: Wacom Bamboo tablet
[full size (408×964)]

I plan to expand upon this pic in the future, though I’m not entirely sure what to make it into just yet. I’ve got plenty of ideas, so we’ll see.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Inhuman Soundtrack | Evicted [deprecated]

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Inhuman Soundtrack [deprecated]
Evicted
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2011] | Last updated: 04/30/11


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NOTE: This track no longer comports with the revised version of Inhuman and has been replaced in the soundtrack.

This is part of my soundtrack for my series-turned-upcoming novel, Inhuman, which I’m presently busy overhauling and revising.

This started out as some random template piano melody, but I figured it would serve well as the theme during a later, particularly sad event in the story. A few hours in total of fiddling around, and this is what I got. I like it for now, though as usual, expect some various little modifications to occur at some point. I’m not sure which track this is, yet; I decided to skip ahead a bit.

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Inhuman Soundtrack | Human in the Infirmary [deprecated]

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Inhuman Soundtrack [deprecated]
Human in the Infirmary
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2011] | Last updated: 04/30/11


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NOTE: This track no longer comports with the revised version of Inhuman and has been replaced in the soundtrack.

This is part of my soundtrack for my series-turned-upcoming novel, Inhuman, which I’m presently busy overhauling and revising.

This is for when Aki first sees Sean, lying unconscious in the infirmary following his arrival on Earth.

Written & recorded with Sibelius and Guitar Pro; mixed with Audacity.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Inhuman Soundtrack | Aki by the River [deprecated]

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Inhuman Soundtrack [deprecated]
Aki by the River
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2011] | Last updated: 03/04/11


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NOTE: This track no longer comports with the revised version of Inhuman and has been replaced in the soundtrack.

This is part of my soundtrack for my series-turned-upcoming novel, Inhuman, which I’m presently busy overhauling and revising.

This is the much improved version of the previous third track. Here, Aki is strolling down the banks of the Neyrin River in Chapter 2: First Encounter to escape the crowded village and stares at the mysterious crashed escape pod in the middle of the river.

Written & recorded with Sibelius and Guitar Pro; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/04/11: Shortened the first half, improved some instrumentation.
  2. 04/14/13 10:52 PM ET: Bumped to track #04 with the introduction of #03: ‘The New World’.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

3D model of Catalasia’s Reactor Room (WIP)

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For the past few days, I’ve been constructing a little 3D model of the Catalasia’s Reactor Room from Chapter 16: Destiny’s Call of my eventual Inhuman novel, to use as a reference for the background in a future chapter illustration. Unfortunately, Google SketchUp contains a number of small but incredibly irritating glitches – well, one in particular (rather difficult to explain) – that end up making this amateur pull his hair out in frustration. So, rather than continue to spend hours troubleshooting (and creating my own makeshift human-hair shag carpet), I’m leaving the model in its ~80% completed state, with a couple of shots (for purposes of showing off):

Monday, February 21, 2011

Inhuman | Chapter 11 illustration [updated]

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One of my more technically daunting works yet, finally finished (for now):

Chapter 11 full page illustration: Sean confronting captured Dark Riders
Chapter 11 full page illustration: Sean confronting captured Dark Riders
Sketched, inked and colored in PaintTool SAI • Tools: Wacom Bamboo tablet

Don’t worry if you don’t recognize this scene from having read the original (ie. currently posted) Inhuman chapters; it’s part of the additions I’m making in the second, revised edition, where a battle-worn Sean decides to pay a group of captured Dark Riders a visit at night and, um, “persuade” them to “offer” him directions to finding their village, which he then plans to “visit” for “peacekeeping”. If you “get” it.

