And so comes the end of another month. Mostly planing, and learning. Just like last month. Hopefully, Next month I can actually start showing some progress.
Oh, and here is the completed cover page, all little bits fixed.
I’ll have to figure out a good way to host the comic too, as this website, at the time of writing this, doesn’t have anything like that. I’m not quite good enough at using WordPress for anything super fancy either. IDEALLY, I’d like to have a dedicated section on the site to host every page and have drop down menus and all that fun jazz.
The castle is building higher and higher.
May 1st, 2017
And so starts the month of May, where it’s most likely going to be rain 24/7.
During this month, I hope to finalize more of the “Old as Ice” comic, but over the weekend I had a bunch of really good ideas that I wanted to put into the story. The only problem is, I don’t actually know how to organize all these ideas. I have them written down, but I feel like I’m suddenly working with a lot of variables. We’ll see. I wish I could show what I have done for the comic already, but people would rather just see the final product, and I don’t want to spoil anything either. What I can say though, is that I’m trying to hurt my characters more. I have a very basic understanding of what my characters want, but I don’t have too much in the ways of hindering their progress, or something like that. I wonder though, this comic project was originally supposed to be just an art thing, not so much a story thing. What changed?
I’ve also sarted redoing the old Ashe drawing I did last year. There’s a lot of things I’m “updating” to it, such as a more interesting pose, better background, better lines, better proportions, more flow, but probably not better colors, heh. Already with just the sketching phase, it feels like it’s a much better drawing. I’m actually not quite sure how I’ll approach the making of the background, as it’s not just 100% ice crystals, but whatever. We’ll see.
I’ve also started streaming in earnest. I mean, I might as well, not like anyone watches me anyways, hahaha.
May 8th, 2017
Haven’t been posting recently, because there hasn’t been anything worth posting about really. Just the general planning and organizing stuff. But, to prove I am actually getting stuff done, here’s what I have on the Ashe redrawing, and a quick shot of why my comic folders. It’s all just thumbnails like I’ve said, but at least I’m getting more pages made. I plan to just have them inked, and maybe give them flat colors with simple backgrounds (depending on the panel of course). Nothing too fancy.
As far as the Ashe drawing goes, I actually got lost as to what I should do with refining the color. At the moment, I’m just experimenting. It might not actually come out how I want it, and that will be a bit sad, but it is already far better than last year’s Ashe drawing.
And why Ashe? Iunno.
May 12th, 2017
Honestly, I’ve actually been struggling with what I should be focusing on for the past week or so. On the one hand I want to focus on the comic, on the other hand I want to get better at coloring. The entire point of doing a comic was so that I could get better at doing art stuff in general. “Make a character do this specific thing” and also to explore certain designing aspects and ideas, were the real main goals of making it. But, it seems like everytime I return to the thumbnails that I have, I slightly edit or change the ones I have, or insert pages inbetween others. Everytime I do, I feel like the flow and overall feel of the comic gets that much better. Like I said before, originally the comic was just for art stuff, but now I’m actually caring about the structure and story of the comic too. If I were to put it in simple terms, I actually want this to be a good comic. Not quite sure what that means though. I’m not sure what a finished page will look like. Is it just inked, is it with flat colors or with a bit of cel-shading, or is it fully rendered color? I really have no idea.
Pretty much up until now, I’ve been the decider as to what I feel I should work on next. It’s been pretty hard to do, since I don’t get that ‘other person perspective’ almost ever.
*Thinking as I write this up* I think I might change it up a bit, as far as “style” goes. I think for the first few pages I’ll have as JUST inked, then I’ll try flats / cel-shading. I don’t think I’ll try full rendered coloring just yet, that’s some real advanced stuff. Ideally I’d update a page every M W F too (I feel like I’ve said that before, hmm).
Well, enough about the comics, I’m going to be putting the Ashe drawing to the side for a bit, as I just do not know what I’m doing with it. It just feels like there’s so many variables to work with in that, and the fact that the character is inked and flatted, but the background is not. Yeah, I just don’t know what direction I’m trying for it anymore. So, instead of Ashe, I’ll be trying out Tristana! A little yordle girl from League of Legends. this one has more of a focus on the character, versus the action of the background. It’s very messy at the moment, but I hope as I go further in the drawing it will be cleaner. I kept changing how I was sketching her, which is why some bits might seem a little off, or pixelated, or whatever. Hard to explain. I’m drawing this piece side-by-side this video (kind of). Seriously, this guy is great.
I’m going to throw in all the Ashe pics, and the current Tristana pics. just because. Also a quickie-fun Luvex drawing. I might as well draw her a lot, she’s the main character of the comic after all.
May 19th, 2017
More time spent on thumbnailing, coloring, etc etc etc.
Found a new brush to work with while drawing the Sleeping Tristana piece though. it’s really easy to work with, and I might use it more often in the future. I like the kind of grainy feel it has. I know I’ll come back to this piece in the future, because although I’m pretty happy with it, I’m not completely happy with it. I know, contradictory, but whatever.
As of writing this, I’m at 28 pages of comic thumbnailed, with general bits of dialog in place as well. I’d still like to get to this “break point” I have in mind before inking all the pages though. I also still have to figure out exactly HOW I’m going to ink them too. Right now I’m sort of flip-flopping between just black and white or throwing in flat colors along with the inked lines. The reason why I’m doing this kind of lengthy production process is because I’d actually like to keep this sort of thing going, whether it be working on this one comic, or working on different ones in the future. Since I know next to nothing about comic making, there’s obviously going to be some growing pains.
May 22nd, 2017
Catching onto this “Mermay” thing a little late, but who’s really keeping track? I actually started off doodling a lot of little things, then it kind of sprouted into… Whatever it is now. I learned from the KNKL series about “battling the blank canvas” and instead of trying to make a good, detailed drawing, you should instead draw very small motifs. When I say motif, I mean you’re mostly working on the shape or the silhouette. At first, I was just drawing random shapes and creatures, which was actually quite fun. When I remembered about the “Mermay” thing though, I switched gears to drawing a bunch of small mermaids, which changed into making it a fully colored picture.
I should figure out print sizes.
May 24th, 2017
Not much to say. Finished the Deepsea Mermaid drawing/painting. I guess it turned out how I wanted it too, but the overall look of it isn’t quite right. Oh well, onto comic stuff.
May 29th, 2017
I’ve finished the cover page of my comic, “Old as Ice,” or at least, I’ve hit a point of “alright, I don’t want to ruin it, so let’s stop here.” Though, as I was working on it, I started thinking if it would be better to call it “As Old as Ice,” but using ‘as’ twice felt a little weird to me, as well as making the title into an incomplete sentence. Finishing the page didn’t actually take all that long, but then again there aren’t that many details in the page intself, vs a regular comic page. Based off of this page though, I think I will try to, at the very least, give my pages some flat colors and basic lighting. I THINK. Not sure yet, since I haven’t actually *finished* a comic page. I’ll share the page here, but for regular posting as such, I’ll be posting comic pages in the “comics” tab up there at the top of the page.
Now I just need to “do the comic.” Think about the story along with plot items and characters, plan for more pages through thumbnailing, finish the thumbnailed pages with ink and colors, and finally post finished pages here on the website.
Made a new category for comics too.
Edit/P.S.: I know I said I might ruin it if I go any furthur, but I might actually go back and change a few things, like the look of the title.