If you're interested in knowing how to create a Visual Novel Character, here is a template and a workshop video to show you the basics.
Hope you guys had a great Saturday. I'm personally feeling very accomplished. I've uploaded a more fleshed out version of "Lavender Chase" today. This update delves more into the Guardian Knight's character (who is the equivalent to Secretary of Defense of the Quartz Region and a Muslim woman). This version even comes with a new cover.
Anyways, I feel like the story is as good as I can make it.
It is with great pleasure I introduce to you the second edition to my short story "Azure Chase." It has been completely redone with a different plot altogether. If you like stories where the monster/villain is the protagonist, you've got to get your hands on this right now. Also, in honor of this second edition, I'm giving away 5 copies of this book through Amazon (ebook/Kindle Store only). All you have to do is click a button to see if you get the prize or not. No extra work after that. So why not give it a try?
Even though Alexander decided not to replace all the humans with its parasites, simply coexisting with their constricting rules was not the life it wanted. It deserved more.
After waking up from a 13-year hibernation, the alien parasite known as Alexander looked in a mirror and observed its masterfully sculpted, newly transformed human host–it was perfect. Now, this incubus could blend in seamlessly within human society. Normal humans fell in love with it left and right, yet none offered the same wholesome relationship as its late, human daughter had. The truth was, she was well alive, but also its greatest threat. She is the Guardian Knight, leader of the Department of Defense, and her duty is to protect all residents of the Quartz region. Alexander is no exception, although it tries to become one. Its biggest hindrance to reconnecting with its daughter is its insatiable hunger for human DNA.
Will they be able to reconnect or will this tale end in betrayal and death? See how this short story ends by reading this book now.
I'm still working on mostly artwork for my characters, one of which is featured below (it's still just a WIP). However, I am devoting half my time to the full re-release of "Lavender Chase." That one should be coming up in a week or so.
As for the secret projects, they are not nearly close to completion for me to say anything about them yet. Stay tuned.
It is with great joy that I bring to you the second edition of my short story, “Pink Chase.” It has 50 percent more content (going from around 7,000 words to over 15,500 words, plus 3 more illustrations). After writing 9 short stories and 70,000 words for an unfinished novel, the story I present to you today is way more fleshed out and better written than anything before.
Here’s some promotional pictures for you from the short story.
If you’re interested in soft sci-fi and darker stories, "Pink Chase" might be just for you.
After years of hibernating, Alexander, an alien parasite that takes over and alters humans, is awake and walking around with its new host, Xana, a human transformed into a succubus. It wants to live and thrive, but the Department of Defense is out to eradicate it, especially the ever-principled Guardian Knight. This human is not to be underestimated since their predecessor destroyed it years ago. Thus, the alien decides to stalk the weakest member of the DoD, Fred.
Soft, Sci-Fi; Dark Fiction; elements of horror
Older Teen to Adult Fiction
For those of you following the blog or even my twitter (@RoxioxxStudios), you’ll notice I gave a heads up that the awesome $.99 deal for the story was there for a limited time. The price of this short story is now… a whopping… super reasonable… amount… of… $2 (It’s really not that bad). Yeah, getting a story reviewed by a professional editor a third time takes some money, but the investment is so worth it. Now you get a better quality story.
Well, I still have a number of things going on in the background. That includes writing up the entire arc for Butterfly Kisses, two secret projects, and the slow progress of “Red Chase.” However, “Lavender Chase” (another short story of mine) is getting a quick update. The same one I gave to “Pink Chase.” That might be coming up next, but we’ll see. Having 5 projects in the active column does mean I have less certainty when anything publishes.
That's all for now. Bye!
Glorious day to you all! It's been a while since the last update.
So, to catch you guys up to speed on the behind the scenes, I've been working on "Crimson Chase" which was going to be a book with chapters. Each chapter was going to be a fully fleshed out short story that told a little bit more of the character's arcs. For instance, the chapter titled "Arachnophobia" was themed around spiders. The original goal was that each chapter would not be more than 2,000 words. There would be 7 chapters like this, so that would be a minimum of 14,000 words. I nicknamed these chapters "Mask Horror" stories. However, my estimation was WAY off, I realized "Crimson Chase" is turning more into a novel. I can't work on a longer story right now because I want to get to "Butterfly Kisses" and "A Long Journey VN" before my time runs out (my deadline was November). What I will do for now is finish off those seven chapters and submit them to online zines, and in the future, years from now, I may come back and finish "Crimson Chase."
Speaking of "A Long Journey VN..." I've been working on some designs for the reboot this year! Here's some of my WIP environmental models.
I just need to add some paint, some props, some resin for the pond, and then decorate the pond, and it's done! You'll notice the crystals sticking out of the ground -- that's because this is the Quartz region that ALJ VN takes place in. Doing some sculptures like these really jogged my creative juices. I can base my 2D art off of these.
As for "Butterfly Kisses," let's just say doing all these "Chase" short stories first had really paid off in the end. I've learned so much about feeling and good storytelling. Donald Maass's book "The Emotional Craft of Fiction," has really been a game changer for me. I'm really proud (for the first time) how well this manga's story is going to turn out.
Well, "Azure Chase" is being released at the end of this month. I gotta get back to work. Enjoy your weekend, internet.
Tada!! The first hand drawn illustration of the Lavender Incubus. Well... I'm kind of running out of time to spend any more time on this or else I can't release "Lavender Chase" on time. I'll probs come back to each of these illustrations later and fully paint them. Anyways, this is just to keep you guys interested.
See you later!
Well, as I promised, there would be some updates coming to the website. I've added some thumbnails finally to the older projects, and I should get some for the new ones. They'll be coming once I've gotten them to a good enough place. However, my main goal is still to produce content 90% of the time.
Currently, I've got a series of 6 (maybe 7) short stories I'm working on. They are all Horror/Sci-Fi with some elements of drama (and the occasional humor bits), following an alien succubus that just wants to take down its mortal enemy - the protector all humans, the Guardian Knight. Here's a sketch of "Fred." He's a completely new character to the universe.
It feels good to be in the most productive time of my life. My goal is to finish the "Rose Festival" Board game and the 6 short stories by June. The "Butterfly Kisses" Manga vol. 1-3 should be done by November. Then, I'm circling back to "A Long Journey."
The reason for this is when I started my "A Long Journey," I got some feedback that my artwork wasn't that good and my writing stunk, which, I also kind of felt. That feedback has helped push me to train harder. After those projects are done, I feel like I'll be at a good enough level to which I'll finally be proud of my game.
The even better new is that the platform I've picked to build the game on is going to be super stable and easy for me to work with, instead of building it all from scratch. Not only that, I've kind of found a plot I like for ALJ now. The center of the conflict was between Warrick and Auferre. Why not just start the story there? So that's what my plan is going to be.
So that's the progress update for me. Thank you all for continuing to follow my work. I appreciate every one of you.
Also, short stories are going to be found on Amazon when they are completed.
Went by a lot quicker than I was expecting. Awesome! Shading and lighting are covered in this video.