I’ll stop now.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/03/11 2:20 PM ET: Uploaded new version with improved lighting and shading.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Inhuman | Chapter 04 strip [updated]

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Chapter 4 strip: Corinthean War scene
Chapter 4 strip: Corinthean War scene
Sketched, inked & colored in SAI, retouched in PhotoShop CS4 • Tools: Wacom Bamboo tablet

This is an exposition shot from the very first scene – very first paragraph, even – of Chapter 4: Memories. It turned out a bit more murky-looking than I anticipated, but I suppose that makes it more realistic. I don’t expect civil wars being bastions of clarity and aesthetics, anyway, so art depicting it might as well reflect it. The hardest parts were the flames and (especially) the smoke, which still doesn’t look right. But considering what it started out looking like, it really ain’t so bad.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/03/11 2:20 PM ET: Uploaded new version with improved fire and smoke.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Whispers of the Night

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Whispers of the Night
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 01/28/11


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This is the last sad/angsty-type song, I swear! (Also, cheesy title is acknowledged.) This is another segment from my 20-minute-long rhapsody that I’ve made into its own song. It isn’t a whole lot technically or creatively, but I like it, so I figure others will, too.

Written & recorded with Sibelius.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 04/18/13 9:14 PM ET: Changed title from ‘Whispers of the Heart’ to the only-slightly-less-embarrassingly-corny ‘Whispers of the Night’.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Request: Gene Burmington | Munchausen’s Theme

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Request from Gene Burmington
Munchausen’s Theme
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2010] | Last updated: 01/27/11


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Another little request by my pal Gene Burmington for a school presentation on Munchausen’s Syndrome (a mental illness where sufferers compulsively harm themselves or others [in Munchausen by Proxy] to seek attention from doctors or others). He wanted a 3-minute background theme that loops over and over again, so here’s my shot. I tried to make it somewhat minimalistic, melancholic and slightly creepy; he basically asked for a sort of “creepy nursery” type of feel. I think I did well.

Written & recorded with Sibelius.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Request: Veritas | McGuire is Terrible Theme

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Request from Veritas
McGuire is Terrible Theme
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2010] | Last updated: 01/27/11


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A buddy of mine, Veritas (or @VeritasKnight), asked that I whip him up a little theme song for his new hockey podcast, McGuire Is Terrible (an open attempt to spite allegedly terrible commentator Pierre McGuire). This was tricky, technically speaking, being the first piece I ever used more than one program for, but I like how it turned out.

Written & recorded with Sibelius and Guitar Pro, mixed with Audacity.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Faraway

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Faraway
Words & music by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 01/26/11


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I was stuck with a guitar arpeggio in my mind that just wouldn’t be exorcised, so I used it to build a song, which actually turned into this fine piece.

Song is complete with lyrics, which will be performed by yours truly, as soon as I’m able to properly record them into the audio. (Seriously, I’d need a studio or something. I suck at it.)

Lyrics: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []

LYRICS

[Verse 1]
The shadows are mounting tonight
Try to pull us apart with their might
Never gonna let you know
Never gonna let you go
I’ve walked those streets at night
Seen the shine of the blue moon on high
Shine with sparkles in the pools of the dawn
Wherever you are, I’ll be drawn to you

[Verse 2]
Race like angels for the light
Look at me with those eyes so bright
Feel the safety in your arms
Why do they wanna rent us apart?
Do you know what you mean to me?
Do you know how you mean to be?
Cross the field and run the line
I promise you we’ll be just fine

[Chorus 1]
Hold it, stop running away
So faraway
Hold, wait, I’m coming along
So faraway
I'm trying to find a way over to you
But you’re faraway
I promise I’ll do whatever I have to
But I'm faraway …

[Bridge 1]
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Follow your heart into my arms …

[Pre-Chorus 2]
Swim with the moon in the river
Catch the wind across the plains
Though the dark will come and blind us
Well find a way to each other again

[Chorus 2]
Wait, stop, I’m trying to find you
So faraway
Wait, please, just give me a chance
You’re so faraway
I’m coming to find you, you know I will
But you’re faraway
Ill fight ’til I die and never stop
Until we’re together again

[Outro]
’Cause I’m faraway!
We’re faraway!
Faraway!
Yeah, yeah, yeah …

Written & recorded with Sibelius and Guitar Pro.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Path to War Soundtrack | And So They Came

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The Path to War Soundtrack
And So They Came
Words & music by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 01/25/11


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This is part of my soundtrack for my planned novel, The Path to War, which has been on the backburner since my early teen years.

