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by Rachel Kahn.


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    ENnies Voting is open!

    So, through the magic of working with brilliant people, three books I contributed to are all up for ENnies this year! You can learn more about the ENnies right here; and if this is old hat to you you can go vote right now!

    So, which books?

    Pelgrane Press and Robin D Laws’ Hillfolk is nominated three times! This is nuts. Hillfolk was my first RPG illustration job, as well as one of the first tabletop games I played, and I rave about it constantly - if you haven’t checked it out you really should. 

    Blood in the Snow, a companion book to Hillfolk, is also nominated! And also contains several pieces of my art

    Call of Cthulhu’s 7th Edition Quick Start Rules is nominated too! I illustrated the adventure for this publication, which was The Haunting, a scenario I love. You can see some of my art from it right here. This one’s a free product, which means you can go grab it right now if you haven’t already, and properly evaluate it for all the voting you’re off to do shortly, right?

    — 1 week ago with 8 notes
    #ENnies  #RPG  #art  #books  #Rachel Kahn  #Hillfolk  #Drama System  #Call of Cthulhu  #CoC 7thE  #Blood on the Snow 
    bycrom:

wealdcomics:

This scene is the acoustic outro to the metal song of my comic Orin and the Dead Man’s Sword.

You can read from the beginning here right here.

My epic fantasy adventure wordless horror forest comic is drawing to a close.

    bycrom:

    wealdcomics:

    This scene is the acoustic outro to the metal song of my comic Orin and the Dead Man’s Sword.

    You can read from the beginning here right here.

    My epic fantasy adventure wordless horror forest comic is drawing to a close.

    — 1 week ago with 50 notes
    #Rachel Kahn  #comic  #webcomic  #Orin  #Orin and the Dead Man's Sword  #Weald comics  #update 
    I’m loving doing these big chunky photoshop painting studies. In September I’ll have room to get out the oil paints again and hopefully I can start playing with those more too!
One of my ongoing challenges in photoshop is wanting to use brushes are very subtle, without letting myself simply gently glaze for hours on end. So this is a big chunky 100% opaque brush with no size or angle variation, and I’m pushing myself to see how polished I can make a painting using only this brush at various sizes. If I save the gentle airbrushing for last then I’ll have well defined forms and edges first and surface texture second, which is a much better process for me.
I haven’t been doing much of an underdrawing for these speed paintings, either, but I would on a piece I intended to polish and finish. Finishing a piece is a whole other skill, and one I’ll save for studies from life or at least from my own photos.
PS: aren’t moose freaking terrifying?

    I’m loving doing these big chunky photoshop painting studies. In September I’ll have room to get out the oil paints again and hopefully I can start playing with those more too!

    One of my ongoing challenges in photoshop is wanting to use brushes are very subtle, without letting myself simply gently glaze for hours on end. So this is a big chunky 100% opaque brush with no size or angle variation, and I’m pushing myself to see how polished I can make a painting using only this brush at various sizes. If I save the gentle airbrushing for last then I’ll have well defined forms and edges first and surface texture second, which is a much better process for me.

    I haven’t been doing much of an underdrawing for these speed paintings, either, but I would on a piece I intended to polish and finish. Finishing a piece is a whole other skill, and one I’ll save for studies from life or at least from my own photos.

    PS: aren’t moose freaking terrifying?

    — 1 week ago with 17 notes
    #Rachel Kahn  #speed painting  #photoshop  #study  #moose  #charging 

    Two more virtual plein aires and a self portrait study from the past few weeks’ warmups.

    — 2 weeks ago with 11 notes
    #Rachel Kahn  #painting  #art  #selfie  #virtual plein air 
    wealdcomics:

This update brings you all to the part of the comic that is lifted directly from my nightmares. Hope you enjoy!
Getting impatient? Want your own copy of the story? WELL!
Weald #1, with both Orin and the Dead Man’s Sword, and Tatterhood: Unwanted Visitors is finally available in print online! Right here!
You can also grab it in a package with both of Kris Sayer’s other comics, Corpse Door v3 and Nameless, right here! There is also a PDF of Orin and the Dead Man’s Sword: Chapter 1 available on Gumroad, right here, for $2+. And if you just want a memento of the forest, the cover is available as a print and more on Society 6 , and there are some spooky stickers for sale right here.

    wealdcomics:

    This update brings you all to the part of the comic that is lifted directly from my nightmares. Hope you enjoy!

