Ever since working with Tengu Arts (Michelle Henderson) back in 2016, I always wanted to find a way to work with her again. At the time, after listening to a SmodCo Podcast by Kevin Smith where he talked about his run of writing comics for DC, I was inspired to write my own. I had a premise, I'd written a series of scripts and began looking at submission guidelines for a number of popular publishers. They all wanted art included with the submission and I couldn't craft a convincing stick man myself. I found her on Deviant Art.
Deviant Art was a community I'd heard of but not one I'd ever been involved with. I found a couple artists whose work I liked but it wasn't until Tengu Arts that I saw an art style that made me go, 'Yes, that's the look of this comic!' I sent a message to her, explaining my project and aims in a frenzied and feverish example of an elevator pitch, never really expecting to hear back. She surprised me by being really into the idea. So much so she wanted to know all the details. For several months we worked together, even signing a publishing deal after a great collaborative partnership developing the world and characters in tandem. External circumstances meant that the comic wasn't to be (although I'd still like to run with it one day) but I knew when I started this site I wanted to bring Michelle on board.
You'll be able to see below the first collection of images for Ghoulish Entertainment done by Tengu Arts, including a banner, new logo and text. She'll also be working on a new webcomic series for the site which you should expect to see more details on in August. On the run up to the comics release I'd love to get her on the podcast to delve into what got her into art, where her shape shade art style came from etc but I've technically not asked her yet so shhhh, don't ruin it!
If you'd like to commission Tengu Arts you can do so here. Do you like the new look, what else would you like to see from us? Comment below or tweet us at our new fancy looking twitter @ghoulishent.