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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.