Old Art Ahoy!

Still mucking about with old files. My God was I disorganized (ha!  I said was.)  One of the files I came across bears the label “Mine”, as in my stuff.  Yet it has images captured for a never realized The Fog review, which clearly is not mine.

Young Cullen.  What a rebel.

Anyway, I stumbled over some old art, and thought, as they were decent enough, I’d share.
creature

This sketch is “Creature”.  The date on it marks it a 2006 attempt.  Kinda cute little fellow, really.  Has a Dark Crystal vibe to him.  I think I put it on the computer via the high tech method of using my cell phone.  Those were the days.

demosquirrel

This, shockingly enough. is “Demosquirrel”.  This might be a 2011 effort, and thus maybe even actually scanned into the computer.  How novel.  I’m certain he’s not plotting anything… demonic or anything.

discussion

Last but not least is this fine effort, “Discussion.”  No idea who any of these characters are, but they seem to be talking about something, doesn’t it?  This one’s labeled 2008 and was no doubt “inked” on Jasc.  Though Manga Pro might be a possibility with that back drop.  Wish I could remember if I did that “by hand” or not.

General Sketches

just a few images with a few notes. For the record, Mom indeed got out today.

General Girl sketch
General Girl sketch

Pencil sketch. No character in mind. Didn’t scan very well. Oh well.

General Girl Sketch
General Girl Sketch

Inked sketch. No character in mind. Though for some reason I like drawing characters with partially obscured faces.

Bugs
Bugs

Cartoon Bugs. I really kinda like these guys

The Best Way To Make Me Do Something is For Me To Say I Won’t Do It; or, Oh God He’s Talking About RPG Maker Again, Isn’t He?

I haven’t worked on my game for two days because I’ve been too busy working on my game.

I know I said I wouldn’t talk about the game again, but technically I’m only grazing the issue.  What I want to talk about is perfectionism in a man who is known for half-assed-good-enough work if he’s known for anything at all.

Here’s the RPG Maker part of things:  I wanted to add my art to the game.  I’m not satisfied with some of the character art and wanted to add my own.  I didn’t want to go completely nutso and do art for the thing, mainly because I don’t think my arts that good.  But I thought I was good enough to fake it.  Good enough to imitate the original artist’s style so I could mix my original stuff in.

So I draw this picture and, to quote my Twitter:


Sometimes I think I can’t draw worth a damn. Then others, like today, where I say HOT DAMN!


I draw it, I color it, I shade it as best I can, and it’s good.  It’s damn good.  It’s over to the right so you can see for your self.  It works.

Except it isn’t at all like any of the art in the game.  It sticks out like a sore digit that puts us over cows and snakes.

So last night I drew a second picture.  Today I worked to ink it via Manga Studio.  I get six versions of it finished (so the character can express herself better in the dialogue boxes).  I start coloring…

And the ink lines are too thick.  It doesn’t look like the art in the game.

Do you know how frustrating it is, batting a thousand and have none of it matter?

You’d think I’d be used to it with this blog (badum CHING!)

I’m starting my third try now.  I’m certain that this time I’ll nail it, but frankly that’s my weekend in a bow for you right there.

Now that I’ve vented, I hopefully can talk about something else.  Failing anything else, I give you my solemn guarantee that March 21 will have at least some RPG Maker free content.  Though probably not GOOD content, judging past March 21 posts…

Fan Art: Dungeons & Dragons’ The Flumph

I honestly thought it was something Rich Burlew made up for Order of the Stick, but there really is a monster that looks like this:

Flumph, drawn in Rich Burlew's style
Image via Wikipedia

It’s called a Flumph.  In all my years with Dungeons & Dragons in my life, I had never, ever heard of it before.  So of course I had to draw it.

Behold:

I love that thing.  My world is better knowing of its existence.

Of course, as with all great discoveries, it comes with a price.  I used Word Press’s little picture find to get the actual picture, and it came up with this:

Lamia Dungeons & Dragons
Image via Wikipedia

And this:

Succubus (Dungeons & Dragons)
Image via Wikipedia

To think, I was drawing a Flumph when I could have been failing drawing that.

My life sucks.

Welltun Cares Presents: Found!

Lost, Found
"Hey Captain Ahab! I found your harpoon!"

This one first had the title Saved October 10, 2006, so it’s at least that old.  I probably should have cleaned it up a bit (I think this was a photograph and not a proper scan.)  However, that seemed more effort than it’s worth at this point.

I love the whale, even though I doubt it’s correct.  I also love the little dialogue that came with it.  That (more or less) comprises the given caption.  Originally, of course, the dialogue sat beside the image in my childish scrawl.  I’ve deleted that bit to protect the eyes of the sensitive.

No need to thank me.

Entering a Title Here #1369

One of these days WordPress is going to find a theme I can’t do without. Then maybe I’ll stop changing themes all the…

Wait, is this thing on?

Oh hey there.  Thought I’d give all two of you a heads up on what next week has in store for you.  Assuming you are the types who routinely follow my mad, futile efforts to make myself known on the net, that is.

Tuesday will see another update on the web comic. While I missed the past two updates, this one has its inks and colors done and now awaits  the cold caress of FTP.

The sad thing about all of this is that at one point I had nine pages drawn and waiting “inking”.  Then my style shifted and I’m forced to redraw what I had.  As my talent hadn’t caught up with my ambitions the previous style, this has resulted in… shall we say, frustration?

Anyways, I hope this puts me back on track.  But no guarantees.

Hopefully before the weekend is out, I’ll have another review up and running.  Which means y’all get two reviews again this month.  How I spoil you all.

I’m a little nervous, though.  This is a Godzilla review, and the last time I posted one of those, there was a major earthquake in Japan…

Comic Still Alive and Kicking

We continue on to page 2 of our tale.  Pacing seems better than previous attempts.  While it took entirely too long to finish, I’m learning a pace.  The hope, as always, is to a.) get a buffer and b.) post at least twice a week, if not three times.  Not shading things helps… but it also hurts, as any one can see.

I’ve also pulled the previous story, “The Tower of Seph-Hathi” from the archives.  While I intend to have the story up and finished, I don’t like having an incomplete work there.  Besides, it’s now Story 4 or 5 in the sequence.

And that’s all I got.