(It was just brought to my attention that it’s April 1st and I just want to make it super clear this is a regular ol’ announcement)
Hi everyone! I wanted to drop a bit of information here.
I still have development work to do on Book 1 of The Lost Oracle but for now I have figured out enough stuff that I can start preparing and sketching chapter 6! Very exciting! So I wanted to let you all know that the chapter is gonna start production, and that TLO is coming back to the land of the living.
This being said: I won’t start uploading pages until chapter 6 is completely done. This will ensure a more stable upload schedule as I carry on working on chapter 7, and generally will have a buffer for when times get busy – which they very much will when my 3rd year of animation school starts.
Oh and if you’re worried that not that much concept art has been posted here – I have been drawing a lot! A lot of it feels like spoilers though, so I wasn’t comfortable sharing any of it publically.
I will let you all know when I feel ready to announce a real date for The Lost Oracle coming back. I’m so excited to reunite with my children!
And as always: remember that if you want to support a tired and hardworking animator/comic artist feel free to throw a few dollars my way via ko-fi.com/LhoBrockhoff
Oh look, it’s my girl! I’m discovering a lot of stuff about where this story is supposed to be going, and while I really want to do chapter 6 right now I need to be patient and make sure the story is done before I proceed so… here’s a drawing of my child, while I long to draw my comic.
So part of what I’m doing right now is tweaking the designs of the characters as they are already. I’ve become a more experienced draftsman and I want to streamline the art a bit more when I come back, so I’m producing some ‘style guide’ pieces for myself to look at whenever I forget what the comic is supposed to look like.
First victim: Amra! I’ve tried to give her bit more of a ‘skinny teenage girl’ look, not quite as round and childish a face as I often ended up drawing her with before. She should still look young, but not too young, so I’m hoping I have achieved that.
So! I have made the decision that I will put up development pieces on this website every couple of weeks, while working towards the end of the hiatus for The Lost Oracle. I’ll accompany the pieces with some words/thoughts on my decisions or what this is
This is some exploration of what a desert village could look like, including some inhabitants. I want the buildings here to feel warm and inviting, but also give the impression of a place with relatively limited resources. I love the reddish/purple colours of some Iranian villages so they’re a heavy influence for this. I also very much appreciate the mix of sand-infused material and wood so that might end up with more of a presence in any finished piece.
I thought that this would be a tightly knit community, that lives on quite blissfully uninvolved with whatever political drama plays out in the empire. They quietly worship the god of gods, and always give thanks whenever they slaughter some of their livestock.
Hey guys! Thank you for last week, it was really lovely to see all the people reading my daily updates! I know I say this all the time but really, thank you so much for reading. I’m honoured you’re here to share your time with me.
So as it says in the description I was looking over my outline for the rest of this book and I just really need to rework some things. I have learned a lot about storytelling and development over the last year and a half at The Animation Workshop and I want to apply these things. This is a perfect time to pause and make sure the next chapters get as good as possible.
I don’t have an exact date for when the comic will be back but the hiatus will probably be around 3-4 months, only to return stronger than ever.
This site won’t be dead though – I have to figure out how I want to do it but I would love to update you all on non-spoilery concept art and sketches while we wait, just to make sure everyone knows that this comic is very much good and alive. I’ll give more info on this as I make the calls!
So thank you, I hope you all got safely into 2018, TLO will be back as soon as I can manage it because lord knows this comic and the characters means the world to me.
We did it! We made it to the end of chapter 5! Everyone’s sad but we’re here!
And I managed an update every day for 5 days which, frankly, feels pretty amazing.
Thanks so much for coming on this journey with me. I’ll have some updates re: the future update schedule of this comic but I’ll put up an official statement on Monday, spending the weekend figuring out some details.
I love my comic and I love you, my readers, who are still here. Thank you very much!
If you have enjoyed the comic so far don’t forget you can always throw a few $ my way on my ko-fi, but either way I’m so glad and honoured you’re here.
This is a rough birthday isn’t it.
Last update of the chapter is tomorrow! Then an announcement on monday about the in-between-chapters-hiatus.
Jump. Jump like the wind.
Tune back in tomorrow for yet another thrilling episode of ‘everyone’s sad and what’s even going on’.
Everyone on this page needs a hug.
Tune tomorrow for even more comics!
It’s the new year and it’s time for the Week 1 Update Extravaganza! Not a very snappy title but still!
Remember there will be another update tomorrow. And the day after that! And the day after that…