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Yaoi Art: “Artifice” Pencils

June 24, 2008 | | Comments 22 |

Please note: I’m now posting up the finished, full-color pages of Artifice as a webcomic! If you don’t want any spoilers, you should stop reading here and go start reading it over at my webcomic site. See you there!

Hoping to see more guys in their underwear from Yaoi 911â„¢? Then wait no longer! The pencils for the second comic — the 90-page sci-fi action-romance “Artifice” from our upcoming book Yaoi 911â„¢: Firsts — are finally complete. So we can now give everyone a taste of what’s to come — something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time! :-D

(Oh, and I should say that one of these preview pages is even without the underwear — so read no further unless you are over 18, please!)

First off, a description of what this comic is about:

It was supposed to be a routine search-and-kill mission but Deacon, a prototype android assassin, has failed spectacularly — not only did he disobey orders, letting a 19-year-old business liability named Jeff survive, he attacked and killed those who were sent to help him. Now, the brilliant and uncompromising robopsychologist Clarice Maven has been summoned by the Corporation to determine why.

Of course, it’s a yaoi story so perhaps you can guess at least one potential reason he let the boy live. But there is much more than meets the eye in this corporate-ruled dystopian future where every motive is suspect and everyone has dark secrets. With Deacon at her absolute mercy, Dr. Maven will not rest until she has all the answers — and has made sure that this malfunctioning robot will never fail the Corporation ever again!

A Work In Progress

So, there are several stages in making a full-color comic: character designs, thumbnails, pencils, inks, coloring and then, finally, lettering. But it’s at the pencils stage that you can really begin to get a feel for what the final comic will look like — and, in my humble opinion, artist Winona Nelson has done an amazing job with the pencils for “Artifice”.

They’ll, of course, be refined a great deal before the linework is finished, but by sharing a few right now, I can begin to give you an idea of what to expect from the final, full-color and super-sized comic.

On the surface, the story is about solving a mystery — what exactly happened on the renegade colony of Da Vinci 4 that caused this corporate killing machine to disobey orders and turn against his masters? But finding out the answer to that question is far from simple: because Deacon is so advanced, they can’t simply download the information from his CPU — subtler tools are required. Thus, they have brought in the brilliant Dr. Maven, a psychologist specializing in artificial intelligence, to probe the defiant android’s subconscious and, ideally, convince him to come clean so they can fix him.

(Click on the image for a larger, clearer preview. You can then scroll through the images using your arrow keys. Hit ESC to quit.)

Dr. Maven begins with a simple debriefing:

Robopsychologist Dr. Clarice Maven begins debriefing Deacon.

Robopsychologist Dr. Clarice Maven begins debriefing Deacon

But, of course, even the subtle tool of psychotherapy can occasionally get a little intense:

Of course, even the subtle tool of psychotherapy can occasionally get a little intense...

Of course, even the subtle tool of psychotherapy can occasionally get a little intense...

And sometimes even very intense!

...and sometimes even *very* intense!

...and sometimes even *very* intense!

Now, one of the big questions she needs to answer is why, out of the over one hundred colonists on Da Vinci 4 he did kill, did Deacon choose to let this particular boy live?

She knows, at first, he was working to complete his mission on budget and on schedule:

Dr. Maven knows that, at first, Deacon was working to complete his mission on budget and on schedule...

Dr. Maven knows that, at first, Deacon was working to complete his mission on budget and on schedule...

But somehow this boy got to him, made him change his mind:

...but somehow this boy got to him...

...but somehow this boy got to him...

...made him change his mind...

...made him change his mind...

And soon Deacon was acting well outside the parameters of his programming:

...and soon Deacon was acting well outside the parameters of his programming.

...and soon Deacon was acting well outside the parameters of his programming.

...

...

...

Of course there’s a lot more to this story than just answering that question.

More action…

There's, of course, more to this story.  More action...

More action...

