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Sprite
02-08-2011, 08:15 PM
I'm currently trying to redesign one of my old comic characters so she looks black without cheating with skin tones or turning her into a horrible caricature. Kind of difficult, actually. Racially distinct cartoon characters are tricky.

When I grow up I want to be Alison Bechdel:
http://img560.imageshack.us/img560/2720/3234217088dfba80a80a.jpg

Karzac
02-08-2011, 08:16 PM
That does a pretty good job, I think. And it does look a lot like Bechdel's stuff.

Sprite
02-08-2011, 09:43 PM
It is Bechdel's stuff.

Karzac
02-08-2011, 09:44 PM
It is Bechdel's stuff.

Oh! I was confused! I thought that was an example of your work. Nevermind then, you can ignore me.

Alex Scott
02-09-2011, 08:14 AM
I'm getting close to the end of the current draft of my novel. I had to rewrite virtually the entire middle, but everything else mostly required medium revision. I think I'm on track to finish this by my birthday next week, and begin a more focused revision soon after that.

Sprite
02-09-2011, 09:22 AM
First novel?

Alex Scott
02-09-2011, 10:20 AM
Very much so. I also need to send out some short stories; there are some I meant to back in December, two that got rejected, and one that's still pending. It's time I got published, dangit.

Kirin
02-09-2011, 11:57 AM
My wife has been in revision hell with her first novel for months now. I can't say I envy that part of the process. She got a short story published in the meantime, though! I'm proud of her. Though I do hope she can get the novel to a point where she's happy enough to submit it before she gets utterly, completely sick of it. I hear this is often a problem with novels.

Alex Scott
02-09-2011, 12:35 PM
Yeah. I wrote a big blog post (http://keromaru.blogspot.com/2010/11/slicing-and-dicing.html) a few months ago about editing and the general approach I've been trying to follow ever since. I think I'll skim through The Artful Edit again after this draft is done.

Merus
02-14-2011, 08:02 AM
I'm trying to relearn how to draw eyes. The lazy way I do it has character:

http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q383/Merusdraconis/eyescream1.gif

but it's got to go. It's very prone to not looking symmetrical, it's not very expressive (is this a sad eye or is it angry about something down?) and it looks weird at angles that aren't straight on or 3/4.

http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q383/Merusdraconis/eyescream2.gif

Unfortunately, most of my attempts to do something a little more robust either don't have any character (doing circles or two curved lines that join up on either end of the eyeball) or don't really fix the problem.

http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q383/Merusdraconis/eyescream3.gif

I figure my biggest problem is getting some variation in the upper eyelid so I can raise or lower it as required, but the fact that it isn't working suggests that I might have misdiagnosed the problem.


http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q383/Merusdraconis/eyescream4.gif

Traumadore
02-14-2011, 10:56 AM
Hey Merus, I usually consider myself to be "carving" out the eyes (or forms in general" from the white surface. So (1) I start with really general lines, usually two curves that don't connect. This locates the eye, but you're not really committed to anything yet, and you can change the angles or distances without having to do a lot of extra work.

(2) I add in creases above and below the eye. Different people have it to different degrees, but this helps give some indication that there is indeed a sphere in there. I'll connect the top and bottom curves with little half circles, and decide how prominent the corners of the eye are going to be for this person. I added value to show the iris and pupil without sweating roundness, they just have to be roughly the same size dark circles.

(3)I lovered the top lid and dilated the pupil a little since the previous eyes looed surprised, after step 2 you can start getting the feeling of the expression while still being able to change it with minimal effort. I added hashes to give the top and bottom lids more dimensionality, and solid value to the irises.

(4) The eye was pretty much fully defined, so I just added some more value to the surrounding area to suggest its relationship with the rest of the face, and some reflected lights to suggest a relationship with the surroundings.

The nice thing about eyes is that there is such variety in life that it's easy to come up with something that looks plausible, especially since most people's eyes are asymmetrical. I hope this help you or someone. It was a nice warm up.

http://i544.photobucket.com/albums/hh327/Traumadore/eyething.jpg

Loki
02-15-2011, 01:46 AM
Merus, your problem made me think of this (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_wLFaaH-nXQE/S1juypM44GI/AAAAAAAAA3k/J3OEcUolY5k/s1600-h/eyes_XAV.gif). Maybe it'll help?

Merus
02-17-2011, 07:59 AM
Merus, your problem made me think of this (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_wLFaaH-nXQE/S1juypM44GI/AAAAAAAAA3k/J3OEcUolY5k/s1600-h/eyes_XAV.gif). Maybe it'll help?
Thought I'd check in: this actually did help quite a bit, in that it gave me a few avenues to try fiddling with the shapes. I'm getting to a point where I like the look but I can play with the lines to make expressions clearer, but I'm going to bust out an expression book to get it a little more robust.

I like the way big pupils looks, but I also really like drawing irises. I'm going to play around with that - one thought is that I might just do irises when I colour, and give the pupil a textured edge that suggests the iris. I'm going to try it out to see if it looks dumb, and if not, might keep that.

SpoonyBardOL
02-23-2011, 02:07 PM
I doodled this for the BGMF Thunderdome Remix II thread and I feel pretty cool about it.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i111/SpoonyBardOL/ShantaeScrooge.png

mopinks
03-02-2011, 03:14 PM
we painted and installed some tiny little bow-shaped shelves so my girlfriend could put some ponies on them!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v73/ranchuu/tumblr_lhg859Q2E41qbr17xo1_500.jpg
it ain't easy bein' this gangsta :cool:

Kate or Die!
03-02-2011, 04:43 PM
BOW SHELVES WHERE GET THEM? WANT

Guy
03-02-2011, 05:32 PM
I can't wait to tell you guys about my possible webcomic because one of my friends and I accidentally came up with the best title for it. Even if the comic itself sucks, I will forever be proud of the title.

Lady
03-02-2011, 08:29 PM
neeeeeeeed mooooooore muuuuuucha postersssssssssssssssssss

I knew I recognized her, though! She's summer! (http://www.abcgallery.com/M/mucha/mucha20.html)

Dizzy
03-04-2011, 11:30 AM
If you guys are looking for a blog that updates with a lot crazy, freaky, awesome stuff check out 50 Watts (http://50watts.com/) (formerly known as A Journey Round My Skull). Has to be one the better channels of the crazy stuff I used to catch on Jahsonic (http://www.jahsonic.com/), only with less extensive culture stuff.

Samples:

Harry Clarke (http://50watts.com/#1125163/Harry-Clarke-Illustrations-for-E-A-Poe)
Erin Blumenfield (http://50watts.com/#1104680/Erwin-Blumenfeld-s-Frozen-Emulsion)
Phil Kirkland (http://50watts.com/#1104784/Phil-Kirkland-for-CRM)

MetManMas
03-07-2011, 05:31 PM
We got a brand new Wacom Bamboo tablet today! It's a bit...different than we expected it to be,* but this baby's gonna be fun to draw digital art with once we get accustomed to using it.

*Keep in mind this is our first tablet. I was thinking it'd be less like a pen that works like a mouse, and more like a DS touchscreen. Oh well, it'll be fun to learn.

Lady
03-07-2011, 11:18 PM
It is pretty confusing, especially since you can't adjust the orientation of the device (in my lap, for me typically) without taking in account the angle of your "paper" effectively changing, but the screen doesn't reflect that! so you have to do it allll mentally

Traumadore
03-08-2011, 11:07 AM
*Keep in mind this is our first tablet. I was thinking it'd be less like a pen that works like a mouse, and more like a DS touchscreen. Oh well, it'll be fun to learn.

Yeah, they only make ones with screens in them for $1K or $2k. Which is just silly considering they're only I/O devices and you could get an entire touchscreen tablet PC for like half the price and hook it up with wacom drivers.

Anyway, it may superficially work like a mouse, but you should be able to adjust the brushes in whatever you're using to so that it also controls angle, diameter, opacity, pretty much anything, all using the angle and pressure information from the stylus. If you don't have software that has these brush options then get some. Otherwise yes, it is a pen that works like a mouse.

Merus
03-09-2011, 06:15 AM
The killer feature for tablets is pressure sensitivity. You can do mouse painting, with care, but pressure gives it the life that frequently doesn't come through from the mouse-drawn stuff.

MetManMas
03-09-2011, 12:21 PM
It sounds like I've still got a lot to learn about tablets. But hey, I found an online tutorial about how to make it work with GiMP* after a quick Google search, so I'll try that out when I get the chance. It's got more options than MS Paint does, and I'd like to learn how to use 'em.

*Which I'd link to here if I wasn't using a candy bar controlled browser with no copy/paste function right now.

BEAT
03-09-2011, 12:24 PM
So in the near future I'll be writing regularity for two of my friends websites.

That's pretty neat.

bobbywatson
03-09-2011, 06:49 PM
It sounds like I've still got a lot to learn about tablets. But hey, I found an online tutorial about how to make it work with GiMP* after a quick Google search, so I'll try that out when I get the chance. It's got more options than MS Paint does, and I'd like to learn how to use 'em.

*Which I'd link to here if I wasn't using a candy bar controlled browser with no copy/paste function right now.

I've been able to use a graphic tablet with GIMP in the past. It worked flawlessly on the Mac, but I've always had issues in Windows (mostly with the offset: I would click on the drawing and the line would appear somewhere else. Quite annoying.) I can't remember if I have tried Linux or not.

Traumadore
03-10-2011, 09:33 AM
I've been able to use a graphic tablet with GIMP in the past. It worked flawlessly on the Mac, but I've always had issues in Windows (mostly with the offset: I would click on the drawing and the line would appear somewhere else. Quite annoying.) I can't remember if I have tried Linux or not.

That's pretty inexplicable.

Oh wait, no it's not. Windows has it's own (crappy)graphics tablet process which engages automatically that can drop your performance like a rock and cause other bugginess if you're using the wacom drivers. Basically it's two sets of drivers trying to interpret your input simultaneously. Next time you try it you should look in your processes and stop the microsoft ones. You might have to do this every time you start working.

Are you continuing your drawing lessons?

bobbywatson
03-10-2011, 06:41 PM
That's pretty inexplicable.

Oh wait, no it's not. Windows has it's own (crappy)graphics tablet process which engages automatically that can drop your performance like a rock and cause other bugginess if you're using the wacom drivers. Basically it's two sets of drivers trying to interpret your input simultaneously. Next time you try it you should look in your processes and stop the microsoft ones. You might have to do this every time you start working.

Are you continuing your drawing lessons?

I will give that a try this weekend if I have a few minutes! Though my new desktop uses Windows 7, we'll see if that changes anything. (Probably not).

I am continuing my drawing lessons. Or rather, I would be continuing them if I was not traveling. The good news is I'll be home this week, so I should be able to have one lesson, plus my regular weekly class. Which reminds me that I still have not completed the homework from 3 weeks ago. The bad news is that I'll probably be back on the road the following week, traveling to Wisconsin this time. Oh well, it's not confirmed yet, so I'll keep my fingers crossed, hoping to be able to be home another week.

Paul le Fou
03-14-2011, 12:14 AM
I'm writing a song! This is something that I don't do, but it came to me part and parcel with a game/story idea in a dream, and now I'm trying to hash one out. As well as trying to fight down thoughts of impostorhood for writing an Irish folk song without any Irish. Also worrying over whether the tune is already an actual Irish folk song, which is possible! I don't know much about Irish folk songs!

All in all (game, world, story, song, name) this is one of the few new ideas I've had recently, and it makes me pretty happy to put together something like this from whole cloth. Not that it's near done.

Paul le Fou
03-15-2011, 02:31 AM
I'm writing a song! This is something that I don't do, but it came to me part and parcel with a game/story idea in a dream, and now I'm trying to hash one out. As well as trying to fight down thoughts of impostorhood for writing an Irish folk song without any Irish. Also worrying over whether the tune is already an actual Irish folk song, which is possible! I don't know much about Irish folk songs!

All in all (game, world, story, song, name) this is one of the few new ideas I've had recently, and it makes me pretty happy to put together something like this from whole cloth. Not that it's near done.

Apparently it is as I feared - I realized that the tune is almost entirely lifted from Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms. At least for the first phrase of it. Thanks a lot, Looney Tunes! Trying to re-do it now... but I'm not good with the musics!

Sprite
03-18-2011, 08:18 AM
I once wrote a thoroughly ridiculous theme song for a game a friend and I were making (that we never made). I was quite proud of it until the opening motif showed up, interval for interval, as the opening motif of Stephen Colbert's theme song. Even though I wrote it like three years before that show premiered I can't show it to anyone without it looking like I just ripped that bit off.

