Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Chapter 3, Milestone 1 reached!

Wow, is it really nearly a month since my last update!? Time flies when you have fun! I honestly tried to post an update sooner but every time I thought a good occasion would come up, it got delayed again. Of course I'm refering to the Android version of the Wormworld Saga App which a lot of you are eagerly waiting for. I fear I begin to sound like a scratched record when I say that we are very close to the release. I have already seen a fully functional version of the Android App on the tablet of my brother-in-law and Robot Media is currently sending the app around to different places to get some final feedback for polishing. So, we're nearly done for real and I'm looking forward to provide you the Android version of the Wormworld Saga App soon.

But the real news of the day is that I just finished the first milestone of Chapter 3! You know what that means: artwork preview time! Fortunately we've already had a brief glimpse into the strange world Jonas entered in Chapter 2. Therefore I'm able to show you some panels from Chapter 3 without spoiling anything. Here we go:

As you can see there's plenty of stuff for Jonas to wonder about behind the magic canvas. What you see here is just a small glimpse, believe me. I have the best time painting this chapter which visually is very different from the two preceding ones. I even had to adjust my painting workflow a bit which became a little stiff and technical through all the right angles and flat surfaces I painted for the interiour scenes of Chapter 1 and 2. I'm now back to a more intuitive and loose approach. I use less layers which makes the painting process much more enjoyable and hopefully this carries through to the experience of the reader.

By the way, the flowers that grow out of my head in the milestone illustration above do not only refer to the floral explosions of Chapter 3 but also to new plans and prospects that sprouted from my head over the last few weeks. As you know, it will be a big challenge to sustain the Wormworld Saga project over the whole year and I started to think about new ways to find additional support for the project. Some of these ideas already have blossomed and I'm looking forward to presenting them to you when the time is ripe.

I'm back to my wacom then, bringing home that next milestone!


  1. Dobrinka StamenkovaFebruary 21, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    So BEAUTIFUL! Holding my breath! Hurry up! :)

  2. Well these previews are very exciting! I also would be glad to supply my Motorola Xoom for beta-testing the Android app :)

  3. Hi Daniel,
    I am very impressed with your work. Your comics inspire me and I started to create. I hope that you will like:

    I'm looking forward to the next episode. Illustrations which you present are great.

  4. More or less stumbled over this by accident and was immediately enthralled. Can't wait for Chapter 3 to appear. I have been over Chapters 1 and 2 a couple of times now, always discovering new things - the drawings are so beautiful.

  5. is each chapter going to be longer than the one before? because... ya know... that would be kinda... AWESOME!!!!!!!!
    all the art looks so beautifull and the flowers and trees are so... wow...
    keep up the great work!!!!

  6. It must be a completely liberating experience to work fulltime on your project. The efforts you are expending remind me of Dave Sim. He essentially created a market and audience that sustained him creatively and financially for decades. Are you finding a disconnect from getting outside and moving around? Or are you actively working out and going for walks/runs?

    You're creating your Luck.

    1. Tim,

      this is a very interesting question. In fact, what I'm doing right now is to enjoy the new speed that's brought to my project. I'm working a lot and I'm not compensating work with any activities. However, my feeling is that this is something that's going to chance after time. The pendulum has swung into the opposite direction and it's not a balanced situation right now. The challenge for the coming months will definitely be to arrive at such a balance. I'm not talking about killing the momentum but about gently driving things into the right direction so that they are sustainable over a longer period. As an author you really have to watch out for these things.

  7. It's nice that I got to check out some new images on my birthday on Tuesday. Looks solid. Keep up the momentum.

  8. I'm so glad you share your progress! It makes waiting even more exciting! I recently saw your painting Trapped used to advertise Wacom pen monitors: http://www.wacom.com/en/Products/Cintiq/Cintiq12WX.aspx
    Is this the size and type of monitor you use to create Wormworld Saga?

  9. It seem that you need to create a new template for your mobile version of your blog :)

  10. Deine Bilder und Projekte sind wirklich gro├čartig. Mit digitalen Malen fange ich grad an und deine Bilder sind eine tolle Inspiration.
    Weiter so.

  11. Hi Daniel, just wanted to say really enjoying the Wormworld saga, and gave you a shout out on Gorilla Film Magazine, under the arts section: http://gorillafilmmagazine.com/wordpress/2012/02/11/the-wormworld-saga/

    Looking forward to part 3!