Inktober Day 15
The dungeon itself was a true mystery. There were so few journals and guides left by those who had ventured into the deathly realm it was hard to tell fact from fiction. Inside, there was scattered evidence that adventurers from many times and origins had made their journey into the unknown (and soon perished), but for what?
Today I thought I'd share some sketchbook sneak peeks: This is one of the frog goblins seen in the tank on my #inktober day 13. Its hat is fashioned from an empty bomb casing, which I ended up changing to look more like the kepi hats some of the other smaller monsters wear. There are actually a few different costume getups for these guys which may make an appearance in future inktober story posts.
Misadventures at the Vatican...
Anyway, the family returned to Salzburg but hoping to seek opportunities in Italy, the home of Opera, Wolfgang and Leopold returned to the road, but this time they didn't bring Nannerl and Anna Maria with them (being a typical dad of the time period Leopold had to stop Nannerl, who was 19, from touring once she reached marriagable age, which is a huge shame to music history really 😒). Once again the trip was subsidized by Prince-Archbishop Schrattenbach.
During this time though Wolfgang started writing letters. I took this from a letter written by Wolfie to Nannerl in April of 1770 (he was 14)
This one doesn't need any context. We all know Wolfgang was a pretty smol dude. Not sure if it happened that way but hey, this is a cartoon. 😝
Double serving today because this is going to kick off one of the most badass things Wolfgang has done... 😉
Tagged with #mozart_comics if you want to see the entire series.
Not too happy with this one but not bad for something I made for #inktober ??? d:
Inktober Day 16!
Inspired by Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet: Madrigal
I’m having a lot of fun doing all this year’s inktobers from classical music!
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4usTPo1NVzA
Inktober Day 14
Whilst most are on the lookout for the larger, hulking beasts, many overlook the fierce swarms of tiny insects that have made their homes on the walls and ceilings of the dungeon. One slight bump of the nest and painful body-wide welts would soon follow.
Inktober Day 15!
This is one of my favorites so far-I listened to Grofe’s Crand Canyon Suite and was inspired to draw this western ropin’ gal!
You should listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc6oYN_2h6g
Inktober Day 13
Hearing a loud and clattering noise approach, Sterling quickly found cover behind a nearby rock. From his temporary hiding space he spied a large mechanical contraption: Monsters peered over the top, and in through the shadowy window of the hold something teeming with tentacles could be seen. Was it the driver? A prisoner? One creature or many? It couldn't be known.
Inktober Day 14!
This is based on Com’e Gentil, my favorite aria from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (it’s very easy listening, fun opera). It’s sung by the main tenor to romance his lover Norina, so I thought I’d go with a more gender-ambiguous look for this character and give them the fan t-shirt for their girl…yes, I probably put too much thought into this :D
I highly recommend giving it a listen! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JPrKcwH0iA
Inktober Day 12
The lines in the beasts face were cracked, almost as if it had been shattered in a fight with a larger adversary. In a moment of madness Adelia ran right through the monsters legs, skidding through a door small enough that the monster had no hope of pursuit.
The stress of always being on the road especially if you are a child working under poor conditions, took a toll on the health of Nannerl and worst of all Wolfgang... .
In October of 1767 there was a smallpox epidemic in Vienna, and the family was there hoping to perform at the wedding of Empress Maria Theresa's daughter. Tragically, the epidemic killed the bride-to-be and the Mozarts had to flee the city, though unfortunately Wolfgang showed symptoms of smallpox twelve days later.
The disease made him temporarily blind and the rashes left his face pockmarked. Strangely, Leopold feared of losing income more. 😒
Nannerl eventually caught the disease but she survived unscathed!
After a few months the family is back on the road/work again. This time to Vienna, where Wolfgang is set to compose an Opera... (To say Wolfgang died of overwork at 35 is an understatement...) .
Not so fun fact though, this happened 250 years ago! It just occured to me while I was making this o_o
#mozart_comics to see the entire series!
Pretty smooth, Wolfgang.
Ok just a little something to lift up your mood: Legend has it that the little prodigy asked the future queen of France to marry him when he was visiting Schönbrunn in 1762. He was 6 she was 7... .
But thinking about it I mean do they suit each other? Both are highly sociable people with a fondness for music, parties and expensive things, and though as cute as it sounds I don't think the archduchess would settle for a lowly musician - someone they consider a servant back in the day! But hey, I'm just speculating... 😅
But moving on, Mozart would later meet the true love of his life, Constanze, while Marie would go on to marry the young dauphin of France. Known as "Madame Déficit" for her extravagant lifestyle, she soon became a tragic victim of the French Revolution. Marie was beheaded by guillotine in 1793, two years after Mozart's death.
(Yikes, mood dissonance there!) .
Tagged with #mozartcomics so you can read the rest
Inktober Day 11
An crew of messengers hurry through interconnected tunnels throughout the dungeon. Small and spritely, they work tirelessly to deliver notes to the more organised residents of the dungeon.
The tour in London wasn't as succesful as the one they had in Paris... At least to Leopold, who considered Wolfgang their main breadwinner. There were appointments with local aristocrats, particularly a performance in Buckingham, and some public concerts but the reception wasn't as good as he hoped for. And worse, he got sick with throat infection. But hey, less appointments meant more time to do other things for the little boy... .
Like meeting Johann Christian Bach. Known as the "London Bach", Wolfgang (who was 8) met him for the first time and became a lifelong admirer of his music. J. C. Bach would later inspire him to write his first Symphony.
Since there was little to do, and with Leopold sick, Wolfgang turned to his real passion: Composition.
They spent fifteen months in London. The family knew they eventually had to return to Salzburg.
To see the rest: #mozart_comics
I'll start posting comics every other day instead of daily. Making these is hard work, but also very rewarding! I'm still going to complete inktober though but the comic will go beyond that and continue as a regular webcomic until it's finished. What do you think? 😃
Inktober Day 10
Jumping down from the cavernous ceiling, the gigantic mother of the fledglings revealed herself. Wasting no time, the beast flung Archie into her mouth whole.
Inktober Update: I've recently had a neck injury 😔❇ Part of my recovery involves me limiting or avoiding any prolonged looking down, which could affect my posts for the next couple of weeks. I'm going to see if there's a work-around or some way I can continue these without having to delay or postpone them. Please understand 🙏
Inktober Day 9
Stumbling down a series of stone-carved stairs, Archie found himself amongst a group of sleeping fledglings. Tip-toeing past them he slowly made his way through the nest. As he was almost clear, he accidentally kicked a pebble at one of the sleeping babies, waking it immediately. Distracted by this he then stepped on another's tail. By then the whole room was alive with deafening screeching...
Inktober Day 8
Some guard-beasts could be bribed by 'paying the toll': With the right combination of objects from junk to jewellery, they could allow you to pass unharmed, reroute their patrols or even give you information on trapdoors and shortcuts. You also got to see their crooked smiles of appreciation, worth the price of admission alone!