Not that it matters, really, because it's thoroughly ridiculous, as I said.

eternaljwh
05-26-2011, 08:48 PM
Anyone have an open-source sequencer to recommend, preferably with a piano roll mode?

Ruik
05-30-2011, 09:14 PM
I need some advice for online, print-it-yourself books. Helen wants to print up ~5 copies of her finished Master's Thesis and is trying to find a good online place to do it. We've looked at Lulu and Blurb. From what we could see, Blurb assumes you are doing full color and charges accordingly, while Helen just wants to do black and white. So, Lulu looks like our best bet so far, but I was hoping to hear what other people's experiences have been.

Warg
05-31-2011, 03:58 PM
Anyone have an open-source sequencer to recommend, preferably with a piano roll mode?

No piano roll mode sadly, but if you want a few open-source sequencers --


If you have pre-recorded instrument samples, there's OpenMPT (http://openmpt.org/).


If you want to use tones from the NES & certain expansion chips (and want to import samples into a DPCM channel), there's FamiTracker (http://famitracker.shoodot.net/).


And if you care to delve into a form of Music Macro Language, and if you want to work with anything from basic waveforms to full-on synth, there's SiON:


Overview (http://sites.google.com/site/sioncenter/)


Manual w/ clickable examples (http://mmltalks.appspot.com/document/siopm_mml_ref_05_e.html)


Playable Text Editors:


Older, but with what seems like higher priority processing (http://yomogi.sakura.ne.jp/~si/SolidImage/sion/mmleditor.html)


Newer, but may stutter more on slower computers (http://mmltalks.appspot.com/labo/mmleditor2.html)

gahitsu
06-16-2011, 01:09 PM
I've been able to use a graphic tablet with GIMP in the past. It worked flawlessly on the Mac, but I've always had issues in Windows (mostly with the offset: I would click on the drawing and the line would appear somewhere else. Quite annoying.) I can't remember if I have tried Linux or not.

HEY YOU I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM I FIXED IT LET ME TELL YOU HOW

I had the SAME gripe, actually, but I was googling another big tablet issue (my lines always come out shaky, SUPER SHAKY, like I'm drawing on the back of a speeding truck and also super drunk and also super palsy and also having an epileptic seizure kind of shaky), but I found out that there's a setting in Windows that will TOTALLY FIX THE PROBLEM YOU AND I HAD.

Wacoms, or at least this Bamboo one which I guess we both have, are automatically set to pen mode (in Windows at least, maybe not Macs, maybe that's the difference). So, basically, where you hit the pen on your tablet roughly corresponds with where it shows up on the screen - is the way I understand it. That's really not an issue with a tablet screen, since you'd be hitting where you want to draw anyway, but if you're using a tablet peripheral, this means the cursor is going to look like it's bouncing all over the place when you pick it up for any reason. Some people are okay with this, and I'm sure you'd get used to it with practice buuuuuut the superior tablet option is mouse mode! This means that whenever the pen leaves the tablet, and then is placed back onto the pad, the cursor will pick up where you left off, not somewhere else.

I can, with like 98% certainty, say that this will fix your problem. I'm not sure where it would be otherwise - maybe the same place - but in Windows 7, I went to Control Panel > Bamboo > Mouse Mode.

If anyone's having problems with wobbly lines, let me mention real quick that I found out that Wacoms are sensitive to other devices' outputs (and they have to be, by regulation, or at least they cannot be manufactured to interfere or block). So, I had the tablet smooshed in between the monitor and the case, and when I scooted the monitor way, way back, and scooched the tablet close to me, so there was a gap of one-two feet between my tablet and the other gadgets, my problem improved greatly. Unfortunately, routers can and do disrupt the signal, sooo, if it's still a big issue, you may want to try unplugging it while you work.

bobbywatson
09-05-2011, 03:17 PM
I did not know where to put this. I thought this thread would probably get more traffic than my own thread, so here it is. Not sure exactly what I am expecting from this, but we'll see. Hopefully someone smarter than me will have ideas! And while in my case this post applies to drawing, I believe it can be used for most artistic endeavours. Or cooking. Or work. Pretty much anything, actually.

I guess this is mostly directed toward those on this board who have "mastered" the art of drawing. (By "mastered", I mean who are professional artists, or have published art somewhere. I am aware of the fact that drawing can never actually be completely "mastered". )

Here's the question: how did you manage to get to that level? How do you keep the motivation level high?

My current dilemma: I like drawing. Always have. I've been somewhat serious about it ever since high school. (My first career choice was comic book artist, but my parents did a pretty good job of steering me away from it.) I would rate my current level as "not bad". I want to think that what I can currently do is better than what most people can achieve. But it's nowhere near as good as I would like it to be. I actually gave up on ever becoming "good" at it at some point in my life, and looking back at it now, it feels like the biggest mistake I've ever made.

Which brings me back to the question: how do you go from being "not bad" to being "good"? The obvious answer is "observe and practice". From what I understand, this "observe and practice" almost needs to become an obsession (or something closer to a second job) if one wants to achieve a reasonable level. But in doing so, I'm wondering: Does the fun that one gets out of drawing not go away? And if it does, does it eventually come back?

mr_bungle700
09-05-2011, 04:33 PM
I don't know anything about drawing (I tried, I failed), but I do know lots about music and yes, getting good at something involves daily practice and a focused attempt to always be improving. You should always be working on something just above the level of what you're capable of, so that you will continue to grow.

Does it ever stop being fun? Perhaps, sometimes, temporarily. Never for me, but I'm sure it happens to some people. However, in my experience the better you get at the thing you love the more fun it becomes, because with greater levels of skill come more opportunities to do awesome things.

Traumadore
09-09-2011, 12:41 PM
Here's the question: how did you manage to get to that level? How do you keep the motivation level high?

how do you go from being "not bad" to being "good"? The obvious answer is "observe and practice". From what I understand, this "observe and practice" almost needs to become an obsession (or something closer to a second job) if one wants to achieve a reasonable level. But in doing so, I'm wondering: Does the fun that one gets out of drawing not go away? And if it does, does it eventually come back?

Yeah you pretty much have it with the "observe and practice" but I think that's really simplified and de-humanized and anyone who says that isn't really telling you anything. Everyone has their own growth processes, and they change over time as well. You need to be able to understand yourself to trigger the desire to create.

For instance, my art making patterns have been:

Early, age 7-18: Practice drawing for hours everyday while in classes as an escape from boredom. Draw only once a week or so at home. Linear improvement on very focused themes and subjects that were practiced.

Mid, age 18-23: Create during prescribed studio class times and in between classes. Ingrained processes and materials are irrelevent or attacked by instructors actively. Sketchbooks are rich, but finished artwork is much worse, even though a lot is produced in a great variety of media, most of it is a dead-end.

Late, age 23-27: Settled in to a pattern of synthesis and creation, phases becoming more compressed as time goes on. During a period of artistic non-productivity I still pay attention, journal, read books, research etc. until the pressure to create overwhelms the relaxed state. Then there is a period of prolific art making usually inspired by some of these new ideas. The first such cycle after graduating took maybe 9 months! The most recent was 3 weeks.

I don't know if this helps but I believe understanding how you grow is paramount to cultivating a skill, and everyone is different. When I was in 7th grade I went through probably my first "down" cycle where nothing was turning out right and I didn't have the patience to see a drawing through. I panicked. I cried. In public. On a bus full full of my classmates on a 5 hour drive for a 3 day stay at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. Good times. But a couple weeks later when I picked up the pencil again It was amazing. I was drawing better than ever. I guess one expects their skills to atrophy when they aren't used, but your brain is always learning and synthesizing. Now I don't panic when every drawing I start goes to crap. I know what's happening, it's just a part of how I learn. So I use that time to look at art, watch movies, read, etc. to enrich it.

I think it's valuable to be able to analyze your own history thus, maybe it will help you identify the patterns art creates in your life. The reassuring thing: you will never get worse at art as you get older. The rust can be knocked off in days, if not hours, meanwhile you're fortified by every experience you have, and every minute your brain is alive.

Now all that is about things you can't decide. You are stuck with yourself after all. What you can decide to do is take risks. Draw something you don't think you can draw. Draw something that doesn't exist until it looks like it could. Paint with something weird. Spend 100 hours making something that might fail. Make a thing you think is boring into something that isn't. Make what you want and screw "the audience".

The other decisions you have to make regard materials and processes. You need to seek out the best for what your needs are. It doesn't mean the most expensive, it just means the right ones. That "middle era" where I was in art school generally sucked aside from the fact that I was forced to experiment with a lot of tools I wouldn't have considered before then. Maybe if I didn't I would still be doing pencil drawings with watercolor and that's all. I made some great, weird, wild watercolors at the end of highschool, but I'm glad I tried so much more since. Now I use all that, and gouache, acrylic, markers, inks, printmaking, digital paint, collage and photomontage. There's also an enormous amount of materials I just gave away because I didn't like them. When you go to the art supply store, pick up something new, in addition to all the refills and such you already know you like.

Anyway, your questions brought up a lot of thoughts I didn't know I had at the moment. I hope this sheds some light on the quest to be "good". I'm still on it myself, so I would love to hear some other people's experiences.

Sanagi
09-09-2011, 05:04 PM
I used to think that I wanted to draw for a living, but I admitted to myself that I didn't care enough to practice. So I just do it for fun.

bobbywatson
09-21-2012, 11:54 AM
Here I am, reviving another thread... Oh well...

Anyway, this is probably more of a technical question.

Let me start with a bit of history: I moved into my house two years ago. There is a wall in here that is very high (like, 14 feet high or something) and, well, it's empty and boring. I looked in home decoration stores for something to put on it, but all the paintings I found were either bland, boring or flowers.

Since I could not find anything that I actually wanted to put on the wall, I started thinking "Hey, I could do the paintings myself!" It turned out that's not exactly practical: I like drawing, but painting is not really my thing (I gave it a shot, I've got canvases with paint on it to prove it). (Maybe acrylic colors would be a better choice for me, but I'm not sure I want to try it.)

Anyway, fast-forward to today: I actually have an idea of what I want to put on that wall (two different images, one of them featuring female characters, one of them featuring male characters, both taking place in something similar to antiquity's public baths, with mostly warm colors, a width of 12 inches and a height of 36 inches). I have already started working on one of them (the one featuring women).

What I plan to do is this: draw the characters by hand, scan them at high resolution, and then assemble and paint everything in GIMP. Once the work is done, my idea is to have it printed on actual canvases and have them framed.

Now, here are the technical questions:

What's a good resolution to work with? I'm thinking 600 DPI is enough, but feel free to tell me I'm wrong
What about color profiles? I believe there is some basic support for the CYMK color model in GIMP, but I'm pretty sure that this support is nothing compared to Photoshop's. I just don't want to spend all that time on the image and then see it come out looking like crap after it's printed.
Printing on canvas: I know there is at least one place in town that does it, and there might be more. Now, how about durability of the color? Granted, the wall where I want to put the canvases does not see a lot of sunshine, so that would probably help preserve the color. Even so, is this a technique that can produce nice results? Or should I just forget about the whole thing because, wherever I get it printed, it will look like crap?


(Also, if anyone is curious, I will probably put samples in my thread as the images move forward.)

Traumadore
09-21-2012, 12:48 PM
300dpi is adequate for print. 600dpi is only necessary for extremely fine lineart or rasterized type situations.

If you can set color profiles in GIMP before you start working it should be fine. You could always move to photoshop later if you need to do a lot of color profile work. I don't think you'll need to. And switching from RGB to CMYK will probably not change too much unless you're working with really saturated colors, which it doesn't sound like you will be.

Digital prints these days tend to last pretty long. If you have it under glass and not exposed to direct light it will probably hold up 50+ years minimum. The most likely reason for a print turning out like crap is that your screen is going to be way off from theirs, and their screens are matched to their printers. I would recommend going to a place that serves design and marketing firms and artists, not just any copy-shop that can print on canvas unless they're willing to print samples or redo it if it looks crap.

Also, I will vouch for acrylics. Oil paints take an immense period of time to do good work with unless you want to introduce even more toxic driers and lacquers. Most oil painters these days do that, because the alternative is waiting weeks or even months before you work on leaner layers and glazes. Another trend these days is really 'unfinished' oil paintings with a lot of canvas showing and primarily thin glazes and linear elements. I believe this is also influenced by time pressure to some extent.

