Sunday, January 27, 2008

And

You know what's really annoying? I can't post any of this stuff, because I don't want to ruin the impact when read in its proper place (assuming I ever finish this damn thing).

38k

Finally passed the 38 thousand word mark. It has been a long time coming, for whatever reason. I had to go back to the beginning, basically, and work through all the stuff up to this point, fixing things, to finally get to a point where I was able to go on. But today, it did go on, finally (I said that didn't I?). I'm even happy with the results, although, as usual, that is tempered by the fact that I will still have to come back and look at it again later.

Nope



Not particularly more energetic today. A bit of writing done, and this sketch, from a picture from Top Left Pixel. It was two girls playing zombie. I just tried to get the basic shapes and composition right.

(Painter, approx 1 hr)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Tired



When I get tired, I do one of these. Today was a dentist's appointment plus a rough day at work, so nothing productive happened this evening. Hopefully I'll have more energy tomorrow.

(Painter, 2 hours maybe?)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Out of Hand



A warmup which got out of hand.

(Painter, approx 90 minutes)

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Blast from the Past

Today somebody left a comment on a picture I did a bit more than a year ago. It was a very scribbly sketch, and I found myself wondering if I could do any better now.



Maybe a little. I ended up, as usual, going off and doing something slightly different from what I had intended originally. Instead of a quick sketch, I spent a fair bit of time (more than an hour) trying to do something relatively accurate, so the comparison isn't really fair. (Painter, approx 1 hour.)

Then, as I brought it into Photoshop for resizing (Painter, for some reason, doesn't seem to resize things well), I decided to try fooling around with a bit of "inking" with a tool that I don't usually use for that purpose. It didn't work that well, although that may not be such a problem with the tools as with the fact that this is a very flatly lit picture, and I'm really timid with the blacks.



(Photoshop, 45 minutes)

In other news, I spent a good part of today looking at pictures of art deco furniture and people in tuxedos. Make of that what you will.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Be Vewy Quiet

I did a number of things today. Sort of felt productive, actually. However, I don't think I can share many of them.



This turned out messy and small scale when I was intending to do it bigger. Good thing I didn't, since this took me about two hours, I think.

(Photoshop, approx 2 hours)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Forgetful

I just realized I forgot the picture for "A Walking of Crows" that I was going to do. It's still on the to do list, even though Justy already did a picture. Like all things on the list it's a bit up in the air when I will get around to it, though.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Other Ideas

"The Algorithm"



Another rough sketch. Let's see how I feel in the morning.

Oh, and a badly drawn hottie head shot for old time's sake.



(Photoshop, approx 1 hour, maybe... and Painter, 30 minutes or so)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Speaking of Many Things on the Plate

It has been a while since I did one of those to-do lists. They're always depressing (look at how little progress I've made) and exciting (look at all the things I'll get done soon!) at the same time.

  • Art

    • Commissions/Gifts:

      • William Gibson vs. William Burroughs

      • The Cowboy/Senorita Pic

    • Illustrations

      • "The Algorithm" artwork

      • Sweet Moonlight episode art (lots of this)

      • Get started on What Sleeps art

    • Comics

      • "The Fountain" (rework & finish)

      • Ran's Daughter (need to write the script first, though)

      • Whatever Tim Comes Up With

  • Writing:

    • What Sleeps draft

    • Considering rework or restart of "Pod" or "Miracle Kingdom" stories

    • Script for Ran's Daughter, at least the first few episodes


So there you have it, the definition of over-ambitious.

Cheese and Trees

Last night was almost productive (in the "not work I get paid for" sense). I spent a while working out some kinks in a couple of scenes and dialog. It's still cheesy as hell, but I think that goes with the territory. Bub.

I also continued my "draw something else" series. This time, trees:



Again, fairly happy. A bit sloppy, but it seemed to work out. I've found trees very hard in the past, and these ones actually turned out pretty well, I thought.

(Photoshop, approx 1 hour 10 minutes)

Monday, January 14, 2008

Interpretation



I thought this landscape/background thing was going to be a real chore. It turns out, it's fun. That's mostly due to this photographer's mad skillz. His pictures are so strong, they're a real joy to interpret.

(Photoshop, approx 1 hour 15 minutes)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Serendipity



Just as I decide to branch out, one of my favorite photographers dumps a pile of inspiring pictures on the web.

(Photoshop, approx 1 hour.)

How to Draw Noir Comics

Inspired by a book of that title, which I bought and read cover-to-cover today, I pulled off a few quick sketches:







The idea here is that I'm going to try harder to move away from my usual subject matter. So far, the movement has been slight (though significant for me). I am determined to start drawing buildings, office supplies, cars, trees, and dishes. Bear with me, as the hotties will, no doubt, return regularly.

(Corel Painter Essentials 2.0, approx 20 mins per picture)

Monday, January 07, 2008

Deleting is Progress

Yes it is, dammit. Thanks to your support, I did make a bit of progress last night, although that progress mostly consisted of deciding that a certain dialog could end right where it was, and another dialog was extraneous and could be deleted. So delete I did, and finally felt free to continue on.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Back to the Stuck

So, connectivity problems over the past three days with Comcast. I finally break down and schedule someone to come take a look at it... and it starts working again. (Actually, it worked for a few hours last night, so I'm still not trusting it to stay up.)

I haven't drawn much of anything for a while, but I have tried to start writing again. I promptly got stuck, and still am. Tonight, I will stare at the words I have written and wonder what to do with them for another hour or two. Wish me luck.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

300

We will post in the shade! Etc. etc. Anyway, 300 posts. Yay.

My desktop computer has been repaired, which means I can move off the laptop for art. Having a bigger screen will be nice, but the desktop is also in a less private space. I think having a door I can close is more conducive to making pictures (especially *cough* naughty ones, but that goes without saying), so I wonder if this will actually reduce my output.