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Sketch

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Hey everyone,
I thought I would share this sketch I did the other day.
I was experimenting with different kinds of hair as well as trying to be more bold with my shading. I was really happy with this one. Maybe this character will show up somewhere in the future.
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96 Responses

  1. John says:

    I know that it was never going to work or we’d never have a story. But it’s still sad to see everything go down hill so fast. :(

  2. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    “Is this a break-up?”

  3. Greg White says:

    How is someone who misbehaves punished?

    • jordan says:

      I’m not even sure punishment would be in they’re vocabulary. I think misbehaving is probably worked out as a group together.

  4. McAllister says:

    well I know how the humans got the slave they killed off a few panels ago

  5. GroundPetrel says:

    Popping up from lurking to say: Wow, this is going downhill fast. Hope Icari and the guys can get out, and soon.

    Still reading, still sharing with my friends, still loving every minute.

    Best,
    GP

    • jordan says:

      Their situation is definitely deteriorating. Thanks for continually reading and sharing. Glad you left a comment

  6. LaughingTarget says:

    I figured smiling while watching one of the tree dwellers get arrowed to the face put him in the irredeemable category.

  7. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    I’m guessing that was ol Suntan Mc.Eyeless?

  8. McAllister says:

    hmm, im just gonna go out on a limb, that the hate is just a ruse put on by Otari. I sense he will be more helpful than he lets on to be. still following this comic!

  9. LaughingTarget says:

    Guess Otari and Zona aren’t friends anymore.

  10. MyHatGotChangedToCabbages says:

    Not sure if I expected them to have that many warriors.
    Or are most of those just villagers?

  11. Greg White says:

    You should see the 1971 and 2008 film versions of the Andromeda Strain.They’re quite enjoyable.

  12. Greg White says:

    What happens if someone commits a crime?

    • jordan says:

      That’s suggesting there is crime, which is something I think comes from societies and nations that have laws. I don’t think the Tree Dwellers work that way. The Mountain Dwellers, well I’m guessing you can figure out what they do with their criminals.

  13. Greg White says:

    I look forward to each new Hominids strip.

  14. LaughingTarget says:

    Hmm. Keyli marginalized by the other tree people. Mother was involved with the current High Priest. Keyli’s Dad is the High Priest would be a huge mind fuck up there.

  15. Greg White says:

    Jordan ever seen the 1971 and 2008 film versions of the Andromeda strain?

  16. Greg White says:

    How about having a plague strike and kill most of the people.

    • jordan says:

      A plague would be pretty harsh and unpleasant to draw. I don’t know if I want to kill off that many people.

  17. LaughingTarget says:

    They had to have done something more than cut off his nuts for him to be afraid to change things after he became the top boss. Kinda like those elephants that were chained their whole lives and can be tethered to a plastic lawn chair by some flimsy rope.

    • jordan says:

      I think it was more the indoctrination more then anything. They convinced him that he was a sexual deviant before castrating him. They made him believe he deserved it.

  18. Greg White says:

    In Hominids what happens to orphans?

    • jordan says:

      Well the Tree Dwellers raise their young as a community so there isn’t really any such thing as an orphan.

  19. MyHatGotChangedToCabbages says:

    Suppose its not wrong to suggest they also want to put themselves as far apart from the tree dwellers as they can, cause of how much they hate them?

    Like they observe what they do, and then theyre like “okay, everybody do the exact opposite of that”.

    • jordan says:

      It’s not wrong to consider that at all, even if it’s subconscious. Story wise, that’s exactly how I wanted to build the culture between the two. For the Mountain Dwellers it was easy because I just had to look at how closed off, suppressed cultures act today. It was much harder actually building the Tree Dwellers as kind of this peaceful, hippie dippie love fest without making it feel like that.

  20. MyHatGotChangedToCabbages says:

    So its just playing games with their power?
    Like decreeing that every tuesday at 10:11am sharp, everyone must punch themselves in nose or burn eternally?
    “because I can”, basically?

    (also, sorry if multible posts like this from the same guy is a bit annoying. I dont know how to reply to replies.)

    • jordan says:

      I love getting comment so please feel free.
      You have the right idea. Arbitrary rules for the sake of control.

  21. MyHatGotChangedToCabbages says:

    I never got why sex is evil.

    Though I guess overpopulation would be pretty crippling to the mountain dwellers.

    • jordan says:

      It has less to do with overpopulation and more to do with control.
      The High Priest mentioned that they used to be hunter/gatherers before coming to the Mountain. It’s once they settled down they learned about agriculture.
      With agriculture resources become limited and ownership becomes a thing. Everybody owns something, including people and the way they behave.

    • LaughingTarget says:

      Agriculture became a thing because the population grew too large for hunter-gatherer societies to continue living. The wild land was insufficient to handle human population, so people were forced into corralling food and increasing yields or they would ultimately starve.

  22. Greg White says:

    In Hominids if someone feels remorse for having done something wrong how do they make amends?

    • jordan says:

      In a nutshell, sex. I liken the Tree Dwellers to Bonobos and the Mountain Dwellers to they’re more violent cousins, the Chimpanzee. Bonobos deal with things through sex causing a more peaceful, cohesive group.

  23. Rich Wallace says:

    Great textures and flashback style!

  24. TK says:

    Damn, the priesthood are harsh! Very cool page especially in regards to shading and lighting.

    PS, typo in panel 3- should be “difficult to believe”.

  25. LaughingTarget says:

    OK, gonna believe this part is accurate and honest. Either the flashback is warped or he’s not powerful enough to change the culture and is being an ass to protect the city from mass riots.

    • jordan says:

      Yeah, he’s definitely telling the truth here. Why he’s telling Icari all this will be explained in later pages.

