Sunday, May 1, 2016

Chapter 8 - Ambush in the Mushroom Forest


I proudly present Chapter 8 of the Wormworld Saga Digital Graphic Novel!

Go read it on wormworldsaga.com!

I really enjoyed creating this chapter. Finally we're traveling again, right? And finally we've got what starts to feel like a decent party of adventurers. The story is moving towards the central climax, the turning point, everything gets shaken up. I don't want to say more about it, only that I hope you'll enjoy this latest installment of the Wormworld Saga!

You'll also notice some changes on the website. I've created a shiny new header but the more fundamental changes happened in the background. I've completely updated the website code which now makes it a LOT easier for me to manage the content although you will see nothing of this on the surface. What you WILL see though is that I have now moved the special content from the retired Wormworld Saga App, which later was featured in "The Attic" subscription area, right onto wormworldsaga.com. If you are a supporter on Patreon.com, you'll be able to login with your Patreon account and access everything.

I'll now leave you with the poster version of the new website header.



Monday, April 25, 2016

Chapter 8 Launches on Sunday, May 1st!


Getting ready for the launch of Chapter 8 took me a bit longer this time, especially because the new chapter will be released on a completely revamped version of the website. But now I'm ready to do the final layout work and next Sunday it's finally going to happen:

Chapter 8 will be launched on May 1st, at 9pm German time. 

As always I've activated a countdown on the website so that you can easily find out at what time the release will happen in your timezone. I'm really looking forward to the release and I hope to see you around on Sunday!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Chapter 8, Final Artwork Completed!


Once again it's done - another chapter of the Wormworld Saga is completely illustrated!

As always, it feels weird to reach this point. But this time I don't have much time to think about the production that lies behind me because the production of Chapter 9 will start as soon as possible. The production budget is secured and I want to provide you Chapter 9 as soon as possible. When you read Chapter 8, you'll know why. :)

As for the release date, I can't commit to a fixed date just yet because the translations are still edited AND Chapter 8 will launch on a completely revamped website. I'm still working on it although the majority of tasks is already accomplished. Most of the adjustments won't be directly visible to the visitors of the website as they are "under the hood" and simply make my life easier when it comes to updating and maintaining the content. However, there's one major new feature of the upcoming website update that will add a whole new layer of content to wormworldsaga.com.

In my next update I'll announce the launch date of Chapter 8. Until then I'll leave you with the final preview image of this production:


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Chapter 8, Milestone 4 reached!


The finish line is getting into sight! Today I've got 80% of Chapter 8 illustrated. Without further ado I'm presenting you the preview image of this milestone and go right back to painting. There's a chapter to finish! :)


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Chapter 8, Milestone 3 reached!


This was a fast one! Milestone 3 took me exactly 3 weeks or 15 days to complete. The next two milestones should more or less fall into the same category so we should begin to mentally prepare for an April release of Chapter 8. Here's the preview image of milestone 3:


In other news: we've reached 100 patrons on Patreon and as a little gift I've created an original gouache painting that was given to one randomly picked patron:



A 25 minutes long commented timelapse recording of the creation of this painting is available to all my patron on Patreon.com!

And now I'm going to start work on the next milestone!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Chapter 8, Milestone 2 reached!


It feels good to finally be on track again! Today I've finished the second milestone of Chapter 8 and it was about time to reach that point. The last milestone had been reached 3 months ago and I was beginning to feel nervous about the progress of Chapter 8 although I knew exactly what caused this delay.

In November the fulfillment of the last kickstarter campaign took much too much time from my production schedule and when I had finished the main bulk of that work, I had already decided that I wanted to produce the Christmas Special. The last third of December was eaten up by the Holidays and I was able to start my work on the second milestone not earlier than January. And I still wasn't going full steam.

An important part of my kickstarter fulfillment hadn't been finished yet. I had to paint 4 original gouache paintings, a task I originally had planned for the evenings. But it turned out that I wasn't able to do the paintings in the evenings, there just wasn't enough creative juice left after a long production day. So I decided to take a day off from production for each painting, and although I lost 4 production days (which is nearly a week) doing that, it was a good decision. For 4 weeks, every Monday was "Gouache Monday" and I really enjoyed these days. It was hard work for me to paint those paintings and I felt like a complete newbie. Mixing real colors is such a hard challenge when all you know is the Color Picker in Photoshop. I became better with every painting and in the last one I was actually able to mix and put down exactly the colors I was looking for. Here are the results:






  


My original plan was to finish the milestone in January but it turned out that this milestone contained a lot of complicated artwork. The protagonists are leaving the big city and I want it to be a proper farewell with lots of majestic vistas. I worked nearly 140 hours on this milestone which comes close to the 160-hours-monster-milestone of Chapter 6. However, the rest of the chapter is promising to be finished much faster. There's still plenty of ambitious imagery ahead but it's going to be nature scenes  (and some of them quite dark) which will take much less time then the detailed cityscapes I commited to in my depiction of Kingspeak. I'm really relieved that the story moves on to new sceneries now. Painting architecture is exhausting. Everything has to be in perspective and you can't be as sloppy in the details as you can be in nature scenes. Still I'm going to miss the narrow alleys of Kingspeak. Of course we will see more of it in later chapters but this will be more like short spotlights. The big exploration of the city is over. I guess it will be fun to return to the chapters 6, 7 and, 8 now and then to dive back into this place.

