A couple of notes

Got a new brush in the mail: a Princeton Round # 2 mini-detailer. The Windsor and Newton is more frizzy than an angora goat, and has been disposed of. At some point in the next few days, I need to create some big scene that I can illustrate with the tombows, the pentel, and the brush, so I can get a feel for the differences.

Spent yesterday tinkering on my RPG engine.

I finished out Tuesday by modelling Zoe, our puppet to play Eve and (probably) Mary and making a test drawing of the expulsion, which resulted in the above cartoon.

And just today, I tried shrinking the heads on the puppets to 80%. Because I always go overboard with the cartoon proportions.

Looks much better. It still looks cartoony enough for my tastes.

In real life, a person is 6.5 to 7 heads tall. Comic book or idealized proportions are usually around, what, 8 heads tall? According to this image I cribbed from Jesse White, 8.5 heads tall.

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How do Clay and Zoe stack up with the 0.8 heads?

Three and change apiece. But again, I’m going out of my way to produce cartoon characters, not comic book characters.

So here’s the to-do list of next tasks:

  • Finish transferring the storyboard to the PDF
  • Sculpt an angelic dragon to play the Serpent of Eden.
  • Create a full page illustration in a finished style, for promotion purposes.
  • Create a reasonable facsimile of the cover.

These can be done in any order, as I feel like. All of them need to be done before I can launch the crowdfund, and none of them is dependent on any other (although modeling the Serpent opens up possibilities for both the illustration and the cover).

I’ve been focusing on the creative work because it’s more fun. E.g. the next thing I “want” to do is sculpt the serpent. The theory I gave on Monday is that I can do the busywork (transferring the PDF) any time. But if any time never comes, it never gets done.

Eh. Let’s make the serpent today. We’ll do a variation on this picture:

With the new proportions and the serpent in the middle for the cover. After all, a good way to think of book 1 is the Kings of Earth. Adam, Satan, and Christ, are the three entities who can reasonably claim to be King of the Earth.

I’ll try and schedule a block of busy work for this afternoon/evening and see how it goes before I decide to double down and finish the PDF during my prime creation hours.

Update

There’s a start.

Additional Update

That’ll do.

I’ve finished modelling Clay.

And I got a Pentel Pocket Brush in the mail. Left is the Pentel, right is the Tombows, using the Pentel to fill in the blacks.

The pocket brush affords me much of the same life that the Windsor & Newton did, but more controlled. I can almost, almost draw with it. I think there’s a small but serious chance that with practice, the pocket brush may become my favorite way to ink. I think there is a larger chance that I will continue to work with some combination of the pocket brush and the Tombows.

Here we are colored in.

Next tasks on the list:

  • Produce a page in the chosen style. Using just Clay, here, I can produce page 4 or 5 (or both).
  • Sculpt models for Eve and for the Serpent.
  • Finish transferring the storyboard graphics and 1st draft text over into Scribus. (We’ve barely started, but I made an executive decision to work on the sculpts because transferring pages over is busywork, and can be done when I’m creatively tapped out).
  • Compose the first draft of the the Kickstarter pitch
  • Create the draft Kickstarter campaign so I can begin designing the graphics needed to make it work.
  • Contact people willing or likely to help me publicize my campaign.

Obviously, sculpting a naked caricature of whatever I think is the standard of feminine beauty, or a freaking angel dragon, are the most fun things on the to-do list.

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This is Clay. It’s his job to model for characters who, in my books, are going to be or resemble Christ (that is, in addition to Our Lord, Adam, David, probably Judah). Assuming I decide to go with this model. I may scratch it and start over, try and get proportions I would like better. I think I did okay with the face though.

May God forgive me for the caricature.

Work on Clay and other 3D sculpts will resume later, though. First thing’s first. I need to go through my storyboard, add a couple pages, and produce the test PDF.

The test PDF will have my storyboard low-res graphics, and my initial text. It’ll get sent off to the Amazon printer, so I can edit the book in physical form, as well as make sure the color choices “work”. Once I make a PDF for the test print, changing the length of the book is a Big Deal, so I need to add some bonus pages to give the document room to expand if it needs to.

That’s today’s big project. I should also get a new brush pen in the mail in the next couple of days, and a new paint brush, and I’ll need to pick a page to produce as a finished illustration both to test the pens, and have art for the crowdfund. The illustration producing process ideally also starts today, but is more likely to start tomorrow or later.

