Spotlight

Ruinous Fortune – Goblins, Death Personified and Mysterious Resurrection!

Levi is a comic artist who is right now doing a bachelor in creative media and game technology. They are the creator of Ruinous Fortune.

Synopsis: Gael Fortuna survived the cataclysmic Beast of Oborion by sheer luck as a baby. They ended up being adopted by Cayden The Crown of Oborion, personification of death and the cruel king of the fae dominion of the same name.

Despite having been raised to be Cayden’s right hand they continually doubt his judgement and rule. Everything changes however when they meet Eleanor, a convicted murderer, and Lilith, a goblin who mysteriously sprang back to life.

Is your comic available in any other languages? If so, what language(s)?
Russian

Did you go to school for either art or writing? If so, what school?
Grafisch Lyceum

What is the main genre of your comic? What appeals to you about that genre?
Fantasy

Are there any other genres that apply to your comic?
Gothic fiction

What was your inspiration for the story?
Mainly fairy tales and some personal experiences.

Do you have any favorite artists or writers who influenced your style?
Eyvind Earle, Louis Couperus, Tanith Lee, Manabu Ohashi, Shigeru Mizuki, Brian Froud.

How long does it take you to complete one page?
A week usually.

What is your process like for creating comic pages from start to finish? What tools do you use?
I tend to write out the dialogue in a word doc and then thumbnail around 10 pages. Then I start properly sketching out a page and then line art and colors. I usually do all of this in Clip Paint Studio.

Is your comic a finished work? If not, how long do you think you think it’s going to be when it’s complete? Is there a definitive ending or will you just keep going for as long as possible?
No I’m currently in chapter 2 and I’m certain it will take a very long while until I get to the end. There is a definitive ending though I do have sequels in mind.

How long did it take you to plan the comic before even beginning to physically create it?
Originally I had plans for a dating sim involving goblins but I did not feel confident ever doing it because I have a hard time learning to program. As I was working on the world building I ended up with the idea of ruinous fortune as the events before the dating sim. I ended up making the prologue of it as an experiment to see if I liked the process of making comics. After a few months of planning I just started working on it. I have a definite idea of the ending and the themes of the story though I always try to keep certain events or details flexible.

What was the biggest hurdle you faced during the course of making of your comic? If you could go back in time to the point where you just started making it and give yourself a pep talk, what would you say?
I’m still very insecure about my writing and storytelling, most have been supportive of me but this insecurity still bites at me sometimes but those moments pass and I just continue doing what I am doing.

What is your favorite part about working on your comic?
Drawing the characters emote and act. The more eccentric they are the more fun they tend to be.

What is the most difficult part about working on your comic? How do you overcome it?
Backgrounds are very difficult for me to draw and continue to do so. I tend to either struggle through it with the help of references and assets in Clip Paint Studio.

Do you have a favorite character to write for? If so, why? Tell us more about them!
Really depends but as of right now I want to say Bela, he is a nymph who is one of the many antagonists and is part of Cayden’s court with the title of count. He only has properly shown up in chapter 2 which I haven’t uploaded yet.

Which character gives you the most difficulty to write for?
The second protagonist Lilith has been very hard for me to write. It was very difficult for me to find a good motivation for her.

Do you have a favorite character to draw?
Gael

Which character gives you the most difficulty to draw?
Though I love the concept I dislike drawing armor and yet I still have characters who wear them. Another character soon to come is Leonhardt who’s basically a walking and emoting suit of armor.

Where can we find you?
https://twitter.com/sludge_eater
https://twitter.com/ruinousfortune

Anything else you want the people to know about yourself or your comic?
Ruinous Fortune does feature some body horror and gore elements so it might not be fit for younger audiences.