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I put this color version of the final page together in part for the back cover of the book, and also because I thought it would be fun.  I like how it turned out.

A sneak peek at the cover design. (Click to make bigger.) Draft copy at the moment.  Let me know what you think.  Do you think it gives too much away?

In other news, the PS Part Three Pre-Order Project is a smashing success! Thanks to your generosity, over $3000 has been generated to bring Part Three to press. This print run is PAID FOR! Thank you so very, very much, guys. I'm grateful, and will shoot to make it entirely worth your while.

I'm still a couple weeks away from sending this out to press, and I'll keep you updated as to the progress. In the meantime, I'll keep the Pre-Orders open until I have books in hand, for anyone who still wants in on the deal.

More soon.

--dirk

I worked this map up for the book, based in part on the interactive Google map I created back in 2007.

Progress on the final book is good.  I finished writing the footnotes last week, and completed the extras this week.  It's time for proofreading, and I should have the final files off to the printer next week.

Thanks for your patience, folks!  I can't wait to get this completed! 

Another sneak peek at some of the material from the back of the book.

The design of Kate's bestial form went through several iterations before I nailed it down.

Okay, the files are off to the printer, now.  I'm crossing my fingers, and double-checking my proofs.  I'll have one last chance to correct any errors after the holidays.

If I don't get another chance to update before the end of the week:

Happy Holidays, everyone! 

50 comments:
Joehua Koster (jkos) says: It looks great
Ian Morrison (starstriker) says: Huge improvement over the uncoloured version Dirk!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: AWE-SOME.
Mark Chapman (aardvark86) says: The uncoloured version was pretty damned impressive, but *ooh, pretty*...
Tamara Havik (tamahawk) says: Nice ^^
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: WOW!
Ed Paradis (zudarkness) says: WOW!!!  How long did that take?
Dirk Tiede (dirktiede) says: Colored it in a day.
Ed Paradis (zudarkness) says: whoa
Dread Lord CyberSkull (cyberskull) says: Very nice cityscape! :D
Kyllein MacKellerann (kyllein) says: Now that is one super cityscape.  Getting the perspective straight must have worn you out.  Congratulations!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Say, would it be possible to make this into a desktop?
Dirk Tiede (dirktiede) says: That could be arranged.  Progress report pending later today.  Just back from AnimeUSA last night, and I'm playing catch up this morning.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Thank you! (PS: I'd pay for it-- it's that good.)
Jessa Fork (stoneunhinged) says: It`s good, but I think that the actual image of her wolfed is too much info. Maybe have that as a light grey silhouette with the glow of her yellow eye? :)
Dirk Tiede (dirktiede) says: I need to go with full-color artwork.  If that image doesn't work, I will go with something else out of the book.
MathBreizh MathBreizh (mathbreizh) says:

Just perfect Dirk !

 

I just hope you don't mind sending a three-part combo to France  :-p

 

(Yes !... You also have some fans abroad...)

Dirk Tiede (dirktiede) says:

I will send books anywhere, everywhere!

Thank you! 

Phil P (philpem) says:

If I saw this on the shelf in the local comic shop, I'd buy it. If I hadn't preordered a copy already, that is... :-)

+1 on the "fans abroad" comment. One Brit, right over here!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Very nice.
Shadow Walker (shadowwalker) says:

I'm loving your style. I've been reading ever since I first saw your artwork at Connecticon. I can't wait to read what happens next. :D

 

 

Ed Paradis (zudarkness) says:

I'm a Candian here:

I love the cover of the book.  It shows the climax of this series well.  Part Four should have a cover which should shows Kate and Mike in either a fight scence with something, excausted or a dark sillote background in an ally.

Joehua Koster (jkos) says:

I agree with stoneunhinged the picture of her wolfied is a little to much u just did to good of a job making her look still like her

 Any chance you will have them shiped out before the holidays or do you think that you will not get them shipped out till some thime next year

Kita Ross (lithium_delusions) says:

I think the cover is just perfect, Dirk.  And to those of you who are commenting about the image of "wolfed-out Kate" on the back, I see nothing wrong with it.  We've already seen her going wolfy in part two: Agitation, even if she only thought it was a dream at the time. (Proud owner of the first two books here!)  The layout looks fabulous, Dirk.

(On a side note, since I follow you on DA, I see you altered her hand from the original image.  Not the the original image wasn't great to, I just thought you might like to know that some of us pay attention!)

Marlene Speranza (marlenes) says:

The cover art looks great to me.  I like the double shadow (Human and Werewolf) behind Kate.  It makes me ask is she or isn't she.   It was the cover art on the first two books that immediately drew me to pick up the books.  I am continually going  back at those books  and reading them again.  I am always finding something new i.e. in the artwork or store line.

I am more of a tactile person, so I am eager to get my hands on the third book (and yes, I have pre-ordered my copy) and drvour it whole.  

Jed Davis (yul_brynner) says:

I don't understand the purpose of the double shadow on the front panel. It seems like a mistake to me.

