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Rheann Kester
Artist | Digital Art
United States
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Give a llama, get a llama by AskGooroo If you give me a llama, I will give you one. If I don't, I may just be away from DA, or didn't see it. Get on me about it! =)

:santa: Please do not thank me for watching you, or faving pieces! It is not necessary =).

Hi! My name is Rheann, or Rhen, or Hearken, or even just Axolotl-mafia. Creator of Galaxy Magnolia online graphic novel, I am working to get my book published into a paperback! If you see my work published somewhere else and it's not under Axolotl-mafia, I didn't post it there. My work is not free to use for RPG or any other such use.

I am very friendly, but extremely shy and introverted. I am usually not the first to engage in a conversation, except on very rare occasions. I will answer any question(s) on how I make comics to the best of my ability. I am SLOW to answer notes! Personal life gets in the way of that and sometimes I just don't get to my notes center. If it's been a while and I haven't answered a note, don't be afraid to send it again.
My work is published to other parts of the internet, but I am pretty much only active here on DA at this time. It's just easier this way for now. I am not open for commissions currently, but if you really want something done, you can note me and we can discuss its future.

CATS! <3
Art, dinosaurs, cats, Axolotl, Poison Dart Frogs, Chow Chow’s, animals.

Comics, Manga, Anime, Books, Jurassic Park, collecting things.

Video games, good movies, horror, action, drama, romance.

Conspiracy, Cryptozology, Ufology, the unknown.

Current Residence: The Moon
Favourite style of art: Digital painting, digital acid shading


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xelanesque Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I have an odd question. But, the Tethican's language, is it comparible to a real world language of some kind? Was it influenced by Quecha?
Swaja Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the :+devwatch:, your art is awesome <3
Astralseed Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the watch :)
lemontea Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Aloha! What's up?
JCF13 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
*poke poke poke* hey! may I borrow Ruga and Nim, I want to draw them!
Axolotl-mafia Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015   Digital Artist
Yes sure, thank you! That would be wonderful =D :heart:
JCF13 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome! *rips Ruga and Nim off of your drawing and slap some stick figures* lol jk! I'll give you credit!
JCF13 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
*poke poke* hi! I really like your comic!
BAcat Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Hi! I am a new reader of your comic and now a big fan!
Being even more inspired by your art and story, I was wondering if you can give me any tips on becoming a sci-fi comic artist in terms coming up with a story and/or of any software (if any) that you would recommend.
I can't wait to read more!
Axolotl-mafia Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015   Digital Artist
Wow thank you! That means a lot =D! Yes I sure can give you some help and tips! I'll tell you about my process.

Well when I began to flesh out ideas for Galaxy Magnolia, I took lots of notes and put them in one folder labeled "Notes". I had no story title yet to work with, so I just wrote out my ideas. In the original story to GM was entirely different than it is now. I continued from there and filled in as many notes as I could, changing what was needed or reworking, and used the highlighting feature in Microsoft Word to highlight the most important story areas or notes. I have never written a story from beginning to end, I usually skip around, working out the most important scenes and fleshing in the character growth and development in between.

So to make a comic, I work from scripts. I actually have the first four books written and they are several hundred pages each in size. The 5th book is on its way to completion. I chose a very simple scripting format to work and if I got writer's block in one particular area, I would work ahead to another area. This was to avoid procrastination. Some of the books I even wrote the ending before the beginnings. Sometimes I wrote the middle. I made the scripts as easy to follow for myself as I could, so I could eventually translate them into visual pages. A great deal of the comic now, is different from the first script, but I am so glad I had a script to work with. The same general story is there, just expressed differently.

So the two most important things to start out with would be notes, and then scripts. It's very important to have a script to follow when making a comic. It be as simple or as complex as you want it to be as long as it's entirely useful in helping you bring your comic to life.

Now for story ideas, since you want to do a sci-fi story, I would first start with character development and pick an area out in space, or something to do with a specific location in space, anywhere in the universe that suites your interests the most. Each story needs a main character, and that character can either be a protagonist, or an antagonist, or the anti-hero, or the anti-villain. That too can be changed later, and so can your character's appearance, so as long as you one character to work with, you are off to a good start. Then you can develop a second character and decide how he/she/it interacts with your main character. You can also decide if you want the story to focus on both of them as interchangeable, and work how you would like to play the story out that way. You can choose even more, the possibilities here really aren't limited!

From there, you can decide on a setting, environments etc and start working with a story idea. I've found in the past, the more I drew out characters so that I was actually looking at them, the easier it was for me to decide in what kind of situations or world I would like to put them in.

For software, I'm using Adobe Creative Cloud. There is also a free software program called Krita, that my friend :icononeeyedcanine: introduced me to. I haven't used it yet, but I watched her use it sitting next to me, and will also be using it. It's a great program because it's FREE and very similar in a lot of ways to Adobe Photoshop. The brushes are particularly amazing. If you are looking for free software, I would get Krita.

Some information on Krita -…

As for other software, I use a Wacom Bambo tablet. My laptop has an NVidia Gforce video card, which with such a powerful card it is able to handle the massive files for each page of Galaxy Magnolia. My laptop would be dead otherwise.

Make sure to save ALL of your comic pages at 300 dpi and pack up your pages on an external hardrive. When you get to a point when you are starting your comic and if you need help understanding the dip if you already don't, leave a comment here on my front page I will help you walk you through it! It's very simple, but an absolute needed step because you will want your pages saved to 300 dpi so that you can print your book to paperback and have clear, crisp defined imagery. 600 dpi for posters.

You can storyboard your pages in sets, maybe 3 - 5 pages, your personal decision to storyboard and work from there, using the scripts. If a scene is particularly long, you might want to storyboard out the whole scene, or at least most of it. The storyboard can just be stick figures honestly P:. You'll know what you intended as you start to bring the page to life. Or it can be complex too. Storyboards are great for mapping out how you want scenes to play out from the scripts, and I would say something essential.

I think that should get you started, but if you have any more questions, let me know, I will do my best to answer them =D!
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