I appreciate how our subconscious apparently has a much better eye for beautiful landscapes than I do. And that in dreamland, my vision can be sharp enough to actually APPRECIATE IT.
( How Rogan changed from twink to bear. )You know, I hadn’t actually LOOKED through my art to see how my self-image changed over the years. It’s weird to see the gradual changes; I never notice them as they’re happening. There’s just periodic, “Oh shit, I look bad,” and, “gut, nooooo!” Man, if we didn’t draw regularly, I’d probably never have noticed!
While digging through my sketchbooks, I found some of these random Infinity Smashed sketches, testing out my Col-Erase pencils. (At the time, I was sketching entirely in pen; since this point, I do my pencil sketches in green Col-Erase, which I digitally strip out or change to gray for web stuff.)That’s Biff and M.D., of course, and above them is Number One, M.D.’s self-appointed big sister. I’d forgotten that I’d ever managed a picture of her I actually LIKED. I’ll be adding it to cast page probably. The one in pen is me circa 2014, back when I looked really bad.
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After that post where I described myself as a large hairy catfish, silvercat17 sent me this picture of myself as a very large and hairy catfish merman.
I am RIDICULOUSLY delighted by this. They gave me permission to share the image, so here it is, guys, me as a very hairy catfish merman. :D
What time is it? PREVIEWS OF OUT OF MIND PAGES TIME!
Of course, my comics filter peeps on Patreon get the whole rough draft dummy book, all 300 pages of it, over the next month. They’ll get it before anyone else but editorial! >:D
Considering how many people and how many years the book covers, I figured it’d be good to make our dedication page also a quick and dirty cast page. (We actually end up having two, since there’s a big time skip at a certain point, and some of us changed our appearance quite a lot in that time. Like Mac’s princessly tresses.)( Pics behind cut! :D )
Please enjoy my husband’s gradual transformation into Disney Princess.( Image behind cut )
Universe: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: 2250
Summary: Thomas has been in Treehouse for almost a year, and everyone's getting gussied up for spring. But formalwear means different things to different people...
Notes: This story was prompted by weareangels and sponsored by the Patreon crew! Thank you very much! More notes at bottom.
Thomas came home to feathers everywhere. Soft fluffy little dun ones, on the floors and stuck to the walls of the big hollow banyan-tree-thing Thomas and Strong-Legs called home. Some still floated in the air—Thomas almost inhaled one by accident and promptly sneezed.
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I think I’ve gotten my sea legs in Manga Studio. Just inked a quick sketch I did of Mac yesterday while we were having a froyo date.
My husband is a very handsome man with very pretty hair, but it was his smile that I think I first fell in love with. I have also had a very hard time drawing it properly–this is the first time I’ve been truly satisfied in years.
Huh, and I just realized, it’s right about the time I first really met him, nine years ago. Happy meet-iversary, gorgeous!
( A nice big image behind the cut, to show the line variation )We are mature adults here at Casa Loony-Brain.
These are two context-free panels from a longer strip that my Patreon comics stream folks will get, and will be part of the sketchbook I’m planning as a perk for the eventual Out of Mind Kickstarter. (Yes, that might be back-burnered, due to commissions, but it WILL happen eventually.)
But mostly, I’m posting this to gush over MangaStudio5. It was a gift from an anonymous benefactor, and oh my god, the difference is indescribable. The line weight variation is HEAVENLY, and the program is so much more forgiving than GIMP. To get lines like this in GIMP, I would have to be constantly changing brush sizes and erasing to make everything flow; in Manga Studio, the only time I needed to change my brush was to do lettering/panels or tones; I didn’t need to change the actual size. I will never need to erase a line to make it pointy ever again.
It also seems to be easier on my body, maybe because I don’t need machine like precision in my lines simultaneously with lead-handedness to get any line variation whatsoever. Also, I will never have to hand-make a basic screentone EVER AGAIN. No more crosshatching for solid hours! Wow!I’m not sure how clearly I make it in early work, but Mac is really, really tall, and Biff is quite short. I’m not really exaggerating the height difference between us here.
This picture has no date (I never dated ANY sketches back then) but I THINK it was from maybe mid-2010? And his design hasn't really changed much since then. The top left face is pretty much definitely the one he makes during The Next Adventure. The flirty face... involves a part of Book One I haven't written since the old draft. Context is for the weak.
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Transcript, for folks using screen-readers or who can't read my handwriting:
( And image descriptions for my screen-reader buddies. )
Woo, I finally finished this! See, periodically we do a system family portrait of all of us together, but it’d been a few years and our last one was woefully out of date. So here, enjoy a nice little comparison set of our family portraits over time: 2007, 2011, and now 2016.( Big arts behind the cut! )
The Borg Critters are formally known as Unit #000111, an exploration unit for a digital collective consciousness known as the Hive. They are sent to an unknown world with harsh conditions, most notably an atmosphere that prohibits regular wireless contact. Without regular contact from the Mother Hive, they have grown to be individuals, though they are still devoted to the Hive and their work.
Each "appendage" of the unit (the Hive is one mind, so individual bodies are considered 'appendages' rather than 'people') has its own job and specialty. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed drawing them, back at the end of the Homeless Year!
( A BUNCH of cute little cyborg animal pictures under the cut! )