Monday, June 9, 2014

Bookbinding stream?

tackylampshade:

I’m going to be binding a book tonight. Would anyone be interested in watching if I set up a stream?

Things to look forward to:

  • trimming paper to the right size
  • folding pages
  • gluing tapes
  • poking holes in paper
  • sewing pages into a signature
  • cutting out the binders board pieces for the cover/box while trying to not cut off my fingers
  • cutting bookcloth
  • glue. glue everywhere.
  • ?????
  • book!

I’m actually looking forward to how this book turns out- it is a wedding guest book with the theme “brown paper packages wrapped up in string” for the appearance, and the inside pages feature some of the bride and groom’s favorite things.

So I obviously didn’t stream, but I’ve been taking a bunch of progress pictures, and I really think this is the nicest book I’ve made. I’m trying a few new techniques with it, and the product so far is really neat.

I’ll make a full post with pictures once I install the signature into the cover/box tomorrow.

Bookbinding stream?

I’m going to be binding a book tonight. Would anyone be interested in watching if I set up a stream?

Things to look forward to:

  • trimming paper to the right size
  • folding pages
  • gluing tapes
  • poking holes in paper
  • sewing pages into a signature
  • cutting out the binders board pieces for the cover/box while trying to not cut off my fingers
  • cutting bookcloth
  • glue. glue everywhere.
  • ?????
  • book!

I’m actually looking forward to how this book turns out- it is a wedding guest book with the theme “brown paper packages wrapped up in string” for the appearance, and the inside pages feature some of the bride and groom’s favorite things.

Sunday, June 8, 2014
This has basically been me for the past couple of months. Day job + health issues + my wrist giving me issues + lots of family events + general life stuff = being unmotivated, exhausted, and just plain struggling to work on stuff lately. Its been driving me nuts.
But hopefully half of that stuff will over with soon- things are looking to be much better in the near future. Just in time for heat lethargy to set in with summer! (Today was the first 100+ degree day of the year for where I live. We commonly hit 115+ degrees in July.)

This has basically been me for the past couple of months. Day job + health issues + my wrist giving me issues + lots of family events + general life stuff = being unmotivated, exhausted, and just plain struggling to work on stuff lately. Its been driving me nuts.

But hopefully half of that stuff will over with soon- things are looking to be much better in the near future. Just in time for heat lethargy to set in with summer! (Today was the first 100+ degree day of the year for where I live. We commonly hit 115+ degrees in July.)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Anonymous said: Is this exercise in relation to your comic only or just anything in general?

I’d prefer my comic or a character from one of my other stories, but may do other stuff if I’m familiar with it.
If I’m not familiar, I won’t draw it because I don’t particularly want to do research.

jolls:

This is a COOL EXERCISE please send me things to come back home to and I’ll get around to it!! Doesn’t even matter if I don’t know the character haha I need to practice color palettes

Hey, this looks like something fun to do while babysitting. Send me a few?

jolls:

This is a COOL EXERCISE please send me things to come back home to and I’ll get around to it!! Doesn’t even matter if I don’t know the character haha I need to practice color palettes

Hey, this looks like something fun to do while babysitting. Send me a few?

(Source: )

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Anonymous said: 12. Hanging out with a friend for Berwyn!

I actually can’t go into too much detail on the friendships that Berwyn has formed within Hearts for various spoiler reasons, but he does end up spending a bit of time with Alice.

Here they are being adorable:

World Building Wednesday!

I’ll answer questions and draw a few answers while I slowly work on Hearts of Roese tonight- just drop them into my ask box. Questions for Hearts of Roese or any of my other stories are welcome! Inside the Character’s head questions, OC Art Meme, General World Questions, or ask your own questions.

Questions would be nice to get my mind off of some other things.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

tackylampshade:

So this is what you can call a “rage redesign”.

Today at work I was helping hand out patches that my company’s customer made to commemorate the hand-off of a very large asset for the program from us to them. I pulled out a patch and immediately had “Oh dear” run through my head.

Lets just say that the customer is incredibly picky about the images it chooses to represent their company and product and many people at my company were wondering how the design was approved in consideration with the customer’s standards.

I basically went “I can do better” and sketched out an idea for an improved patch in 5 seconds and drew this during lunch, and did the quick color mock-up just now. My coworkers who received the badge and saw my sketch were wishing they had received a patch with this instead.

(If you recognize the girl and want to confirm, send me a note)

Reblogging because I really like this sketch and patch idea.

Friday, May 30, 2014

So this is what you can call a “rage redesign”.

Today at work I was helping hand out patches that my company’s customer made to commemorate the hand-off of a very large asset for the program from us to them. I pulled out a patch and immediately had “Oh dear” run through my head.

Lets just say that the customer is incredibly picky about the images it chooses to represent their company and product and many people at my company were wondering how the design was approved in consideration with the customer’s standards.

I basically went “I can do better” and sketched out an idea for an improved patch in 5 seconds and drew this during lunch, and did the quick color mock-up just now. My coworkers who received the badge and saw my sketch were wishing they had received a patch with this instead.

(If you recognize the girl and want to confirm, send me a note)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Its that time of the week:

World Building Wednesday!

I’ll answer questions and draw a few answers while I draw the next page of Hearts of Roese, just drop them into my ask box. Questions for Hearts of Roese or any of my other stories are welcome! Inside the Character’s head questions, OC Art Meme, General World Questions, or ask your own questions.

I think I’ll stream after dinner as well.

Friday, May 23, 2014

I hightailed it out of work yesterday for my flight. Here are some things I drew on the plane!

