In the Flux Destiny universe, the Wandscheider Wonderclock Workshops Company is the namesake of Hugo's famous grandfather, Walter Wandschneider. The Wandschneider Company began as a clockmaking enterprise, and under Walter's vision, grew to supply clockwork mechanisms of all kinds to the world.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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).Read More
This is just a little drawing from my notebook when I was developing different versions of the Herohelix logo. This one integrates Coz from Coz/Effect with some headphones. I'll be developing this out in the near future.Read More
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.Read More
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).Read More
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).Read More
I've mentioned in previous entries how important my sketchbooks are to story and character development. (They're also the last place that I do any non-digital art anymore.) When I get little bits of scenarios in my imagination, I draw out quick sketches to capture the main point of the idea.Read More
As I was developing ideas for the book series, I thought it would be fitting if Marco becomes so impatient about fixing his broken Destiny that despite Hugo's warnings, he takes matters into his own hands to disastrous results.Read More
Developing Flux Destiny has taken years. The development process has taken countless notebooks during that time. Much of the material I can't show until the series is finished, but there are occasional pages that don't spoil the story.Read More
It's Hugo's birthday today. I've been working on a larger drawing that includes this particular pose, with the premise that Marco has agreed to teach Hugo to play the guitar for his birthday. While Hugo is quite proficient with the piano, Marco isn't anywhere near as skilled with the guitar, but he knows enough to fake it.Read More
Here's a sketch from one of my notebooks from when I was first trying to come up with a design for Lucky. It took lots of sketches to arrive at the rabbit-gorilla-robot that you know now. I tried tons of different approaches. In one round, I made him look like a grasshopper.
Fun fact: I haven't used pencils for years, even in my notebooks. It's all pen - it's helped me get better at drawing because I can't erase, I have to commit to whatever I put down. Made a huge difference.Read More
Sketch of a city I’m working on for one of the Flux Destiny books. That's a major University building at the top of the hill.
I love drawing cityscapes. They're great catalysts for story material. As I sketch them, I come up with unique buildings, neighborhoods, and street layouts that inspire fictional histories that end up providing me with story ideas.Read More