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[Midwinter] Face Off by Deus-Nocte


Midwinter is an ongoing, original graphic novel that meshes science fiction and fantasy.

Cyberization is thriving while magic tries to break free of its longstanding stigma. A new miracle drug, asterite, has emerged as a genetic modifier and gives new life to the incurable.

Housing the ample supply of asterite it does, Gemini Hospital makes for a tantalizing target, and attacks on the facility are only becoming more aggressive and desperate.

Nox--a powerful arcanist--goes after the hospital to steal the drug, but ends up gaining permanent employment to protect them instead. Unfortunately, with a background like his, Nox needs to build up trust among staff in order to perform his increasingly difficult duties.

Along the way, he discovers that despite being the one with the steepest criminal record, there are those around him that safeguard even more dangerous secrets: some personal, some classified, and some that will question the very institution he’s working for.

Made of Awesome

Check out these lovely people, won't you? <3

:iconj-cleo: :iconimpia-dea: :iconsuikasiren: :iconsebadorn: :iconijs-creations: :iconayavo:

Absei by J-Cleo :thumb359656837:
Death and the dead by impia-dea Boin vs. Boin by suikasiren
Knights of Maerador, Colored by sebadorn
We All Fall Down: JOSHUA by IJS-Creations

If you were to buy an 11x17 poster online, would you prefer them: 

22 deviants said shipped rolled (in a tube)
19 deviants said Either way works
16 deviants said shipped flat (reinforced/sturdy)




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Kayla Swain
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States


Kayla Swain
Artist | Professional | Digital Art

Though I am primarily an illustrator at the moment, I aspire to one day
make a living off of creating graphic novels. As you can see, my page is littered
with art from "Midwinter", which is the manga I'm producing with a small band of
awesome people called ReVision Studios :D I am the lead artist and
secondary writer for the project.

All commissions are closed, sorry guys!

if you need to contact me outside of DA, feel free to drop me an e-mail!

I have a Tumblr too: :)



Hilda Felmadren by Deus-Nocte
Hilda Felmadren
Heeey! Look at this, some non-Midwinter art!

This was a commission for one of my best buds, Will. He's not on DA or anything but if you've seen the Midwinter trailer, he's Nox's voice actor!

This is Hilda, his D&D character. I really adore her as a character and had a blast helping him design her. I haven't drawn or painted armor in forever, so it was a lot of fun to go through that process again. I'm doing the rest of his group as well, so hopefully you'll see them in the next couple months.

That said I'm not actually open for commissions--he had to wait 5 months for me to get around to this, lol. I've been too busy with Midwinter, so I can't really accept anything else right now. o/

Hope everyone likes her, though! Enjoy!
Against the Odds - Progress GIF!
Hi again! So, while making my last piece, I decided to record myself doing it. You can see the Youtube video of that here!

If speed paints aren't your thing, I have this progress gif for you. It shows every stage of the piece~

I'm really happy that so many people are liking it, I worked really hard on it and it's been great to see the response. If you're interested in reblogging it on Tumblr, check out these links of just the image and the speed paint/progress gif combo! (Plus you can follow midwintercomic if you haven't already)

Anyway, hope you guys like the peak into my process. Enjoy!

Against the Odds by Deus-Nocte [Midwinter] Chapter 1 by Deus-Nocte [Midwinter ] Chapter 1 SAMPLE by Deus-Nocte  
Against the Odds by Deus-Nocte
Against the Odds
Heey! Look at this, some new poster art for Midwinter!

I was so, so happy to do some illustrative work for Midwinter again. This is one of those pieces I definitely just rolled with once I got the concept out, and I think it turned out pretty great! I'm really happy with how this came out.

I feel like all the stuff in my portfolio is so old, and that I could do so much better now. This proved to me that I can! I feel like I've improved a lot over the years of churning out the comic, just haven't had the opportunity to show it off until now.

Hope you guys like it! I'll be making it as a print as well for our convention table. c:

Check out the speed paint and progress GIF here:
[Midwinter] Against the Odds - Progress GIF! by Deus-Nocte

Other Midwinter work:
  [Midwinter] Maestro by Deus-Nocte  - Kill Mercy Within - by Deus-Nocte [Midwinter ] Chapter 1 SAMPLE by Deus-Nocte [Midwinter] Chapter 1 by Deus-Nocte 

Patreon + Looking for a female voice actor!

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 29, 2015, 8:22 AM

Hey guys!

I know it's been awhile since you've really heard from me. Things have been crazy busy in a lot of regards.

We recently went to our Kickstarter backers for some opinions on how we wanted to move forward, and got a lot of support. Because of this, we've decided to go ahead and move forward with building a Patreon! If you don't know what that is, it's a crowd funding platform that allows supporters to give a set amount of money each month. It can be as little as a dollar! There are different rewards depending on how much you pledge and milestone goals for the patrons to reach as a whole.

We've been trying to figure out a way to speed up production for a long time, but it's always come down to the issue of all of us having full time jobs outside of comic creation. Because I do a lot of the legwork and art, the Patreon would function as my salary, to start. It's our hope that, eventually, I could get enough money to go part time, even full time doing just Midwinter!

