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Saltwater Witch Chapt 13, page 4 is up!

Did some drawing this afternoon, a couple more panels for chapter 13. Done and posted.  Check it all out here: http://www.saltwaterwitch.com


Saltwater Witch Chapt 13, page 3 is up!

Sketched out the two panels for page three this morning, lined and colored them this afternoon, and just finished the lettering, balloons, and other details. It's posted.  Check out page 3 here: http://www.saltwaterwitch.com/switch

Here's the linework for the two panels:


Saltwater Witch Chapt 13, page 2 is up!


Sorry, I've been writing like a demon over the last two months–finishing up the first book in an all new Seaborn series, and haven't even picked up a pencil to do more than a couple quick sketches.  Here's a look at today's progress, from sketching, coloring, to the link to chapter 13.  Hope you like!

Sketch of the second panel:


Both panels with colors:



Check out all the chapters of the Saltwater Witch comic here.

Seaborn book covers!

Here's the latest rev of the new Seaborn book cover for the trade edition. Click the pic for the full view.


Fourteen foot tall book covers…

I have been painting like a demon the past few days and although I’m still doing some detail work, I think it’s ready to be posted. First off, the format is a bit ridiculous…or maybe it’s ridiculously cool.  It’s certainly been a fun one to paint.  The actual size in pixels is about 2200 wide by well over 51,000 long.  (That works out to about 7.5 inches wide by over 170 inches tall)

I’m going to leave the purpose for doing this weird-sized illustration unclear, but if you want to you can think of it as a book cover that’s 9 inches wide and fourteen feet tall.  Or maybe it’s a scroll.  Or a fan-fold insert for a book…  How’s that?  Okay, I will fill things in a little more: I’m working on a publishing project that will go live this summer and involves kickstarter.com and possibly some partners.  I’ll leave it at that for now because there is still a lot of planning to do.

The concept is one continuous illustration going from seagulls skimming the surface of a stormy sea to (~51,000 pixels later) the floor of a fairly deep and dark part of the ocean.  In terms of ocean depth it’s about 6000 meters from surface to floor with some of the cool things you’ll find along the way.

Here are a few highlights (below), but it’s a big damn illo and you really should scroll through the whole thing:  http://www.SaltwaterWitch.com/switch/SeabornScroll

Finally, I want to call attention to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (www.whoi.edu) which operates the DSV Alvin, and my favorite aquarium on the planet, Monterey Bay Aquarium (www.montereybayaquarium.org) which has captivated and inspired me for decades.

I also posted this for IllustrationFriday: Heights.

Let me know what you think!





Saltwater Witch Chapter 3 is Back!

Opening scene for Saltwater Witch Chapter 3. All new chapters 1 and 2 are up on the site with new art, layout, type, and other good stuff. Hope you like!

Read it all here: http://www.saltwaterwitch.com/switch

Click for the full view!


The Wreath of Poseidon Art

I spent a few hours on this one today. Armies of the drowned dead, collecting heart-shaped stones on the beach. What do you think?


Saltwater Witch update – pages 234 through 238

Okay, I've posted them–www.SaltwaterWitch.com! For the foreseeable future I'm going to draw panels on my iPad (color when I can) and letter in Photoshop, hoping to get this down as a system that won't take all of my time. I have the rest of this chapter and a bunch of the next–roughly twelve pages–planned out, storyboarded but really sloppy. I drew eleven panels yesterday in Art Rage and Sketchbook Pro, which is a lot for me, and the quality is pretty good.  I'm doing a lot more with gestures and facial expressions.  Disgust is a really tough one to capture. I like the way all of these pages came out, enough to post them.  Haven't colored the last four, but I'm going to keep moving.

Firsts: first time drawing a toilet.

Questions?  Comments? I'd love to hear what you think! 

See chapters  1 – 12 here:


233 pages of Saltwater Witch are back up

With updated pages! I put these back up last night but forgot to tell anyone. I haven't put up the new pages I'm working on–the rest of chapter 12, but you should notice some updates through the first couple chapters.  I'm still a bit embarrassed about a lot of the art and lettering in chapters 2 through 8, and I'm working on new panels for 12, and redrawing existing pages as I get time.

See Saltwater Witch chapters 1 – 11 + the first page of chapter 12 here.

Here's a new page from chapter 2 followed by the old page–I just realized Kassandra is pointing the wrong way in the old page.  The windows should be to her right:



Saltwater Witch, page 210

KassandraSWitch-DISP I woke up early, picked everything up from yesterday's sketching, and painted the three planned panels for Saltwater Witch page 210.  Here's one to the left, Kassandra looking over her shoulder.


Read the whole graphic novel here:



I'd love to hear what you think, too.  Email me here: chrishoward.author@gmail.com.