Sketchblog: Yet More Riorla

Riorla_leaflJust a sketch I did of Riorla the other day that came out pretty well. It was weird, because I started this drawing all wrong– no stick figure or anything– but it didn’t seem to matter in the end. I should probably try starting the “wrong” way more often and see what happens.

Even though I draw her differently pretty much every single time, Riorla has become my go-to character to draw when I feel like doodling but don’t have anything particular in mind. Back in the day, it was Aeka, but my favorite Dryad has replaced her. I’m still working on Riorla’s game, but it’s been hard to find the time to finish it now that I’m back at Japanator. One of these days I need to sit down at the computer and bang out a few more illustrations for the opening cut scene, because that’s the main thing I still have left to do at this point.

Oh, and of course there’s balancing the battles and whatnot, but who needs that? Meh! Details!

Sketchblog: Daughters of The Eyrewood

DOTE2Seeing all the great Daughters of The Eyrewood fanart linked on Twitter made me want to do my own version, plus I just got Manga Studio 5 and it seemed like a good way to practice using the program. Everyone seems to be drawing their DOTE lasses with long hair, and for some reason I kept thinking of a girl with short, honey-colored hair.

The problem: I wanted to do a quick color sketch, but “quick” and “learning to use new software” do not go together AT ALL. As simple as this is, it took forever because I couldn’t get used to the pressure sensitivity settings in Manga Studio 5. Maybe I need to adjust my Cintiq’s settings, but the line thickness was all over the place and it wasn’t looking good. Eventually I just used a tool with no pressure sensitivity, which is kind of a shame.

On the whole I’m loving Manga Studio and what it can do, but right now I’m really bad at using it. I’d like to do another piece of this character, only this time a full-body pose and (*crosses fingers*) with pressure sensitivity for better lineart.

In Defense of Penny Arcade

The Dickwolves situation was brought up again at the latest Penny Arcade Expo, and everyone is sounding off. I find I generally disagree with most of the articles published on this subject; in my view, the joke in the original comic was not at the expense of rape victims, that distinction is extremely important, and the whole thing was blown way, way out of proportion. However, Penny Arcade doesn’t need me to defend them, and other than the fact that I’m a fan of PA’s Strip Search, the issue really has nothing to do with me.

So the question I’ve been asking myself the last few days is “Why does this bother me so much? Why do I care?”

Continue reading In Defense of Penny Arcade

Sketchblog: Maylee

Maylee_colorI know I really shouldn’t be tagging things as “Sketchblog” when they aren’t really sketches, but meh– tagging them “Finished Colored Character Designblog” would sound stupid, so we’ll all just have to make do.

This gal started out as a doodle in a graph paper notebook that I really liked, and for some reason her design just screamed “pink!” to me, so I colored her in a range of pinks and purples. At first I tried making the boots the same yellow that I used for the trim and some of the accessories and it looked awful– I don’t know what it is about yellow, but it’s a color that doesn’t seem to play well with others. I’m not sure if these are going to be her final colors, but at least this is basically what I had in mind for her palette.

Right now, I think she could be a good friend for Riorla— Strip Search Home Edition has caused me to dust off some of my comic ideas and look at them in a new light, and while I’m not sure if I’m going to end up using Maylee in a comic, she’s still a lot of fun to draw. Her hair’s got a Medusa–thing going on; it looked much more like tentacles in the rough sketch, but I toned that down here…because pink tentacles just look so WRONG. Not that it can’t be done well, I guess? Maybe? Color beguiles me.

Strip Search #29: Webcomics Are Coming

StripSearch29_aKatie’s cat is ready for the upcoming War of the Webcomics. ARE YOU?

This episode of Strip Search is nuts, y’all. I was expecting another social challenge, like maybe they would have to play Scrabble really aggressively or something, then Mike and Jerry are suddenly in the house (WHAT?), there’s a two-month time skip (WHAT?), there are cats everywhere and people are producing mountains and mountains of art like it’s just pouring out of their faces. This is like the Red Wedding episode of Strip Search, except instead of getting married people are drawing comics and instead of getting murdered they are getting even more internet-famous.