Acrylic paints will operate in a much more familiar manner (to working digital) and with the many various additives can do some gorgeous stuff. I recommend Golden Acrylic brand.

And if you are considering doing some more painting, consider panels. Canvas painting was invented because wood panels and murals tended to hold up terribly in humid Mediterranean climates, but it became the default substrate for some reason. The amount of control you get on a panel is a lot greater if that's what you're looking for.

bobbywatson
09-21-2012, 01:29 PM
My father is about to start working with acrylics. I might give it a try at some point.

Thank you very, very much for your advice! As always, it is much appreciated!

Alastor
10-16-2012, 10:26 PM
Thread revival with a technical issue:

I'm looking to put together some slideshow videos with my own scripted commentary, and then upload them to Youtube.

That's the long-term goal, but right now I can't even take that first step because I just don't have any working knowledge of the kind of software that's right for the job. I've been poking and prodding around in Windows Movie Maker and it just overwhelms me that I can't do something as simple as, say, putting two images side by side in a frame, and calling that one slide. It seems I can only have one image per slide, stretched out into fullscreen pixelation. It's more than a little deflating.

I can't think of a better example of what my long-term goal looks like than this. (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture)

I hear Audacity is the perfect place to get started for sound recording. What slideshow software does it play nice with? I'm willing to accept that the probable answer to all of these questions and more is "Buy a Mac."

Thanks in advance.

Googleshng
10-16-2012, 11:20 PM
Any reason you can't composite things side by side in a regular ol' art program in advance?

TK Flash
10-17-2012, 04:10 AM
When this thread got bumped, I wondered whatever happened to Bobby's wall. Bobby?

bobbywatson
10-17-2012, 09:54 AM
Working on it.

I encountered an issue with my computer: it did not have enough RAM to properly handle the size of the image. It now has 16 GB, which should be enough. (I also considered installing an SSD, but the computer is a Mac mini and I'm not a big fan of doing complicated surgery on the thing.)

I did some more work on the female figures, spent some of last week working on the architecture in Sketchup. I am currently in the process of reorganizing some rooms in my house, and that includes moving my drawing table.

In short: it's nowhere near done, but it's moving forward slowly. The fact that I was away on business for a while did not help.

Lady
10-17-2012, 09:46 PM
Alastor, PowerPoint 2010 (mac) seems to have a Save as Movie option (.mov). OpenOffice has an option for Flash in its Export menu. Those might be easier to wrangle than Windows Movie Maker (which was what ultimately killed any desire of mine to create AMVs when I was young and impressionable)

Alastor
10-17-2012, 09:48 PM
Yeah, I was thinking something along those lines. It occurred to me that I can't do with Windows Movie Maker today what I could easily do with PowerPoint several years ago.

BŁge
10-25-2012, 09:28 PM
What about one of those clear plastic pockets with the three-ring holes in them?

Lady
10-26-2012, 08:34 AM
That was my first thought, but if it's one of those wire bound sketchbooks, you probably won't be able to do that.

what about a bunch of stamp hinges (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stamp_hinge)?

MCBanjoMike
10-26-2012, 10:15 AM
I've been completely geeking out over sound recording hardware lately, which is total fun, if somewhat dangerous for the budget. It started when I decided to buy a new microphone for podcasting, inspired by the Idle Thumbs guys' discussion of their setup during the ruinationcast. I didn't wind up getting the mic that they use, mostly because I couldn't find it at a place with a good return policy, but instead I wound up getting a pair of MXL microphones in fire engine red (http://www.amazon.ca/MXL-550-551R-Microphone-Ensemble/dp/B002LASBS0). Cheap microphones made in China have made enormous strides over the last few years and it's now possible to get great-sounding mics at prices that would have been completely impossible 15 years ago. I took a chance on these, since it isn't easy to find reviews for cheap microphones, but it would be hard to not get my money's worth considering what I paid for them. They arrived last night and I had the chance to try podcasting with the 550, which was nice, but my the sound of my s's seemed a bit exaggerated. That could be the fault of my office, though, which is far from having great acoustics.

In order to take care of that problem, I stopped by Solotech and picked up some foam wedges to put up on my walls. You can get Auralex wedgies for about $6 a square foot - kind of expensive, but this is some good stuff and I don't need much of it. I'm hoping to get around to installing them on the wall that is behind my back when I use my computer, since it's a big flat space with nothing to break up the reflections and I think it's what's causing most of the unwanted reverb in the room. As a big audio nerd, I'm looking forward to having acoustic wedges on my walls just from a decorative standpoint! We'll see how well they work in a day or two.

While I was looking around Solotech, I happened to spot a pretty sweet-looking audio interface for recording to PC. The M Audio c600 is a very slick looking interface with 4 XLR inputs (with preamps) that also supports multiple speaker-outs and 2 or 3 different headphone mixes, depending on how you set them up. As a bonus, it has physical controls for your recording software, and nothing makes me geek out more than dedicated hardware for controlling a specific piece of software. Despite my ravings, the c600 is still an entry-level piece of gear. The biggest draw for me is that it would increase the number of simultaneous inputs I can record from 2 to 4 at a pretty reasonable price - it's $400 locally (already not too bad for this kind of thing), but you can get it for a paltry $230 on Amazon.com, which is a fantastic price. That's cheap enough that it dulls my worries of wasting money on an intermediate-sized interface, rather than going straight to something that supports 8 tracks. Because honestly, the number of times when I'll really need more than 4 simultaneous inputs in my life is pretty dang small. And maybe I could even jury rig something together using my old Mbox to get a total of 6, although that could involve some major headaches as I try to figure out the ASIO driver configuration. Anyway, I'm going to think about it for a little bit, but after reading some positive reviews on the c600, I'm starting to feel awfully tempted. Maybe I can convince someone to get me one for Christmas? Either way, I'll have to come up with some cool reason to use this stuff, because I haven't exactly been doing a ton of recording lately. But it sure would be fun...

Traumadore
10-26-2012, 10:36 AM
I forgot my main sketchbook on my trip to APE, and so had to borrow one of Jeremy's to get con sketches during the show. However, Jeremy's is a bit taller and wider than my main one, and a few of the artists used the entire page. I could pretty easily tear out the pages of the old one to mount them into the new, but does anyone have any suggestions for how to this gracefully? I don't want to just tape them to the new pages or (god forbid) slather some glue on there.

You could use a "T-hinge" of tape. Basically one piece of tape (sticky side down) crosses the top of a second piece of tape (sticky side up) forming a T shape. The vertical part of the T is the sticky-side-up. Put it near the center-top of your sketchbook page. Put your loose paper on top.

It's just a simple connection that is pretty light and repositionable, and it lets the paper change size and shape with humidity and temperature without wrinkling etc. I would recommend artists or linen tapes, but if you don't care about the tape becoming brittle or yellowing the paper years and years down the road then you can use whatever type you please.

You could also tack it with just a dot of acrylic medium of wheat/rice paste near the center. (Elmers glue counts).

That Old Chestnut
01-24-2013, 07:34 AM
If you don't mind me asking, what paint tool do you use?

I bought a Bamboo tablet a while back, when I actually had money to spare for crap like that, and I wasn't sure if the ArtRage software that came bundled with it would be a good place to start, or if there's something else out there that's even more intuitive.

I like to use a lot of simple shapes and what have you for structural underpinning, and ArtRage doesn't seem to have an easy way to just make a circle when I want to make a circle, so I have to just go into MS Paint or something to even do that. I know ArtRage has stencil tools for making basic shapes, but something about the interface there just feels....needlessly clumsy.

But hey, I'm not asking for a tutorial, here. Just if there's something out there that's easier to use.

Worst comes to worst, I could just relearn Photoshop. :D

Crossposted from Chu's thread about Chu things, because I'm just looking of options in general here.

Traumadore
01-31-2013, 10:40 AM
I guess it you really need perfect shapes then just used Photoshop or Paint.net (free, has a lot of the same basic functions as photoshop re: selections and layers). But honestly if you're serious about art you should learn how to draw geometric forms freehand. Try getting as close as possible just blocking all the shapes in with big brushes and then push and pull the edges with more paint and erasing. Then you're really painting.

I usually start with Artrage, jump to Photoshop at some point for some finely controlled transparency, color/contrast stuff, and photomontage, then hop back into Artrage ad finish there. I really like Artrage for generally not requiring a lot of hotkey business but that's because I have a tablet computer and I get a lot more work done if I can lounge on a comfy chair or couch instead of having to sit upright at a desk with one hand on the keyboard.

That Old Chestnut
01-31-2013, 07:52 PM
I guess it you really need perfect shapes then just used Photoshop or Paint.net (free, has a lot of the same basic functions as photoshop re: selections and layers). But honestly if you're serious about art you should learn how to draw geometric forms freehand. Try getting as close as possible just blocking all the shapes in with big brushes and then push and pull the edges with more paint and erasing. Then you're really painting.


Thanks for the advice! And yeah, I can see how relying on shape tools to do my work for me could become a crutch that just winds up holding me back in the long run. I tend to rely on stuff like that because I have a pretty nasty combination of perfectionism and not really knowing what the hell I'm doing yet. Like, even if it's just pencil and paper stuff, I'll grab a quarter or an old CD or Pog or something just so I can have those Perfect Circles to base my work around. I can definitely see how that would be something I should try to get out of.


I usually start with Artrage, jump to Photoshop at some point for some finely controlled transparency, color/contrast stuff, and photomontage, then hop back into Artrage ad finish there. I really like Artrage for generally not requiring a lot of hotkey business but that's because I have a tablet computer and I get a lot more work done if I can lounge on a comfy chair or couch instead of having to sit upright at a desk with one hand on the keyboard.
Yeah, with what I've got to work with at the moment, that definitely sounds like the way to go. I really like how Artrage manages to emulate the actual look of different media so well (at least from what I've seen of it), and I'm much more used to how Photoshop handles effects and such (though I'm rusty as all get out there). My rig's just a Bamboo tablet hooked up to a plain old laptop, so not being able to just look down at the thing I'm scribbling on will take some getting used to. Definitely an odd sense of disconnect there. Hopefully that'll be nothing some practice can't fix, though.

(That reminds me, I still need to give SAItools a spin at some point. :o)

Traumadore
02-01-2013, 01:36 PM
At least get a compass so you can make the exact size circle you want, ha. There's nothing wrong with precision if your creative content demands geometric perfection. It all depends on what you're trying to draw or paint. Learning freehand skills is going to save you a lot of time though. You need to have a sketch (i.e. plan) before breaking out the proverbial t-square and triangles, otherwise you'll make your perfect lines and then feel pretty defeated halfway through when you realize the composition or structure is a little off and you've got to shift all that stuff around.

If you are doing highly geometric work, I can't really recommend anything less than Adobe Illustrator. The ironically named software that almost no illustrators use! It's specifically for designer types to make things that look like they could almost be art if you squint. Just kidding I've seen some decent stuff come out of it, you should give it a try at least.

Guild
02-02-2013, 09:30 AM
Honk honk!

Isrieri
02-02-2013, 11:23 PM
So I'm trying to make an RPG in two weeks for a contest over at RMN, and this is my first experience trying to write dialogue with very limited room. Its like, you only get 2-3 sentences per textbox before you have to make a new one. This is going to suck since my left index finger is out of commission for a while.

Wondering if I should just type up a draft of the game's dialogue first. No idea how to write something like that though. In the form of a screenplay maybe?

Kirin
02-03-2013, 12:34 PM
Oh hey, so somebody bumping the Holiday Card Swap reminded me I did a sort of creative thing for it, and was holding off on posting it anywhere so as not to ruin the random surprises:

http://i.imgur.com/eN9Z9IQl.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/eN9Z9IQ.jpg)
(click for big)

That Old Chestnut
02-03-2013, 12:58 PM
If you are doing highly geometric work, I can't really recommend anything less than Adobe Illustrator. The ironically named software that almost no illustrators use! It's specifically for designer types to make things that look like they could almost be art if you squint. Just kidding I've seen some decent stuff come out of it, you should give it a try at least.

Ha ha nah, my stuff is mostly on the cartoony side. I'm probably just being super anal about something I have no business being anal about. For what I'm wanting to do, it's starting to sound like freehand is the way to go here.

Thanks again!

Honk honk!

Hey, I'm walkin' here!


Wondering if I should just type up a draft of the game's dialogue first. No idea how to write something like that though. In the form of a screenplay maybe?
Yeah, screenplay definitely sounds like the way to go.
(I have way more experience hashin' out dialogue between silly hypothetical video game characters than any grown man should.)

