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Work In Progress Report: Sorceress Comic: Thumbnails Complete

posted March 23, 2018

Tags: art, comics, WIP report, writing

Thumbnailing is usually the easiest part of a project for me. I don't have to sweat the details and can focus on just getting ideas down on paper. It’s the most creative part of the process, and I haven’t managed to “correct” all the energy out of it yet.

So I actually got these pretty close to finished a couple weeks ago. I decided to wait awhile and look back over them with fresh eyes just to make sure I hadn't missed any big problems, and I'm glad I did! Once I stitched all my "final" thumbnails together and read through them as a single comic, it dawned on me that the reader doesn't get a good look at the sorceress—the ostensible main character—until halfway through the comic.

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Work In Progress Report: Sorceress Comic: March Update

posted March 08, 2018

Tags: art, comics, WIP report, writing

It's March now, and that means I'm more than halfway to my first deadline. So where do things stand?

Well, let's start with that first deadline itself: The thumbnails. The good news is that I have five pages pretty well nailed down. The layouts of some of them still need some work, but I've budgeted for that. That's what the separate layouts step is for.

The bad news is that I'm stuck on page 6. So far, every page has been a single story beat. Page one (of which I've already shown some draft thumbnails) shows the sorceress ambushing someone. Page two is a fight scene. Page three is a couple actions, but basically one story beat. Page four is another beat. Page five is a location change. Page six…?

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Work In Progress Report: Sorceress Comic: Tentative Schedule

posted February 11, 2018

Tags: art, comics, WIP report, writing

I think I've come up with a tentative set of deadlines for completing my comic. I'm giving myself the whole year. This may seem like a long time, but if you've seen my blog and art gallery, you know I'm not exactly Mister Rapid Content Creation. Besides, I'd rather give myself a lot of time and be able to get ahead of schedule than fall behind a shorter deadline.

Here's the breakdown:

Thumbnails/page breakdowns March 31
Environment designs April 30
Main character designs May 31
Minor character designs June 31
Page layouts July 31
All pages pencilled October 31
All pages inked November 31
All pages flat colored December 31
Shaded colors I'll get back to you…
All pages posted January 7

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Work In Progress Report: Planning a Comic

posted January 18, 2018

Tags: art, comics, WIP report, writing

Last summer, I said I wanted to update this blog more with works-in-progress and the like, to give myself some motivation to finish things. Since then, of course, it's been radio silence. Turns out I'm not good at finishing things.

So this year I've set myself a goal. Call it a New Year's Resolution if you want. I have a project that I've been sporadically chipping away at for the better part of the last two years, or maybe longer. This year, if at all possible, I'm going to finish it.

The project is a short comic featuring the sorceress lioness character from the drawing I posted at the end of 2015. Not everything is nailed down yet, but here's what I do know so far:

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About Page Updates and a Couple Blog Post Edits

posted July 30, 2017

I made some updates to the About page. I got rid of all the links to forums I barely ever visit anymore (and BumbleKing, which closed). I also spruced up the Interests section to stay on the subject of my interests instead of morphing into a list of Webcomics I've read. (One of these days I need to do a post on that subject, though.)

I also found some typos and broken links in a couple blog posts from 2014, namely the 7 Posts in 7 Days wrapup post and the 2014 reading list update.

Managing Projects and Site Inactivity

posted July 30, 2017

Tags: art, site, writing

You may have noticed that this site doesn't update very much. Every year I say I want to post more, and somehow it never happens.

It's not like I'm not doing anything. Let's look at the projects I have going right now:

And maybe that's the problem? I have so many projects on the back burner. I mean, on top of those listed above, I have all the ones that have been sitting back there, untouched for months or years:


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Sonic, Comics, and Me

posted December 07, 2016

Tags: comics, Sonic, video games

I apologize for the length of time it's taken me to get this post out. This spring, after a series of Sonic-related misfortunes, I decided to take a hiatus from all things Sonic for the duration of Lent. You can read all the details in my earlier post on the subject, so I won't recap them here.

Since then, a few things have changed. For one, I started getting Sonic Universe again. It turned out that the reason I didn't get part 4 of the Silver arc was a delay on Archie's end, so no subscribers got the issue. After a couple months, it did show up. It was also a huge disappointment, like the finales of SU arcs usually are, but whatever. I continued getting SU issues until my subscription ran out, which includes all of "Eggman's Dozen" and the first three parts of the next arc starring Knuckles, Amy, and Team Dark. I never did get the issues I missed from the start of the subscription, or any STH issues.


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New Art: Inktober 2016

posted November 3, 2016

I decided to try my hand at the Inktober challenge this year. I figured I didn't need thirty-one individual drawings in a row added to the gallery and I definitely didn't have the time to draw and upload something every day, so I put them all together sketchdump-style.

If we're being perfectly honest, I didn't actually manage a drawing every day. There were a few days I didn't get anything drawn and I had to make it up later, and one drawing ended up taking two evenings to finish. But I still had 31 drawings done by the end of October 31st, so it still counts!

You can check out the complete set of Inktober 2016 drawings in the gallery.

Site Navigation Update

posted August 16, 2016

After veritable minutes of work and hours of back-breaking procrastination, I present to you the latest improvement to my Web site: The Reviews section!

Reviews now have their own section, accessible from the main navigation bar (though a sub-section remains on the Other Writing page in case anyone's still looking there). The old Web Stuff section has been removed from the main navigation, since it never became the big section I once hoped it would be, having only the one item that it had when the site launched in 2010. It can now be accessed via Other Writing.

While I was at it, I also removed index.html from all the internal links. This should clean up my URLs a bit, as "index.html" makes the URLs longer and kind of messy without really telling you anything you don't already know.

Don't worry, though; the old URLs ending in index.html will continue to work, and will take you to the exact same content as the shortened ones.

New Art: Wet Cat

posted April 28, 2016

What's this!? I'm posting art, and it's not even December! You can find Wet Cat in the Art Gallery.

This took way too long to get ready to post. I finished it a couple months ago and have been waiting around to get it scanned and added to the gallery. Not much else to say about it that's not in the description in the gallery.

I'm not sure what my next project will be, but if I had to guess I'd say either a review or a blog post. I do owe you a follow-up on that Sonic post.