Marco & His Stuffed Bunny

The next book Flux Destiny: Agents of Karma, will give important glimpses into Marco's backstory. We'll discover the challenges Marco faced as a talented kid who doesn't quite fit in with the other boys. While I won't go into a lot of detail here for spoiler reasons, I'll say that this stuffed rabbit is very special to him, and is based on a toy I had as a child that I still have to this day.

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Hugo Poses

Just some Hugo poses from previous pieces. At the Academy, the hoodie jacket with the ring is worn by underclassmen, and the color corresponds with their discipline. Upperclassmen have lapels and the ring moves to their belt (like Marco).

The tie and vest is what they wear when they're in class and not doing actual field work... and they can wear whatever they want to bed lol, the sweats are not uniform.

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Flux Core

At the center of every Flux Destiny is a core that contains the programming for that new reality. I've played with different designs, most of them involving multiple Gears of Destiny densely packed together. Each gear would have some important role in forming the rules or design of that fabricated destiny. For example, one would control the climate, one could control the physics, several could determine the aesthetic design, and so on.

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Rearranging Destiny

This is a sequence of drawings from my sketchbook when I was playing with ideas of how Gears of Destiny could be handled without hurting the engineer. Flux Destiny: Fortuna's Rings describes Gears of Destiny as too hot to safely hold, especially when pulled directly from the Great Machine.

Here, Hugo telekinetically removes the Gears from the Great Machine, rearranges them and plunges them back into the earth, causing a Flux Destiny.

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Pillbugs

One of the many exciting (and frustrating) aspects of creating your own universe is deciding what to do about the flora and fauna. Some creators are ambitious and create everything from scratch... and that's great... but I think you have to think about a few things before embarking on that... for example: how central are unique creatures to your plot? Are they really necessary to give the effect your world needs?

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Hugo's Ring

While writing Flux Destiny: Fortuna's Rings, I made heavy use of my sketchbooks. A lot of the time, it would be to make quick, crude sketches to get an idea out of my head, or visualize a concept. I wouldn't worry too much about the quality of the art, it isn't really intended for the public, but more so for planning. (I should note that making these behind-the-scenes posts makes me more self-conscious about my quick doodles).

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A Rupture

In Flux Destiny: Fortuna's Rings readers learn about ruptures and tears. Both are rips in the fabric of spacetime that exposes the Gears of Destiny, however ruptures refer to holes that occur naturally because of forces imposed by the malfunctioning of the Great Machine or powerful Flux Destinies. Tears are manmade holes like the ones Hugo and Lucky are capable of creating.

Marco and Hugo are expelled from the University's exclusive Academy and forced to travel the empire to fix these ruptures that seem to be popping up all over Fortuna. In this early concept sketch I was trying to illustrate intense pressure that would force these huge gears into the real world... like the Universe is coming apart at the seams.

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Creating Destinies

The underlying premise of Flux Destiny is that people within the universe have discovered that they can create their own realities... or Destinies. These destinies are better known as Flux Destinies, artificial realities created not by the natural laws of cause-and-effect, but rather by carefully engineering the Gears of Destiny (the molecular level of the world).

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Accidental Embrace

Ah, we've all seen the classic "oops I tripped and fell into your arms" bit at least a dozen times. I recently ran into this sketch while pouring through old development material for the Coz/Effect web comic series that I published in the early 2000's. The series followed a rock band who had their music stolen by an evil pop star who would stop at nothing to squash them (literally).

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