Oh hey, so somebody bumping the Holiday Card Swap reminded me I did a sort of creative thing for it, and was holding off on posting it anywhere so as not to ruin the random surprises:

http://i.imgur.com/eN9Z9IQl.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/eN9Z9IQ.jpg)
(click for big)
He he he! I think my favorite's the Fear one.

DON'T BE SCARED LADY! THEY JUST WANT TO GREET YOUR SEASONS OR WHATEVER!

Manna
02-09-2013, 02:49 PM
SAI's line tool is nice. Too bad my trial expired and I've been too cheap and lazy to register it or sweet talk it.

Traumadore
02-10-2013, 06:32 PM
I'm trying to make one of those typographical poster/prints you see everywhere that's just words in different fonts and colors. I'm going for a 1' by 1' square block to fill, I have a color scheme (F2D03B and 003056) already and the list of words. I just don't know what would be the piece of (free) software to use to make it in.

I was hoping Paint.net but there doesn't seem to be a way to rotate text once you type it in, or select it as a block of text, for that matter. I suppose I could put each word on a single layer and then try to rotate the word not as a word but as text. Anyway anyone have any ideas/recommendations?

Thanks

I always put each word in a separate layer when I work with type, which you can transform individually. It will make it a little easier to change it later. I'm going to guess you can control-click the type layer to select all the text on it, should save you some time. You can also nudge with the arrow keys, and should look into turning on rulers and creating guides so you can make alignments.

Does paint.net have a Type window you can turn on in the View or Windows menu? Where you can control letter spacing, kerning, line height, as well as the typeface, color, size and all that?

Falselogic
02-10-2013, 06:51 PM
I always put each word in a separate layer when I work with type, which you can transform individually. It will make it a little easier to change it later. I'm going to guess you can control-click the type layer to select all the text on it, should save you some time. You can also nudge with the arrow keys, and should look into turning on rulers and creating guides so you can make alignments.

I'll look into that thanks!

Does paint.net have a Type window you can turn on in the View or Windows menu? Where you can control letter spacing, kerning, line height, as well as the typeface, color, size and all that?

no it does not. Which maybe means I need something with a little more power to it.

Traumadore
02-10-2013, 07:09 PM
Yeah, without those controls you're not going to be able to kern, which is going to probably be what you spend the most time on for this project. Illustrator would be the ideal of course, but searching for alternatives it looks like Inkscape is indeed the most recommended.

gahitsu
02-12-2013, 05:16 PM
halp i wanna do a parody song and i am not a vocalist

but its a rap song so maybe its okay???

halp halp

Real talk: looking at soundproofing my closet.

Falselogic
03-21-2013, 05:06 PM
Do we have a thread for talking about NES tile maps and trying to understand them?

Rom Hacking I guess?

Kishi
03-21-2013, 06:17 PM
I'd say either the general ROM hack thread (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=12552), or start a new thread.

Falselogic
03-21-2013, 06:26 PM
I'd say either the general ROM hack thread (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=12552), or start a new thread.

That's just what I was looking for!

Teaspoon
03-21-2013, 11:50 PM
Editing is fun, because it's a matter of tweaking solid verbiage to make good paragraphs into supremely excellent ones. First drafts are fun, because you can write long bouts of drawn-out meandering safe in the knowledge none of it needs to be cut down until the next draft.

It's the bits in the middle that are a slog, but I didn't have any middles to do today, so I'm pretty cheerful.

mr_bungle700
03-29-2013, 02:11 PM
You thrilled at the manliness of the Bunglevoice on Festivi past, now behold his mighty song (http://youtu.be/5NYVTiptslU)!

Daikaiju
08-07-2013, 09:30 PM
teg haz an art blog (http://letsdrawvideogames.tumblr.com/).

Falselogic
08-07-2013, 10:13 PM
teg haz an art blog (http://letsdrawvideogames.tumblr.com/).

And all of it is beautiful!

reibeatall
08-13-2013, 12:06 AM
I'm working on another game (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4R7y4DfF88)

Warg
09-19-2014, 03:03 PM
I was posting a bit about the 3DS version of Petit Computer, on Miiverse --

-- when I realized, hey, I'm on Linux! I can code on my own computer!

Last time I wrote any code to a serious degree (unless SiON Music Macro Language counts) was years ago for an intro C++ course, where I at the end of the course we made a 3D wireframe program, and I went a bit extra to allow people to input coordinates for wire starts & ends in a text file.

So I downloaded g++ and made a "Hello world!" program. Whee!

I'm not sure I'll continue pursuing this in a serious amount, but I should probably dig out my old C++ textbook, just in case.

Warg
11-05-2014, 07:28 PM
With NaNoWriMo having started up again (four days ago, I guess?), maybe I need to do a NaNoCosMo to do as much costume/cosplay creation as possible.

... sure, I can say that "No" stands for "November" instead of "Novel."

narcodis
11-05-2014, 10:44 PM
What is the appropriate venue to seek commissioned work from members of TT? I'm working on a small game (mostly for academic purposes) and will need some graphical assets. I have some money I could dole out for such work if necessary!

Rivers
11-05-2014, 11:50 PM
What is the appropriate venue to seek commissioned work from members of TT? I'm working on a small game (mostly for academic purposes) and will need some graphical assets. I have some money I could dole out for such work if necessary!

It looks like this thread (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=16145) was created for just that purpose.

Lady
11-10-2014, 11:44 PM
http://www.snowy-day.net/stuff/others/curly-run-longer.gif

Umbaglo
12-16-2014, 02:00 AM
I know that this forum is mostly for the other arts, but I figured this was the best place:

Zoe Quinn just released a site to help people find resources for making their first (or second or third...!) game (http://sortingh.at/).

There's a few things I would have liked highlighted, but some of them don't have many resources for indie or hobbyist designers anyway (like strategy games), so I can't be upset. Still, though, a nice starter resource to help focus efforts.

bobbywatson
01-25-2015, 07:01 PM
Anyone has ever attended one of the summer workshops at the Center for Cartoon Studies (http://www.cartoonstudies.org/index.php/programs/summer-workshops/) in Vermont? I heard of this today on a podcast, and I have to admit I find it somewhat tempting.

It's only 7 hours away from where I live by car, so this is something I could consider attending...

Falselogic
01-26-2015, 09:51 AM
https://40.media.tumblr.com/c84e72cd864ed19ee6a1c23e0e7e9c59/tumblr_nishn3Sp9k1qdachco1_540.png

bobbywatson
01-26-2015, 11:55 AM
https://40.media.tumblr.com/c84e72cd864ed19ee6a1c23e0e7e9c59/tumblr_nishn3Sp9k1qdachco1_540.png

I'm not planning to ever do this professionally, but I still think it would be nice to have professionals look at what I can do and tell me where I should focus my attention, what my issues, are, etc.

Anyway, the request for vacation time at work is already sent :)

Kate or Die!
01-26-2015, 07:21 PM
Anyone has ever attended one of the summer workshops at the Center for Cartoon Studies (http://www.cartoonstudies.org/index.php/programs/summer-workshops/) in Vermont? I heard of this today on a podcast, and I have to admit I find it somewhat tempting.

It's only 7 hours away from where I live by car, so this is something I could consider attending...

I believe that's where Chu is going to school, perhaps ask her?

Falselogic
01-26-2015, 09:41 PM
I believe that's where Chu is going to school, perhaps ask her?

I thought Chu went to school in AZ?

ArugulaZ
01-27-2015, 12:20 AM
So... we got a special thread for Miiverse posts? Because I am all up on the Miiverse tip.

Destil
01-27-2015, 01:16 PM
I thought Chu went to school in AZ?

No, she just lives here.

Loki
02-07-2015, 06:57 AM
So my creative output is basically down to stupid sketches on lined paper during downtime at work. I took some valuable home time and busted out my tablet the other day. And it was so frustrating and I'm way out of practice. It sucked and I suck and art sucks. All I'm basically good for is shitty ballpoint pen sketches that are too big on twitter because I got to take pictures of them with my phone.

It's basically everything wrong to make shit art 101 but who cares it's not real work. Just doodles you know.

But then someone linked me this browser-based photoshop clone and I'm honestly kind of amazed that such a thing exists and works and works well. It doesn't do anything but it does a lot, and suddenly I have a way of polishing up these doodles a bit. Therefore like the most productivity I've done in months maybe years all in one go. Sorry for rambling I'm just super jazzed and energized. Here's a dump.

Some Island
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9OcpnYCcAEi_mD.png

Rungabul
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9OuGb7CUAAuqgm.png

Cleaned up an old clod
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9O2dLICAAI_ZYx.jpg

And the best guy
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9O7tWXCcAAqb8B.jpg

And this dork
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9PBOhuCUAEu4N9.jpg

A selfie
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9PKgcECUAAo1Xi.png

And that other place
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9PsDIlCUAAG6mF.png

There's still some kinks to iron out of the process but I'm pleased as punch I can make decent looking stuff at work.

Sorry for the dump.

Kate or Die!
02-07-2015, 08:57 AM
Excellent stuff for being out of practice! The landscapes especially, I'd never know they're just doodles, they look fantastic.

Sprite
02-07-2015, 09:46 AM
Anyone has ever attended one of the summer workshops at the Center for Cartoon Studies (http://www.cartoonstudies.org/index.php/programs/summer-workshops/) in Vermont? I heard of this today on a podcast, and I have to admit I find it somewhat tempting.

It's only 7 hours away from where I live by car, so this is something I could consider attending...
I went a few years ago when I was thinking of applying. It was fun! Not what I was looking for in a Master's degree, but as a workshop/retreat it was pretty great. You spend a few days making comics with other people who make comics, which is energizing. And they let you play around with different materials like a giant light table.

If nothing else it was worth going to discover that I love brush inking, and to get a couple snippets of inking advice from Stephen Bissette. The comic I made is here (http://biblenauts.com/pomophobia/comic/comic/footsteps/) (made with technical pens, which I dropped soon after the retreat).

bobbywatson
02-07-2015, 01:25 PM
I went a few years ago when I was thinking of applying. It was fun! Not what I was looking for in a Master's degree, but as a workshop/retreat it was pretty great. You spend a few days making comics with other people who make comics, which is energizing. And they let you play around with different materials like a giant light table.

If nothing else it was worth going to discover that I love brush inking, and to get a couple snippets of inking advice from Stephen Bissette. The comic I made is here (http://biblenauts.com/pomophobia/comic/comic/footsteps/) (made with technical pens, which I dropped soon after the retreat).

I signed up a few weeks ago after my vacation was approved. I'm definitely looking forward to it!

In the meantime, I will see what I can do to improve my art.

ASandoval
02-07-2015, 04:50 PM
My girlfriend Karen recently posted pictures of her Skyward Sword Zelda custom Amiibo (http://art.rainknight.net/?p=40) that she made. It came out pretty great.

http://art.rainknight.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/zelda_ss_amiibo.jpg

Manna
02-07-2015, 04:57 PM
That's pretty impressive work!

Loki
02-07-2015, 04:59 PM
That came out really great. I love what people have done with Amiibos.

TK Flash
02-09-2015, 01:59 AM
Loki drew me a friggin sweet avatar!!!

BEFORE

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/kapukapu2/RHwCtRy-2.png

AFTER

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/kapukapu2/MhC9xXP-1.png

Best twenty bucks I ever spent! Thanks for the discount dude!!

Balrog
02-09-2015, 06:33 PM
Now I want one. /throws hat straight at the ground

Rascally Badger
02-09-2015, 08:46 PM
I decided to again try to take my first completed novel rough draft and actually type it. Unfortunately, I started writing it as a freshman in high school and finished as a sophomore in college, all my writing time being when I should have been taking notes in class or whatever. So it was plotted and partially (hand) written by a distracted fifteen year old. It is not good. Or legible. I am not attempted to edit it, much. I just want to get typed so I could theoretically work on fixing it. After a few chapters, I think I need to abandon it again and work on something that might be worthwhile. The thing is, I still like the world and characters I've got here, but almost none of the writing is worth a shit.

I do get to see what 15 year old was into, which was apparently scared girls with green eyes who mocked me to my face before we boned.

muteKi
02-10-2015, 06:07 PM
I did some Genesis arrangements of Mario songs recently:

Dire Dire Docks (https://ucollective.org/audio/muteKi/yet+another+dire,+dire+docks+remix/)
Gusty Garden Galaxy (https://ucollective.org/audio/muteKi/gusty+garden+galaxy+genesis+re-up/)

Balrog
02-10-2015, 07:25 PM
I guess I should have thrown up the batsignal here when I was looking for someone to arrange an NES soundtrack Genesis style. That's nice work, muteKi.

