29 January, 2010

Marni speed paint test



I just got both a new PC and Paint Tool SAI. I wanted to try both of them out, so I did a little one-hour drawing of Marni. Hm, I haven't done anything with The Cercyon lately. I should remedy this.

SAI is really cool!!

28 January, 2010

Evolution of Tabby

Well, I've been working pretty diligently on getting Into The Orchard ready to post. Of course in doing so, I've been thinking a lot about the characters! As I have some free time waiting for inks to dry, I figured I would share some behind-the-scenes of the project (mostly because I really love talking about it). The content of this blog is inconsequential to the actual story so I don't mind sharing!

Maybe you won't be as interested in this as I am, because you're far more unfamiliar with the character. However, I love going back and seeing how my characters have progressed throughout the years! The main character for Into The Orchard has had a very steady but very fun evolution from his creation in 2004 to the premier of his story on Monday.

Tabby started out as being an 'image' character - a subject to draw certain scenes with but who didn't have a story. The only depth to his character was "someone who really likes women". His purpose was to use as a subject for romantic or sweet scenes, as seen here (Summer 2004):


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There must have been some drawings of him done afterward but for the life of me I can't find him. Between the above drawing and the next one, he was given his name and was given a different hairstyle - his characteristic cow-lick. Tabby continued to be an optimistic, head-in-the-clouds romantic (April 2005):


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I think it was after the above picture that I decided I didn't like him obsessing over romance or relationships, and he became a lot more selfish and a lot more optimistic. I tried to figure a story for him, but it ended up going nowhere. I don't remember much of the story anymore, other then it had to do with ghosts, haha. I think the ghost had to help Tabby finish certain goals in order to get to heaven. It was something like that, and it was stupid. So out the window it went (April 2005):


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This next picture is recovery from throwing out the above story, but I don't remember the details. All I remember was being very unhappy with the result since it doesn't portray his character well, so this has actually never been shown publicly until now (June/July 2005):


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The following drawing is the only image that will ever exist of him being sad. It's not in his nature and I no longer remember why this was drawn or why he was chosen as the subject. Some kind of throwback to his romantic days? That seems most likely considering the red string in the picture. This is a pretty misleading image in terms of his personality, but I still find it interesting how I drew him throughout the years (October/November 2005):


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After that picture Tabby more or less didn't get drawn until last year when I decided to revamp his character and give him a story. He's still a horrible skirt-chaser but everything else about his personality has changed - he's not a dreamer, he's definitely not a romantic, and he's selfish to the point of intentionally ruining other people's lives to get what he wants. But he's so much fun to write and draw!

The current Tabby looks like this:



This is more or less his appearance in the second chapter, and is a very good visual depiction of who he is. Now only if there was a girl he could shark in that picture, it would be the Most Accurate Drawing Ever.

Onto a brief ramble about music before I end the entry. For those of you who don't know, I usually make soundtracks to all my stories and projects so I have some sort of appropriate ambiance and motivation. I'm very much in love with my soundtrack for Into The Orchard. I just added some Americana to it and it's feeling more and more complete.

I'll make sure to share a link when the comic gets posted.

23 January, 2010

Sketches 1/23/09



Fancy!

Just a few things I've been working on. I'm working on costume design and a logo for Into the Orchard, and plugging out as much fanart as I can when I need a break from my personal projects. There's not much else to say. I wish I had more work to post, but since a lot of the more formal things are in mid-production, this is it for now!

What projects is everyone else working on? :)

09 January, 2010

Improvement Meme


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Usually I don't subscribe to (or advertise for) the website "Deviantart", but I really liked this "improvement" meme. I usually don't do this kind of thing either, but it's been very nice to see the gradient of my art.

I lost all the digital copies for my artwork from 2006 except for a few things, and the only reason I have those is because they were uploaded various places. Most of it was schoolwork, though, and I have all the originals. But wasn't about to scan them for a meme.

2009 seriously was 50% my Senior Project. I obsessed over it. When I wasn't doing the actual work for it, I was doodling the characters. When I wasn't doodling them, I was making soundtracks for the series. When I wasn't doing that, I was making their clothes (no, really). So I made a lot of art and things for that, but not much else that was 'complete' - everything else I did has been uploaded here.

The second half of 2009 is kind of difficult to explain in an artistic sense. I went through a disruptive personal experience that kept me from being emotionally involved in my art - those moments tend to be when I do fanart, so I did more of that this year then I have since about 2002.

I've also been working on a webcomic with nearly the same vigor I had with my senior project. I draw the characters often, make soundtracks for them, doodle their world, etc. I've been refraining from putting much about it online for two reasons: fear that I won't commit, and the desire for the entire project to be a surprise.