Well people, the day has come at last. One year ago from today I decided to start working on King of Shadows and decided on the weekly blog update format to keep you all informed of the happenings within the project and to keep me accountable for making sure work is being done. There have been many changes in vision over the course of the year, and side projects have come and gone. What started out as a very ambitious hack-and-slash game has now become a visual novel project, which – funnily enough – I actually made a remark about last year with some friends, although I hadn’t actually intended to turn the main story into a visual novel at the time.
I’ve been working hard on the mystery art piece for about a month now, and although it isn’t complete yet I did say that I’d unveil it on the 1 Year Anniversary for King of Shadows and that day is today so I won’t keep you in the dark on what it is any longer.
As many of you might remember, the image I decided to officially launch the project with was this picture of Aryn standing with her team. However, looking back on it I felt the art was overall very outdated, had some pretty glaring issues (such as the proportions) and some of the character designs have been altered to a degree, not to mention the bland poses for the majority of the characters. So, I decided to completely recreate the piece.
That was last year’s piece, and now this is how much I’ve done on this year’s piece.
It isn’t even complete yet, and I already like it so much more than the previous version of the team shot. Better art, better character proportions, better character designs and better poses. There are a couple of small hiccups I intend to fix (accidentally made Romanus’ head a little too big for one thing) but I’ve made great strides towards its completion, last week I didn’t think I’d make it even this far on Aryn and now I’m about halfway through the shading and highlights for her. I hope to have it done as soon as possible, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming updates.
Well, that’s all I have to share for this week so I’ll end this off by saying Happy Anniversary King of Shadows and thanks to everyone who’s been following the weekly updates for your support. I’ve learned a lot from this experience and I look forward to learning even more as I continue into the future.