Inktober 2017 – Reflection

We did it! We made it to the end of Inktober with a drawing every day! And, even if you didn’t and are still catching up to this day – that’s def okay too. Heck, I might even dive into NaNoWriMo mid November. But anyway…

This Inktober, I added another layer of challenges alongside restricting myself to inks and the prompts. As mentioned in my last post, I stole the idea of creating a story  about my take on Snow “Essie” White where each comic was based off of the prompts.

It definitely challenged me to broaden what is usually drawn with prompts as well as draw poses and settings I hardly – if ever- drawn. Like backgrounds, horse carriages, inns, and sandwich-stealing bears.

It was all fine and dandy until I got to “Fat”. One minute, Essie was chasing a cub who stole her sandwich. The next minute….

Fat geese and mysterious trees. They go together, right?

And to segue into “Graceful”, well, I had to keep the goose.

Graceful dancing fat geese – faded away into myth and legend.

What with my story taking place in a land of fantasy, it was very easy, and very fun to add in a comic with a Skyrim setting:

“Let’s sate that appetite, hm?”

Oh gah! Foreshortening?! I did what I could.

A daily comic was a good exercise for me in both drawing and storytelling. Then I entertained the idea of making daily comics…erm… Welp, until I’m super comfy drawing digitally, I’ll keep my comic weekly.

However, I did start to feel more comfortable just drawing comics. Admittedly, I struggle making my weekly installations! I want to say that the prompts definitely helped.

Another good and kind of bad/sad thing is that several of my pens have been given good use to the point of fraying and running dry! Yay? Guess who has to hit up the art shops again. Damn.

I hope you followed along on my Twitter and Instagram! There were tons of great Inktober drawings that make me eternally jealous. But I am very happy with what I accomplished. I’m quite proud of my silly comic that I may even post them on Webtoons or Tapastic so it’s easier to read.

Until then, take a look at my Instagram to check out all of my Inktober comics!

How did you do this year?

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The Spongy Apple

I mentioned earlier that I was rethinking my creative goals this year – either to learn a new skill, improve what I already know, or contemplate on that gas station salad I dared myself to eat.

Well, if you’ve been following along on Instagram or Twitter, I’ve recently been posting a weekly comic. Yay! Great!

What’s not so great, in my mind – is that they’re scattered all over the place. So after sort of asking around (aka got two replies), I decided to compile them on Line Wetbtoons! Yay! I know many of you have been scouring the deep crevices of the interwebs to find them all…now you’re in luck.

If you’ve been following the short comics – maybe you’ve noticed some minor improvements – namely the font. I so wished I asked about fonts earlier.

Yikes.

I’ve even gone around to giving the comic a name, since…I think I had to when uploading to Webtoons.

Presenting – The Spongy Apple!

The meaning is much deeper than this.

It’s still a learning process for me. Hell, I’m STILL learning all the ways of Clip Studio Paint (which I highly recommend for folks looking for a low-cost, but very robust art app).

But what I’m liking about a page like Webtoons is knowing people really are looking at it. Pretty encouraging!

I’ve still got a ways to go…much to learn. But it’s definitely something I’ve always wanted to do and, whether it’s daily or weekly – sharing something that I create regularly feels quite fulfilling.

Anyhow – if you visit my comic on Webtoons – please subscribe! And if they make you laugh, I could sure use a pick-me-up!

 

Comics n’ Coffee

A few weeks ago, I was thinking about my next steps in my creative journey: Do I want to try a new skill like game development or do I want to improve what skills I’ve already learned? Because my mind can never sit still for a few minutes and I can be easily inspired when I see some sort of creative tool – I thought I could do BOTH.

Welp, let’s just say I got as far as jotting down as many notes for a visual novel idea. That’s currently on ice.

So I went back to something I haven’t done regularly in a while…post a comic! As is my habit, I scribble messy little comics for my own personal amusement, never to be seen by anyone else but me.

Convincing myself to just not care if they’re not perfect, I finally decided to polish these up and share them. Not too long ago, I posted the first comic! So far, I’ve been doing good on the weekly part.

Um, this is in no way…uh, ripping off of Empire Strikes Back or anything.

These comics not only feature my take on Snow White, but I get a little help with the stories using Rory’s Story Cubes. I praise these so much, seriously! I highly recommend them for anyone – particularly artists who need help getting out of those pesky blocks.

Snake eyes!

I post these weekly – catch them on my Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook! I’m everywhere!

Oh, and if you enjoy my doodles and crafts, I would love a coffee!

You smile, we all smile!

Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

 

ROGUE. Scarif’s where you find it.

My creative objectives have been been going…at a sloth’s pace.

But it’s going!

There was NO WAY I wasn’t going to be drawing some Rogue One fan art after seeing it several times since its opening night. And, I admit, I came in with neutral expectations. What with my social media feeds, obviously I…thought it was OK.

I mean…

Oh who am I kidding! Leading up to opening night I was already drawing Jyn Erso – and even more so after watching the movie.

Tip to the officers on Scarif- disable that "guest" network. You're welcome.

Tip to the officers on Scarif- disable that “guest” network. You’re welcome.

This year is also the year I break into this shmancy little leather-bound sketchbook. Told myself I’m going to fill it up…because…what else am I going to do with it? Get in there, Chirrut. Even if you were colored with bargain markers (I was warned that shmancy paper is an ink-sucker).

Are you kidding?! I'm colored with cheap markers!

Are you kidding?! I’m colored with cheap markers!

But, oh, do the better ones look oh-so-good.

It's not a problem if your makers don't dry up.

It’s not a problem if your makers don’t dry up.

Since we’re using supplies I haven’t used or used much, I’ve pulled out the watercolors.