At one point I was thinking about what I carry in my backpack on a flight now vs. when I was a kid. Most of what I used to bring has been condensed into my iPad, but I’m carrying more because I usually bring my computer now.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Anonymous said: Metairie cemetery in New Orleans would be best if you want to spend some time painting. It's very park-like and the monuments are varied and beautiful. Pack a lunch and enjoy!

Oh thanks for the suggestion! It’s not super close to where I’ll be staying, but if the group I’m with goes nearby I’ll make sure we stop there! For sure I’ll be going to St Louis Cemetery no1 since it is a walk from where we are staying.

I think I’m all packed for New Orleans! I have my watercolors filling up a chunk of the suitcase because I’ll be staying in the French Quarter, and I really want to go paint pretty places. My goal is to spend at least a couple of hours in one of the graveyards to paint! I’ll be sure to upload the things I draw and paint during my trip :)

Also, I’ll get to find out what 50% humidity does with watercolor. I live in a desert, so humidity+painting is not something I really know.

Anonymous said: This kinda doesn't deal with your comic per se, but I was curious about your process on making a page. Like do you start with a thumbnail sketch? Do you work on paper first? And so forth.

I’d say this deals with my comic, since I have a lot of development that happens before I draw the actual pages, and then, well, drawing the pages.

Beware word vomit and occasional pictures:

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1. I start off with a summary of each chapter. I’ve done a lot of writing for the story: a couple of nanowrimos during early development, lots of notes written on scrap paper and typed in word docs, and I currently work from a pretty massive google drive file that has the overall plotting of the story and key scenes written out, along with scripts started for the earlier chapters. Sometimes I write the summaries in novel style, other times in disjointed thoughts (like the opening of Chapter 2 above, which is also the third version of the chapter’s summary).

The overall story has its summary complete-I know where the story goes and how it ends, and the big plot devices on the way. The nitty gritty details are a lot looser, giving me leeway as story bits shuffle around. I have several important scenes that haven’t found final placement in the story yet because I have yet to decide where they would be most effective (and one super important one was recently moved from the start of Into Wyndr to near the end of the entire comic, because I found a way to make the scene a million times stronger than its original placement had it).

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2 & 3

I work on Scripts and Thumbnails together while looking at the summaries, figuring out the story flow and where speech will fit best. This is where details are nailed down, and some thumbnails still change around until I start on the page. In chapter two, I did a last minute reworking of the thumbnails, rearranging my panels and playing with angles more because I found the overall chapter was too static.

My thumbnails are done in pencil or pen, and funnily enough I tend to get my best progress on them while on flights (so tomorrow on my flight to New Orleans, I’ll be refining the second half of chapter 2’s thumbnails and getting a start on Interlude ii’s.) I tend to work in mostly blocked out shapes, with occasional details, and any specific moments I want to rough out further I’ll sketch out on the side.

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4. Here is where I start on a full page. I take my thumbnails, and resize them in my guidelines full-size file. Sometimes I rearrange and tweak them as needed.

5 &6 . “Pencils" I do several rough passes on a page, refining the thumbnails and slowly adding more details. I tend to have about 2 or 3 passes at this stage, refining until I’m happy enough with it to ink. I tend to switch back and forth between paper and digital for the rough images- sometimes I just can;t get something to look right digitally, so I’ll hand draw it and vice versa.

7. “Inking!” During the inking stage I set up the panel lines on their own layer, and start putting down the final lines for the page. I keep backgrounds and characters on different layers, and may occasionally have multiple character layers depending on overlaps.

8. Flat Colors.  I break down my colors next, separating my characters and background pieces onto varying layers (each color is a separate layer). The above example is pretty basic for my flats, usually I pull apart the characters further with clipping masks for various parts of their clothing/hair/etc (this page isn’t fully colored yet, which is why I still have flats for it). After separating the colors, and locking the pixels, I use the paint bucket to block in the base colors of the bits and pieces.

9. Coloring! Lock Transparent Pixels and clipping masks are awesome tools. I love them so much. I have a watercolor brush and a few other brushes that I use to my shading/lighting/etcetc. I try to stay to the same set for something resembling consistency, but when you are constantly learning better ways to color that is a bit hard to keep to. Multiply and Light are fun ways to use your brushes or mess with your layers.

Also, please don’t ask how many layers I use when coloring. It is way too much. At the end, I duplicate and flatten.

10.Speech bubbles! I freehand them now. I used to use the marquee tool and distort the ovals, but now find it nicer to freehand and customize for a bit more character and then place in my text. This step actually happens at a variety of stages, usually right before I start my inks, but the layers are usually hidden until coloring is done.

edit: the font I currently use is from blambot.com, and I’m slowly slowly slowly developing a set of fonts for HoR that will reflect a character’s origin (because I am really really bad at writing out accents, so I want them placed in the font itself to help show where characters are from). There will be roughly 7 fonts in this set to start: Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades, Wyndr, Alice, and the Queen of Hearts. There may be a couple others, such as for the capital of Ruan and a variety of Wyndr locations, but those depend on finishing the first set. When these fonts are done, I will be going back and replacing the fonts for the full comic.

11. Finally, I check that I remembered all the stupid little details, then slap my textures and the website on the page, resize for web, and publish!

The current page is current in step 5/6. I’m finishing up the first rough pass for some panels, working on later passes for others.

Thanks for asking! This was a fun question to dig through files for examples :)

(And of course, still taking questions)

World building Wednesday!

tackylampshade:

I’ll answer questions and draw a few answers while I draw Hearts of Roese and pack for New Orleans tonight, just drop them into my ask box. Questions for Hearts of Roese or any of my other stories are welcome! Inside the Character’s head questions, OC Art Meme, General World Questions, or ask your own questions.

I’m taking questions and working on the next page of Hearts of Roese. Eventually I’ll pack for my trip (btw, I’ll be in New Orleans all weekend. Any suggestions on places to check out?)