Ethan Russo – Concept and creation


I’ve been working a bit more on Ethan Russo, a character from my Sea of Souls project. It was this character that started off the whole thing as it was him that (oh so cliche) came to me in a dream – with his portal nightmare in tow.

It’s taken me a while to work him out and I’ve got a long way to go!

His surname; Russo, came from looking at my father drinks cabinet and seeing a bottle of Russo limoncello; hardly exciting stuff as it’s a common name, but I’ve often taken inspiration for names from things around me.

For example, Argur – Feracils demon – is named after a particularly smelly cheese!


Out of the two sets, I don’t know which one I prefer – the top of the two was how Ethan originally looked, but I have precious little of him drawn so I wouldn’t be losing any sense of attachment or anything if I did switch.

I think the best way to go forward is to do some more sketching and writing and see what sticks.


Guest Art – Thiccs


A part of keeping myself inspired by personal projects and things has always been being able to get commissions from other people.

So, when I got back into Sea of Souls, I thought I’d buy a picture or two of some of the cast – most of the people I know on art sites are anthro/furry artists so most of the art will probably be of Skaejre, until I get to know a few more faces.

This is by Thiccs on DeviantArt~


I know that face… sorta.

I wasn’t planning on updating the blog today, but the husband took the son for a walk out skaejre-new-sketchso I could do some drawing and this lovely lady turned up. I’ve not visited her in a long time. For those of you that don’t recognise her it’s Skaejre. She was once going to be part of this whole story that I had planned out, but couldn’t ever figure out how to start.

I’ve toyed with the idea of starting the story several times and it’s always when I have a dip in my thoughts that she seems to come crawling.

When I figure out that I am not really a good enough writer to write an entire novel, I flirt with the idea of making one of those ‘Art behind the film’ books and filling it with concept art and ideas and that sort of thing, but I always come to the conclusion that I’m not good enough for that, either – I’ve even thought of doing a Kickstarter/Crowd fund to help keep the idea afloat, but nothing really seems to stick. (That and the fact you have to make a video for a kickstarter put me off the idea completely)

Maybe it’s a sign that I should find a way to expand on this idea again and see what I can come up with to actually do?
I do still cherish this project even if it has been put on hold for the longest time now.
Still, it was lovely to see Skaejre again and I’d love to see some of her companions again as well.

Who wouldn’t love that face?

nathaniel_by_the_zombie_cat-d8qz0poArtwork by ZombieCat

Sadly, I don’t get to spend as much money on commissions now as I used to. Mostly due to quitting my job and not having the income to do so.

But sometimes someone offers their services and you just can’t resist!

I’ve always wanted to see how The-Zombie-Cat would tackle Nathaniels face. Seeing as she draws characters so handsome anyway. I must say I do believe she did a wonderful job on him. Damned near perfect if you ask me~

Now that I have a camera working I really should take a picture of the model of him. I’ve had him years now, but never shared the source of the inspiration for some reason.
To be honest, I rather lost interest in the army when he could no longer be a HQ choice for me. I wasn’t surprised when the change came in in the Astra Militarum codex; Psykers shouldn’t have been able to have that much control in the first place. Yet I felt a little bit sad inside on a personal level for Nathaniel, he had been doing such a good job of running the Aris 412th.

We kill everything.

Been a very long time since I did anything hobby related on the blog, not sure what inspired it recently either.
I would like to say that it was inspired by the recent designing of another character – my Psyker from Dark Heresy, but I’m not so certain. I think it had a hand in it.

It’s been a long time since I played a game actually; I’ve not seen how the new Space Marine Codex holds up compared to the old one – I don’t actually use it, but my partner does.

So the other night it was a refresher of rules and a glare at the dreaded tables.
Le sigh
They’ll never get stuck in my brain.

However, it does mean that I managed to get some artwork done. The above image being one of them!

(Green skies can only mean one thing… Xenos)

My mind has gone blank, but I’m happy to have been able to share these images with you today. Hopefully I’ll be able to get another one finished soon as well – If I do, I shall schedule it for tomorrow.

An old project reborn?

I don’t know if you’ll see the image properly. Honestly, it’s a pretty bad scan in the first place; but I thought it was the perfect starting point for explaining the idea behind Sea of Souls (Name is a placeholder) – I may need a cup of tea for this one, bare with me.
So, tea in hand – not literally – I am ready to explain this mammoth of a thing.
The “story” (lets call it that because I don’t know what else it is). Starts with the breaking of a portal and the destruction/death of one third of the world thanks to what broke free.
The portal tender is a young boy called Ethan Russo.
Portals in this are not the usual type that would be expected; they are a part of the person who controls them.
Portal tenders portals
Ethans portal manifests almost instantly and he is unable to control it so the nightmare demon – Severance – breaks free and wreaks havoc.
At the same time Skaejre – (A shamanistic character – An anthropomorphic rat-type character) meets Sabastian (A mage) and saves his life instead of takes it. She is a Soul Forager – they hunt those who’re close to death so that they can add the essence of life left to extend their own. They constantly live on borrowed time. She see’s the mostly insane mage for the use that he could be to her; tells him the the life he had was forfeit and now belonged to her.
Sabastian Concept sketch
Skaejre Reference sheet
One of the next marks is Ethan; but there is something amiss about Ethan, once the boy explained what’d happened with Severance, Skaejre came to some understanding and took it upon herself to demand that he correct the mistakes that he’d made.
Thrown into the mix is on Captain Farrell, the Captain of an Airship – or he is meant to be his crew are in mutiny after finding out about his Dandarian Heritage.
Farrell concept work – I remember this character being a pain to draw right!
I think the rest of the story was more or less about the hunting and killing of Severen/Severance – who I sadly never did any work on.
Since writing the first part of the story another part came about, and more characters were developed to become involved with the project to give it more layers and depth. I know the Templar character Everard completely changed the world when he became involved – but I never got to design him. He made the world in the heat of a civil war (Not personally) with Ethans faction against his. I have a few notes on this, but it’s still fairly open.
I’ve also worked a little more on the Dandarian species, their secular lives and why Farrell isn’t with them and with his airship instead – but again, still needing some work in this department.
It was actually Ethan that was the biggest pain to develop. For such a key character he was an elusive one to get anything concrete down about.
Think this is something that I should pick up again?
Would people be interested in seeing it develop?