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Druidofthewolf Commission #2 by dragonsong12
Druidofthewolf Commission #2
Second commission for druidofthewolf

This time of the wolf form.

I actually had this about half colored when I scrapped it and started over. The original version had much warmer colors and I wanted to make this one more cool to contrast the other picture.
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Druidofthewolf Commission #1 by dragonsong12
Druidofthewolf Commission #1
A commission by druidofthewolf

The request was an illustration of the "druid of the wolf"

I admit it, I had fun making this.
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Grim Fandango by dragonsong12
Grim Fandango
Not gonna lie, Grim Fandango is one of my favorite pieces of media - games, books, movies, whatever, Grim Fandango is in the top. It's Casablanca meets the Day of the Dead, what's not to love about that?
I went into this one after completing the remastered version. I'm just so happy it's available to be played again. Epic adventures, complex puzzles (sometimes too much so) and fantastic story and voice acting. If you've never played/watched it, you really should do so.

I'm not sure this piece really does the game justice (Manny's forehead really needs to be a bit bigger there...) but it was fun to make. I went with a digital painting because I was inspired by Noir movie posters. This wasn't meant to be a recreation of one of those, just inspired by, but I think it works okay. (And sorry for not including you, Glottis, but being a demon  rather than a dead soul like the other characters makes you a little too different stylistically, but I still love ya, man!)

((EDIT: though actually, it looks pretty different once uploaded, and I see some glaring problems right now...this might get updated in a few days... ^^; ))
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So Volume 3 of Twisted Mirrors (Chapter 15 through 22) has been sent off to Lulu and while I'm waiting for the proof copy to arrive to see if Lulu works out okay as a printer, I decided I get started on a project that's been needing my attention for some time now.

See, when I first started Twisted Mirrors, it was a side project and I never thought it'd be posted anywhere except online. I literally started it just because I wanted something other than FFC to draw. It was posting every other week instead of weekly when I started it too because I was worrying about overwhelming myself. It's kind of funny to think how much it's become the main thing, while FFC has slid more into the role of "pet project". That said, though, it meant I didn't really pay much attention to the quality of the pages at the start. They were web-only, what did it matter?
...well...anyone who's seen the version printed through comixpress knows what it mattered. The already poor-quality drawings are made so much worse by the web-level resolution.

I've been intending to fix this for a while now so that I can get a good quality version printed - for myself mainly. :D The main reason it's taken so long is because I never saved the high-rez scans, so doing these pages in a higher resolution means literally re-scanning and redoing all the text on almost 150 pages. I started this project a while back, so more than half the pages have already been scanned. Now that I've started working on it in earnest it doesn't seem nearly as daunting as it might have. (I just tell myself every time I finish a page - "that's one less I have to do now!" Seems to be working.)

And all this brings me to the main reason I made this post. Since I have to re-type the text for all the pages anyway, I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to fix some problems I had with the earlier stuff. For one, the font on the narration in the beginning is being changed to be more in line with the font I use for narration later in the comic. Much more drastically, I'm actually changing the text on some of the pages to fit in better with the story. For the most part it's staying how I always intended it to be and just worded poorly in the original version, but there's a couple of moments that I've just always found stupid and wanted the opportunity to change.
As bad as it is, the art will not technically change, though my editing skills are better than they were the first time around, so when a page needs editing (if I mess something up in the inking, I note it in the margins to fix it on the computer) it might look a little different, but it's all going to be based on the same inks as redrawing it would take too long and would stick out like a sore thumb in contrast to the older stuff (and I kinda like the fact that I can watch my art evolve as I read through it).

Now the new print version of the book is going to have these changes. There's no questioning that. I think it'll read a lot better to new readers this way, it'll help the world building make more sense and will make the overall story flow a lot better. However, I know people can have a really adverse reaction to this type of ret-con (Star Wars remastered, anyone?) so I wanted to put it to people - should these changes extend to the online version as well? Should I replace the old, original pages on the website with the new versions?

