Friday, July 9, 2021

"Arbitrary Travels: Whiteout of the Heart"

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Hello, and welcome! "Arbitrary Travels: Whiteout of the Heart" is a full length adventure story that tests the bonds of the residents who are supposed to be helping others. 

When a severe blizzard arrives in the middle of a village's summer harvest season, the residents arrive to persuade the person causing this storm to reverse its effects (when the village received an initial threat, the person behind this mentioned they could heal everything if they get what they want...) Why exactly does this person want this farming village to suffer? And what could they possibly want in return? 

But, as the residents search for these answers, the culprit turns up right in front of them, and separates the group into two pairs of rivals. Now the pairs must overcome their differences and not only save the village, but save themselves.

Some notes about this story (possible spoilers):
  • The full story for "Arbitrary Travels: Whiteout of the Heart" is 32 pages. You can own the full length story as a physical book through the link at the top of this post, and below
  • I tried to push myself to improve a lot with this story, in both the art and writing. I was thinking of a specific kind of person this story could relate to and help, while for the art I tried new compositions and tried to add more detail than I used to.
  • I also challenged myself by attempting this story on a monthly schedule. I finished all of the art within a month! Now I just have to print the books within the same month as the step/improvement at a time.
  • The antagonist's name in this story is Erin. I didn't realize this until more than halfway through creating the pages, so her name is never really mentioned in the story itself.
  • To create the snowstorm effect for the art, I broke down the coloring process into two stages: one being my usual watercolor and colored pencil process, then on top I used white acrylic paint for the snowflakes, and watered down white acrylic paint for the wind. And yes, I ended up hand painting the snow and wind. Splattering would have been too messy, regarding both appearance and clear storytelling.
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Thank you so much for reading! I would love to hear any thoughts you may have, so feel free to contact me however you like.

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