Make 24 colors feel like 100.

Make 24 colors feel like 100.

What were the chances that I’d draw any other droid that isn’t BB-8?!

It's high.

It’s high.

There was no way I was going to pass up getting in on the ROUGUE ONE gags.

Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's stolen from Scarif.

Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s stolen from Scarif.

If you couldn’t tell already – Jyn Erso seriously took over my Star Wars drawing obsession. Sorry Kylo. Haha, just kidding.

High fashion or the battlefield...

The Last Jedi…picked for softball.

Want to see me be one with the Force? Come on by my Instagram and Twitter!

What’s the Story, Rory?

Rory’s Story Cubes, you can be my wing man any time.

Come on, snake eyes....

Come on, snake eyes….

Some time ago, I saw these cubes at a shop, thought they were cute and went on my way.  Probably about a year later (a few weeks ago, actually), I caught someone on Instagram using these things to draw a cute comic (sadly, that Instagram account is now gone).

A short time later I’ve acquired a few of these – a base kit and an Enchanted kit (dwarves, faeries, magic, c’mon). I mainly wanted to use these to mix up the group activities for the art meetup I frequent. But also – to make stupid comics at home. Behold…

Didn't I mention that I wanted to incorporate as much Arrested Development into my daily life as possible?

Didn’t I mention that I wanted to incorporate as much Arrested Development into my daily life as possible?

The awesome thing about these Story Cubes is that there is really no wrong way to use them. Going off of what I saw on Instagram, I roll three cubes and try to draw some sort of scenario that includes some aspect of those images.

“H-heh…yeah my wings are kinda small for my age.”

Drawing prompts are great – no doubt, though, sometimes little pictures can be a big help! And the cubes are just cute.

Next episode sees Melkor enrolling toddler Sauron into pre-school for dark lords.

Next episode sees Melkor enrolling toddler Sauron into pre-school for dark lords.

I’m seriously really excited for the next Hourly Comics Day – these cubes are going to be a huge help, if not just generally fun!

Great...and parking's gonna cost them.

Great…and parking’s gonna cost them.

I mostly post these on my Twitter since it can be a little too spammy for Instagram. If you’re still feeling blocked even with prompts, I seriously suggest giving these a try sometime!

Wrath of What? On Patreon?

I’m living the dream, finally!

Or, rather, I’ve taken one of many steps in trying to live the dream…finally.

I’m talking about…my Patreon page!

All you need is smiles and dorky doodles!

All you need is smiles and dorky doodles!

Yup! I just launched it this week after seeing a few of my friends set up theirs. Like a lot of artists out there – I’d love to make a bit of money off my work.

Of course, I don’t expect to be making enough to even buy a 12 pack of Copics any time soon, but knowing that I tried makes me feel accomplished enough :D.

So how does this Patreon thing work? Unlike Kickstarter where supporters pledge an amount and call it a day – patrons for an artist pledge an amount to pay monthly. In my case, monthly support would help fund some new supplies as well as make stickers and prints!

Take a look at the perks for each amount and see if you fancy any of them. Remember – the pledge amount is what the patron will pay each month!

Hope you’ll stop by to take a look. I’ll be eternally grateful for any support!

Oh yes – shout-out to my friend Alec who helped make this cool banner. If you’re all about superhero comics, he’s the artist to check out. He does trades and commissions, I hear! So go take a look at his amazing work!

 

Girls! Girls! GIRLS!

Princess Girls! Ghostbusting Girls! And…work in progress…girls.

Time for another round up on my Daily doodleages, folks.

Dailies have been good – good as in, I’m keeping up. BUT…I will admit last week had a bit of a lull thanks to a few distractions.

I love drawing my re-imagining of Snow White. She’s goofy, funny, and loves a greasy bucket of fried chicken now and then, especially when it’s after making out with a pretend boyfriend. I won’t lie that I’ll piggyback onto some trends – but only if they matter to me and I can make something funny or cute out of it.

Like – International Kissing Day:

Everyone just thought she drools a lot when she sleeps...ewww.

Everyone just thought she drools a lot when she sleeps…ewww.

National Fried Chicken Day (which followed right after the pillow make out because it was on the same day)

Heck yeah she got sides with that bucket.

Heck yeah she got sides with that bucket.

 

I’m a huge fan of Ghostbusters and, I’m not gonna lie – I’m pretty excited for the new all-ladies movie that’s coming out next year! After the reveal of the new proton packs and uniforms, I drew a genderbent version of The Real Ghosbusters Winston Zeddemore. Did I mention I love drawing genderbent versions of favorite fandoms?

"Is that a big Twinkie in your pocket or are you just...oh, it was a Twinkie."

“Is that a big Twinkie in your pocket or are you just…oh, it was a Twinkie.”

One of the things I’m so nervous about coloring darker skinned characters is, generally, messing up. One of the issues I seem to have are the darker skin toned markers I have leave streaks. I hoped her skin would look streak-less. I should water color her next time…or just get a new marker.

This gal has not only been a big distraction for me – as in…I can’t stop playing Mass Effect (I’m a late bloomer in the series) but she’s kind of giving me grief in the drawing department. Maybe it’s not so much grief as it’s more of me being nervous about not doing any kind of justice to her armor.

FemShep was almost Lynn Minmay.

FemShep was almost Lynn Minmay.

Tighten up that armor.

Tighten up that armor.

FemShep, can I be you when I grow up? But without being crapped on by snotty politics. Waitaminute...

FemShep, can I be you when I grow up? But without being crapped on by snotty politics. Waitaminute…

As of now…she hasn’t been colored past her face. But – keep tabs on my Instagram or Twitter for updates!