Paintings and Projects Update

Hello everyone! Sorry for the radio silence. It's been a busy few months so I thought I'd update you on a few things I've been working on~

Earlier this year a dear friend of mine passed away due to complications from Diabetes. His passing hit the RVA community pretty hard and many friends of mine were also affected by his passing. He was a wise, gentle and welcoming man and my heart forever goes out to his family.  I regret I was unable to make it to his funeral but I wanted to be able to honor him in my own way. Yesterday I finally completed my tribute to him.

Watercolor, acrylic paint, graphite and marker on Watercolor paper.

As good as it feels to work in watercolor again I've been sticking with inkwork a lot lately. Here are a few Alencia themed pieces I've been working on while doing some more writing for the next few books and story arches.

Rough unedited drawing of a scene I had in my head involving Alencia rescuing Theolyn from a tower/dungeon he was captured in, where his life is truly at risk. I wanted to show her anger and wrathful feelings overcoming her.

Rough ink drawing of Alencia and a still unnamed friend. She'll be involved in a whole story arc, I'm very much looking forward to it.

This is was meant to be part of a sign for my table display I made for a November convention I tabled at. I ended up not using it but I may later down the road as I really like how she came out.

Aside from the next Alencia books I'm also working on my collaboration project with my fiance' Ryan, "Unintentionally Alice." Its' an anthropomorphic drama/comedy about a group of girls who work at a maid cafe. I recently re-started working on the comic pages for it as the first 5 or so pages I already completed didn't meet my standards. I'm currently working on page 3 and these new pages are such an improvement already! Aside from redrawing them I've also decided to change the size of the book. It will be a standard US comic size, rather than the smaller 'manga size' I usually print my books in. To accommodate this I'm now working on larger sheets of Bristol paper (11x17") and I'm enjoying it so far. I haven't worked in this size since my days at SCAD about six years ago :P

I've also been working on a lot of illustrations and spot art for the book that I don't want to show off right away, but this first book will be half comic half art book. I wanted to do a comic book and an illustration book so I thought why not combine them! This will also be my first time printing FULL COLOR comics so this is exciting for me. It will take more work but I think it will really benefit the comic overall.

Photo of the first page right after I finished inking it (and smudging it, which will be fixed in Photoshop).  I decided to use a combination of liner pens and brush pens to ink this book, rather than the watercolor brush I ink Alencia comics with. I'm also considering doing Alencia comics in color in the future if I get more comfortable with coloring.

I'm really excited for these new books I'm working on and I will have more to share on these as work progresses! Don't forget to follow me on Facebook to see behind the scenes photos and snippits, as well as my Instagram where I also share WIP photos of my work. I also have comics and prints available on my Storenvy!

Contest Time!

Hey everyone! Keeping up with the momentum I currently have I'm crossing off another task on my to-do list for 2015, by having a contest! If you shimmy on over to my the FranRowanArt facebook page you can find the contest post. But here's what it says:

☆☆Contest time! ☆☆
What do?- All you have to do is like my page AND like or share this post! Easy peasy!

What win?- There are two prize packs up for grabs! The "Adventurer Pack" which includes a copy of "Alencia: Tomb of the Unspoken," a 6x9" Alencia print, an original Alencia ink drawing that was featured in the first Alencia book, "A Noble Deed," as well as a raw crystal pendent that I made myself.
The second prize pack is the Art Card Pack which features a copy of "Alencia : Tomb of the Unspoken" and a custom ink drawing of your choice! When I contact the winner I will ask you what you'd like me to draw for you. The art will be on an A6 size piece of manga paper.

I also want to let you know that the books in this giveaway have a little chunk cut out of the top right corner of them. This is minor damage that in no way effects how the books are read. It happened when they were printed and I wouldn't feel right selling them so now they are free! Both books will be autographed and doodled in by myself. Winners will have a chance to tell me what they would like doodled, otherwise I'll do what I want.
I will be using my lucky purple D20 to pick the winners. The contest deadline will be as the clock strikes midnight announcing the morning of February 8th.
Please let me know if I forgot any needed information. This is my first contest! Have fun and good luck!

"Adventure's Pack" featuring a copy of "Alencia: Tomb of the Unspoken," a 6x9" Alencia print, an original Alencia ink drawing that appeared in the first Alencia book, and a raw crystal necklace made by myself.

"Adventure's Pack" featuring a copy of "Alencia: Tomb of the Unspoken," a 6x9" Alencia print, an original Alencia ink drawing that appeared in the first Alencia book, and a raw crystal necklace made by myself.

"Art Card Pack," featuring the new Alencia book and a personalized A6 sized art card. The winner will get to choose what I draw on it!

"Art Card Pack," featuring the new Alencia book and a personalized A6 sized art card. The winner will get to choose what I draw on it!

You can only qualify for the contest by liking my facebook page, and liking OR sharing the contest post from my page. Good luck to those who enter! It's going to be fun :D