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Holiday Sale!

I have a new printing of Shirley’s Day is up for sale on my Etsy Store!

I also have a holiday sale for the month of December where it’s 25% off with free shipping!

Thank you for your support for all of these long years!

Please look forward to what I have next in the future!

In other news, my progress on my Gamestop comic is slowing down a bit due to my day job. I hope to pick up more after December.

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Let’s Make A Comic Story Part 1: Thumbnail Sketches

I’m struggling to write a new comic, so I decided to adapt an existing story to test myself. I’ve been working on a potential self-anthology of the dumb greentext stories that come from 4chan, Reddit, and Imgur because they get so outlandish sometimes and they’re a good source of visuals for me.

So I’ll be working at this comic story and recording my process as I go!This post is about Pre-Production and Thumbnailing.

This is the original greentext story.

I can picture this exchange in my head and I can see a decent visual of what I want to draw. So I begin some thumbnail drawings.

These are scans of small thumbnail drawings I made in my SketchWallet. It contains a 3.5×5.5 sketchbook, so it’s quite small. More pros usually will make 1 inch thumbnails on a sheet of copy paper which is fine and dandy as long as you stay small and quick. You really shouldn’t spend more than 5 minutes on a page.

The point of these thumbnail page sketches is to quickly figure out the broad scope of the entire story as a rough whole package. Because it’s so small you won’t be caught up in details and waste time on things that don’t matter yet.

This thumbnailing and pre-production time is also a good time to experiment with panel shapes and layouts before committing them to actual pencil drawings or inks. Here, I put little notes to myself to readjust the panel layout, mark an important panel or piece of dialogue to emphasize, or just tell myself the page isn’t working.

Thumbnails are mainly for your own reference to remember the direction you decided for your story, your writer to give them a rough idea of how they story might be taken visually, or an editor who might give you suggestions about how to improve the story layout and flow. As the person creating these bad drawings for yourself, and it’s entirely you’re choice to show off your thumbnails to the public or not.

After all this, I decided to do some editing in Photoshop to figure out the story better and put some notes down. This is a larger edited version of my thumbnails (click for the full size).

I’m showing my progress as I go because I’ve always been interested in the process of making a comic from start to finish and I hope you’ll be interested too!


More Cover Progress

After a bit of internal hemming and hawing, I think I’ve completed my cover of my short comic, Shirley’s Day. I’ve been working on this comic on and off by myself for the past three years! It’s been super long but I’m hitting the home stretch!

I’ve made more progress over the week in finishing the cover to Shirley’s Day.

I’m a bit split on using blur, on the one had I want to push the main character forward as much as possible, but on the other hand it might look tacky and amateurish, so I overall decided not to.

The final few pieces of work for the cover. I decided to do something subtle and color the line art. I didn’t want to do it initially, but I felt I needed to make the cover as good as I can and put the effort in!


7/2/2018 Lettering Improvements

I’ve been away finishing up commissions but I finally gained the time to stream and put the finishing touches on Shirley’s Day.

It was mostly lettering and adding new dialogue, word balloons and bolding emphasized words to make the speech “sound” better.

I’ve been chipping away at this comic for so long that, I’m a bit mad at myself that I’m taking so long on it.

I’m getting closer to the finish line though. I just gotta keep at it and not get discouraged. It’s the only thing I can do, really.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Collosal Catch-Up Update

I’ve slipped badly on keeping my website updated and not streaming, but I’ve been tackling important money making things between my dayjob and my freelancing!

Here is what I’ve been doing for the past three weeks!

 

 

I’ve recently finished a logo commission for a good friend and co-worker of mine!

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5/12/2018 Streaming News

I streamed again today. I got some new progress done, added Leprechaun Squire and did a bit more refining where it needs to be, values could use more work and the texture variety is lacking.
I won’t be stream next week as I’ll be at Anime Central hanging out. I’ll be streaming the week after though.
I thought I would get my comic done by now but other freelance opportunities and my stupid procrastination and perfectionism has put the comic in a perpetual 90% finished state that I can’t push through. I’m realizing this now and I’m gonna just let go, edit my lettering and get to drawing a cover and making my stupid zine already!
The Chalk Cap


Art Stuff at Water Tower Place

I’ve been at the Water Tower Place in Chicago doing live art at The Chalk Cap.

It was a fun time hanging out with people and making some cool custom hats! This idea is pretty cool though, as you can buy a cap with a surface on it where you can draw on it with chalk marker and it can be cleaned off with water!

It was a bit getting used to but it’s good to try out new mediums! I drew names, character requests and whatever else I could think of It was pretty great and I’ll totally show up next time!

 

 

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