some little doodles from my notebook that I liked!
some little doodles from my notebook that I liked!
I've switched over to writing my comic scripts in the standard comic script format, and it's very nice. Super legible, and once I figured out how I was going to adapt it to markdown, reasonably seamless for me to write in.
This is more-or-less the markdown I write:
### PAGE # (R) - # panels
**PANEL #:** *panel description*
And this is roughly how that ends up looking:
It's not shown in the example above, but I'm also using a
h1 for the document title, a
h2 to mark new scenes, and a
hr to create a page-break after each page.
I use a little css snippet to format the blockquotes I'm using for dialogue/sfx - it removes the default formatting and centers the text.
All that to say that I think the standard comic script is a really good tool. While it may take a little time + thought to integrate it into your workflow, I'd reccomend giving it a go! (and thought I'd share how I'm using it, as someone who scripts his comics in markdown)
I really thought that comics would be what got me drawing environments but nope, it's been concept art!
Comics have definately helped me a bit, but yeah. I've been doing a lot of environment art for work these past ~5 months, and I'm a lot more confident drawing environments as a result!
this is the first time I've gotten so invested in a story/ocs that I'm coming up with AUs in my head for them...
considering actually writing them down & making them as like. little tests/practices for the real thing
thinking about a human/cat cafe AU...
pomodoro technique is useful but always ends up with me just sitting there, waiting for the breaks to end lol
getting to the point of my comic script where the document is getting real long and intimidating to work on aha
thinking it might be smart to split the 3 acts into their own documents... will give it a go after I'm done with the current draft.
I'm usually super tired after work, so I don't often have the brainpower left to write! I took a nap after work today though, and it really helped :)
I was able to enjoy doing a little bit of writing before bed, and it feels nice!
it helps that I'm fairly excited for the comic I'm writing at the moment, too!! this one has a similar tone to the dragon knights, which was a bit of a breakthrough in discovering the type of story I enjoy telling :-)
some little doodles of genshin impact characters I made to sate my desire to draw fanart! these were drawn in pen from memory, so they're not super accurate to any of the actual character designs lol
started my second draft of moon jellyfish kiss!
it's looking like it'll be longer than I'd initially planned lol, but I think I've almost got the structure/pacing down now
I learnt a lot about the story from my first draft, and I'm looking forwards to learning more with this draft! :-)
just moved all of my moon jellyfish kiss stuff over to obsidian and man. I really like this editor, it feels so much better to write in!
notion was nice but it felt a little clunky to me? obsidian feels a little closer to writing in a code editor, and for whatever reason I find that a lot more intuitive lol
started editing my first draft today, and there's A LOT to rewrite but. progress is being made!
made some clip studio paint brushes! [download link]
they're based on pens I have irl and it took a bit of faffing but they feel really nice to draw with :-)
it's interesting to think about the phases I've gone through with my taste in brushes. I've used soft brushes, hard brushes, textured brushes, untextured brushes... a lot of it is about striking a balance that feels good to me, and what "feels good" is often mood-dependant!
I went on a walk today and I'm feeling a lot better :-)
starting to feel a lil burnt-out on drawing,,, I have a long weekend this week though, so hopefully that'll give me some time to recharge :)
it may also be that I need to get better sleep or go outside. maybe I'll go on a walk tomorrow.
cute lil doodle from my physical notebook~
really enjoying the microblog lately :)
it's been such a nice lil outlet! I can ramble about whatever I want with none of the anxieties I get from social media hehe
another study :)
finished the first draft of moon jellyfish kiss the other day! 🎉
gonna let it marinate for a bit while I do some world and character building. I'll come back to it later to figure out how I wanna restructure/rewrite things for the next draft :)
a lunchtime study - painted digitally from direct observation, with a focus on light + colour. I'm especially pleased with how the water in the vase came out :-)
Happy trans day of visibility!
Before I came out, I spent a lot of time feeling alone and afraid and monstrous because of my gender. I still struggle with lingering fears from that time.
Since going on T, I've felt a lot more like myself, and it's been terrifying!
For the majority of my life so far, my gender was my most closely-guarded secret. To be open about who I am puts me in a vulnerable position that I'm very much still adjusting to.
I was fully convinced, for a long time, that noone would recognise me as myself. that they would hate me, for being a stranger to them. it's a specific and difficult type of fear to explain.