…and a lot more romance:

...and a lot more romance.  But we don't want to give away *everything*, do we?

...and more romance.

But I don’t want to give away the whole store… ;-)

I do hope this gives you a sense of the fun that’s in store once this comic is complete — it’s going to be a good one, I promise. And as always, please leave your feedback in the comments below — we’d love to hear what you think!



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About the Author: Filmmaker by day, yaoi creator by night, Alex has dedicated himself to helping cute guys fight evil and find love.

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  1. Abigail says:

    Hey, these pencils look great. I especially like Dr. Maven. She looks fierce. I like Deacon too. Nice and chiseled. When will the finished comic come out and how much will it cost?

  2. @Abigail

    Thanks, Abigail! :-) Yes, that Maven is fierce — not one to be trifled with. And I'm glad you like Deacon — I know he's not necessarily your traditional "yaoi" look in terms of art, more European-style, but I think Winona did a fantastic job with him. And he offers such a nice contrast with the softer, boyish Jeff.

    As for when the book will come out — right now, I'm afraid I'll have to be a little bit coy about that. High-quality art takes time and I really don't want to promise a date and then disappoint folks. But there's one more comic story Winona and I are going to finish before we send the book off to the printers — the yaoi fairy-tale "Quest". So once you start seeing finished work for that story showing up here (or being delivered to your Inbox), you'll know we're close. ;-)

    And how much will it go for? Well, that'll depend on printing costs when the book is ready — but I'll certainly do everything possible to make it as affordable as I can. Our goal is to offer the most beautiful yaoi money can buy. The book's format will be very similar to DMP/Udon's Robot — magazine-size, full-color, high quality glossy paper and around 200 pages of yaoi goodness. I imagine you can expect pricing similar to what those books will be going for at that time…

    Thank you so much for stopping by and for your good questions. And for the props :-D — it's always nice to hear when someone appreciates your work. I hope we can tempt you here again soon!

  3. deathxemo999 says:

    where can i download this or is it not finnished and if u can download it pleas eather send me it to [email removed by Alex] or send me a link please

  4. @deathxemo999

    Glad to hear that you're excited to see this comic — so am I, but it's not finished yet! :-) Winona is hard at work finishing up the inks right now (we're about halfway through) and then the pages will need to be colored and finally lettered. The goal is to have it complete by the Fall — so fingers crossed!

    But we do have another comic available for download by our subscribers. It's Tough Chapter One. And Tough: Chapter Two will be sent out to subscribers on May 1st. Hopefully, those comics will be able to tide you over until Artifice is finished.

    Thank you very much for your interest in our work!

    Alex

  5. deathxemo999 says:

    @Alex Woolfson – oh ok soz for any inconvenence but thanx tough was grat can't wait for ch 2

    thanx again

  6. @deathxemo999

    Thanks, Kyle. Delighted to hear you liked Tough: Chapter One. I hope you enjoy Chapter 2 as well!

    Alex

  7. LADYKAZUMI says:

    That looks interesting…i like deacon (did i spell that right?)

    something about guys and short hair ^.~

    i am glade he isn't your typical yaoi character i like them to lean more towards the bara look but not that crazy muscle's..it's to much but he is perfect :)

    Jeff's face when Deacon is taken his shirt off is so cute ..i giggled some (in a good way)

    <3 cant wait to read it …

    p.s. the webcomic you recommended is crazy lmao

  8. @LADYKAZUMI

    Yep, in general, I prefer my guys with short hair too — something I sometimes find challenging with the yaoi books. ;-)

    Glad to hear you're finding Deacon "perfect" — we are trying to strike that balance between traditional yaoi and traditional gay comics. (Well, to be honest, I actually just find more regular looking guys to be hotter, so I tend to ask for art of guys that's not too extreme one way or the other. So, I guess I'm just saying, I really like that kind of guy too!)

