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A Vermillon Lucere Story [3rd draft]
Update: Added a background soundtrack.  Recorded some mundane noises from around the house...  The furnace, sliding a stool across the floor, and closing a cabinet door with a loose handle.  I remixed them using Audacity, a freeware.  Nothing hi-tech, but sufficient for me.  Got some neat echoed and warped sounding effects, the cabinet almost sounds like breathing!  Give a listen and tell me what you think.  The sound fades out after the end, rather than just continued.  But if you take your time to read, then you'll hear more of it.  I might have it fade in quicker, but I like how it is almost unnoticeable until it begins to build up towards the end of the page.  I wanted something indistinct and eerie sounding, with a bit of a machine type feel.


Changed the title and made a more detailed page bg.  This is the second draft.  I think I am pretty satisfied with the progression of the first page, but I would like some feedback.  The background is now a 'parallax' layer with animation on mouseover.  As per silverbane 's suggestion, I've swapped the handwritten text boxes for Motion Tool ones.  I tried to keep the same feel to them with the slight gradient red.  Hopefully the font is more legible.  It is 'Architect's Daughter' Google WebFont.


Page one, I haven't made a cover page yet!  This is a story I had worked on for years.  I recently renamed the city, it was formerly called Elysian, which was too similar to the movie Elysium for my tastes.  They mean the same thing.  Basically afterlife, perdition, so on...  Continuing with that naming idea, I've come up with Amarant, (with help from silverbane to pick which name choices sound the best, I had some weird choices for him) which is a fictional undying flower.  I wanted to keep the idea of death and undeath in the name.

I am a complete noob at animation, I wanted to have the idea of the wall seeming tall and the viewer moving forwards to look at the height of it.  Any advice on speeding up/slowing down or changing the twains is greatly appreciated.  Because I have no idea what I am doing!    Okay, maybe a teensy idea.  I'm good at following tutorials and learning from them, feel free to point me at some.

I'll keep the summary of my story under wraps for now.  Hope you're intrigued!    All art is mine.  Story is mine.  

The graffiti:
  • I know why Angels weep & Welcome to Perdition's Gate - in memory of Dirk Smiler
  • F.F.C. & Cool "Disco" Dan - Red line metro through Maryland
  • CUD & 23 & bull's eye - Shout out to Jamie Hewlett & Alan Martin's Tank Girl
  • The End is Nigh - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy BBC sign
  • hXc sXc - Hardcore South Carolina, a shout out to all the punks, freaks and goths of Myrtle Beach.
  • Abandon all hope ye who enter here - Boondock Saints strip club.

Everything else is random doodles.  I intend to put all sorts of things that mean something to me, Easter Eggs.  I won't always tell what they are, but mad props to anyone who gets my jokes and references.

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This book may be updated a few times in regards to the first page, but I will not be doing an update for each subsequent page until it is ready to present.  If you wish a peek into the project of it's development, feel free to request a link in the comments.  I would like feedback, so any volunteers are welcomed ;D
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am definitely intrigued. :nod: Sounds interesting. If you ever need someone to bounce ideas off of and no one else is around I really like collaborating with people and I've long been wanting to get involved in a story of some sort.

I have lots of ideas, but I suck at articulating them into a cohesive narrative and I don't have the knack for descriptive writing to write a novel. I really have no idea how to get the ideas in my head out on a page for people to read.
GillianIvy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I were better at collaborating, but I have a track record of being unreliable for that sort of thing.  I sort of work on things on an inspiration based sort of thing, so I have a lot of incomplete things.  A lot.  I'm, not much on the writing end.  This story I'm working on was something I came up with the notion of in high school, but only ever wrote it down in something like 2009...  And have not really touched until now.  I guess it was 15 years ago that I conceived of the characters.  
My bf wants to collaborate a story with me, too.  But again, I feel like it is something I'd probably procrastinate on or we'd get mad at each other about.  We are terrible at working on art together.  Like the journal skin we did together....  yeesh.

I'd like to bounce ideas, but I don't want to commit to a collab.  :/  
3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah yeah. I've run into that problem before with collaborations. I want to press on with it and the other party gets burnt out. And I end up wrapped up in a story I can't pursue. I'm kind of a creative freight train. Get me on a track and its hard to get me to stop. Its having all those directions and choices that's hard. I'm a freight train, not a car. put me on an intersection and I'm like WTF?! Well which way do I go? This is where I'm at with Bionicle MOC: Matteo by 3rdeye88 Matteo's story. He's wrapped up in someone else's story that went nowhere, and I have no idea how to sort out all the history he's got. I've just got the basic outline of major events that happen throughout his immortal life. And gees I really set myself up here by having an immortal character to write for. The scope of things is so much bigger for him and there's way more to figure out than for a normal person. But at the same time it lets me play around with the aspect of having one person walk different paths of life.

Well like I said if you ever need someone to bounce ideas off of and no one else is around I'd be happy to lend what ever creative ball tossing skills I have.
GillianIvy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Looks like a cool collaboration.  Truly a shame that it hasn't gone anywhere.  But you still own your character and could have someone write using your character's story independently from hers.
3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. I really do need to figure out how to get this guys story told, because I think its a very good one.

So you looked up Witching Hour? Sad thing is I really like some of the characters from it. I've asked if I could continue on but she wouldn't let me. She's just sitting on it as far as I know. :/ Oh well I guess that chapter of Matteo's life will have to be omitted or rewritten(more likely). I should take like a creative writing class or something. My head is a thought prison and I hate that. :(
makepeaceart Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very very very very cool! I know, very is an awful word, but wow! :D
GillianIvy Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very is not bad ;D  The main character's name is Veri (Vermillon).  Thanks, I have been waiting for this motion book tool since I heard about it :D
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I will take that as an Oooooooo of approval ;D
chriseastmids Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
indeed :D
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