Black Red, the story of a girl who falls the wrong way when they fell from their quest for the Golden Star, was a lot about my feelings towards the end of my University course. I felt like I hadn’t done enough but also that when I made effort it wasn’t given the time of day. We were the first course of Illustration for Graphic Novels; the trial run. We didn’t have a room so sometimes the lecturers didn’t even realise I had come in and just found somewhere in the Uni to work. When we were given a room we were crammed in one in our final year with the children’s illustration students. Not that it was too much bother but by that point I was starting to feel totally done. Second year I was making some effort in making interesting sketch books but then my Lecturer goes and says to make my review/explinantion for each project only a paragraph long. Art is so subjective that writing about art is one good way to let others understand what you were going for even if it doesn’t end up being in an style etc that they can appreciate. So my sketchbooks 3rd year were rather lack luster. I mostly just did sketches upon sketchs of characters and just shoved them into binders. I also was doing a lot of digital work. Now they wanted a fair bit printed off but I was link ‘no this uni wastes enough damn paper!’ and it did no f-ing recyling on site… At a god damn art Uni. So much paper in the bin. Why should I print off more stuff just to have to chuck it. No if they gave a damn they could look at it on a disk or on my website. I felt rather let down by the end of it all for various reasons and I do blame myself partly for maybe spending too much time with things outside of my Uni-projects.
Of course I graduated okay with a 2:2 though most my points were from my dissertation which was about why we write about art. Anyway back to Black Red. I started it as a way to vent then kinda stopped either distracted or with not even enough motivation to work on it. I tried to pick it up again in 2013 but that also didn’t last long – other things on I suppose. Anyway been thinking back on those feelings – that have never fully gone away – that sense of lost time and feeling unable to achieve things. Doing that I’ve decided to finish Black Red. Perhaps in a slightly different way than I originally intended but the core ideas will still be there. This time I’m going to just rough out each page, ink them and post them all at once. Next time I update on Black Red it should be because it is finished. Maybe it will help me move on with my feelings.
Also just letting people know Patreons will be getting a special PDF version with extra character art and stuff not going to be posted elsewhere – outside of a physical release.
So Sunny Con is over now. It was a hot weekend. O_O much melting was done and now in the spirit of said hell heat I have burnt the entrees to my Commission prize draw. The winners have been contacted and they’re entrees will be burnt soon but for now enjoy this video of flames consuming the other entrees. Of course no names etc are shown just a good old pile of paper rolls and a flaming cauldron: https://youtu.be/VFt6xeuT58I
So yeah I bit the bullet and got one. I’m a bit slow on the curve but hoping to get use to the platform. At least with my tablet I can upload stuff okay. All I gotta do is send over my art from my pc via bluetooth to my tablet and then from the tablet post the picks. Wish me luck.
With Sunny Con coming up I want to get an idea of how many of each of my new Kingdom Hearts themed prints to get printed. You can help me decide by participating in a vote. Below are the 5 sample images of the KH prints. Vote for the one you feel will be most popular. At the end of the vote those who voted for the print with the most votes will be put into a prize draw and a winner will be randomy selected. That winner will get a KH print of their choice sent to them for free!
How to vote: Fill in the form below.
Note: If you win you will be contacted by email and asked to supply an address for the print to be sent to you. Prints are 6by4 inches and you can only choose from the selection above. Finished prints do not have red lines, red text or the large dragon watermark.
Unless you have read the comments on my most recent uploaded piece to DA, you may not know that I was very sick with the flu a few weeks ago. Well after getting over that I was a little sluggish getting back into things and then I got really busy with irl things. My friend with her baby came up from where she currently lives down South and we got to meet the little babbie for the first time. It was also said friend’s birthday around that same time. So she turned 30 then my other friend turned 30 and I went with her on a shopping trip on the day itself, but we also went to the cinema with others a few days before that. Not to mention between all those birthday things my sister suddenly takes me to Paris to see Mike Shinoda’s post traumatic tour – which was great even though it made me sad at the same time. I am starting to cry just thinking about it now.
Anyway I did hurt my feet quite a bit with all the walking. I am going to contact a doctor about finding out if there is anything I can do to help prevent me getting extremely painful feet when spending a lot of time walking or standing. Now I know roughly what some general causes could be and that I certainly may have caused some bad shit to happen to my feet when I was in Japan and Australia last year – it was a really long trip with lots and lots of walking – so maybe that has set something off. I have always had a bit of a problem with walking a lot – legs get tired on shopping trips or my shoes rub and make blisters because I walk funny or the shoes are too new – but I think when I went on that trip I just did so much I may have really damaged something I don’t really recall ever having the sort of pain I experienced then and then other times after that trip, before that time. Anyway I want to get to the bottom of it because I’m not much fun to be around when I’m grumpy from intense pain. I’m sure others get the intest stabby burny sort of pain I am on about and just suck it up and keep smiling but yeah I naturally grump because I find it very hard to distract myself from pain.
So that is what is happening on my me sort of thing. I should add that I am still doing Archery. I took up Fencing late last year and am continuing with it – I do foil for those people who know what I mean. Also still taking yoga class on and off.
Now for art project wise. Well my to do list is below but here is a general run down of the order of some of my plans. I have an almost finished fan fic that got delayed just to trouble with a chapter I was hoping to get done faster and then me falling ill. That fan fic is priority as it is only a chapter and a half left of it to write. Then it is finishing off my thumbnails for FoB. I will be uploading the ‘hyroglyphics’ I call thumbnails. If you manage to work out what the hell is going on for the rest of the plot with them then good on you – XD I’m not even sure I can keep it all straight some times. They are mostly so I have a full plan for the rest of the pacing and know how many pages I need to have done.
Then I really have to sort my Patreon. Their will be at least 3 tiers. A low one for people just to support, see some extra rough art and get comic pages in advance. A higher one which will offer the download of pdf version of comics that are usually only avaible hard copy only – and new pages of said comics, roughs on them etc; so CheckMate and Morbid Morpheus count in this catigory. Then one that is high enough to be limited and the people recieve commissions each month. Of course patreons will get thank yous on thank you pages in up and coming things and be auto entered into prize draws. At least that is the plan. Sorting tiers is hard for me. I have a lot of trouble pricing myself in general. Even if I good at giving pricing advice to others I still have weird hang ups that mess mine up sometimes.
While I chat to a few people 1 to 1 with my discord if anyone wants to join this little group for general chit chat or to ask questions about projects or get to know others who also enjoy my art then here is an invite. You can also post your own stuff to the general chitchat areas (NSFW stuff stays in the NSFW areas and people underage should not go to those areas): discord.gg/8rXbgDB
Here is a run down of the top 10 things I want to be working on (in no particular order)
Finish the rough page layouts for the rest of the Hetalia fan comic Fountain of Blood will be readable on Deviant art but may move it to other places.
Work on other fanfics AO3
Complete xmas Ravus x Ignis fic to be on AO3 (delayed to next Xmas – I got ill so had no time)
Work on some WIPs – the next version of the dismembered Rune piece is highest on the list.
Work on style for the revamp of original comic Stake Your Claim (the revamped comic headed to start in 2019) – will be readable on Smackjeeves and Pixiv (because tumblr is a poop and hates on NSFW now)
Love is in the air and its time for Valentines commissions seeing as the special date is fast approaching. Here are the special Valentines options for commssion. They can be ordered through my Commission’s page (where you can also find more information about these commssions) or by PMing me the relevant information. Remember to read the Ts&Cs.