    Getting impatient? Want your own copy of the story? WELL!

    Weald #1, with both Orin and the Dead Man’s Sword, and Tatterhood: Unwanted Visitors is finally available in print online! Right here!

    You can also grab it in a package with both of Kris Sayer’s other comics, Corpse Door v3 and Nameless, right here! There is also a PDF of Orin and the Dead Man’s Sword: Chapter 1 available on Gumroad, right here, for $2+. And if you just want a memento of the forest, the cover is available as a print and more on Society 6 , and there are some spooky stickers for sale right here.

    — 3 weeks ago with 8 notes

    wealdcomics:

    Orin and the Dead Man’s Sword is a wordless adventure comic, following the titular character through a primordial forest to stumble upon a secret hidden deep within. It was written and drawn by Rachel Kahn.

    You can grab a pdf of the whole story off of Gumroad, or you can read along at WealdComics.com.

    (via bycrom)

    — 3 weeks ago with 25 notes

    A few more virtual plein aire paintings!

    I’ve been making myself a multipurpose brush to use with them - gonna keep tweaking it, and practicing, over the summer I hope.

    Check out the group on facebook to see a ton more amazing art.

    (Source: portablecity)

    — 4 weeks ago with 7 notes
    #Rachel Kahn  #virtual plein air  #digital painting  #landscape  #photoshop 
    bycrom:

Summer Reruns, By Crom!
By Crom! is archived on Weald! My BigCartel store is closed for two weeks while I move studios, but in the interim, you can comfort yourself with PDFs from Gumroad. Or did you want to see Prints, Mugs, or Totes on Society6?

    bycrom:

    Summer Reruns, By Crom!

    By Crom! is archived on Weald! My BigCartel store is closed for two weeks while I move studios, but in the interim, you can comfort yourself with PDFs from Gumroad. Or did you want to see PrintsMugs, or Totes on Society6?

    — 1 month ago with 33 notes
    bycrom:

Summer Reruns, By Crom!
By Crom! is archived on Weald! My BigCartel store is closed for two weeks while I move studios, but in the interim, you can comfort yourself with PDFs from Gumroad. Or did you want to see Prints, Mugs, or Totes on Society6?

    bycrom:

    Summer Reruns, By Crom!

    By Crom! is archived on Weald! My BigCartel store is closed for two weeks while I move studios, but in the interim, you can comfort yourself with PDFs from Gumroad. Or did you want to see PrintsMugs, or Totes on Society6?

    — 1 month ago with 54 notes
    Three Festivals of Furious Comicking!

    wealdcomics:

    With May and June now disappearing into the past, Kris and Rachel have had a few small quiet moments to properly digest all the wonderful adventures we’ve been on this spring as part of getting Weald out into the real world!

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    (photo courtesy of goshdarnheck)

    We took Weald #1, as well as copies of Corpse Door (v3!), Nameless, The Collected By Crom! and Full Colour Cromulence, to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival, and the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International. It felt like a magical way to launch a new project - surrounded by brilliant creators, beloved long-time fans and a ton of friendly new faces!

    So,TCAF!

    What can we possibly add to the wealth of praise still lingering in the air for TCAF? It was our first time with a table at TCAF and we were warned it was going to blow our minds - and it did. Oh, how it did. From all the friendly faces crowding the library elevator during setup on Friday night, through the chipper anticipatory chatter as the doors finally opened Saturday morning, to myriad conversations all weekend long with friends, fans, and fellow creators who all took the time to talk comics, vikings, Conan and nerdery of all kinds with us, it was an incredibly invigorating event. As promised, we sold books like crazy, we sold mugs, we sold paper dolls, and we have no idea how many bookmarks we gave away in the end - we just kept cutting more out. Rachel’s first TCAF also included her first TCAF panel, and despite almost swooning upon walking into the crowded room, it went wonderfully. 