This is a traditional/folk-type song of Noran lore, speaking of the troubles and hardships caused by the Empire and its oppression and destruction. It’s basically about a young boy who sees his homeland destroyed by an Imperial raid, his loved ones lost.

Lyrics may eventually be performed by yours truly.

Lyrics: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []

LYRICS

[Verse 1]
I used to live in lands of gold
Yet always looking for demon’s call
As my mother used to say,
Be happy, be happy

[Verse 2]
We sought to hide from our enemies
Lived to fear what would come near
My mother said, just to reassure,
Be happy, be happy

[Verse 3]
And so they came from the fields of grey
They burned the lands and tore us down
The day we hid is the day we prayed:
Keep us safe and them away

[Verse 4]
And so she told me,
Be happy, be happy
They came and went in a blurry haze
All was gone and I was lost
In the night, you can see the flames
They took my life and thew away
Look in the eyes of darkness calling
Be happy, be happy

Written & recorded with Sibelius.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

The Path to War Soundtrack | Traveling Theme

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The Path to War Soundtrack
Traveling Theme
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 01/25/11


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This is part of my soundtrack for my planned novel, The Path to War, which has been on the backburner since my early teen years.

This simple little theme is what would play during traveling or time-lapse sequences, such as when a character is traversing long stretches of terrain and such. Nothing very elaborate here.

Written & recorded with Sibelius.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

The Path to War Soundtrack | Melancholy Theme

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The Path to War Soundtrack
Melancholy Theme
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 01/25/11


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This is part of my soundtrack for my planned novel, The Path to War, which has been on the backburner since my early teen years.

This is the theme that would play during tense or disquieting moments. It’s not my longest or most complex work, but then, I don’t need or want it to be.

Written & recorded with Sibelius.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

The Path to War Soundtrack | Sad Theme

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The Path to War Soundtrack
Sad Theme
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 01/25/11


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This is part of my soundtrack for my planned novel, The Path to War, which has been on the backburner since my early teen years.

As the title cryptically points out, this is the motif for more sad, morose or mournful scenes. It used to be only the piano bit, before I added the rest to it to give it more versatility and depth.

Written & recorded with Sibelius.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

The Path to War Soundtrack | Liliane’s Theme

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The Path to War Soundtrack
Liliane’s Theme
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 01/25/11


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This is part of my soundtrack for my planned novel, The Path to War, which has been on the backburner since my early teen years.

This theme, which represents Liliane Duruisseau, the romantic interest of protagonist James Hania, has got to be the single hardest thing I’ve ever written, in terms of just how bloody long it took me to get it to sound right. Still not perfect, but at least it’s getting there.

Written & recorded with Sibelius.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

The Path to War Soundtrack | Rebels Theme

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The Path to War Soundtrack
Rebels Theme
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 01/25/11


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This is part of my soundtrack for my planned novel, The Path to War, which has been on the backburner since my early teen years.

This theme represents all the decent people who are kept in oppression by the Empire. The tone of the theme is self-explanatory: This is for the good guys. I considered making this into the main theme for TPtW, but it’s a tad too cheerful to work.

Written & recorded with Sibelius.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

The Path to War Soundtrack | Asmodai’s Theme

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The Path to War Soundtrack
Asmodai’s Theme
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 01/25/11


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This is part of my soundtrack for my planned novel, The Path to War, which has been on the backburner since my early teen years.

Lord Asmodai, the Emperor of the Land of Norath, is a heartless, egomaniacal, brutal and coldly tactical tyrant who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, regardless of who or what is in the way. (Viva archetypes.) I’ve been working on this theme for a few years now as well, and although not perfect still, it’s coming along quite well, IMO.