Here are the preview images from this milestone:



As always I'd like to remind you that I'm posting weekly updates on my Patreon page so if you are interested in much more preview images for this milestone, and other behind the scenes info, have a look!

I hope to finish the third milestone before the end of this month. See you then!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

5th Anniversary Christmas Special


I proudly present the 5th Anniversary Christmas Special of the Wormworld Saga Digital Graphic Novel!

Go read it on wormworldsaga.com!

So, it's been five years since Chapter 1 of the Wormworld Saga has been released. That's quite some time! First I thought I might launch this episode accompanied by a complete reminiscence of the last five years. A LOT happened during that time but, to be honest, I just don't feel like it. I don't want to look back just now. I feel as if I have only just started on this adventure. There's so much left to do, so much still to accomplish. One of my big goals for the next five years is to create chapters faster and maybe even finishing the First Journey during that timeframe. Considering the circumstances of the production right now, this actually seems to be an achievable goal.

But even if I'm already eager to publish the next chapter, I had a total blast creating the Christmas special. It's been a lot of fun to revisit some old characters and places. And even if 5 years is not really a lot of time, I felt a bit of nostalgia painting Jonas' room and the cobwebs in the attic. It's where everything started and it felt nice to stop by Grannie's living room and rest a little bit before the adventure continues with Chapter 8 in a few months and we'll be thrown right to the center of the Wormworld again.

I hope everyone enjoys the special episode and I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me in the past five years. Nothing of what you can see of the Wormworld Saga today would have been possible without the interest and support of you, my readers. And I would not dare to continue on this adventure without knowing that you are there.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

-DanieL  


Monday, December 14, 2015

Announcing the 5th Anniversary Christmas Special




I'm very happy and proud to announce that this Christmas you won't be left without an update of the Wormworld Saga!

On Christmas 2010, Chapter 1 was released. So, THIS Christmas marks the 5th anniversary of the Wormworld Saga. And of course I won't let that go by without a proper celebration!

I took some time off the production of Chapter 8 (Ha, and you've thought I'd just be slacking!) and invested about 100 hours into the Christmas Special. Of course I wasn't able to create something of the size of a full chapter in such a short time but I think you will enjoy it anyway. I had a great time creating the Christmas Special and I can't wait to release it.

The Christmas Special will be released on Christmas Eve at 10:00pm German time. You'll find a countdown on the Wormworld Saga Website that will help you to figure out when exactly the release happens according to your timezone.

See you then!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Wormworld Saga Goodies!

I've been busy with fulfilling the last kickstarter campaign during the last few weeks. We've had a big signing and packing event at the Tokyopop offices in Hamburg and finally it's done - the backers of the "Wormworld Saga Print Edition - Volume 1 campaign" have received their packages. Well at least they've been sent out. Some of the packages might still be on their way.



Now that the backers had their turn it's time to provide the new English Wormworld Saga book to all fans. Today we've updated the Wormworld Shop with new products including the resin figure, the keychain pendant, and the German book 3.



Aaaaand I'd like to introduce you to a new digital edition of the Wormworld Saga. The HD Collector's Edition has been designed with the digital collector in mind. It is an offline, DRM-free, high resolution (2048 pixels wide) version of the graphic novel you know from the website. It looks fantastic on high resolution screens, tablets and phones and you can easily store and display it on any device that runs an ordinary internet browser. You can dowload the HD Collector's Edition on Gumroad. Chapter 1 can be downloaded for free/pay what you want so you can test the new edition on your devices.


Ok, sorry for getting all merchant on you but after all Christmas is coming soon and you might find some of these things worthwhile.

I'm back in the production seat now and right at the moment I'm cooking up something special. I won't tell you what it is but I've got a hint for you: This Christmas we'll be celebrating five years of Wormworld Saga. That's right! The first chapter was released on Christmas 2010. Time flies. Let me asure you that I won't let this anniversary go by unnoticed!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Chapter 8, Milestone 1 reached!


I've reached the first milestone of the Chapter 8 production! 20% of the illustrations are done. Here's this milestone's preview image:



And I'd like to point out that I've started to frequently share concept art and panel illustrations with my patrons on Patreon. For as little as $1/month you can join us: https://www.patreon.com/daniellieske