That's the power of Ashworth's Phantom Flame Impact
Love doing these pages cuz it demonstrates how far I can push myself with techniques self-discovered in traditional pencil drawing. The blurred shading on Ash's fist are smudge marks from using bits of tissue paper rolled up into balls and smudging the lead parts with a tootbrush motion directly on the page. Looks cool doesn't it?
With pencil drawings I place more emphasis on the backgrounds and details more than the manga style comic because I have that ability to do so.
In this scenario fans may actually recognise some of the interiors/decor in the background (as well as the people).
They are actually reference to this location in Fortune Islands: (Roof & Windows) [link]
(Pillars & People working in the building) [link]
(Registration Area - Notice the 'BOOTH' sign?) [link]
You may wonder why I had added those references into this Chapter PIN-UP for Chapter 8 (the one after Chapter 7: Ruby's New Companions
Well Chapter 07 finishes with Ruby and Ashworth making out of the Tomb of St. Monblur
safely with the treasure that no one in the island can get (remember Page 5
? Yes that is the very same tomb she barely escaped - thanks to Stream the Hawk
- and the treasure that Ruby was holding before the caverns collapsed! It is a treasure that was almost impossible to get - even for experienced fortune hunters.)
Ruby and Ashworth retreats to Fortune Islands and rests overnight. The next day Ruby heads over to the Registration Building
to get her World Quest License
Starting to make sense now? But why the title and what's with Ashworth the Wombat almost causing complete chaos to the Registration Building?
Only one will find out when they read on.
The chapter should be complete before MAR2009. Sorry for the delays but I'm taking my sweet time on it.
How about a clue you say? Well let's just say that Ruby will be in for a complete shock from the truth behind COFT (i.e. Council of Fortune Hunting
- the ringleaders organising the World Quest
Licensing requirements and rules of Fortune Hunting in the Gloreya
). Ruby won't only be in shock but she will be abused for her hard work (poor girl).
However Ashworth will step in to show Ruby just how ridiculous the idea of of a legitimate Fortune Hunting scheme is by COFT. That is all.
Also I've also got exciting news to share about the new change on how I format the release of the books - it will be more frequent and efficient trust me!