Does that metaphor work? No? Sorry, I don’t watch Game of Thrones, I’m just trying to keep up with the zeitgeist and whatnot. Continue reading Strip Search #29: Webcomics Are Coming

Sketchblog: Country Gal

Girl_and_dog

From the frequency I post drawings lately, you’d think I wasn’t doing much drawing. Actually it’s quite the opposite, but most of my drawings are perhaps best left alone in my sketchbook…not because they’re bad, but because a lot of what I’m doing is really rough stuff that doesn’t look finished at all. Which is probably how it should be; I think I used to waste way too much time in the past trying to make stuff that looked like a finished piece that I could post on a website and not enough time, you know, drawing.

I keep drawing this girl with twin tails and a simple, polka-dotted dress in my sketchbooks for some reason, so I figured I’d fire up ye olde tablet and try to draw her that way. One of the things I’ve realized lately is that I get upset that stuff doesn’t come out the way I want on the tablet, but I don’t spend that much time just sketching on it. Too often, I go to the tablet to try to produce something finished after doing all the sketches on paper; it’s not really surprising that it’s taking a long time to warm up to the tablet if I never just use it casually.

So here’s a super-simple Sunday sketch blog for you; nothing amazing, but it was fun to draw and I think the doggy is cute. I actually need to use some reference material to practice drawing animals like dogs and horses, but for a quick little effort like this I think he’s fine– you can tell he’s a dog, right? I mean, what else would he be?

Looking at it now I see her legs are a little weird, and that’s an issue with the tablet– I have to zoom in to draw the black lines, and then I have trouble seeing if stuff looks right/ is in proportion. I’m definitely going to be looking out for that going forward.

Strip Search #28: Shove It Up Your Monochromatic *$$

StripSearch28_bIt was with no small amount of trepidation that Penny Arcade announced their latest Kickstarter: raising money to help confused lumberjack art critics get the counseling they desperately need.

For Elimination #9, the artists get a tough set of topics and both kind of choke a little; fortunately, one of them chokes a little less than the other. More importantly, we learn that Lexxy is a total pro, Maki is as sexy as a walking pineapple man can be, and there is at least one joke that even Mike finds inappropriate; a good time was had by all. Continue reading Strip Search #28: Shove It Up Your Monochromatic *$$

Strip Search #27: Move That Tin

StripSearch27_bThis episode was about as interesting as an episode about contract negotiation could be…which usually would be followed by a comment like “Which, sadly, wasn’t very interesting,” but it actually was fairly interesting. That said, I feel like recapping stuff about “licensee and licensor” about as much as I feel like cleaning the bathroom, so it’s a pretty shallow recap this time. Continue reading Strip Search #27: Move That Tin

Sketch Blood: True Blood Summary

TrueBloodsummaryIn anticipation of True Blood Season 6 starting this month, here is my handy-dandy summary of the first five seasons of the show in one convenient .jpeg file. After seeing this image, you will be prepared to jump into Season 6 with both feet. Don’t thank me; enabling your HBO viewing pleasure is all the thanks I will ever need.

Strip Search #26: The Lexxy and Maki Comedy Hour

StripSearch26_dSomewhere on the Internet, a hilarious .gif is being made. “.gif” can be pronounced in one of two ways, have you heard?

In a downtown Seattle scavenger hunt that showcases the area’s beautiful weather (snort), Lexxy and Maki try to be all organized and end up going on a wild goose chase that costs them mucho time and points. Katie and Abby pretty much just bumble around and hit all the landmarks partially by chance, because they are gorgeous fae creatures who run on pure chaos magic. In Lexxy and Maki’s defense, they are hilarious together. Continue reading Strip Search #26: The Lexxy and Maki Comedy Hour

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