Written & recorded with Sibelius.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Inhuman | Back cover illustration [updated]

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I’m on a roll. Here’s another book illustration finished:

Back cover illustration: Sean’s disabled escape pod approaching the Earth
Sketched, inked & colored in SAI, retouched in PhotoShop CS4 • Tools: Wacom Bamboo tablet

Anyone who’s read Chapter 1 will know what’s going on, here … I know the Earth looks a bit crappy, but drawing a realistic pic of an highly complex arrangement of colors and shapes such as our watery, earthy and cloudy planet is surprisingly hair-pull-inducing, so I copped out and just Photoshopped a photo, instead.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/03/11 2:20 PM ET: Uploaded new version with improved Earth textures and highlights.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Inhuman | Chapter 1 strip [updated]

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My (eventually, hopefully) published novel will contain a decent number of illustrations, including narrow, “teaser”-like strips at the start of each chapter. Here’s the chapter strip for Chapter 1: Escape and Arrival:

Chapter 1 illustration: NC-R3 Chartraine cruising at nighttime
Chapter 1 illustration: NC-R3 Chartraine cruising at nighttime
Sketched, inked & colored in PaintTool SAI • Tools: Wacom Bamboo tablet

For those interested, here’s a quick little reference of the Chartraine I drew up in MS Paint (it’s crude and just meant as a general guide):

NC-R3 Chartraine (profile)
NC-R3 Chartraine (profile)
Drawn & colored in MS Paint • Tools: Mouse

If the shape looks a little too close to a modern-day cruise ship, I explain that based on A) my own lack of experience and creativity in drawing spaceships, and B) New Corinthean spacecraft are ordinarily designed to be able to withstand a water landing in times of emergency. So, there.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/03/11 2:20 PM ET: Uploaded new version with improved lights and contrast.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Inhuman | Rear matter illustration [updated]

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Finally! Finished! (Again!) Here!

Rear matter illustration: Older Aki (40, left) & Sean (49, right) resting lovingly on grass
Rear matter illustration: Older Aki (40, left) & Sean (49, right) resting lovingly on grass
[full size (1173×673)]
Sketched, inked and colored in PaintTool SAI, finished in Photoshop CS4 • Tools: Wacom Bamboo tablet

Over a week’s toiling and countless restarts later, I’ve finally finished the revised and redrawn version of the illustration. Changes include colored linework, improved shading, more realistic grass (or so I hope), and any number of tiny edits. Compare it with the old one to see what’s been changed.

Now, I want more feedback, dangit! (Extra-pretty please?)

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/03/11 2:20 PM ET: Uploaded new version with slightly improved highlights.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Inhuman | Rear matter illustration [old]

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Finally! Finished! Here!

Rear matter illustration: Older Aki (40, left) & Sean (49, right) lying comfortably on grass
Rear matter illustration: Older Aki (40, left) & Sean (49, right) lying comfortably on grass
[full size (1178×683)]
Sketched and colored in PaintTool SAI, finished in Photoshop CS4. Tools: Wacom Bamboo tablet.

I know, it’s still riddled with issues (the amateurish shading, uneven inking, crappy greying hair & fur effects, transparently Photoshop-esque grass … to name a few), but screw it, I’ve spent over 40 hours or so in total on this thing, including two entire nights.

Now, I want feedback, dangit! (Pretty please?)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Inhuman | Older Sean and Aki lying in grass (WIP)

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Here’s the current draft for an illustration for my novel, Inhuman. Pictured are main characters Aki (left) and Sean (right), now 40 and 49 respectively, lying peacefully in the grass. Many changes to come still, but overall, considering this started out as a throwaway sketch, I think it’s surprisingly decent. (Also, I am now reasonably convinced that hair is the child of the devil invented to drive artists insane.)

[Work in progress] Older Aki (40) and Sean (49) lying in grass (draft)
[full size (1263×657)]

Feedback and criticism is welcome.