I created The Realm Ethereal in 2018, by way of a series of character paintings. The paintings shown below are a handful of these character paintings. Initially, the paintings have always been the basis for creating my own intellectual property; a world of these characters. So far, these characters are divided into several classes: Ethereals, Ethereal Guard, and Metaterrans. It turned out these character paintings would be the first step in creating the story for my next comic book series.
In 2020, I put together the first art book of The Realm Ethereal, titled “The Dream Awakens”. This art book introduces the Metaterran Casia Minohr. She is the main character in this opening storyline. The artwork was initially produced to be a webcomic back in 2019. I ended up not really being too keen on creating this as a webcomic at first. So, I scrapped the initial concept of a web-first comic. The result is the artwork seen below, which is a sampling of the pages from The Dream Awakens art book.
The follow-up to the above black and white story art book will be a new full-color version of The Realm Ethereal: The Dream Awakens. Below is preview artwork of the cover. This is the same story from above, but with expanded artwork, new artwork, and story with lettering and captions–you know, like a real comic book! I will first be releasing this online here on my website. Then, I will Kickstart it to create a print edition.
The next storyline following up The Dream Awakens is titled Enter The Realm, which shows Casia Minohr’s mysterious arrival to The Realm Ethereal. Some of that new artwork is featured below. And yes, it will be in COLOR and will have STORY as well.
Preview of upcoming artwork for “Enter the Realm”
I am also creating my Realm Ethereal “Vignettes”. These are glimpses into interactions between the different characters within The Ream Ethereal. I consider these like short story sketches in comic book format. They’re a way for me share just snippets of story and art that are related to The Realm Ethereal but are not necessarily tied into the larger stories taking place in The Dream Awakens and Enter The Realm.
Currently, I produce these as one-off, single story pages. Email subscribers get advanced previews of the story and color art. Patrons over at my Patreon get access to high resolution JPEG files of all the artwork I am creating for The Realm Ethereal.