Oooh!! Exciting!! I’ve been waiting to get to this point, where we get to see what makes Illaryn Jayd special. In Chapter 1, in her very brief introduction, I wanted it to just look like they were energy weapons she was using. But here we find out that it’s something more, that she can actually conjure the armor and weapons.

If you look closely, you can see Jayd’s body beneath the armor. I actually penciled and inked all the armor on a separate piece of tracing paper. I thought that would be the easiest way for the colorist to work with it and allow for the most versatility as far as playing with layer opacity in Photoshop to get the intended effect. It did add a bit more time and complication to the art stage for me (especially in the coming fight sequence in Chapter 3), but I think the effect was worth it!

Next up will be more Bonus Content posts, followed by a New Year’s Eve’s Eve break on December 30, so no new post that day. I just figured the new year would be a good, clean place to launch the start of the next chapter. See you then for Chapter 3!!