    So, our most epic thanks go to the torontocomics team, to their amazing volunteers, and to the Toronto Reference Library for making TCAF a mindblowing adventure. Enormous gratitude to beckycloonan faitherinhicks jordynb sloaneshutup sanya-anwar and secondlina for their enthusiastic participation in the panel on Saturday. Great thanks to Gillian and Mary who apart from being fantastic roommates to Rachel, were wonderful hosts to Kris for TCAF, and are also spectacular artists! High fives to jwoodall and verwho and the rest of the friendshipedition team for being brilliant artists of the highest order who are also delightful friends and comic party animals. Thanks to inkybat and megthebrennan for being inspiring and friendly table neighbours! Thanks *so much* to goshdarnheck for his company, enthusiasm, and food deliveries at TCAF (and VanCAF, and TAAFI). Finally, a shout out to jdschollen and Karen Chan who each separately took it upon themselves to deliver sustenance to predictably malnourished table-managing cartoonists. You excellent women saved our stomach linings!

    This list doesn’t even BEGIN to touch upon on the myriad wonderful folks we got to meet in person for the first time (or simply see in person for the first time in a year or more) whose words of encouragement and enthusiasm were buoys in a sea of overwhelm. You all touched our dark, creepy hearts!

    And then there was VanCAF!

    VanCAF was only two weeks after TCAF, and on the other side of the country. Both Kris and Rachel brought as much book stock as they could on their separate plane trips across Canada, and wow, was it ever worth it! Rachel even trekked into Vancouver with goshdarnheck four days early, to see memorable sights like The Pacific Ocean, The Mountains and The Redwood Forests. Also the brilliant Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver Aquarium and Vancouver Art Gallery.

    VanCAF is only in its third year but it felt just as professionally run as TCAF - just a bit smaller. They follow the same model - exhibiting in a public, community space, over two weekend days, free to attend, with a focus on creator owned and diverse comics. Because of their location, VanCAF features a lot of west coast artists that can’t yet afford the cross country travel to TCAF, but Rachel wasn’t the only person to fly in to exhibit this year and we expect they’ll see more distant artists getting involved as word spreads. This year it felt like VanCAF was at that sweet spot, where there were enough creators to showcase a wide range of comics and careers, but still few enough that there was constant mingling, meeting, high fiving, fanning over each others’ work, and going “OH wow you’re ______ on twitter/tumblr/DA?!?! I love your stuff!” every four steps of the way through the hall or the pub or the Japadog foodcart lineup.

    The smaller roster of creators did not proportionately reduce the crowd, though! VanCAF felt very busy and we did surprisingly well considering the reduced size. The venue had fantastic crowd flow, and the volunteers quickly managed any lineups that appeared so as to keep the aisles clear. It was a fantastic weekend all around, is what I’m saying.

    So thanks to the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival team, volunteers, and specifically wordweasel, for their hard work and dedication. Thanks to Jesse Nylund for being an awesome table neighbour, and to sfemonster korybing bluedelliquanti angelamelick kevinw and kelmcdonald for their inspirational and motivating behind-the-table chatter and sass talk, the weekend flew by in a blur of good company and good conversation. Thanks as well to the entire cloudscapecomics crew for the lovely bbq book launch gathering in their gorgeous studio in the middle of a beautiful park, you all made Vancouver feel like a comics-home-away-from-home for Rachel. To old internet friends we only see at VanCAF, it was wonderful to catch up, even if only briefly across a table in a crowded exhibitor hall. And to all the new faces, the brilliant creators, the patient folk who listened to our rants on vikings and DnD and sword fighting and geology, it was so great to meet you! And of course, the biggest of thanks, hugs and high fives to all the fans and family and friends and new faces that came by our table to see what it is we do here at spooky comics headquarters. You make it worth it, we swear.

    And finally, TAAFI!

    Rachel did TAAFI solo this year, taking a risk on a new festival at home in Toronto that was launching an art market component for the first time. And that’s very much what it turned out to be. 

