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Ria Vol 2 Preview by FabianMonk Ria Vol 2 Preview by FabianMonk
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ALTERNATIVELY, head over to the Blog, where an additional 5 preview pages are posted as well: [link]



So yeah, Ria Vol 2 is done. We finished shortly before the end of 2011, and it will make it's French debut at the comic festival of Angouleme, next weekend.
I realize the pages posted in this preview and on the blog are in english, but I'm afraid Ria is still not published in that language. As far as I know, that is still being worked on. So far it's published in France by Editions Paquet, the Netherlands by Silvester Strips and in Germany by Splitter.

In case any of you make it to Angouleme, be sure to drop by the Paquet booth. Sten (creator of the project) will be there, as will I. Although I won't be behind the booth as frequently. Last year we never got around to checking out ANYTHING other than the back of our booth, so I'll be making up for that this time around.

Storyboards and major development: Thorsten Kiecker (Sten) :iconkiecker:
Final character line art: Christian Retzlaff and Kaja Reiniki
Backgrounds and character colors: me.

Software used: Photoshop.
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:iconqhici:
qhici Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Amazing! ^^
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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mopjeflauwmopje Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow ! Just bought it and the artwork just blew me away!! It's so amazingly done!!
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it!
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CookiiMii Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh woaw :O
I just recently bought the first part and I love it, can't wait till the second part is released over here (the netherlands)
Can it be that the drawing-style kindof reminds me of w.i.t.c.h. ?
It looks a bit similiar..
But love it so far, will surely buy the next book when it's out ^_^
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hey, sorry for the super late reply.
Witch is drawn by Barbucci right? If so, then there's definitely an influence there. Thorsten (who drew Ria) and Barbucci are both from the Disney school of drawing (to an extent), so that makes sense.

Thanks for the kind words!
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Surimy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Backgrounds <3<3<3<3<3 And this light :O Speechless
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:iconfabianmonk:
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like it!
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-seed- Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sieht echt stark aus! Wow! Die Hintergründe sind der Hammer!!
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hey, danke! Lang nix mehr von dir gesehen!
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-seed- Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
jajaa ich hab mich mehr auf mein design studium bzw arbeit als designer konzentriert. Ich hab zwar noch comic sachen gemacht, aber meistens nur kinderkram für SkyPirates. Und das ist nicht SO beeindruckend um es mit der Welt zu teilen :)

Aber deine Farben inspirieren gewaltig und fordern mich geradezu heraus mal wieder was richtiges mit comics zu machen...
Mich würde echt interessieren wie die Zahlungsmodalitäten bei den Franzosen aussehen. Die Seiten sehen so detailliert aus dass ich bei meiner Geschwindigkeit sicherlich keinen guten Schnitt machen würde...aber du bist bestimmt schneller als ich in diesem Stil.
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drazebot Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Got this book today from the post office :D

it's awesome :)

you guys did a great job on it
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh shit sorry for the late reply!
That's awesome to read, glad you can appreciate it! Which language did you get it in?
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drazebot Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
no problem dude I gots both books :) they are awesome
I got them in German- it was the only language I could find
I've forgottten most of my deutsch during the last 7 years but I can understand most of what's going on :D
I really love what you did with the colours- you're a genius :)
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LordoftheBling-XXL Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
man how long does it take u to color a page?!?!
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Usually around 2-3 days. Some pages in the book took longer, others (towards the end of the book, when we just had to get it done in time) less.
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LordoftheBling-XXL Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
dope work man
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Gambear1er Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
w o w

rocking everything on these!! :onfire:
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:iconfabianmonk:
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Red-J Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
beautiful work man! Nice to see what you have been up to!
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:iconfabianmonk:
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Reeeeed! How's it going man!
Thanks for the kind words. Yeah things have been good over here. Slow climb, but steady.
How about yourself?
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BrandonStewart Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
this is so awesome!! love the detail and color!! the storyboarding and everything is so well put!! This would do american comics a favor to be published in english
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
Unfortunately, the talks with american publishers that I was aware of all fell through. But we're not neglecting the american market, I'm sure something will develop in the future!
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bunnicustard Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is WAY too beautiful....holy wow. The colors in the trees....:love:
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Mitsukai-inki Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very gooood work !
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:iconfabianmonk:
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconmitsukai-inki:
Mitsukai-inki Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're Welcome !
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:iconheadpie:
headpie Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
So good !!! Very well done, bravo :-)
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:iconfabianmonk:
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Core-Point Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
The top right hand page, bottom big panel, is beautiful. So awesome to me is it, in fact I almost am motivated to draw.
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thekidKaos Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thats good, you lazy ass, in several months you just submitted this .... looks good tho haha :3
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RogueSamurai Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
holy crap! that's sick
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ChristianNauck Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Du bist echt ein Monster! Saugeil!
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:iconross-a-campbell:
Ross-A-Campbell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I tried to find volume 1 at the fnac the other day and they didn't have it! WTF!? They don't know what they're missing out on.
I'll just wait untill volume 2 hits the shelves and get it on amazon.
Looking AWESOME man. Can't wait to read it.
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Scandalous, the Fnac thing! :]
Since Volume 2 is premiering at the Angouleme Festival this weekend, I assume it should be available in stores shortly afterwards!
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Ross-A-Campbell Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Tell me about it! I mean, it's not like they don't stock any Soleil books everywhere. SHEEESH!
Too bad I won't be there this weekend :/. I'll make a point to come next year. I'm sure you'll have more eye-candy for us fans O_o!
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SheepNumber97245 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
you're the man, monk
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pacman23 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
you're a beast.
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Seb-PJ Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love the background and the colors. Congratulations!
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:iconfabianmonk:
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconnfteixeira:
nfteixeira Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Excelente color work! Congrats! :)
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:iconfabianmonk:
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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SangreFria Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Wonderful
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:iconsketcheth:
sketcheth Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Beauuutifully painted. Great color harmonies and all the rest.
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind words!
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sketcheth Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Most certainly, I'm a long time admirer of your work. And I'm really only able to say that because you've got real sensitivity when it comes to color that you just don't see too often in a lot of contemporary illustration or just people working with digital media. Are there any painters from art history that you look to for inspiration?
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Not in a regular fashion, but yeah I definitely did draw inspiration from certain master painters (and still do, whenever I come in contact with their work).
Caravaggio and Rembrandt would be the first names that pop into my mind in that regard. Those guys had incredible sense for lighting and colors.
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sketcheth Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah yes! Those guys are fantastic. Thanks for sharing your work!
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Rivenis Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic! it really blows my mind how beautiful the rendering is O_o
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