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About Varied / Professional Premium Member Astra Crompton30/Female/Canada Groups :iconweaponry-academy: Weaponry-Academy
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Weaponry - Dog Days - Bonus QA1 by tarorae
Weaponry - Dog Days - Bonus QA1
Hello! Have you voted yet?
Go here:…
To cast your ballot to decide what shape Chapter 5 will take, who will narrate, and who is eavesdropping on Arrow & Shrapnel!
It's a pretty tight-knit running this time around, so I'm curious to see who will win!

In the meantime, I'm working on the Bonus material for Chapter 4 Print copy. For those of you who don't know: I make print copies of Weaponry, each of which contains the full comic from online plus over 50% bonus material.
The print copies are 86 pages long, and they contain an origin comic for one of the characters (so far we've had Grenade, Sights, and Target; chapter 4 will be Arrow's), the Crossbones (written vignettes of what would have happened had the other vote options won), and behind the scenes material including illustrations, references, character bios and history of the world.
You can buy your copy here:…

Or, you can pitch in to the Fundraisers that happen after each chapter concludes, and get your print copy along with extra perks like bookmarks, keychains, postcards, stickers, original sketches, even handmade Khafid purses like Shield makes for his crew!

This time, due to scheduling conflicts, there will be a bit of lag before the fundraiser starts, which means, I'll be offering some sneak previews of the content that will be included in this print volume. Starting with:
Q & A!
These ones were posed on the Facebook fanpage (…) by Ember. If you have questions for the cast, please feel free to post them here or on the Facebook page, and I'll select some to answer for the bonus material.

Thank you so much for your continued support!
Colour play - Caithnes by tarorae
Colour play - Caithnes
This one took a lot longer than the others because I have problems with both profiles and darker skin tones... I really want to get better at them, but I still feel like I end up getting too dark and losing depth. This one was about...4-5 hours.

And this is Caithnes May'an, one of the main voices from Ul-Zaorith. He'll be featured in my second trilogy.
Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - Chapter VOTE by tarorae
Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - Chapter VOTE
It's time for the Chapter Vote! Please log in to the forums and cast your vote here:…

If you're undecided, feel free to read the perspectives of other readers in the forums and see their suspicions, desires and interests. It's a great group of clever and respectful people, so I'd love if you'd add your voice to the mix and champion your desired option.

This story is shaped by your enthusiasm, hopes and focus, so I appreciate every single vote! Now is a great time to pull your friends into the fandom too ;)

Thank you for Voting!
Colour play - Sasharr by tarorae
Colour play - Sasharr
Another sketch... this one took about 2 hours. I have a hard time capturing Sasharr. This is Bimear Sasharr, the protagonist from my Prophet's Tale trilogy. The first book is currently in fundraiser here:
Colour Play - Ahd'ar'ohk by tarorae
Colour Play - Ahd'ar'ohk
Trying to practise my colours and my loose paint sketches. This I don't do often enough. I'd like to do more Ul-Zaorith sketches too, illustrating all of the races in these sorts of loose headshots.

This is fast for me - approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Legend of the Quill Prelude
  • Reading: Legend of the Quill ~ Astra Crompton
  • Watching: MadMax
  • Playing: Ni no Kuni
  • Eating: Negitoro Donburi
  • Drinking: Lemonade
Ladies and gentlemen!

After 15 years of hard labour -- mapping out an entire world, learning languages, culture, history, fashion, cuisine, religions, flora and fauna -- I am proud to present Legend of the Quill - Book one of The Prophet's Tale!

In order to take this epic tale of adventure to print, I'm running a Pubslush campaign to fund the Offset printing. This would enable 500 copies to go to print in a glorious, Canadian-made, deluxe embossed, illustrated and signed limited edition.

In order for that to happen, I need your help!

Please check out the campaign:
Pitch in whatever you can, share the link, tell your friends, get this thing out there and seen!

Are you a fan of the arts? Do you like gritty high fantasy like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings or The First Law? Do you like cool swag like bookmarks, audiobooks, posters, custom illustrations or limited editions? Do you like world building, alien races, diverse pantheons, or in-depth magic systems? Then you should definitely check out Legend of the Quill!

Even if you can't afford to pitch in cold hard cash, you can still be a part of the magic! I'm running two raffles that are totally free to enter:
1) Share the Poster: Legend of the Quill Poster by tarorae (see the post for details)
2) Share the Link: on your social media (twitter, tumblr, dA, facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc). For each channel you post it on, you get one entry. Send me the link, and I'll reshare it on my channels as well, which means you get some return exposure. It's a win-win!

I've got only 45 days to raise $10,000 dollars. For each $1000 threshold we clear, EVERYONE who has pitched in gets automatic upgrades to their perks. It's a team effort, and everyone will be rewarded by better and more stuff the closer we get to that dream goal. Join the party and help us get one step closer to that finish line!

Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement! With your help we can make this dream come true!


Astra Crompton
Artist | Professional | Varied
Astra was born and raised in Victoria, Canada. An only child, she found ways of entertaining herself through self-taught drawing, singing, sewing, painting, writing and creating worlds for her numerous stories. The majority of Astra's art features her original fantasy characters, from Steampunk to sci-fi to high medieval fantasy genres. She is a published author for her Ul-Zaorith novels, runs multiple web comic projects, and hopes to someday put out the related table-top role-playing game Ul-Zaorith: Otherworlds for which she is already working on illustrations and writing. She also freelances for children's books illustrations, book cover design, tattoo design, game design, clothing modification and creation, and character illustration.

Current Residence: Canada/Ul-Zaorith
Favourite genre of music: alternative, contemporary, classic rock, classical, etc.
Favourite style of art: strong line-art, soft colour, dynamic manga,
Operating System: PC
MP3 player of choice: Winamp: tried, tested and true.
Favourite cartoon character: Zuko & Iroh, Jessica Rabbit, Nightwing, Wiccan & Hulkling,
Personal Quote: What is to give light must first endure burning.



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KARYBOY Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  New Deviant
pardon me he corrected me… he's happy to see how prolific with your art you STILL are :)
tarorae Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
KARYBOY Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  New Deviant
Saying hello on behalf of your dad Davey :) he hopes you are well and is happy to see how prolific you have become with your art!!

take care,
Ai-Megumi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the fave and happy eastern. :)
tarorae Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Happy Easter to you too!
Leck-Zilla Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I like your cosplay of Ivy Valentine. #GreatJob 
tarorae Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! Next Soul Calibur cosplay I'm working on is Cassandra from SC3.
Leck-Zilla Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
not a problem, one more question: do you have an instagram account

mine is @ebwillpower93 
tarorae Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
I don't, actually. Sorry!
ackbad Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fave :)
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