This is about a day late so I apologize. Have been multi-tasking as usual and last night had to do some concert photography so I couldn’t finish until after I got back. So….
…about the image above, they are apparently the main characters of this alternative WW2 universe…and Germany is one of the good guys ^_- (no swastika’s will be used for this universe). The character designs were based on the character description that I received from series creator.
- For the first gal (on the far right…or rather…the gal looking directly at the viewer) , the design was inspired by a few sources: Mainly from Valkyria Chronicles and even the old anime series, Compiler…brownie points if you can guess which two characters hairstyles I combined from “Compiler”. With that character’s upbringing, I was attempting to make her look like a porcelain doll and not a hair out of place, heh. Her military rank is a “Major” so you’ll notice that I had to do some further research and find a Major’s WW2 Luftwaffe uniform to reference. Luckily I found the exact Blue/gray tunic that they wore back then. There are some modifications of course but the resemblance is still a bit noticeable. For now, all you need to know is that her first name is Wilhelmina.
- The gal in the middle is the SAME gal that was in the previous promo image (the girl on the WW2 BMW bike). She’s a broody type so I had to create something that resembled ‘offstandish-looking’. Her leather jacket is based off of the WW2 Luftwaffe M essersmicht aviation jacket. The interesting thing I found out about this jacket is that while the Luftwaffe pilots sported the same type of flying jacket, it wasn’t actually a standard issue jacket…apparently they purchased them from French retailors as it was originally a leather biker civilian jacket in France. She also has the standard Hauptman tunic similar to Wilhelmina’s. So anyway, this gal’s military rank is a “Hauptman” and goes by the name of Adalwolfa.
- The last gal (and drunk one) was originally described to me as a Bavarian. So when she is not in uniform, the series creator had asked me to design a version of her with a typical Bavarian Beer maiden outfit since she is a beer maiden LOL. Just by the description alone, I can already tell that she’ll provide some comic relief so that’s why I illustrated her in such a manner…with that HUGE Beer Stein. Her uniform tunic/jacket is similar to Wilhelmina’s but the difference is definitely in her military ranking which is “Leutnant” (NOT MISPELLED…look up german military rankings LOL). She’s of the working class and she goes by the name of Brunhilde.
- NOTE: Their “surnames” will be released at a later time.
The project is progressing and one of the delays in getting this particular image out was having to wait for the finalized copyright information. And I finally had the title treatment approved (lol, it feels like I’m working at that *cough* “deathstar” again). So that also means I don’t have to use that “sample” watermark for other illustrations until further notice. ^_^;;
Anyway, the title treatment is on the image if you haven’t figured it out by now and this will be the FIRST project where I actually use my alias, “Lone Wolf” . For every project that I’ve worked on so far (Industry Related), I’ve always used my real name but this was a new schtick that the marketing team originally “greenlighted” in the last video game project I designed for. This was so that they could hit a particular demographic that consists of my blog visitors. On an average week, I usually get about 2500 hits a week but everytime I post artwork or something relevant to NatsuShizu or AruSheri, I can get about 3500-4000 in just that same week….so it all depends on the subject matter.
So “LW” it is…oddly enough. LOL
The official website for Projekt MUSE is underway according to my boss so upon completion, I’ll post the link. And just an FYI….Projekt….is also NOT a typo….it’s intentionally spelled with a “K” since the main military unit is German. So once the site is up we’ll provide link banners for anyone interested.
There’s some other data that I received from the boss but I haven’t been given the greenlight to post any further details just yet.
For now, you’ll have to treat the following information as approved “leaks” LOL
The next Promo image will be posted next week (again to reiterate, it’s a “once a week” format”). We’ll also have T-shirts available for sale very soon.
For now, Auf Wiedersehen!