There's still a lot to do before we can launch it, however. We're hoping to have it live by this July. But first, we need to make a new trailer, which leads me to our next point--

We need a Voice Actor for Pendiah![Midwinter] Turning Point by Deus-Nocte  + Bleeding Out + by Deus-Nocte  Pendiah :: Midwinter Profile by Deus-Nocte  Walking in Winter by Deus-Nocte  [Midwinter] Merry Christmas! 2013 by Deus-Nocte

You'll need a pretty good mic and an attitude open to direction! You'll be working with Joanna and I (creators) and Nox's voice actor, William. If you're interested in the role, check out our Tumblr post here for more details and instructions! Don't be afraid to audition even if you don't think you quite fit the part, we're willing to work with you if we find the right voice~

And, even if you're not a voice actor or if she doesn't suit you, please reblog it or spread it around! We'd really appreciate it!

Featured works

+ Sinner + by Deus-Nocte - Kill Mercy Within - by Deus-Nocte + Bleeding Out + by Deus-Nocte { Keep Your Eyes Open } by Deus-Nocte .:Latronum:. Not from around here... by Deus-Nocte
Hello! I'm the main artist for Midwinter, a comic that's been in production since 2013. We're in need of a background artist that is comfortable drawing urban areas such as city streets, city overviews, singular buildings, etc. within a scifi theme. Rubble and foliage will also be common.

All we need is lineart on the comic pages themselves. We can do the rest! Other duties may include designing certain buildings or drawing in props.

To see some examples, check out the sample below:
(view the pdf at 75% for best quality)

[Midwinter ] Chapter 1 SAMPLE by Deus-Nocte  

The skills we're looking for are:

+ Strong sense of perspective
+ Detail oriented (clean lines, no gaps between them. Makes it easier on our toner.)
+ Open to feedback & critique
+ Communicative, open about your limitations and schedule
+ Ability to work within a deadline

Extra skills that we'd find SUPER useful, but aren't required:
+ Comfortable with vehicle drawing/design
+ 3D modeling or SketchUp experience

Some software you will need when starting with us:
+ Photoshop or drawing equivalent
---> Basically, anything that can read PSDs. Paint Tool Sai, Clip Studio, SketchBook Pro, etc.
+ Dropbox
+ Skype

Your computer needs to be able to handle large files. They will probably be 20-40MB when you start working on them. A finished page can range 80-120MB.

This is a negotiable, PAID position. In the past, payments have been calculated in a flat rate, per page format. This means that you get paid the same for each page whether it's an involved establishing shot or there's only 1-2 panels mostly covered by characters.

The flat rate format makes it easier on all parties, but if you're not comfortable with that, it is certainly up for discussion. We're open to other avenues.

Design work will be paid for separately and based on your personal rates.

All that said, I want to be upfront with you guys: we are not a self-sufficient commercial entity. We may not be able to offer industry standard payment, and we apologize for that. Though we go to conventions and try to sell things online, the core team doesn't see a cent of it. It goes to table costs, supplies, printing, and to the other assistant artists.

Depending on skill level, we're comfortable offering $15-30/page. We're open to higher price points depending on the artist, but we would not be able to afford anything over $50/page. Please keep that in mind when applying.

TO APPLY, please send your portfolio to and tell us why you feel you'd be a good fit for the position. Thank you!


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lexxii Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Gallery Kayla:)

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Vheissuu Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Hey mate , you do comissions? how do i apply for them? Thanks in advance!
Deus-Nocte Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I probably wouldn't have time for a colored commission, but if you're interested in a sketch or ink, the prices are here:


Make sure to read the description. You can note or email me if you want something. :)
Vheissuu Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Oh , Ok , I'll check it asap.
JLavisant Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So cool to meet you and discover Midwinter. I was the one who came by like three times and fangirled for Nox really hard. Heheh. I finally got a moment to read the first chapter when I got home from Nebkon, and I really love it. I look forward to more! Keep up the amazing work!
Deus-Nocte Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhh!! I'm so happy you like it! (And enough to come find me on DA.) Thanks for stopping by, it was a joy to meet you. It's always so great to see other people drawn to the characters and start to love them as much as I do! Luckily there's no shortage of Nox here--you'll find all the pics you saw in my portfolio here and some others you haven't seen. :P

OH, and you must watch the trailer I made for the Kickstarter we had back in March. Nox has a voice... and I'm sure you'll like it.
Dragonstar78 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
oh sugarplums.

Did I forget to wish you a happy birthday? I think I forgot, but I can't recall if I forgot, but if I did forget, happy (very) belated birthday ^^;
Deus-Nocte Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, no worries! Thank you for the birthday wishes though <3
Dragonstar78 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
you're quite welcome.

I know you're super busy, but have you ever considered an 'ask a character' bit / mini-comic? (random question, right? I'm full of 'em)

And Nox is gracing two screens for my work computer with his offerings of chocolate-covered strawberries, wine, cheese, and crackers =D
Deus-Nocte Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
We actually have considered that! We're thinking it could be an extra in one of the volumes--who knows, maybe volume 1. I'll make sure to post a journal or something when we're accepting questions. :nod:

And that is awesome. I'm really glad you like that pic so much! (it's gotta be one of my favs, too)
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