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4/21/2018 Rat Kingdom Painting

For my latest stream, I did something new where I painted my Rat Kingdom sketch I did a while ago.

In other good news, I am only one page of coloring away from completing Shirley’s Day! I’ll probably rework the lettering a bit and add a cover page, but I am very close to the completion of this three year project!

 

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C2E2 Love and Sketchbook Talking

I missed an update due to C2E2 being two weekends ago! I had a good time showing off my work and meeting cool artists there!  Most feedback on my comic just asked me to finish Shirley’s Day and print it myself to give away to people to show off, so despite all my doubts strangers like my artwork.

I despite not speaking to enough artists and attending panels, I had a decent time and I’m glad I went. Hopefully, next year I’ll be at Artist Alley.

As for my comic progress, I’ve made little. My computer crash during the stream and I didn’t save my progress, so I lost a good hour of work. Frustrated with faulty tablet drivers, I ended the stream early that night. I can knock out the comic another time.

Some artwork and sketches I haven’t posted yet.

 

I’d been doing some refinements on Gogh the Goat Wizard and trying to figure out a decent story for him.

One idea I have for a new comic story, is for Cole the Raccoon Merchant to meet up with a party of adventurers to sell his stuff to.

This is the fighter character of the party who is with Gogh the Goat Wizard and Weasel Thief. The most I thought of him is a “generic” super warrior type, like Brock Samson.

He’s inspired by the Guin Saga of books mostly in visuals and is a very minor character. Maybe when I delve more into the story, I could think of a better personality.

I was filling out my Sketchwallet and doodled this jungle cat girl during the train to the convention. I’m feeling the design a bit so I wanted to do some refining.

I did a turnaround sketch for her. I could stand to give less characters bandages though…

I’m currently thinking that Jungle Cat could be a suitable replacement for the big jaguar guy since she looks more interesting as a design.


3/26/2018 Comic Progress and Sketchbook stuff

 

 

 

I’m feeling the pressure of C2E2 looming to finish this comic or even my portfolio in general. If you’ve been following me on any other social sites I’ve been a bit inactive due to placing more priority on the comic.

I never feel like to use my time effectively enough, which is true, I spend a lot of my available time writing and reference hunting for a completely new project that I’m chomping at the bit to work on instead of Shirley’s Day.

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3-19-2017 Another Week Down of Art

I managed to flat up this larger first panel and make a few new friends on Mixer, so I’ve made decent progress!

I’m feeling nervous trying to complete this comic. It’s slower than I want and I worry that I won’t finish in time for C2E2.

Sketch I worked on in my car during times before work.

Concept Sketch for the Rat Queen and the Rodent Kingdom. They include (in clockwise) Squirrel Leprechaun, The Undead Sword Rat, Rat Captain, and…this bat with one eyebrow…

I still haven’t figured out names since I just sketch them without a real concrete story behind them yet. I just know they should be antagonists to Cole Blackmask, or even just tricksters. Who knows.

 


Watercolor Painting Process

I decided to do a painting of a life drawing I did a while ago.

Each part is around 20 to 30 minutes of watercolor painting whenever I have time between my day job.

It was an okay piece and I’m glad I actually spent time on it instead of sketching and leaving it as I always do. Doing this made me think that my Canson Watercolor Paper dries too quickly to work with.

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3-12-2017 Comic Progress

Today’s stream has gone well!

I can say that I’ve completed almost all of the color flatting for my comic and I can more forward to lettering and real coloring!

Thanks to all who watched my stream tonight! See you next Saturday at 5pm CST!

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