Kirin
02-16-2015, 10:48 AM
The thing is, I still like the world and characters I've got here, but almost none of the writing is worth a shit.

No rule saying you can't triage out the decent ideas in the world and characters and just start a completely new version from there...

Guild
02-16-2015, 11:23 AM
Loki drew me a friggin sweet avatar!!!

BEFORE

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/kapukapu2/RHwCtRy-2.png

AFTER

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/kapukapu2/MhC9xXP-1.png

Best twenty bucks I ever spent! Thanks for the discount dude!!

duuuude!!!

edit: wait a tick

edit 2: There we go, the color disparity was bothering me:

http://s23.postimg.org/azkwf6icr/flash_ON.png

edit 3: A bit of cropping to show more detail...

http://s18.postimg.org/imvcwcw7p/flashatar.png

There, now Loki's art is ruined professionally.

edit 4: Let's Play Add To This Image (starring TKFlash)

http://s9.postimg.org/426qtity7/addtotheimage.png

Loki
02-16-2015, 10:53 PM
The color disparity was the point/an in-joke.

I do like GenieFlash tho. Very slinky.

Destil
02-16-2015, 11:07 PM
I assumed it was Ghost Flash.

Torzelbaum
02-16-2015, 11:36 PM
I assumed it was Ghost Flash.Is that racist?

Elements
02-20-2015, 09:14 AM
My sis has gotten really into sculpting lately, and came to me for advise on how to sell them, despite my not being very knowledgable in that field. Still, I recommended Etsy to her, and advised that I'd help her set it up whenever she's ready to. She's been making a lot of different things, some examples here:

http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2014/277/2/6/falcor_sculpture_by_lyca777-d81ljuq.png
http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2014/353/5/6/lil_elephant_by_lyca777-d8afs96.png
http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2014/360/b/5/demon_wolf_glow_by_lyca777-d8bb68n.png

Anyways, she's wanting to do a lot of Digimon/Pokemon/MLP and such things, but is extra paranoid about selling IP products, and came to me for advise. I told her that isn't something she should have to worry about on the scale she's expecting to operate on, but told her I'd go ahead and ask for any advise on the subject here, since I know there's at least a couple tyrants that have some experience selling "fan merchandise."

Kirin
02-20-2015, 01:19 PM
Luck Dragon! Sweet!

(I'm not an expert on selling fan art/crafts, but it does seem that *most* companies will overlook it as long everything is one-off hand made, as opposed to selling something manufactured.)

Zef
03-01-2015, 11:50 AM
After a cursory search, there doesn't seem to be a thread about this, so I'll just ask as a general question:

What are recommendations for entry-level-but-will-last-me-a-long-time digital artwork tablets for the PC? I'm looking to buy something at/under $100 within the next couple of days, with pressure-sensitive styli that can play nice with Adobe Photoshop CS2 right out of the box (not just for brush size, but also for stuff like the level of opacity depending on the pressure; I'm used to shading with pencil, charcoal, and pastel by pressing hard or with a feather-touch on the paper), and that doesn't mind me resting my hand on the tablet for fine-detail drawing. I think the $99 and $80 Wacoms can do the job, and while wireless or multi-touch aren't necessary I will defer to more experienced digital artists about their usefulness.

Zef
03-01-2015, 02:47 PM
An additional question about digital painting:

Like I said above, I'm used to shading with pencils, pastels, and charcoal, and then using a q-tip, paper tissue, a paper-tip smudge tool, or my own fingertip to spread the powder over the surface into a very fine, very smooth gradient. Even if I end up with harsh gradients, eraser cushions are very useful to equalize them into smooth ones. I've tried various PS tools to different effect to accomplish the same thing in my digital enhancements, but the result is either oily-looking and crude (like the actual Smudge tool) or imprecise and coarse (playing around with the brush/pencil tool's Opacity). Is there a tip/hint for doing the same kind of faded/gradient physical shading in Photoshop or similar, especially when I start using a tablet?

Raven
03-10-2015, 08:28 PM
The Procedure (http://www.maragos.org/theprocedure/)

Neat, I've always liked this kind of story . Just to clarify, the procedure is meant to be unambiguously good and necessary? The behavioral shift in the end seems a bit extreme if it's the case, but I'm not sure.

Zef
03-12-2015, 10:26 PM
Crossposting from Tech Support:

Has anyone used a Huion H610 Pro graphics tablet with Photoshop on Windows? After a lack of recommendations above, I bought one sight-unseen and... well.

Well.

Googleshng
03-13-2015, 03:07 AM
The Procedure (http://www.maragos.org/theprocedure/)

Pretty nice.

Guild
03-16-2015, 10:06 AM
Neat, I've always liked this kind of story . Just to clarify, the procedure is meant to be unambiguously good and necessary? The behavioral shift in the end seems a bit extreme if it's the case, but I'm not sure.

the portrayal of pain is the inaccurate part imho, but who knows, everyone's reaction could be different

10/10 would undergo again

MooMoo
03-24-2015, 01:38 PM
So uh.

I can't find a place to put this, but I made a blog. I'd love it if you guys could help submit some things. The premise - as the url implies - is things that look like they have faces.

facesonsomeplaces.wordpress.com

Lady
03-24-2015, 07:58 PM
that's great! I'll be keeping my eyes open. (my favorite is the sink; it's a snail!)

[edit-already I saw a tweet that might be a good repost... https://twitter.com/crashwong/status/578700915349135360 ]

bobbywatson
03-24-2015, 08:10 PM
The Procedure (http://www.maragos.org/theprocedure/)

I hope you're keeping statistics on how many people chose to go through versus those who didn't. I'm in the second category. Does that make me an awful person?

Torzelbaum
03-25-2015, 12:01 AM
So uh.

I can't find a place to put this, but I made a blog. I'd love it if you guys could help submit some things. The premise - as the url implies - is things that look like they have faces.

facesonsomeplaces.wordpress.compareidolia.com, now with actual content...

Serephine
05-13-2015, 06:24 PM
I wanna put some words on the internet about vidcons. I'm looking for advice on which platform is generally considered the best I suppose! Do I make a tumblr cause that's what all the cool kids these days use and might actually make sharing my dumb words easier? Or do I go with something else that's less of an insane wreck w/r/t UI and overall functionality. I have very little experience actually doing what I guess you'd call blogging, just reading them.

Kirin
05-14-2015, 12:11 PM
You could always set up a Wordpress (for actual comments functionality & such) and then have it cross-post to a tumblr. Not that I've actually used wordpress myself. Last time I did significant blogging it was on LiveJournal, so, uh...

Lucas
09-09-2015, 12:33 AM
I've had an idea keep going around in circles in my head off an on for a few months at work now. The setting is a city-state filled with superheroes and villains that has carefully cultivated a sort of theme park atmosphere for itself, making huge amounts of money off tourism because it's one of the few places in the world where superpowered people are allowed to run around where regular people can see them (its neighbor on one side is a pseudo-USSR that uses its powered population in its military, for comparison, and the neighbor on the other side keeps their masks in ivory towers away from the common folk). The whole thing was carefully arranged by the Night Mayor of Borderline City, Bureaucraton, a former hero who went back in time to be able to rule as lord of the villains, and now the villains are more invested in maintaining the practically carefree atmosphere of the city than the heroes are. Supervillains conquering the world - or at least trying to - is the lifeblood of Borderline City, and the heroes are happy to play along comic book-style, punching out a few minions, foiling plans, and putting the villains in easily-escaped jails so they can do it all again a few weeks later.

Once in a while (and here the actual story ideas start), a villain gets it in their head that they could do much better for themselves with plans a little less hot-headed, a little less grandiose, and that's when trouble starts. See, by making a city amenable to superheroes/villains straight out of a comic book, Borderline City has all but eliminated more banal crimes; regular muggers, gangs, drug dealers, and rapists are all but unknown in the city, because who wants to take those kinds of risks when there's a decent chance your next victim will have superpowers? But when a villain realizes there's real profit and power to be found in these crimes - a mad scientist flooding the streets with hyperaddictive drugs, a telepath starting a human trafficking ring - the heroes start going grim and gritty too, and things get real bad for everyone. In an attempt to head off these bad apples before they ruin things for all villainkind the villains of Borderline City are self-policing via a near-mythical group of villain vigilantes known as the Swords of Damocles.

These Swords are, of course, the "good guys" of these stories. Viewpoint character would be, again pretty obviously, a rookie Sword. Possibly just for the first story, though; I think one of the things that makes the Swords of Damocles the stuff of urban legend is that they aren't an organized group, but rather whatever villains happen to be particularly affected by a comrade turning from grand schemes to base evil. It's late and I'm not explaining that well, but I think my idea's gotten through.

I like the idea behind that group name, but goodness is it hammy. Also, full disclosure: this is all a spinoff idea of an old roleplaying campaign I played in. And there Bureaucraton was known as the Evil Mayor of BC. I have no idea how we never thought of the Night Mayor pun back when we were playing.

Now tonight I've had another idea I expect I'll find nearly as compelling: a literal apocalypse starts on Earth when a person is possessed by a cthulhoid entity - they wipe a medium-sized city off the map, warped husks of the former inhabitants start wandering around, and anyone living who gets too close hears maddening psychic whispers that the blight will spread. Salvation of a sort appears when this creepy eye appears on all TVs, saying it represents a Council of powers opposed to the being(s) attempting to destroy the world. The eye explains that this Council wants to see humanity continue to thrive but can't directly intervene so they promise to lend their power to some prime number of humans to combat the Invader and the Hell on Earth it has created.

Sadly, one of the emissaries sent to choose an Avatar is waylaid by a common thug and the sacred artifacts it carries are stolen. Despite this, the other chosen avatars of the Council are nevertheless able to stop the Invader, and a new golden age begins for humanity. Fast forward a few decades or centuries: the Avatars, granted immortality by the Council, are worshiped as gods and under their guidance humanity has spread throughout the solar system. Many people have a touch of the Avatars' power flowing through them now, making them a half-step above humanity. But idiosyncrasies start to appear, showing to those who can interpret the signs that the Council and their Avatars maybe aren't the benevolent gods they set themselves up to be.

The only person who can see the signs? The Thief who originally mugged one of the Council's emissaries. He still remembers the ruin created by the Invader, and every time he looks around and sees the underbelly of this new solar society compared to the Avatars' ivory towers and lotus-eating worshippers, he becomes more and more suspicious. Eventually he comes to a realization: the other Avatars were not chosen for their potential for heroism or saintly love of their fellow man, but for how easily the Council could manipulate them and use them to rule humanity. Now he's the only person in the solar system with the power to stand up to the Avatars and cut off the Council's connection to this reality.

Writing this out, I like the idea that the Thief joined in the fight against the Invader and is accepted as an Avatar despite obviously being the odd man out in the group - rather than build himself a kingdom of worshipers he cultivates no church and claims no demesne beyond the walls of his own ship, traveling from colony to planet to colony and interacting equally with people of every social band.

If I go with that, the story would be about the Thief navigating the politics of being an Avatar while also setting up a clandestine cult of agents imbued with his power (or someone's, at least - with how humanity is currently being manipulated by the utterly alien Council and their Avatar puppets, maybe the Invader had a point about humanity needing to be destroyed?) that can disrupt the various machinations of the other Avatars.

Wow, this attempt to sum up a couple story ideas I have has turned into one hell of a wall of text. I shouldn't be allowed to post this late at night.

Lady
09-13-2015, 10:02 PM
We were at Barnes & Noble yesterday, and after we got home, I looked up all the books I had been interested in to add to my Christmas wishlist, since we're starting to get into Santa Law/birthday law territory. Except I couldn't find this one really awesome coloring book (https://www.google.com/search?q=relax+with+art+holiday+the+natural+world+ coloring&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CC8Q7AlqFQoTCMSbzZKA38cCFQ8yiAodfXEDPg&biw=1440&bih=739). We went back today to go ahead and get a copy, but now looking through it, it's almost too pretty to mark on...

I got over my disinclination of marking on this page and started coloring this weekend.

http://www.snowy-day.net/stuff/others/dolphin-adultcoloringbook-a.jpg http://www.snowy-day.net/stuff/others/rabbit-adultcoloringbook.jpg (http://www.snowy-day.net/stuff/others/rabbit-adultcoloringbook-inverted.jpg)

Loki
09-13-2015, 10:38 PM
Wow!!