When I get a chance, I need to finish Clay. Give him hands, hair, an armature, and a wife.

Well, lads, this is it. Project of the moment is to fund Awesome Moments 1.

Caricatures of the Most High

So, I took the Awesome Moments concept sketch of the Risen Lord…

..and did a quick version according to my current theory of cartooning.

It hasn’t had as much effort put into it. But I’m considering shifting the art style, and I need points of comparison to analyze.

Probably should have made a “new” version of Adam and Eve instead. I’m a little leery about drawing Our Lord at all, let alone as a cartoon character. But one of the plans of the book is to represent the first and second Adam as visibly twins, to help drive home the second Adam thing. In fact, I’m going to do that right now.

Warning: Cartoon PG-13 nudity below the fold.

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Captain’s Log, 0210225.54: Of Battle Systems, Music, and Cartoon Kings

Normally, I would put off the Captain’s Log post for Friday, but I’ve only got three workdays left in this month, and that means I have to make a decision as to what I’m doing next month. And I’m almost 100% sure I’m going to Kickstart Awesome Moments starting halfway through the month. Which means I need to swiftly decide whether I’m retooling the art style, and I need to produce some good art for the Kickstarter itself, including the first draft of the PDF, and a couple of pages of finished illustrations.

The Last Legend engine has basic movement, dialogue, and context-sensitive radial menus:

There are two or three possible next steps:

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Captain’s Log, 0210208.060

Well, the week of my nativity is over.

Time to actually get serious.

This last week I did what I wanted, when I wanted, and nothing else (except what was required to keep my family and their animals alive, of course). And what I wanted turned out to be the basis of a platforming sequel to my hit game Candy Raid: the factory.

This gif has a lot of little things worth talking about, but let’s get back to it.

I need to either search for a day job, or else gear up to pay my bills with my projects quickly. Option 2 means running a successful crowdfund ASAP. The only project I have that is close to ready for that is Awesome Moments, my Bible Story book.

Because of my social media fast, the earliest I can run the Kickstarter in question effectively is March. If I choose to work my butt off on Hat Trick, or my bestiary, or on this little Candy Raid platformer, I can hypothetically have either of these projects Kickstarter ready by then. But I have to be 100% committed to the project. And my history of underestimating time to completion on projects leads me to believe I’d need at least two months to get either of those ready. And even a successful Kickstarter wouldn’t disburse funds until April.

Which means I need to hunt for a day job.

Sucks to be me, but I’ve been employed at dead-end day jobs for 15 years, and I’ve done the starving artist thing for 6 months. Being jobless definitely helps my projects, but not by giving me more time, but rather by giving me consistent time. If I can get something with regular hours, I should be able to keep my productivity close to the same.

If not, such is life. So let’s talk about how we are going to change our approaches to Vargenstone and Everything Else as a result.

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Captain’s Log, 0210201.073: Keep Moving Forward

Here are pictures of the Night Mare, in roughly the order I made them:

No relation to today’s post whatsoever. I just lined these up because I wanted to, and I find WordPress’s gallery convenient for the task.

This is my yearly custom of pausing and considering my life’s path and whether I want to continue on current lines, or what course adjustments I should make. As such, there will be an over abundance of navel gazing.

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Captain’s Log 0201228.72; Fails my heart, I know not how..

I wanted to get six pages done today. I got four done, and two more written, and I’m not sure if I’ll manage to do the storyboard for those other two today.

At this rate, we shall cover the crucifixion tomorrow, and the resurrection Thursday. Unless I can boost my production to 8 or 10 pages a day, though, I don’t foresee us finishing the story this month. Still, it should be very easy to pick up or wrap up in any spare moments I get over the next couple of months. And If I do boost my production speed (which, for drafts or storyboards, is inexcusably slow), we might yet pull it off.

Still, this bit of production, while less than I need, is more than I’ve been doing, and the right kind of momentum to start the week.

Captain’s Log 0201221.061, Transfigurating

That’s 50 pages done, for a book length of 52 pages. But of course, we’re not done with the story yet. So we’re looking at a final book of 80 to 100 pages, I think. I guess we’ll see when we get there.

I don’t expect to get a lot done this week. In addition to taking Wednesday and Sunday off, as is my custom, I will also be taking Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off.

And I am no longer certain the storyboard will be complete by the end of December. Because I have prior engagements for January, however, I will be dropping it come January whether it is done or not. So, here’s hoping and praying I am inspired to get it finished by then. If not, it may be months before I get back to it.