Personally, I'm leaning towards "yes", for all the reasons stated above, I think it just makes the story better, but I do understand the arguments against it. That's the original version that people who do enjoy the story followed, updates might just 'ruin' it. It should be noted that I don't plan to get rid of the old versions entirely. They're saved safely in my archives in their own folder. I believe pretty strongly in keeping all my old mistakes, since I can learn from them too, so this isn't just to purge out my failures. I'm thinking of new readers here!

What do you think? Anyone have any strong opinions on this one way or another? If people are really against it, I'll leave the online archives alone. (I don't expect a lot of thoughts on it either way since I don't have a lot of readers, I just want to avoid any potential backlash, haha!)
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Watching: Mostly Walking
  • Playing: Majora's Mask
...so I'm finally starting to sift through the files and put together vol 3 of Twisted Mirrors for print. Part of what took this so long is just that a lot of things were coming up and I didn't have the time, but also the company I printed the first two books with - Comixpress - went out of business, which was a shame because they were easy to use and allowed for a lot of customization.

Thus I've turned to Lulu to print book 3, but I've run into a pretty big problem. Namely, that the pages I made for the comic are sized really weirdly (in my defense, I had no expectation of ever printing it when I started). Comixpress allowed for completely customizable sizes, but Lulu has pretty strict page sizes. Makes sense, I kind of wonder if the customizable thing didn't bite Comixpress in the ass, and I'm sure I didn't help by taking advantage of it myself, but the lack of customization has caused a dilemma for preparing the new book. Namely that there's now about a half inch (or more) of additional blank space above and below each page. Stretching the pages to fit the space isn't an option, it's too far and it'd warp the images too much...now I could go to a larger size page, the 8x10 one is actually a lot closer to the correct dimensions, but I really don't like the way the pages look at that larger size. They weren't drawn larger, they aren't presented larger, so they don't look good when made bigger.

Because of all this, my current plan is to put some sort of design running along the top and bottom of each page - just so that it's not big, oppressive black bars distracting from the comic itself. The purpose of making this journal entry was to see if anyone else had good ideas of what that design could be. I was thinking of just making some swirling pattern like those you see all over the elf cities, maybe include some of the designs of the boetheri spirits, but I'm not entirely sure.

I don't want to sit and think about it for ages. I may have a table at Baltimore Comicon in September, so I'd like to try to have this done by then. So the shortcut to brainstorming it myself is just to see what sorts of things pop into your heads. Any suggestions are welcome! I may not follow them, but even if I don't they may give me a good idea! ...and if nothing comes to you, don't worry, I'll get to work with my original plan. I was just curious to see what came to you good folks out there! :)
  • Mood: Remorse
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Watching: Phelous
  • Playing: Majora's Mask

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dragonsong12
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I've always had an interest in cartoons and comics. I work for a living, but spend almost all of my free time drawing, either for one of my two webcomics, or for work you see here in the gallery. Though I don't have any illusions of being "professional" I do enjoy it and I keep working to improve.
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So Volume 3 of Twisted Mirrors (Chapter 15 through 22) has been sent off to Lulu and while I'm waiting for the proof copy to arrive to see if Lulu works out okay as a printer, I decided I get started on a project that's been needing my attention for some time now.

See, when I first started Twisted Mirrors, it was a side project and I never thought it'd be posted anywhere except online. I literally started it just because I wanted something other than FFC to draw. It was posting every other week instead of weekly when I started it too because I was worrying about overwhelming myself. It's kind of funny to think how much it's become the main thing, while FFC has slid more into the role of "pet project". That said, though, it meant I didn't really pay much attention to the quality of the pages at the start. They were web-only, what did it matter?
...well...anyone who's seen the version printed through comixpress knows what it mattered. The already poor-quality drawings are made so much worse by the web-level resolution.