    TAAFI itself is a professional animation festival, by pros for pros, with networking and skill-building as its major guiding lights. The TAAFI Art Maarket was a new direction for them, and unfortunately the conflicting desires to sell art to fans and to help pros network and learn from other pros left the Maarket a little in the lurch.

    The Maarket had a smaller number of exhibitors, and it did highlight a huge range of art, from comics to stopmotion animation to videogames. The other creators present were a delight and an inspiration, and their company was a pleasure to share the whole weekend. Unfortunately, however, there were a few logistical problems, between the layout of the maarket behind the job and book fair, the lack of clear signage and advertising to reach out to fans and shoppers, the length of the exhibition days, and the location of the festival as a whole being beyond the standard pedestrian circuit in Toronto. There were also some table layout choices that were not the most comfortable for exhibitors and their products, and some imbalanced economics between table costs and potential earnings.

    That said, despite these challenges, TAAFI was a smoothly run festival and we were in a building that was incredibly pleasant, right on the lake with huge windows and lots of natural light. On Saturday a charming duo marched around playing carnival, country fair and other delightful music on fiddles and banjos and harmonicas; on Sunday the free lifedrawing upstairs provided an incredibly varied soundtrack and elaborately costumed models roamed the floor. The crowd was curious, ready to take a risk on a book they’d never heard of, and conversational. The TAAFI organizers took a lot of time to come around at check in with the exhibitors, and the volunteers were constantly offering us water, WIFI passwords and directions. It was clear that TAAFI had great intentions and was simply not entirely aware of the full scope of running a market in addition to a huge festival, and Rachel is confident that they can dramatically improve it for next year with only a few adjustments. Additionally, through some magic of the draw, our table neighbour was the delightful Dara Gold, an old friend of almost a decade. It was a dream, tabling next to her all weekend - her energy, friendly attitude and passion for art of all kinds kept everyone in a five table radius operating at peak function. 

    So thanks to Dara for her wonderful company, to the TAAFI staff and volunteers for their hard work, to all of the exhibitors who were also on the ramp for their sense of humour and fellow-feeling. And most importantly, thanks to everyone who came by our booth, including the By Crom! fans from out of town who also took a chance on a new event. It was so great to meet you all!

    So, in summary:

    Exhibiting is a thrill, a rollercoaster, a fantastic experience! Thank you to everyone who made this crazy book launch con tour possible but most of all thanks to the fans of these comics who took the time to connect with us and our work. We love you like a barrow-king loves the dark damp earth. Deeply.

    — 1 month ago with 15 notes
    wealdcomics:

There’s a big reveal today in Orin and the Dead Man’s Sword!
Getting impatient? Want your own copy of the story? WELL! There is a PDF of Orin and the Dead Man’s Sword: Chapter 1 available on Gumroad, right here, for $2+. And if you just want a memento of the forest, the cover is available as a print and more on Society 6.

One of my favourite page spreads in the whole book is up for your enjoyment today. Go forth and enjoy!

    wealdcomics:

    There’s a big reveal today in Orin and the Dead Man’s Sword!

    Getting impatient? Want your own copy of the story? WELL! There is a PDF of Orin and the Dead Man’s Sword: Chapter 1 available on Gumroad, right here, for $2+. And if you just want a memento of the forest, the cover is available as a print and more on Society 6.

    One of my favourite page spreads in the whole book is up for your enjoyment today. Go forth and enjoy!

    — 1 month ago with 10 notes
    #Rachel Kahn  #webcomic  #Orin and the Dead Man's Sword 

    I joined the Virtual Plein Air group on facebook, where people do quick studies from Google Streetview and other google Earth-provided photos. So far it’s been an adventure! Hopefully I use it as an excuse to keep improving.

    (Source: portablecity)

    — 1 month ago with 19 notes
    #Rachel Kahn  #virtual plein air  #facebook  #streetview  #landscape  #painting  #study  #photoshop 

    wealdcomics:

    Toronto friends! Two days till the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International! Rachel will be there at table A3, with books, postcards, art prints, mugs, a few totes, sticker packs, originals, and epic high fives! Come on out all weekend - the Maarket is free to attend!

    — 1 month ago with 14 notes