Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Loves Me Not

Did you know that, in some lore, wild roses are a vampire deterrent?

Jay knows...and he has way too much fun with this fact.


(No one tell Jay that Spencer’s the son of a florist. The irony would make him want to tease Spencer even more.)

As always, a high-res version of this art is available for all my patrons! Everyone pledging at least $5 can also see what this was shaping up to look like back when it was a traditional piece.

That’s right, I hadn’t intended for this to be digital in any way. Unfortunately, the new watercolor paper I was using was terrible, and I even got some blood on it, too. (Thanks, diabetes.) To salvage this piece, I decided to just scan it, touch up the linework, and overlay it with digital colors. Wouldn’t have any art to share with you guys today otherwise!

38 comments:

  1. I'm surprised that I've never heard this before. I've actually heard of a number of different plants and flowers, garlic and wolfsbane (ironically) being the two most common. I guess I'll just have to go look up a bit more info. haha

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    1. I've seen wild roses mentioned in a couple of my reference books. They're known for repelling evil. More specifically, they were used to keep vampires from escaping their graves...

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    2. Oh, and weirdly enough, I can't really recall reading about wolfsbane--if I have, it's slipped my mind--but it still seems like a fitting deterrent, since vampires can transform into wolves in some lore. Other lore even states that werewolves turn into vampires upon death...

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    3. Hmm. I have to wonder if wild roses and wolfsbane got combined/switched somewhere along the line.

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  2. Digital still works.
    Jay needs to date a florist. Even better!

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    1. I already ruin one florist's life in Spencer's prequel. Probably should give the other florists a break by not roping them into this vampire world! XD

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  3. Very interesting. I learn something new everyday!! Great Pic!!!

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  4. It sounds to me like Spencer just wanted some blood. Heh. That's a cool fact to learn. Love the picture!

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    1. The blood I spilled actually got on Jay's side of the paper. Make of that what you will, LOL. And thank you!

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  5. No, I didn't know that fact, very interesting. I love to find these little bits of folklore. Great pic.

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    1. I always enjoy discovering random folklore, too. Thank you!

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  6. I hope Spencer hasn't gotten a whiff of your blood!
    I didn't know that about the wild roses.
    This is a great clip. Love Spencer's fang.

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    1. Thank you! I'm sure I'll be fine if Jay lends me his wild rose... :P

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  7. That's interesting - I didn't know about roses and vampires, but I think it's cool how you're using that idea. :)

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    1. Thank you! There's a lot of vampire lore that doesn't get acknowledged much in modern stories, so I can't resist utilizing some of 'em for this series. Not sure how successful I'll be at incorporating wild roses, but I've always adored that bit of lore, so I can at least do some concept art of it!

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  8. Didn't know that about roses. The picture turned out great!

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    1. Thank you, Nick! Hopefully my webcomic will help make lore like this a little more known, heh.

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  9. lol to the picture. I didn't know that about wild roses. My question is always why? lol

    I've nominated you for the Liebster Award! You don't have to participate if you don't want, but I thought you should get one this year!

    http://www.thewritemage.com/2017/06/liebster-award-2017.html

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    1. Aw, thanks for the award! Will have to see if I can find some time for this...

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  10. That's a new fact to me. =) Maybe if you offered that paper cheese instead of blood it would behave for you? ;)

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    1. Well, no, since the paper would tear after barely any water was brushed over it, and the watercolors even dried up much lighter than they should. Nothing could make it behave, heh.

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    2. =( I know! Use it for tracing paper. I'd probably take it back and let the store know it wasn't a good product.

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    3. I actually plan to use what's left as packing material, whenever I ship out ACEOs, since the paper's pretty thick, LOL.

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  11. I never knew about the roses. Did you make Spencer the son of a florist with this in mind?

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    1. Partly. The florist shop also gave me a good backstory for how Spencer's parents met in the first place, haha.

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  12. I've got tons of wild roses. Thank heaven for that!

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    1. Vampires will run away from you in fear! XD

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  13. No, I didn't know that about wild roses. It'd cool how you're including this in your comic, along with a florist in the family. You have a kinda dark sense of humor, dontcha? (I love it!)

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    1. Haha, yes, I do--much darker than any of you know yet, in fact! :P

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  14. I had never heard that wild roses are vampire deterrents. Good to know! I like the picture!

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  15. son of a florist! ha!
    i will be emailing you soon - i just want to get a little more written. so excited to send you a proposal!

    happy july!
    Tara Tyler Talks

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  16. Hehehe! Love it! The expressions on their faces is priceless. :)

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    1. Thank you! Jay and Spencer never fail to be fun to draw... ^_^

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  17. I used the little icon you and shred this wonderful post on FB. Great illustrations!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much! Really appreciate it...

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