    Yes, that look on Jeff's face — one of my favorite panels from Winona. It makes me giggle as well.

    You can't wait to read it? Well, I can't wait to send it to you! Pencils are all done. Inks are all done. Coloring now…… Our goal is to have it out before the end of the year. I hope, I hope, I hope.

    And yeah – ain't OGLAF a lot of fun? :-D

    Thanks for taking the time to comment on the blog!

  9. NetYaoi says:

    Really excited for this, but I'm wondering when the "spicy" pages were e-mailed? I never received any notification about those. Unless it's on a different mailing list.

    None the less, can't wait. :3

    • Glad that you are looking forward to Artifice. We are hard at work on the colors for that right now. I think you'll really like it once it's finished! :-D

      In terms of the extra spicy penciled preview pages for Artifice, a link is included for that in the Welcome Email that Free Comics subscribers get when they sign up. I see your email on the list. Did you not receive that email?

  10. NetYaoi says:

    @Alex Woolfson

    I don't believe I did, unless it was the welcome e-mail sent when I signed up the the first time. Most likely I missed it in that one, given that I had trouble with the downloads at first.

  11. sflyte120 says:

    Hi Alex!

    I love your work and I can’t wait to get my hands on some more of it! It’s really nice to see some yaoi that doesn’t fall into the typical seme/uke dynamic, not to mention some domestic stuff. And the reference to Errol Flynn in the commentary on the first chapter of Tough … well, let’s just say I’ve had a crush on him since I was about 6.

    Anyway, I’ll be following the emails with bated breath!

    ~SFlyte120

  12. @sflyte120

    Hey, thank you so much! I’m really glad you’re liking what we’re doing. I know it’s a bit… different than your typical yaoi (or typical gay comics for that matter). But it’s awesome to find other readers who really like it too!

    (And yep, that Errol Flynn is pretty cool, huh? ;-) )

    I hope you continue to like what we send you — and that you keep coming back here to tell me what you thought. It really makes my day. :-D

  13. @NetYaoi

    Gosh, I'm sorry to hear you had troubles with the downloads at first. I've just sent the link to you directly to your email address. Please let me know when you get it.

    Thanks!

  14. @NetYaoi

    YAY! Glad you loved them! Winona has been just sending me the colored pages and let me say, you ain't seen nothing yet… Her art is simply wonderful in color. I can't wait to share those pages with you, too. ;-)

    Thank you so much for your interest in our work and letting me know it all worked out!

  15. NetYaoi says:

    @Alex Woolfson
    Got it before I even recived the notice for this reply!
    Thank you!
    And the downloads were entirely my fault; another person who used this computer had messed with the Adobe settings, your site and instructions were perfect- worry not.

    Love the pages~

  16. Suika Ai says:

    Hmmm… I’m a Free Comics subscriber, and I did get the welcome email, but I’ve double checked it and I can’t find anything about the “spicy” Artifice pages. Would it be possible for you to email them to me?

    • Howdy Suika!

      Well, heck, you caught me! Since I started releasing the finished pages of Artifice as a webcomic, I’ve stopped sending those out so that readers wouldn’t get any spoilers. I thought I had removed all references to the “spicy” pages on the site, but I missed it here. (I’ll change that now.)

      Sorry to tease you! But you’ll get to see those spicy pages soon enough because I’ll be posting them (along with all the other pages) on the webcomic site.

      Thank you very much for your interest in Artifice!

  17. DiseasedFace says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!~

    SNEAK PEEKS?!?!?!?!?!?! BEDROOM?!?!? ~brain explodes from too much revealing truths!~

    But what strikes me is that this was posted… in 2008? and i didn’t spy it until…2011. well woops!

    But anyways as remarkable as always!~

    Can’t wait to see these pages SOON SOON SOON in colour! :D

  18. inbananajones says:

    I am so glad I found you coming randomly on the web! You guys are awesome. Hope to see more in the future. :-)

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