Falselogic
09-14-2015, 12:15 AM
Youre really really good at coloring Lady...

bobbywatson
09-14-2015, 06:13 AM
This looks fantastic, Lady!

Johnny Unusual
09-29-2015, 01:54 AM
That's absolutely gorgeous.

Adam
09-29-2015, 11:17 PM
I shouldn't be allowed to post this late at night.

Bullshit and shenanigans. I found these concepts very intriguing.

Warg
12-07-2015, 04:15 PM
Hey, has anyone here made their own Google Cardboard headset?

I'm trying to see if there's a kit that includes all the parts, perhaps sans cardboard, based on the I/O 2015 specifications -- so, like, at least 34mm-diameter lenses (most pre-built sets I've seen have had at least 37mm-diameter lenses, and the higher-end plastic ones even use 45mm to 50mm ones), along with the conductive foam (though I've seen pre-builts that allow an opening for the thumb), the NFC tag... stuff like that.

I mean, yeah, there are the pre-built kits, but most of the appeal, to me, is that you can design and make your own set, for the most part.

Kazin
12-08-2015, 09:13 AM
Thinking about messing around with Youtube for my entertainment, possibly other peoples.

Was looking for a suggestion or two about what would be a good program to use for audio (and possibly video) editing, and maybe a recommendation for a reasonably priced mic. I'm basically thinking I'd like to drop no more than maybe $100 on this in total, if possible. No idea if that's even feasible! I literally have no idea where to start.

I'm using a laptop that's a few years old that has Windows 7, if that makes a difference.

Lady
12-09-2015, 08:12 PM
audacity is the go-to free sound editing program, but for videos, I've played around a little with Shotcut.

Kazin
12-10-2015, 06:58 AM
audacity is the go-to free sound editing program, but for videos, I've played around a little with Shotcut.

It never occurred to me that there'd be good programs that would be free, so this is really cool. Once I reformat my hard drives laptop, I'm gonna give these a shot. Thank you!

bobbywatson
12-31-2015, 02:40 PM
Are there experts in font creation around here? I'm trying to make one with my own handwriting (the goal is to use it in a comic I am creating), but I'm having an issue that I can't really wrap my head around. Here it is:

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5656/23795953580_ec66569d3b.jpg

So, when I type the P with another capital letter next to it, it looks fine, but when I put a vowel, then this creates this wide white space (I'm sure there is a technical term for that, but I have no idea what it is). Yet, if I type the two vowels together, this looks fine.

Thoughts? All this font making stuff is new to me, so any help would be appreciated!

Googleshng
12-31-2015, 02:56 PM
Kerning is the word you're looking for. The last couple times I've messed with making my own fonts though were back in the days of fixed widths.

bobbywatson
12-31-2015, 03:24 PM
Kerning is the word you're looking for. The last couple times I've messed with making my own fonts though were back in the days of fixed widths.

That's exactly what I needed! Thanks!

Umbaglo
02-22-2016, 06:48 PM
I don't know if this is the best place for it, but is anyone paying attention to or taking part in InGaDeMo (http://indiecade.com/ingademo/)? The theme is tabletop games, so I'm thinking of using this to get myself to work more on the mecha RP system I've been tinkering with on and off for a while.

Kirin
02-23-2016, 09:00 AM
Shit, if I wasn't super busy right now with work and other things, that would be a great opportunity to finish off the Pro Bending tabletop game I had at beta/playtest stage before getting distracted a few years ago...

Umbaglo
02-23-2016, 08:00 PM
Man, annoyingly I haven't really had the time to do much writing or planning myself, either, since it started. I've gotten some ideas to refine some of the things I had already done on the project, though. I just need to sit down and start writing some update stuff and also writing the rule"book" itself so I can try asking people to start playtesting and making sure I'm not entirely out to lunch with the base idea.

Lucas
02-27-2016, 09:49 AM
Shit, if I wasn't super busy right now with work and other things, that would be a great opportunity to finish off the Pro Bending tabletop game I had at beta/playtest stage before getting distracted a few years ago...

Like from Legend of Korra? This sounds like the perfect opportunity to realize you aren't as busy as you thought and totally have time to make a board game!

Sir Sly Ry
03-25-2016, 02:07 PM
Any other musicians spend time coming up with ideas, jamming new riffs, incorporating older, unused riffs, into something that could really be worked into something special, just to realize the thing follows pretty much the exact same progression of something you wrote two years ago?

Argh.

muteKi
03-25-2016, 10:34 PM
every

damn

time

Actually what's even more likely is that every time I finish a song someone links to me a song with the exact same chord progression or melody line or something, no matter how odd or uncommon my idea is. Which is how I know the next game I put out has a soundalike of Midori's Osaru

Ultimately all my music is covers eventually so have Moon from Duck Tales (https://ucollective.org/audio/muteKi/duck+tales-moon+genesis+ver./)

JamesGoblin
04-07-2016, 02:03 AM
"The Horrible Fate of DJ Kitty" (NSFW if you're a cat-person):

A little kitten was happily playing her DJ stuff...

http://static2.gamespot.com/uploads/scale_super/1562/15620849/3004756-ezgif.com-crop%283%29.gif

...when the lightning struck!

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/0c/97/ff/0c97ff4c2fdead7173915e6ca7df4ca7.jpg


_________ E N D __________

BŁge
08-15-2016, 08:32 AM
Back when we had good income I blew $450 on an airbrush and portable compressor, and I've never regretted it. If you can afford it, there's nothing wrong with splurging on a luxury item once in a while. :-)

That said, if you ever need suggestions on air compressors: buy an Iwata.

This reminds me: a long time ago, I bought an airbrush. I had planned to get some lessons at the time, but that plan fell through. Now I don't know where to go for learning airbrush techniques that doesn't cost as much as night school, and I'm too intimidated to practice on my own. It's primarily for painting models, and I don't want to mess them up.

Does anyone have any suggestions for learning?

Eddie
09-04-2016, 10:15 AM
http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss297/Ashdate/blog/image.jpeg

Don't know if this is the right thread but... my first cross-stitch!

(D&D adventure book presented for scale.)

- Eddie

Loki
09-04-2016, 10:21 AM
Nice! You going to frame it or at least magnet it to a refrigerator?

Eddie
09-04-2016, 11:08 AM
I'm going to give it to a long-time friend and Homestar Runner fan. She instantly popped into my head as "this is someone who would really appreciate this."

(It's the second favorite piece of art I've done, the first being a painting of my friend and his family in the same post/outfits as the painting from the Family Ties intro, except I left Michael J. Fox in there. I wish I had kept a picture!)

- Eddie

Falselogic
09-20-2016, 10:35 AM
I read this yesterday and then promptly forgot about it and then I was reading Madhair's comments in his video thread about the low view counts of this movies and Teg's comment in there about having to draw for a year, everyday, before gaining an audience and it reminded me of this essay.

The essay talks about a lot of things, but the two I took away are that creative work is work. Hard work. The second is that none of this stuff is going to pay well... It's a good read if a depressing one. (http://www.lastwordonnothing.com/2016/09/19/the-financially-damaging-myth-of-no-effort/)

muteKi
09-20-2016, 10:38 AM
oh man, what's an audience

Rya
11-07-2016, 05:42 AM
I really love creation and creative people. Being creative just feels really special, better than even a relationship does. And I feel drawn to creative people. If a creative person I admire would ask me on a date, I'd instantly say yes, completely disregarding the gender.

Creative people are also often hard to communicate with, however. Many of them feel very unreachable. Many of the more talented ones also tend to have a horrible personality. And they tend to suddenly disappear without saying a word or you just end up being ignored by them after you're done helping them out. It always seemed to be impossible to stay in contact with them for long.

Even though it hurts, I can still relate, because I'm not better when I'm creative. To accomplish really great things, you really need to seclude you from the whole world. In my case it's often triggered when I reached a new low, nobody to talk with, everybody ignores me, remaining friends broke up contact... at that time I just give up on humanity and change into a weird creative mode in which I just work 16 hours every day to create that one thing. I don't even sleep properly anymore, sleep instead turns into a phase where I think about ideas in form of dreams. In such a creation phase I usually don't talk with anybody. The phase often lasts about 2-4 weeks and is followed by a depression phase the moment you completely run out of energy. But still, it usually was worth it, you created something good and it makes you feel proud of yourself. You have created something, you are a god.

But this feeling is quite fragile. One wrong sentence from an external source can make your world crumble down. But you still need feedback. Something you can work with. Something that tells you that what you did was really something great.

So as a creative person, you are always struggling between wanting feedback and not wanting to lose all your motivation. It can make you insane. And that's probably why all the creative people I met so far had so horrible personalities. It is just a shell of self defense. These people just gave up on getting feedback, because getting it hurts so much, even though you need it.

I found myself often initially reacting very aggressive to feedback, always pointing out why the feedback was "wrong" or just trying to explain why I won't change that one thing. But still all the feedback I got has partially formed my personality. Feedback I originally reacted aggressive to actually was taken into consideration in a new version or at least for future projects. People who originally gave me feedback might feel like I just stubbornly denied any kind of feedback whereas in truth I have fixed all the problems they mentioned by now, just without them ever knowing.
So for me the truth is, feedback is important, feedback is essential, feedback gives you motivation, no matter how much it hurts, always get feedback. No matter if everyone hates you after you went into an uncontrollable rage, get the feedback.

I really love feedback, but it seems to be quite hard to get it these days. I used to be in a game journalism community based on Tim Rogers, a game journalist being famous for writing 10+ page long reviews. And that community was great. You could write a 3+ page long post analyzing certain game aspects on why or why you didn't like a game and people actually replied to you with a 4+ page reply on which you then again replied with a 5+ page reply. You could go into really in-depth discussion and it basically went on until someone finally gave up. Back then you could even convince people they were wrong or realized yourself that they got a point. So you kinda came to an agreement eventually.

One of my greatest moments was when I met a person that really hated SaGaFrontier so much that he actually destroyed the CD and he was like "I can't understand how someone can like it", so I started to explain it to him... in-depth. In the end, he was quite impressed and my words actually made him want to play the game and he ended up buying it a second time. Later he said he actually enjoys it now.

These times were great. Today it seems like nobody really wants to go into such in-depth discussions anymore. When two people don't agree these days, it will just be "Oh well, different people different tastes" and then that's it. But opinion is also not something that's already determined when born. And it's something that can change. You might just not like the game because you played it in a way that was not enjoyable. And the reason why you play it like that while other people don't then again depends on your life experiences. Actually analyzing them can be quite interesting, but people don't really want to do that anymore, or so it seems to me.
I mean these times you can be happy if people even read your post when it's more than a few sentences without asking for a "tl;dr".

I was actually looking for another game journalism forum lately so I entered "game journalism forum" into google and the results were saddening:
Gaming "journalism" is over. [...]
... It needs to end, as gamers have been saying, but journalists aren't making things easy with hostile articles .... But game journalists have pretty much been irrelevant to me since I stopped being one.
[...]
Why is game journalism so crap?
[...]
Slate: "Gaming Journalism is Over"
[...]
Does anyone honestly give a crap about gaming journalism ...
[...]
Game journalists have a subconscious desire to hate Sonic games ...
[...]
The Truth About Video Game Journalism
[...]
All this week, every forum thread I read is decrying the state of the gaming press. My Twitter feed, conversely, full of gaming journalists, ...
Seems like the attitude of there actually being a correct and wrong rather than "opinion" is a quite hated approach on things. And it's not really a surprise, even in the community I was in, it was known that "we are hated by everyone else on the internet" (the registration was even hidden and you could only get an account by talking with the admin) and eventually it was closed out of that very reason "hated community makes the website look bad". But these in-depth discussions are what I really really miss these days.

I just had to post about one of my games in that community and the next day I had 5 people replying who all seriously played the game and gave in-depth feedback. Back then I thought it's just natural to get feedback easily in a community where you are fairly known because it had some kind of "Wait, that weird dude with the crazy opinions made a game? Must try!" vibe, but it appears that this was simply a special feat of that community and outside of it, it's actually super hard and special to get any kind of serious feedback.

If I could go back in time, I wouldn't do many things different. I'd even go through all my failed relationships again, doing exactly the same mistakes again, but the one thing I'd change would be to somehow manage to stay in contact with all these guys that gave feedback and act a bit more normal to not be banned from certain sub-communities. Oh well, it's too late now. I can only fight for it by keep making long posts like this in the hope someone reads it.

Anyway, that's what I wanted to say about creation and being creative for now. Please all stay creative! I love you.