  26. Kate says:

    Ooh, that’s harsh… He returns with a glowing holy symbol on his head, so they string him up and torture him. “How dare you say that the gods don’t want us to he horrible and cruel!” Charming.

    Also, and I’m sure you’d have picked these up eventually anyway, but I just want to draw your attention to some minor typos: 1st panel should read, “The people praise *you* and so shall we.” 3rd should read, “Have the gods changed *their* minds?”

  27. Silly Zealot says:

    “So you have a glowing symbol on your forhead?”- One of the council asked, -”Big deal, I have a birth mark that looks like Jennifer Aniston!”
    It should be noted that, in this setting, the surviving records and pictures of Jennifer Aniston were idolized to an statusquite similar to Aphrodite.

  28. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    Oh man, look at that mustache. I didnt think dwarfs could be mages.

  29. LaughingTarget says:

    Ah, here comes the unreliable narrator telling us of the past.

  30. John says:

    So are they praising his return because he supposedly survived alone in an environment that they have trouble living in even in groups? Or because his forehead is now really shiny? ….I’m going for the latter; much more amusing that way. :)

    • jordan says:

      Both. They thing his shining tattoo is what gave him the power to survive the jungle. They’re a superstitious lot.

  31. Greg White says:

    How about having someone kidnapped and end up with Stockholm syndrome.

    • jordan says:

      The story is pretty much set in stone at this point. However, it could be argued that’s what happened to Icari.

  32. Greg White says:

    You really have talent. Keep up the good work.

  33. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    Hey, you never know.
    Maybe he’ll get lucky and he’ll just randomly redring.

  34. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    Oh dear, I just noticed priestguy mc redrobes has got an xbox power button on his forehead.
    Now I cant unsee it.

    • jordan says:

      If only Icari knew that all he had to do was touch his forehead and he’d turn him off!

  35. LaughingTarget says:

    If a city is built or settled prior to any kind of written record system, its founding usually ends up with some kind of fantastic legend story. Rome has Romulus and Remus, Athens has a conflict between Poseidon and Athena, etc. Verbal history tends to get distorted by inter-generational games of “telephone”. For a heavily religious people such as the Mountain Dwellers, developing a fantastic founding myth is plausible and possibly expected if the area was inhabited for enough generations so even people with second hand knowledge are long dead.

    Also, am I the only one that wants to pull a Tarzan under the city on those vines?

  36. FlyingGekko says:

    Aha! Found the spot on the map :) Right in the pig’s mouth below the ear! Or is it a rat?

    • jordan says:

      Holy crap! Now I can’t unsee that! I think that’s the best pig drawing I’ve ever done unintentionally.

  37. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    Wait, the city was already there when the homo sapiens showed up?

    • jordan says:

      If he’s telling the truth, or the truth wasn’t somehow diluted over the ages…you’ll have to wait and see.

  38. LaughingTarget says:

    The bow dramatically changed the face of warfare and was the dominant weapon for around thirty thousand years. The oldest known bow, a Holmegaard design dating back to 9,000 BCE, is so effective that modern competition and hunting bows are based on its design. Archery was a huge game changer in human civilization. I would wager a guess that archery was the key determinant as to why H. Sapiens became the dominant species and other branches died out or, potentially, were integrated into the species.

    This is basically bad news for anyone that isn’t a devout Mountain Dweller, especially if the bow is refined beyond a simple bent stick.

    I love the insinuation from the High Priest that this is, somehow, his idea via divine inspiration.

    • jordan says:

      Spot on! In my research I’ve also read that if civilization were ever lost, if we had to start all over, certain things would always come back. One of which is the bow and arrow. This is one of the possible reasons we see it in every cultures history.
      If anything, this will certainly change things for the worst.

  39. McAllister says:

    so, (so far) we have the mountain people , the tree people, the bone eaters(?), and “icari’s god” hmm… could there (it could potentially be a good story ark) be a tribe on the river, full of nomadic fishermen.

    • jordan says:

      You may. In fact, it might be worth going back to the first five pages of chapter 1 to see if you’re right. ;)

  40. LaughingTarget says:

    *spear plunges into the abused one’s chest”

    Uh…

    *jazz hands*

    Tada!

  41. Silly Zealot says:

    I should have posted this over a week ago, but, man! Did you just make fanart of your own comic and send it to yourself! I can’t tell it was a different author!

    • jordan says:

      Haha! I’ll take that as a compliment because Leila Del Duca’s work is awesome. Next time you’re at a comic shop, do yourself a favor and pick up her comic, Shutter.

  42. LaughingTarget says:

    It’s a shame Sno is so hot-headed. Now it’s going to be harder to get the other two out of prison.

  43. John says:

    I see visiting hours are in effect.

  44. Silly Zealot says:

    Such small creatures, eaten my slightly less small creatures, who in turn are eaten by other slightly less creatures…

  45. Vachement captivant : je crois que ce post intéresserait une meuf

  46. LaughingTarget says:

    Just a little erosion and the city can say goodbye.

  47. Kate says:

    Aw man, I’m anticipating chapter 6 so much!! Although “Sacrifice” is a pretty massively ominous title.

    Beautiful artwork here. I hope that little cave down under the city turns out to be a secret escape route or hideyhole of some sort. Because, honestly, things can’t get much worse for our heroes.

  48. McAllister says:

    first time we get to see the mountain kingdom
    wow… I’d rather be with the tree people

  49. John says:

    YAY! I can’t wait to find out the priest’s true motives! I will admit you have at lest me stumped on that. Tuse can’t come any faster.

    • jordan says:

      I’m glad you didn’t see it coming. I think the rest of his story should be pretty interesting.

  50. OMG! I cannot wait for chapter 6! Your work is amazing. I’m dying to see the cover next week. Keep on working Jordan your awesome!

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