And this is why I’ve always dodged questions about Kiva’s childhood whenever someone’s asked about it. I wanted it to be her story to tell.
Two things about the upcoming pages:
1) They might be hard for some people to read. I know that drawing them is going to be rough on me. Consider yourselves forewarned.
2) I’ve thought about it a lot, and I want to present Kiva’s childhood arc very carefully. Rather than release pages individually, I’m going to bundle them together into three extra long pages, which will probably each be at least four times as long as a regular page. For that and other reasons, it’s going to take me longer than usual to make these next three pages.
I don’t want to commit to a certain due date for their release because I want to make sure I can take my time and handle this arc right, but in the downtime between updates I plan on posting concept sketches, coloring experiments, doodles and things of that like from the arc on tumblr and Patreon. Nothing really spoilery, just things for you guys to look at if you want.
And while Shades will be going off of regular updates for a little while, Ixion will take over for the month of August and have regular updates in its stead.
Since this page will be here a while, any new news I have for you guys will be posted below.
Have a great weekend, guys! Thanks for reading! ♥
8/3 ~ The birthday Q&A page is up and is open for business! All the information is there, but feel free to ask about anything if you’d like clarification. You guys have just under two weeks to submit your questions. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Also, I changed out the vote incentive to a sketch of Vivan being a goofball on the upcoming Ixion page. Brought to you by “short on time” and “literally the only halfway decent, non-spoilery sketch on that page.” Yes.
EDIT to add: Not exactly comic news, but for you tumblr folks, I also made a personal blog for non-comic stuff if anyone’s interested in that. Find it here. My username’s Avsical. Be warned, it’s easily 75% Steven Universe stuff.
8/8 ~ Okay, the first Ixion update is finally up! Sorry that took a little longer than expected, guys. I had a bit of a time crunch and also forgot how ungodly long it takes me to color Ixion pages for some reason. I’ll get faster again as I go.
8/14 ~ The next page of Ixion is up.
8/16 ~ The Q&A questions have been chosen.
Also, I am going to tentatively schedule the first installment of Kiva’s story to go up on September 18th, as I’m about 70% done with the sketches for it. A lot is going to come down to the coloring process, so it may be up earlier than that. I’ll keep you guys posted.
8/22 ~ Ixion update #3 is up. I switched the vote incentive out as well, to a closeup of Kavee, because jeez is she a little cutie, and her expression got lost a little when I resized the page to its final version. With what’s going on in Ixion at the moment, I figured we can use all the cute we can get.
8/27 ~ The answers to the Q&A have been posted on Deviant Art and Tumblr. I had fun with this round, and it was really nice having a chance to draw some of the regular Shades cast again, since I haven’t drawn any of them for about a month now (excluding tiny Kiva, of course.)
August’s final Ixion update is going to be up at some point, don’t know when. Hopefully this weekend, but if not, then early next week. A combination of losing a few days of productivity due to food poisoning, and preparing for my husband’s birthday party tomorrow has put me waaay behind on drawing. Someday maybe I’ll be able to stick to the schedules I set for myself, haha.
9/5 ~ The last Ixion page is FINALLY up. Sorry about the delay. Now onto putting my full effort into the next Shades update.
9/15 ~ Okay, okay, okay, so the 18th is just not happening. I’m working at it really hard, but damn, there are a lot more panels to this thing than it felt like during the sketching process. Also, my computer isn’t super happy about how big the file is and is making Photoshop run kinda funky and slow at times. Powering through. The update will for sure be on the 25th. Thanks for your patience, everyone.