Welcome to the brand new website for the Shelby Bly Project for 2020! Everything is new including brand new renders for all pieces of Concept Art with new info written on all those posts, some new Promotional Art, and more. Read further in this news post for details but basically everything on the site is new again. What do you think of the new site? Let me know in the comments!
First off, the new website. I created this new website from scratch and wrote all the pages and posts anew. I reorganized the Concept Art section and divided up into four pages rather than cramming all of the art on one page since much more concept art is coming soon. The Character Concept Art posts each have a new “Behind the Scenes” tab in the information boxes. In those new boxes I’ve written little tidbits of behind the scenes info such as where characters’ names came from, some history of the character, and more. I also added these to the Props Concept Art posts.
Here’s a little more info about the new Concept Art section. I recently had to replace the hard drive which contained all of my 3D content libraries. This means that all the elements I used in the concepts had to be installed to the new drive and all concepts updated to point to the newly installed content directories on the new hard drive. It took nearly two full days to find all the needed content, install it, and then to update just the character concept files. I finally got it all done though. As I re-rendered each concept, I updated and tweaked them as well. The character concepts were all updated with new and vastly improved full body shaders among other things.
Since all of the main character concepts are now considered finalized, meaning that’s how each character will appear in the final novel, I am going to start designing and creating the ACEO trading cards to help promote the novel and be a donation perk. I’ve got a general idea of what I want them to look like but I’ll need to do a lot of work to make those ideas real. I’ll keep you posted.
I also added a new-ish piece of Promotional Art. It’s a redux of an artwork I first created back in February of this year but that original had some errors in it. I have now gone back and recreated/vastly improved the artwork. The artwork I am speaking of is At Sunset. I plan on creating more brand new promotional art soon though I may redux another of my old pieces first. We shall see, stay tuned to this site for more!
As for the project itself… The story has been written. No more writing of the story. IT’S DONE!! I am now creating and finalizing all of the concept art and will soon start sketching out the storyboards. Once the concept art is finalized and the storyboards are finished, I will begin on the actual illustrations that will populate the graphic novel. I have no official ETA on when the novel will be published but 2020 looks like it is going to be a very eventful year.
That’s all for now as I have much more work to get done and the sooner the better. I’ll try to keep you updated regularly as I progress. Thank you for viewing and following along with this project! Don’t forget to subscribe to this blog via email using the form at the very bottom right of this page or follow it on Twitter or Tumblr.