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24th Jul 2019, 7:00 PM in Act Six
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BlueDragon 24th Jul 2019, 7:00 PM edit delete
BlueDragon
Meeeeep! It's Act 6! Oh boy! Things are going to get intense here. I hope the cover looks okay. I am really trying to improve on my composition. I wanted this to be both balanced, but eye attracting :3 Page one posts next week! Super stoked!!!


This week I'm talking more about Black Magic. Some of you have probably already read the conversation on Black Magic, so this video is just a rehash. My patrons didn't have any questions, so when that happens, I elaborate on questions I've gotten here or on Tapas (SmackJeeves is silent as the the grave >.>)

Thanks to everyone for reading Dark Horse! You guys are seriously the best! Words can't express how your readership has helped keep me going all these years :3

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MadJak91 26th Jul 2019, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
MadJak91
dem lips tho
What is actually the main inspiration? My guess is many things or cultures since so far it seemed very ambiguous. But this cover immediately strikes me as more South Asian? Hm.
Minus that bright green hair ;)
BlueDragon 26th Jul 2019, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
BlueDragon
Mmmmm...yep, those lips! I am super proud of how this turned out! :3

Main influences are of course Japan, India, Celtic mythology (and other Brit myths,) and more! While the aesthetic looks a lot like East Indian art, I am being careful to 1) not represent any actual Indian gods (even the dark horse was influence by a white-seven headed horse. The dark horse, so far as I know, is not part of any main religious stories or doctrine. If there are any, it's coincidental) and 2) not just type caste characters into specific roles.

Which is why Kahnma looks East Indian, but dresses in Celtic-inspired garb (she's got a story relating to the one time the veil was collaboratively opened in the 1800s...they wanted the Oracle, so they kidnapped her and her father. Even the Seelie court's not what I would define as innately "good." But they're better than the Unseelie XD)

But yeah, lots of influences. I'd like to learn more about my dad's side of our ancestry to include it, but I don't think he had the best childhood, so he didn't like to talk about it :*( And now we think he has early onset Alzheimer's...so...I may never know without doing my own research.
MadJak91 28th Jul 2019, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
MadJak91
Some mythologies were clearly inspired by others and sometimes now popular and classic stories were written much later and borrowed from mythologies the author(s) liked making it even more muddled. Making your own is probably impossible without coincidences or similarities. More so when many stories follow some typical format.
For instance, people are familiar with Arthur pulling Excalibur from the stone but Sigurd pulling Balmung (Gram) from a tree is pretty much the same trial of becoming a future hero. Heck. According to some versions Arthur never pulled it from a stone. That was either Caladbolg or a random sword and the one called Excalibur was given to him by the sword distributing Lake Nymph AFTER he broke the stone one.
So it is like you can come up with your own thing but who knows if that is not a version of some tale :D
The only other Dark Horse I know is a publisher so I think that is pretty safe! Oh, and a Katy Perry song, LMAO :D :D
BlueDragon 28th Jul 2019, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
BlueDragon
This is true! All of our stories and mythologies are informed by each other and older ones. I mean..."There's nothing new under the sun" and all.

I'm just going to leave this riiiiiight here. :D