Weekly update for Feb. 18, 2019

Sample pencils from Astray3 Chapter 3 page 28

No need for translations this week dear readers. ( No Saturday translation post. ) I thought the page could speak for itself this time.

There are a lot of new developments percolating under the comicy surface my friends. I just finished writing a lengthy update on the Patreon post for today’s page. I would suggest checking it out for more details. https://www.patreon.com/posts/24778364

That is all for now. Till next week!

-Eldon

Weekly update for Feb. 11, 2019

Sample rough from Astray3 Chapter 3 page 27

Hello readers,

After a short delay Astray3 is back with page 27. While illness and work was the primary reason for the delay another was experimenting with a new coloring process. The new method is based on current digital painting processes. Of course, it’s simplified for the speedier demands of comic creation. I’m fairly pleased with the direction. Although, there is still plenty of kinks to work out and exploration to do with the new process.

In other comic news, updates should largely be back on schedule. However, I should know better than to jinx myself by declaring that. Let’s hope there won’t be any production obstacles over the next couple of weeks.

That is it for now. All the best till next week.

-Eldon

Weekly update for Feb. 3rd…and I’ve been sick. ( Aka, late updates again. ) Plus, miscellaneous art!

A recent Adobe Illustrator creation. For more info check out the old Patreon post at https://www.patreon.com/posts/a3-designs-3-pg3-20905336

Sorry folks, I got hit by a bug that threw a wrench in the comic production last week. So, no update today. I hope to have a new page up by Thursday. However….I also have a work related trip coming up this week. Thus there maybe no update this week at all. Let’s hope I get a lot of work done over the next couple of nights. I apologize for the delay.

See you soon,

-Eldon

P.S. In the meantime, here are some of my Procreate doodles from the last several weeks.

Weekly update for Jan. 21th ( No comic update this week. )

Hello friends,

I’m pushing page 26 to next Monday; January 28th. By my estimation it won’t be ready in time for Thursday and I’d like to get back to regular Monday updates. This leads to the greater problem of keeping updates on a consistent schedule. However, I don’t see that changing without at least a month long break to rebuild a hardier buffer.

How do you readers feel about the pace of Astray3 updates? Would you like to see the comic continue on a week to week basis allowing for occasional one week gaps? Or Month long update breaks to guarantee consistent updates for several months before another break is required?

Let me know in the comments.

Be back soon,

-Eldon

And here are some Procreate pics from the previous week. Enjoy!

Weekly update for Jan. 14th ( It’ll be another Thursday update week. )

This posted on the Patreon page a few days ago. It’s worth visiting there from time to time to see new stuff first. https://www.patreon.com/posts/gomradi-profile-23935633

Yup, it’ll be another Thursday update week. The “inks” and writing are done, but the colors will need some time yet. I’m optimistic that we’ll be back on Mondays next week. However, that shouldn’t be taken as a guarantee. In the meantime….ummm…here is a miscellaneous digital painting experiment picture.

See you Thursday,

-Eldon

Weekly update for Jan. 7, 2019 ( Comic will post Thursday! )

Check the new “GOODIES!” page at the upper right of the page. Enjoy!

Hello once again dear friends and Astray3 readers! Welcome to a new year for the comic…..and we’ll kick it off by being late with an update. This week’s update will post on Thursday. The holidays have taken their toll. But, alas, they are over and it should be smooth sailing going forward. I’m also working on some new production methods for creating the comics. ( Here’s a hint….it has something to do with the above image. )

On the issue of update lateness, I remain committed to posting one page a week. Monday will be the usual day for the update. Unfortunately, the reality is that A3 comic production is complicated and getting moreso. ( OR I might just need some rest to prevent burnout. ) Late updates are inevitable and might become a regular thing. I’ve pretty much given up on maintaining a buffer under current time restraints. So, a general rule of thumb going forward will be that if you don’t see an update on Monday it’ll be coming Thursday of the same week. And as always, I’ll try to keep you forewarned of delays in this section that no one reads. ( I assume… )

However, it isn’t all gloom and doom. There is a new addition to the website! A “GOODIES!” page! In there you will find the first of a series of desktop wallpaper images in several formats. I plan to make one themed for each chapter. Obviously, this first one is based on the beginning dream sequence. It was a fun experiment to reinterpret the scene with my current skill set. ( I do think that section of the comic holds up pretty well! ) These take a bit of time to create and really cut into my normal work flow. You shouldn’t expect a chapter two background for a few months. At the least.

That is all for now. See you Thursday!

-Eldon

Weekly update for Dec. 17, 2018 ( Comic will be late! )

Death-Ray Comix Anthology Issue #1
Death Ray Expo Anthology #1 is now available at the Big Bot Design store!
https://big-bot.com/collections/merch/products/death-ray-comix-anthology-issue-1

As stated above, this week’s comic update will be late. It should land on Thursday. Sorry for the delay. Let’s blame it on holiday activities disrupting the workflow. ( Not to mention a weird wordpress bug I ran into when updating recently. ) 

Sadly, I won’t be hitting #100 before the year is out. The change in comic formatting and numbering soaked up the additional updates. ( I will be seven comics short. ) However, I will stick it out by making sure there will be comic updates each remaining week of 2018. There might be a short break in January. I will keep yall posted on that. 

Also, on the Patreon side of things, the new Gomradi lore piece is also delayed. Principle art is about done and should post this Saturday. The poll to pick the next topic will be posted shortly afterwards. If you are a patron you can vote on the next topic!

In the meantime, the process vid for the last Muradjinn pic is ready to view. Check it out below!

Created on Procreate by Eldon Cowgur…as if I needed to tell you that…

That is all for now! See you Thursday.

-Eldon

Weekly update for Dec. 10, 2018

Death Ray Expo Anthology Issue.1

A few quick updates for the week. 

The above is a comic page I contributed to a local anthology in association with the Cattywampus/Death Ray Expo maker/creator faire. ( https://gocattywampus.com/ ) It was recently only available to event visitors, but should be up for purchase online shortly. It is full of comics and content from NWA local creators. I’ll make a specific post when they are available. All purchases will go toward supporting further anthologies. 

The Patreon post for today’s update has some preliminary design work for Argann and his Ogroon. Check it out for free! 

Speaking of the Patreon, there will be a new lore update up this weekend. We will be exploring the Gomradi. New art and insights! The post will be free to read. However, only patrons will get to vote for the next topic. 

Translation for today’s page will be up Saturday.

And that is it for now, 

Till next time,

-Eldon