Guild
11-13-2016, 02:20 PM
I will sternly critique all the things always. Its the easy part of creating's 7-part rainbow for me: the hat of destruction, critique and decomposition, hat of new soil and potential! I wear it somberly and respectfully, the Shade hat.

bobbywatson
11-14-2016, 03:11 PM
I seemed to have lost all motivation this week. I worked a bit on my webcomic this weekend, but the page in progress is far from finished. I was hoping to have it done today but, for some reason, I just did not feel like working on it.

All of last week, I was thinking of practicing figure drawing. I sat down this afternoon to do just that (I have a scene in mind that I would like to do), but I ended up staring at the blank sheet of paper. I drew a triangle on it, then erased it. I just wasn't feeling like it.

I started working on a NaNoWriMo novel (which is pretty much a rough draft for the next chapters of the webcomic), and I stopped at 9500 words. Again, I just don't feel like working on it.

I guess this slump could be a combination of multiple factors:

Reduced daylight/seasonal depression
Depressing news
Results that are not where I would like them to be
Loneliness


I'm just not sure what to think, really.

Traumadore
11-16-2016, 03:00 PM
That's not too unusual when it comes to creative work, but look at it another way. You're actually really prolific for someone who has another full time job! Even on your slowest weeks you're doing what a lot of other people wish they were doing while they're grinding away.

Paul le Fou
12-10-2016, 03:48 PM
http://i.imgur.com/euwcW8a.jpg?1

This is the, uh, let's say beta version of my HEMA gear kit. The gauntlets aren't mine, mine will look (and feel) much nicer and also have some green on them. Also it's not a great picture, you can't see my elbow/forearm guards at all, just the straps.


There are a few things left I want to do.

One, I want to color the knee, shin, and elbow/forearm guards green.

I'm not really sure how to go about it, though. The simplest would be to just color them completely solid green. A bit of tape,some spray paint, and done.

I've been thinking about adding some sort of design, though. I'm shite at visual art so I don't know what I want to do with it. I thought like, two or three slashes of green lengthwise maybe? But that could just end up looking stripey.

Anyone have any ideas? Things that might look cool?




Also, since these are things that, like, Get Hit: is there something like a clearcoat I can put over the top to protect the color a little more? Or will I just have to accept cool battlescars in the paint? (This is acceptable to me.)

Falselogic
12-11-2016, 09:56 PM
http://i.imgur.com/ikyeEa1.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Ys94O5o.jpg

by the way anyone want a Dragon Warrior board?

Lady
12-13-2016, 04:43 PM
what blacke magick are ye up to'n here?

Eddie
12-27-2016, 10:26 AM
My latest cross-stitch creation! Still haven't ironed it but TOO BADS.

OR... FOUR BADS?

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss297/Ashdate/blog/IMG_0609.jpg

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss297/Ashdate/blog/IMG_0610.jpg

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss297/Ashdate/blog/IMG_0611.jpg

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss297/Ashdate/blog/IMG_0612.jpg

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss297/Ashdate/blog/IMG_0613.jpg

Lady
12-27-2016, 10:55 AM
Nice! Are you going to leave them all together or frame separately, or?

Eddie
12-27-2016, 11:19 AM
Left together to be framed together. I think them all in the frame is pretty bad ass!

Kirin
12-27-2016, 11:20 AM
Awesomesauce.

Falselogic
12-27-2016, 11:57 AM
So cool Eddie

Guild
12-27-2016, 04:55 PM
Where is the photography thread?!

http://photoskop.com

Website lets you Learn photography in a flight simulatory way. Kinda neat to play with even if you don't photography.

Torzelbaum
12-27-2016, 10:28 PM
My latest cross-stitch creation! Still haven't ironed it but TOO BADS.

OR... FOUR BADS?

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss297/Ashdate/blog/IMG_0609.jpgCross-Stitch Lich

Glass Knuckle
01-18-2017, 08:53 PM
Seafoam Empress Available to Play!

http://imgur.com/eveh9s8.png

Come check out the Seafoam Empress thread for details!



Also, that cross stitch is incredible.

Lady
01-20-2017, 06:26 PM
crossposting from the politics thread

http://snowy-day.net/img/pictures/Orig/2017-01-20%2017.18.51/20170120_171527.jpg&w=900

I don't always get inspired, but when I do, I get busy

Kirin
01-21-2017, 12:20 PM
Nice!

Patrick
01-21-2017, 12:36 PM
I love it! Thanks for sharing.

Lady
02-12-2017, 05:22 PM
Take this song
RK--XOF3OUY

And sing these lyrics
Pioneer! O, Pioneer!

If you'd like me to
Come with you for all of your days
Let me sit close to you
On this wagon you've built out of tarps and of wood.

We can set off then
With the breaking of dawn
In the early gloaming twilight
Before the heat that will come
'Neath the last stars of night.

The prairie, the prairie, the prairie's
No longer the frontier
I tell you, the planet, it will be ours to conquer
I love it--the canvas, just like my heart it flutters
It flutters, it flutters.

If you'd like me to
Sleep by your side every night
In summer beneath the moon
And winter in winds and in snow
Just utter the words; I will follow you!

The prairie, the prairie, the prairie's
No longer the frontier
I tell you, the planet, it will be ours to conquer.
I love it--this wagon just like my heart it trembles
It trembles, it trembles.

If you'd like me to
For the rest of my days
Wade through swamps and through sands
Brave dangers and joys alike
Just utter the words; I will follow you!

It's a little more literal than "I will follow him" bc I really loved the imagery and thought it'd be a shame if anglophones couldn't appreciate it.

Nerdy
04-07-2017, 06:56 PM
I did this quick updo at work today. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170408/9d873e0d073e281aaea2db95c5cfb829.jpg

Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk

Kirin
04-07-2017, 07:14 PM
Nice!



(I just realized this is exactly the same as my last nearly-content-free post in this thread, but what can I say? People here make sweet things.

BŁge
04-07-2017, 08:29 PM
If I had enough hair to work with, I'd love to see what you could do with it, Alice.

Nerdy
04-07-2017, 08:37 PM
And I'd love to play with it! :D

Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk

Kate or Die!
04-07-2017, 11:03 PM
Ohhh man that's some hair wizardry!

Kate or Die!
04-07-2017, 11:07 PM
And duurr just scrolled a bit upthread; Eddie those crossstitch pieces are amazing! Crossstitch spritework is the best.

And Lady, that painting would be totally amazing on a grand scale - anywhere in your town that could use a mural?

Kirin
04-30-2017, 11:50 AM
I have no idea where to put this post since it involves games and toys and all kinds of shit, but it's also a photography and history project sort of, so what the hell, miscellaneous creative thread for now:

I started up a new tumblr at https://kirinsretrocloset.tumblr.com/

I recently cleaned out several childhood closets and attic space from my parents' house (since they're probably moving within the year) and recovered all kinds of treasures. Seemed like they could use documenting. Toys, games, computing stuff, and other treasures, all from the 80s and 90s. People who've followed my posts in the toys thread and elsewhere have seen a few of these already, but there's new stuff coming as well. I plan to drip-feed it slowly for a good long while. Give it a follow if you use tumblr and are interested! Or just check it out from time to time. I'll probably cross-post some of the best pics to relevant threads here as well.

Oh, it's also going to host some supplemental material for Retronauts East, since a good bit of stuff I dug up is relevant to some topics I'll be covering over there as well.

four-so
04-30-2017, 11:57 PM
I'm not sure where to put this but I need to put it somewhere, and this thread seemingly applies to creativity, so here it goes.

An old friend of mine, who I've kept in touch with through Facebook, wrote a book last year that he finished somewhere around Thanksgiving. He put out the call for proofreaders, people who be "brutally honest" (his words) about the work in question, which is a kind of high-fantasy novel, in the vein of Salvatore or Tolkien. He said he already had an editor, someone to wield the Red Pen of Doom, so he just wanted folks to critique the novel for readability, narrative consistency, and so on. I volunteered.

I've made my way through as much of the novel as I can stomach and I think I owe him some feedback, which is overdue since he sent me the novel on Jan 5th. Now, I don't want to discourage creativity - I think we need more artists - but holy to the fuckin' moly. This prose is super-duper amateur hour. It's the kind of thing you'd expect from an eighth grader who just discovered The Hobbit, has never read for pleasure before, and now has a wild hair up his ass that his very first work is a.) a fantastic read and b.) salable.

It reads for the most part like a thorough and detailed version of an outline for a D&D campaign. It really comes across not so much as a narrative but more like "Here's all the cool things that are going to happen when I sit down to play D&D with myself." If I squint hard enough, I can see the damn character sheets and rulebooks.

It's a hodge-podge. Boring and hackneyed in spots, overly detailed in spots, he has a SEVERE case of telling instead of showing, an unfortunate tendency to want to get flowery instead of getting on the with the business of telling a fucking story, etc.

And I haven't even touched on the characterization of the one female protagonist, and the interaction with the four male protagonists; my eyes rolled so hard I'm surprised it was not audible. Copious amounts of mansplaining. The men always know better and always have a thing or three to say to "improve" the female. The female is some kind of druid-type character but she has to be schooled on how to read a map. (She's holding it upside down and one of the guys sheepishly corrects her mistake. This is not comedy or satire; it's played straight.) She is a highborn elf and thus snooty and shrew-like, which isn't super-horrible in and of itself, but combined with all the other shit is just goddamned insulting. And the non-druid men always seem to know more about druidism than the female druid, which is just mind-bogglingly bad.

My friend, the would-be author, is not a bad guy. He's a rather good guy, and he means well no doubt, so I don't even think he realizes he's given himself over to tropes that were already tiresome umpteen years ago.

I don't think he's cognizant of how trite the whole thing really is. Half of me wants to keep reading to see how bad it gets.

So I find myself at an impasse. Do I deliver the brutal honesty he seemed to wish for, or do I soften the blows as much as possible, or do I find some excuse to bow out and tell him I could not provide an in-depth critique, leaving my response to something like "needs work, good effort"? I would like to offer some constructive criticism but, fuck, where do I even start? (Aside from, "wild hairs are fine but you need to read everyday to develop the narrative ear and write everyday for practice. Commit to a daily regime and rewrite ALL of this in about a year.")

He commented a few weeks ago that the editor was about three-quarters of the way finished and she liked what she had read - "Editor's almost done and she likes it. So, I can write! Who'd have guessed?" - and it took all of my willpower not to just go take a fucking nap because, at that moment, I couldn't handle what I had gotten myself into.

BŁge
05-01-2017, 09:41 AM
We live in a post-Eragon world, four-so.

I would give him the brutal honesty.

Traumadore
05-01-2017, 10:21 AM
where do I even start? (Aside from, "wild hairs are fine but you need to read everyday to develop the narrative ear and write everyday for practice. Commit to a daily regime and rewrite ALL of this in about a year.")


Just tell him what he's got, not how he should go about fixing it. You can give him the broad strokes, and offer to give detailed examples on any points if he wants them. So you can say you thought it was dated, sexist, felt like notes from a D&D campaign, had too much exposition instead of action, etc.

Maybe remind him of his request for brutal honesty because I have a feeling it's going to get ugly like a Painting 1 critique. If he gets defensive just let it lie, there's no need to debate your points.

Lady
05-01-2017, 06:07 PM
People pay a lot of money to get into workshops like Viable Paradise and Clarion in order to learn how to take critique. It requires being very comfortable with yourself and confident in your ability to really listen to well-reasoned criticism and act on it.

There's a good chance your friend isn't there yet. I'd say tell him that you've got some feedback that might be hard to hear, and let him confirm that he really wants critique and not happy fuzzy pats on the back. Then, be clear about where you see the weak points at, but put the emphasis on how it affects the work as a whole, and what could possibly serve to make it stronger instead.

decision tree:
1) he wants happy fuzzies
1.a) "wow, it takes a lot of work and dedication to finish something like that; congratulations"

2) he wants to improve his book
2.a) these are the parts that, at best, do not move your plot and action forward, and at worst, serve to undermine the efforts of decades of feminism.
2.b) a general description of what would serve better (but no rewriting; let him pen the words)

four-so
05-01-2017, 07:44 PM
That makes a lot of sense. Maybe since there's been some months since he gave me the novel - he had only finished it about a month before, so he was still riding high - I can ask him again what kind of feedback he really wants. I took a fair amount of notes that I could condense to something actionable. Or I can just leave it at, "Good effort. Many people start writing a book but not many people finish one."

