(UnHeavenly Hosts Development Journal 5)
You can see past dev journals for my upcoming book/comic book (tbd) UnHeavenly Hosts here.
It’s been a bit since the last UnHeavenly hosts dev journal. I’ve been busy preparing the second edition of In the Dark of the Grove, and finishing up the first draft of my next novel. But I’m excited to share more about the good Maestro here, because he’s one of my favorite characters.
About Maestro Ghoullisimo
Maestro is a mysterious character. And he’s going to stay that way until the first issue. Let’s just say he’s got some big surprises up his sleeves. He’s very chill and hedonistic. He sometimes has a problem taking whatever is happening in the moment too seriously. But there’s a very good reason for that, that’ll come out eventually.
Developing Maestro Ghoullisimo
The Maestro is inspired by Oscar Wilde, Svengoolie, and the archetype of the trickster character. His garb is pure Wilde—the rare human the Maestro admires. The rest is informed by wanting to make him have a little bit of a zombie aspect, although a lot of that is pure makeup. I keep going back and forth on his hat. Sometimes he has a larger brim. Sometimes it’s closer to a top hat. I’m not entirely sure where it’ll land at this point to be honest.
The Art Process
For the Maestro, here, I used the same techniques I did for Lady Scarab’s art. I’m really liking the general look of this, although there are still some issues with things becoming muddier than I’d like. So, a little more skill development there with the color. I’m excited for you to get to know him better. No idea when or how it’ll come about yet. But, still moving forward.