I don't know how to properly articulate how much transmasculine visibility would've meant to me then.
All I had at the time were my daydreams, and even those would often turn sour.
I'm doing a lot better now, though I'm still working through some baggage. In part, that's thanks to proud and visible trans men/transmasculine folks.
They showed me that I can be trans and happy. I didn't know that was a possiblility for me, for the longest time.
wanna get back into the habit of doing art for myself again... done lots of art for other people in my free time lately!
time to make stuff for me.
been messing with the format of this page,,, now the lil tag in the top right of each entry is a link to that entry!
also tryna give this place a cosier vibe :-)
accidentally started bullet journalling again and now my notebook is running out of pages :'-)
it has proved really good for keeping my thoughts organised though!
I know a lot of people have really aesthetically-pleasing journals but I think I like mine being a bit of a hot mess - it's gotta be function > form for me, thank you very much
(as much as I love cute stationary, the idea of keeping my notebooks neat and tidy is intimidating... best not make things harder than they need to be!)
sometimes self-care is hiding all your unnamed layers in named folders... if I can't see the layer management nightmare, does it really exist?
started writing another comic... after having made a number of comics with strong gay undertones I feel like it's time. time to write something that is Overtly Gay.
the working title is Moon Jellyfish Kiss, which I think is a really cute name!! it's a romance/fantasy and I am trying very hard to finish my first draft of it,,
I want my script to feel real solid before I start drawing, so I have a lot of work ahead of me writing-wise haha
I really wanna draw this one.. I am prepared for it to take A While though - I draw all day everyday for work, so I'm happy enough to chip away at the comic bit by bit as&when I feel like doing so.
been researching deserts for work and the third youtube search result for them is a minecraft video?? please. youtube. I know I watch a lot of minecraft videos but this is not what I was asking for when I searched "desert" hsdkfgjshg
note to self that linear-burn is a really nice layer blending mode actually and I should use it more often.
so! I got a full-time job as a games artist!! :D
I started Monday last week and it's been great so far! I don't have much leftover art energy for personal work but I think I'm fine with that actually. I need to learn how to rest anyways.
but yeahh, comic/personal art is gonna slow down a fair bit! can't say much about the game I'm working on because NDA, but it's a real fun project :-)
I wake up every morning and apply my t gel, shirtless in the bathroom mirror. and in the process of slowly, slowly, becoming, I learn to like my body a little more.
(1 month on T!!)
but the trouble with this is that the HTML alternative is to create individual .html files for each page of each comic. and I have a lot of comics on this site- factory town alone has 57 pages!! I did not want to edit all these by hand.
luckily for me, I remembered that I know Python! so I decided some automation was in order.
I haven't programmed anything in like at least two years though?
it took a little trial and error, but in the end I came up with a script that looped through all of the comic images and created a HTML page for each one, adding the correct first/prev/next/last links and other info into a template file using .replace()
it's not perfect and I still had to edit some things manually, but it definately saved some time and was much more entertaining than writing all the .html files by hand would've been.
anyways now I wanna program some more because I'd forgotten how fun it is!!
and for my last drawing of the year, I present to you some more character concept art for the graphic novel I started writing by accident!
I'm still writing it! it's going well. yesterday I worked on fleshing out the characters a bit more, and they all have names now :-)
I've also been putting a lil more thought into each character's background and some of the worldbuilding.
I'll make a proper page for this story at some point, but for now I'll most likely just be sharing bits of concept art here and there.
we had a traditional Belizean christmas dinner this year (chimole for spice-lovers and wonton soup for me) and man. why we've been eating turkey roast all these years when the family recipes are so much tastier I have no idea,,
happy holidays to people who celebrate!
I knitted a cardigan!* I'm super happy with it, though the tension is a little uneven in places.
*I did not make the cardigan in one day, I made it over a couple months! I think I started it in October? also I haven't blocked it yet
also today is my second day on T, feels good, feels good :-)
so I may have accidentally started writing a graphic novel... here is some concept art.
long story summarised, I was going through old sketchbooks the other day and discovered some old OCs I'd forgotten about:
this sketchbook is from 2019-2020, and I have no idea who these characters were, only the name of the story they were attatched to: RIFT.
I thought they were kinda neat though, so I started writing about them. and also redesigned them a bit. and now we're here,,
I've been officially prescribed Testosterone!! Puberty 2, I'm coming for you.