And yeah, I don't think he'd debate any of the finer points. I think he'd just be depressed and would lose a bit of faith in himself, the expectation and the reality not meshing as well as he had probably hoped. The story isn't complete schlock. He does some interesting things, like his dwarf playing against type, but he has a long road if he really means to produce good prose.

At least I have some places I can go when he asks about it again. Thanks, guys.

Falselogic
05-19-2017, 04:43 PM
Anyone have cheap, tasteful looking, and creative ways to hang some vinyl sleeves?

Lady
05-19-2017, 08:13 PM
Like card sleeves?

Kate or Die!
05-20-2017, 09:42 AM
There are record-sleeve-sized plastic frames (http://www.joann.com/multipurpose-record-album-frame/1555887.html), or maybe little wall mounts like these (http://etsy.me/2r3N3eq)?

Lady
05-21-2017, 03:11 PM
My friend got some player figures for Tokaido, and I brought my paints over to colorize them. These things were small! I was glad I took all my paintbrushes, because my usual set would not have been sufficient to do these.

http://snowy-day.net/img/pictures/Orig/2017-05-21%2001.12.27/IMG_20170520_235546.jpg&w=900
http://snowy-day.net/img/pictures/Orig/2017-05-21%2001.12.27/IMG_20170521_000252.jpg&w=900

Daikaiju
05-21-2017, 07:04 PM
Hm. That reminds me. I have several minis I'd like to get assembled/painted but I do not have the hands for it. Is anyone here capable?

JBear
05-23-2017, 09:51 AM
My friend got some player figures for Tokaido, and I brought my paints over to colorize them. These things were small! I was glad I took all my paintbrushes, because my usual set would not have been sufficient to do these.

http://snowy-day.net/img/pictures/Orig/2017-05-21%2001.12.27/IMG_20170520_235546.jpg&w=900
http://snowy-day.net/img/pictures/Orig/2017-05-21%2001.12.27/IMG_20170521_000252.jpg&w=900
These are adorable! Great job!

Rivers
05-23-2017, 12:37 PM
Those turned out great, Lady. I've been wanting to get into painting miniatures but I never see any figures around here except the Warhammer ones, which don't really interest me. These are from some kind of board game?

Hm. That reminds me. I have several minis I'd like to get assembled/painted but I do not have the hands for it. Is anyone here capable?

I'm not sure what assembly would require, but I could definitely do the painting. :D

Lady
05-23-2017, 02:23 PM
Thanks!

They're for a game called Tokaido. I'm not sure if they came with a special edition or what, though.

Traumadore
05-23-2017, 08:09 PM
Those turned out great, Lady. I've been wanting to get into painting miniatures but I never see any figures around here except the Warhammer ones, which don't really interest me. These are from some kind of board game?

I'd be really surprised if a shop that carries Warhammer doesn't have a bunch of other lines that contain something more appealing, maybe they're just tucked away. What kind of things are you interested in? I could probably recommend some makers.

JBear
05-24-2017, 09:53 AM
They're for a game called Tokaido. I'm not sure if they came with a special edition or what, though.
IIRC, the figures were a Kickstarter reward. It's possible that they've been made available at retail since then, however.

Lady
05-24-2017, 08:14 PM
TBH, I saw this Indiegogo for a 3D printer (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/monoprice-mini-delta-affordable-starter-3d-printer#/), and making mini-figs came to mind immediately.. I wonder if selling those could break even

Traumadore
05-24-2017, 11:33 PM
Managed to write 500 words in an hour tonight which is great. I mean, I meant to write this bit back in January, but I'll take it all the same.

bobbywatson
05-27-2017, 04:57 PM
How did you motivate yourself to sit down and do it?

Traumadore
05-28-2017, 09:53 AM
Honestly, I don't know. I guess I was just burned out on games and model kits this week and I didn't want to go to bed.

It also caused me to do some drawing and painting outside of work the following day, so it's definitely starting a shift in my motivation that I am enjoying.

Falselogic
06-05-2017, 09:08 PM
Managed to get back to my Kq1 demake. Started by ripping out all of the text from the original AGI version of the game!

Traumadore
06-06-2017, 12:00 PM
What does a demake of a game that primitive look like?

Falselogic
06-06-2017, 12:03 PM
What does a demake of a game that primitive look like?

I'm either going to make it IF or port it to ZZT or Megazeux.

Still deciding that.

KCar
06-16-2017, 04:47 PM
I made a meme-type thing! Joke and art both mine.

http://68.media.tumblr.com/c65c9486d05a718dea42b0e88ff1d514/tumblr_ormnt5ANpV1vcci6fo1_r2_1280.png (http://parttimecomic.tumblr.com/post/161882229147/i-made-a-thing)

Falselogic
06-16-2017, 04:47 PM
ha! love it.

Kirin
06-16-2017, 05:03 PM
Is this already on a network somewhere we could re-blog/tweet it, or should we just post it ourselves (with permission and attribution of course)? 'Cause it's grand.

KCar
06-16-2017, 05:18 PM
Is this already on a network somewhere we could re-blog/tweet it, or should we just post it ourselves (with permission and attribution of course)? 'Cause it's grand.

It's all good! I am hosting it on my extremely sporadic comedy tumblr (http://parttimecomic.tumblr.com/post/161882229147/i-made-a-thing) though. That wouldn't be a bad way to link it back to me!

And thanks!

Kirin
06-17-2017, 09:53 AM
Sweet, tumblr is a thing I have so I'll just reblog that. Done!

Lady
06-29-2017, 09:14 PM
We finished watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 3

http://snowy-day.net/img/pictures/Orig/2017-06-29%2020.11.02/20170628_130348.jpg&w=900&r=270

I guess drawing things is how I express all the feels I have due to consuming media.

(I didn't feel the need to trace this time, since I had gotten lots of study done of Araki's style last November (http://snowy-day.net/img/pictures/Orig/2016-11-16%2020.12.27/20161116_191454.jpg&w=900))

Johnny Unusual
06-30-2017, 08:25 AM
We finished watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 3

http://snowy-day.net/img/pictures/Orig/2017-06-29%2020.11.02/20170628_130348.jpg&w=900&r=270

I guess drawing things is how I express all the feels I have due to consuming media.

(I didn't feel the need to trace this time, since I had gotten lots of study done of Araki's style last November (http://snowy-day.net/img/pictures/Orig/2016-11-16%2020.12.27/20161116_191454.jpg&w=900))

Great Kakyoin and some really great Rohans.

BŁge
06-30-2017, 10:52 AM
Rohans.

http://i.imgur.com/H8sDVzU.jpg

bobbywatson
07-07-2017, 06:43 PM
So, I completed a big art project (http://talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=17607) recently (well, not exactly "completed", but finished a significant step). I was all set to keep working on it, but I just... I don't know. I can't seem to find the motivation to just pick up a pencil.

I used to be able to take (relatively simple) photo and reproduce it with reasonable fidelity, and I want to do it again, but every time I think "I'm going to do this tonight", it just doesn't happen. Like tonight. Instead of doing it, I ended up going for a 40 minute walk, play FF XV for 30 minutes, and then spend 20 minutes watching an excerpt from Lawrence O'Donnell's show from yesterday on YouTube.

I have subscribed to a class on anatomy drawing on Udemy, and it seems to be super interesting, but I just can't start it. I sit down, go through 20 minutes of video, and then just stop.

Feels like I have no motivation for... anything. Including finding a new job, which I am going to need very soon.

Traumadore
07-11-2017, 10:10 AM
That sounds like an authentic art process to me. Maybe you should just go nuts. Like take out your inks and paints and set out a bunch of paper and go to town on them.

Ghost from Spelunker
07-11-2017, 08:05 PM
I am having a hell of time accessing any files on my Blue Stinger disk, I guess this is the closest thread to ask:
Can somebody rip some of the textures from that game for me? I really wanted the logos on Dog's yellow WIND shirt, and any and all Hassy can textures.

Lady
07-17-2017, 11:16 AM
My friend got some player figures for Tokaido, and I brought my paints over to colorize them. These things were small! I was glad I took all my paintbrushes, because my usual set would not have been sufficient to do these.

More painting!

http://snowy-day.net/img/pictures/Orig/2017-07-17%2009.46.54/20170715_170046.jpg&w=900
http://snowy-day.net/img/pictures/Orig/2017-07-17%2009.46.54/20170715_170116.jpg&w=900
http://snowy-day.net/img/pictures/Orig/2017-07-17%2009.46.54/20170715_230220.jpg&w=900
http://snowy-day.net/img/pictures/Orig/2017-07-17%2009.46.54/20170715_230255.jpg&w=900


Please note, we played everything except Tokaido that day.

Balrog
07-17-2017, 08:26 PM
Those are killer.

muteKi
08-08-2017, 06:49 PM
I figured drawing a bunch of eels would be necessary to help clear my head and let me move on mentally

https://files.mastodon.social/media_attachments/files/001/146/519/original/d20860964906e171.jpg

WildcatJF
08-08-2017, 06:56 PM
Dr. muteKi I have a bit of the opposite situation happening now

muteKi
08-08-2017, 09:08 PM
In retrospect probably shoulda spoilerpop'd it

EDIT: Would I say the homages to Sally Cruikshank (Face like a Frog, Quasi at the Quackadero, this thing right here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PWPoHg2cRA)) and some (https://modernreston.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Pepperland.jpg) of (http://www.yellowsubmarine.com/sites/default/files/popup/shop.png) Yellow (http://www.cornel1801.com/1/y/YELLOW-SUBMARINE/4song.html) Submarine (http://basementrejects.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/yellow-submarine-1968-blue-meanies-invade-pepperland.jpg) intentional in that little eel collage? Yeah, basically. I feel like without really examining the work of these animation projects, the whole question of what the hell the damn eel in Mario 64 is supposed to look like winds up being pretty incoherent (with pretty much the entire rest of the series, since what the hell else in the entire fucking series even looks anything like that? when they remade the game for DS they completely changed its look), whereas taken in the light of those aforementioned animation projects, jolly roger bay feels outside the normal context of mario but makes a lot of sense as an attempt to create a 3D animation in the style of those features; hell, it's a wonder the wrecked ship isn't a submarine itself.

Lady
08-08-2017, 10:47 PM
what the hell is this eel dream you keep having?

muteKi
08-08-2017, 11:31 PM
I don't know that it's one dream, but there's always an eel and some sort of callback to jolly roger bay. It vacillates between sheer terror (as I must gaze upon the harrowing visage of such a strange monster as these) and utter slapstick (as there have been dreams where an eel must attempt to follow me on to dry land, whereupon all it can do is be large and flop about, as it is fundamentally a sea creature). There is no particular coherence to any of it, other than I see various sorts of horrifying eels over the course of my dreams.

The eels I see obviously don't look exactly like the one in JRB; one of the purposes of this drawing I've made is to categorize some of the appearances it has taken in my dreams.

Patrick
08-08-2017, 11:37 PM
Reminds me of The Tin Drum. It has a scene with eels that has stuck with me for over a decade.

muteKi
08-08-2017, 11:42 PM
oh yeah one of the eels is a complete intentional ripoff of mathman too, from square one television. probably pretty obvious which one it is now that I've said that ;)

Loki
08-09-2017, 09:51 AM
Sally Cruikshank

Mute!

You're good people.

tungwene
08-10-2017, 12:06 AM
Dr. muteKi I have a bit of the opposite situation happening nowThat may be the only way to be rid of the curse...by passing it to some one else!

Very neat eels, btw. I like the one in the shape of a "c" staring at his own tail.

Eddie
09-03-2017, 08:03 PM
http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss297/Ashdate/IMG_0998.jpg

My latest crossstitch masterpiece!

Edit PHOTOBUCKET WHAT HAVE YOU DONE

Tweet link: https://twitter.com/eddielarusic/status/904527412674879488

bobbywatson
10-18-2017, 01:20 PM
I was trying to work on the cover page for the short (7 pages + 1 cover page) in-between-chapters thing for my webcomic last night, and I just could not draw the main character on the big page (and wasted one sheet of watercolor paper).

I tried again this afternoon (on cheaper paper), measured the full height, split the whole thing into 6.25 heads (I'm slowly moving away from realistic proportions for now), and voilŗ, somehow it all magically appeared on the page, and it looks even better than the small 5 inch sketch I did yesterday (I did change the pose slightly, which made things more interesting).

Being able to fit the characters into a measured template has been something that has blocked me from progressing for quite a while, curiously enough, but I'm starting to get the hand of it.

Now, I need to figure out what I'm going to put in the background...