The back page art is awesome. Kate McCallister > Jacob Black

Guy Campbell (g-camp) says: @Jed Davis: Is that Kate's shadow or is it the shadow of a werewolf about to attack her? That's the purpose of the double shadows. And with the Werewolf version of Kate on the back cover I don't think most people will be able to see the resemblence at a glance--well, of course, the fans will. But they already know as they--aka me--follow this website like hawks. Terrific work, Dirk!
Shadow Walker (shadowwalker) says: I can't wait to get my books. :D
Ed Paradis (zudarkness) says: I'd noticed on the back cover all the postive reviews of this and all I have to say is WOW!!!
Steve Ford (fordsfords) says: My wife and I are definitely going to do "the tour".
Marlene Speranza (marlenes) says:

Thank you very much for the map (okay, tour guide).  I love how  it is layed out.  I am going to go back to my books and follow the action from location to location.  

 

William Peterson (kasekine) says: Those are so awesome!  I really like the third head...
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Oooooh.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Very nice!
Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says: Merry Christmas to you too, Mr. Tiede. Looking forward to the next chapter. :)
Ed Paradis (zudarkness) says:

Merry Christmas Dirk and many sucesscess in the future.  I'm still amazed by the art work overall. 

P.S  I still see Kate Arresting Santa Clause for break in and enter etc cause she probally would do that.  It's Kate after all.

Shadow Walker (shadowwalker) says: I love the way you draw feet and hands.
Cindy Franklin (ryouko) says: Hope you have a great Christmas!!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Very nice!
Kevin Mann (eidolways) says: I approve!
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: Pardon the pun, but: http://www.a1freesoundeffects.com/popular12008/whistlewolf.mp3
Ed Paradis (zudarkness) says: Nice
Drgnkght (drgnkght) says: Very nice. I pieced together an animated gif to see how the transformation would look in action. Came out surprisingly well (though it seems like a frame is missing from the sequence between frames 7 and 8). That said, it still looks _very_ smooth. I must say I'm immensely jealous of your drawing skill Dirk. :-)
Cindy Franklin (ryouko) says:

Cool!!

 Have a great New Year!!

Ian Morrison (starstriker) says:

Drgnkght: Don't be jealous, go practise. ;)

Drgnkght (drgnkght) says: Ian: Yeah, I don't think that is going to help much. I'm not an artist. My drawing skills could be basically summed up as "None". :-P Unless you count flow charts and the like. (Which I don't.)
Ed Paradis (zudarkness) says: I' can't really draw worth a damn either to be honsest but I'm trying at least.   i do like the werewolve drawings.  They look almost lifelike.  I love it 
Riffel Ra (riffel) says:

New Story Proposal:

 They are trying to explain the cause of the disease. After several meetings and discussions there remembers her or dream of a moment from his childhood, he sees a comet in the sky, it goes into the forest despite the fact that her mother is reborn, he goes into the forest and find the stone, put in your pocket and go back the way, he encounters a large bear, almost died when he wakes up he sees the wolves and one licks it, and activate the stone. Abandons the police to find a cure and meets with a scientist, a scientist turns out to be an impostor, and imagine if it had the power of ogre power, along with other scientists form a clan. Kate wants to recover the stone, is a struggle, no one dies, but Kate gets a stone. Kate wants her lover was also a werewolf, and together the team to destroy the scientist. TV suspected as the lights, but no one believes them, there is a new character - a journalist. Good attempt to destroy the stone factory and here is the crucial clash. The stone is destroyed. Good, they want to destroy the disease go to genetic engineering but he laughs at them. Kate and he transformed. End. (In the meantime, the History of the fight against criminals and pawns of the evil werewolves.)

Sory for Language - I'am from Polish

Ian Morrison (starstriker) says:

Dragnkght, that's no barrier. Talent is a myth. I want's an "artist" when I started, and I doubt Dirk did either. The process at its most basic goes:

1) Grab a piece of paper

2) Grab a pencil, point it at the paper

3) Move it around

4) Repeat for 20 years.

ANYONE can learn the skills, given the motivation to put in the time. And if you learn it the RIGHT way, it goes faster. I'm STILL learning, and I hope to continue learning to my dying day.

Bottom line, the concept of "talent" is a crock of shit. Even if there's some truth to it, it's an utterly unproductive mode of thinking. Innate ability doesn't do great things, but hard work and passion DOES. My 70 year old grandmother started taking art lessons a few years ago and is doing some beautiful stuff, you can certainly do the same. "I'm not an artist" isn't an excuse. The only question worth asking is: are you willing to put in the time, effort, and passion required to BECOME one?

Ian Morrison (starstriker) says: Pardon the apparent dyslexia. That "want's" was supposed to be a "wasn't"...
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Dirk I. Tiede was born in California, grew up in the Midwest, and cut his teeth as a graphic artist in Chicago, and has been drawing comics for as long as he can remember. ... full profile