I've been intending to fix this for a while now so that I can get a good quality version printed - for myself mainly. :D The main reason it's taken so long is because I never saved the high-rez scans, so doing these pages in a higher resolution means literally re-scanning and redoing all the text on almost 150 pages. I started this project a while back, so more than half the pages have already been scanned. Now that I've started working on it in earnest it doesn't seem nearly as daunting as it might have. (I just tell myself every time I finish a page - "that's one less I have to do now!" Seems to be working.)

And all this brings me to the main reason I made this post. Since I have to re-type the text for all the pages anyway, I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to fix some problems I had with the earlier stuff. For one, the font on the narration in the beginning is being changed to be more in line with the font I use for narration later in the comic. Much more drastically, I'm actually changing the text on some of the pages to fit in better with the story. For the most part it's staying how I always intended it to be and just worded poorly in the original version, but there's a couple of moments that I've just always found stupid and wanted the opportunity to change.
As bad as it is, the art will not technically change, though my editing skills are better than they were the first time around, so when a page needs editing (if I mess something up in the inking, I note it in the margins to fix it on the computer) it might look a little different, but it's all going to be based on the same inks as redrawing it would take too long and would stick out like a sore thumb in contrast to the older stuff (and I kinda like the fact that I can watch my art evolve as I read through it).

Now the new print version of the book is going to have these changes. There's no questioning that. I think it'll read a lot better to new readers this way, it'll help the world building make more sense and will make the overall story flow a lot better. However, I know people can have a really adverse reaction to this type of ret-con (Star Wars remastered, anyone?) so I wanted to put it to people - should these changes extend to the online version as well? Should I replace the old, original pages on the website with the new versions?

Personally, I'm leaning towards "yes", for all the reasons stated above, I think it just makes the story better, but I do understand the arguments against it. That's the original version that people who do enjoy the story followed, updates might just 'ruin' it. It should be noted that I don't plan to get rid of the old versions entirely. They're saved safely in my archives in their own folder. I believe pretty strongly in keeping all my old mistakes, since I can learn from them too, so this isn't just to purge out my failures. I'm thinking of new readers here!

What do you think? Anyone have any strong opinions on this one way or another? If people are really against it, I'll leave the online archives alone. (I don't expect a lot of thoughts on it either way since I don't have a lot of readers, I just want to avoid any potential backlash, haha!)
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Watching: Mostly Walking
  • Playing: Majora's Mask

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:iconmoonsaber56:
moonsaber56 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Did you see the new episode?
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
RvB? We're actually a bit behind. ^^; I think we've missed the last couple of episodes.

The one upside of that is you have a bit more to watch when you go back in, heh.
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moonsaber56 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
yeah. it gets serious.
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, I need to catch up! :excited:

...now I'm glad I haven't been paying much attention to the fan feeds lately either.
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SmokeyandtheBandit Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Hello:wave:. How is it going? How are the OP bookmarks?
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Slowly, I'm afraid. I've done some skecthes, but nothing I'm happy with so far. :(

The good news, though, is that a large part of my backlog was due to some extra content I needed to do for personal projects, and those are just about complete. (One will post on Monday and that'll only leave one more which is nearly finished.) So that'll free up some time for me to focus on other things.

I'm glad you messaged me about it, though. It was going to get done eventually regardless, but I'm happy you're still interested. I don't think the delay will be as long this time.
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SmokeyandtheBandit Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
I see. Ya, I'm still interested in them. I came up with how the four should look so  Ido want to see them get done at some point.

Sketches? Mind if I see them? I know you said yo uweren't happy with them, but I would still like to see.
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure! I'm replying from work right now, but when I get home tonight, I'll dig them out, scan them, and send them your way! :)
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WhispersInTheMirror Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think I may have said this before, but I saw you added me to your devwatch a while back and I wanted to thank you! :glomp: I'm also a fan of Twisted Mirrors!  Been reading it for a couple of years now - I can't wait to see more of the story in the future! :la:
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I'm so glad you've enjoyed it and I will do my best to keep it up! :D

I forget how I came across your DA, but I really love your drawing style and I'm excited to see what you'll come up with in the future! :nod:
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