On abandoned concepts

Sometimes I come across concept art I did for a project that never got picked up and there's always this weird feeling of lost potential looking at these drawings. Here's a couple of them, from the last few years. 

James and Isaac, 2015. 

James and Isaac, 2015. 

I honestly don't even remember what this was for. Maybe the Purity Anthology? I'm still somewhat fond of these guys, even though they're basically reskins of two characters me and my ex made. 

Concept art for Open Road Anthology, 2016

Concept art for Open Road Anthology, 2016

Sometime last year I applied to be part of the Open Road Anthology, a book about polyromantic relationships and I wrote this little thing about Swedish settlers during the mid-1800s and how families can be formed in many different ways. The project got delayed for personal reasons, so for the time being this little family is stuck in limbo. Maybe I'll reuse them for something else, if they don't get picked up? 

Concept art for Passionfruit Anthology, 2017.

Concept art for Passionfruit Anthology, 2017.

These are the most recent rejected designs I made and I have to admit in full honesty that I'm somewhat relieved that they didn't get picked up. Dichotomy Jones is a genderqueer private detective that I made up for 24 hour comic day several years ago and then enjoyed so much that I wanted to make something real with them. I wrote up a pitch for the Passionfruit Queer Erotic anthology, adding a male version of Veronica Lake as the sultry seductress, but the story wasn't picked up. I'm not upset about it in the least, since I'd already toyed with the idea of making it a multi-chapter thing and pitch it to Filthy Figments. Who knows? Maybe we'll see more of them in the not to distant future.