The first hard choice

The setting.

That  decision took me several days. As I am a stand alone creator – I am doing it all by myself  – the choice was not an obvious one.

Every story, every hero needs a context – the world. In this case, as it’s going to be a erotic graphic novel, I need to draw it. To depict the world in a convincing manner, I need to know the world’s details such as architecture, costumes, environment etc.
Once could say – why not doing completely fictional world? You may not believe me, but that’s far more work before even drawing the first sketch then basing on something I already know.

Some of you know I am an architect and a biologist. During my studies I had to learn a lot about history of architecture. That helps a lot in the case. Still – the far more detailed knowledge is needed, as I want to build really coherent and realistic world.

What you might not know is that I am also medieval aficionado. Since 2014 I am a member of a late medieval reenactment group, I am learning sword fencing and I am awaiting my armorer to finish my breastplate, because I am hope to take part in a medieval tournament next year.

my armor parts

Therefore I thought I have just two options to chose from:

  • Medieval world
  • Modern world – or at least something similar to it.

However, I have some issues with those. I don’t want to draw modern world. I will have no fun with that, at least for now.

As of the medieval setting – I find the times not suitable for a hard erotic story. It just stands in opposition to the knighthood, Christian values and the way the world worked in those times.

These conclusions left me dishearten for some time. I started to worry that I do not have enough knowledge to create the graphic novel after all. Fortunately – I have a wonderful woman on my side who helped me this time, again. She made a suggestion that I don’t need to create the opus magnum yet and it still can be fun for me to to create and for you guys to enjoy. I decided to do several short stories and there is a world that I know almost enough to do it right away – mythological ancient Greece – a perfect setting as Greece is full of erotic art and nude sculptures from the ancient times.