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Showdown by dragonsong12
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This is a test.
This is only a test.
Had this been an actual piece, I would've chosen a more general subject matter than something specific to me.

What test? I was testing digital inking with my new tablet. Just trying to see if it's viable. (The answer, despite how sloppy this is, is yes. :) ) So yeah, every part of this image is digital. Though I did draw it by hand to start with, everything you see here was done on the computer. So it's doable.

The subject? Oh, these are my main pokemon from X and Omega Ruby. (X on the right and OR on the left - half the team for OR came out of pokebank, so that's why they aren't native to that game.) It's pretty particular to me, so I don't know how interesting this would be to anyone else, but I've always liked a lot of pokemon designs, and I just wanted an excuse to draw them. :D

This concludes this test.

Expect another test - this time of digital painting - soonish.

...I'm learning that my methods aren't really the problem, just my ability. That's a good thing to know, since it helps me to learn where to focus. :nod:
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TM2 Main Character Final Design/Color by dragonsong12
TM2 Main Character Final Design/Color
Final design of the main character for Twisted Mirrors 2 - now in glorious color.

No, I have no intentions of doing the sequel in color, it's just good to know what he looks like in color for a few different purposes.

This is one of two main characters the story will have, and as of yet he still doesn't have a name. :XD: ...but he does have a design.
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Yes, I know it's early. Shush. :)

I apologize for being absent from DA at the end of 2014. If you're wondering where I was, well, my latest deviation should explain that. As per usual, I intend to clean out my DA at the start of the new year and do my level best to keep up with everything here going forward. Each year I manage to do it for a little longer, maybe this time I'll make it the full year, haha! The downside of this is that by the end of the year I let too many things crowd my inbox, and I end up having to just clear out everything to get a fresh start.
So, sorry about being absent, I'll try to be a bit more present going forward.

Now, what's happening for the coming year?

Well, I've finally gotten a new Wacom tablet! Whoo!
I plugged it in and was trying it out last night and this morning. It's going to take a bit of getting used to, but the possibilities it opens up are immense! My old tablet had such a small surface area that I would have to reorient my hand every other stroke. This new one has a large surface are and covers the whole screen! It's going to take some time to train myself out of wanting to reorient the pen every few seconds (I was working that way for a decade, after all) but once I do that's going to make everything so much easier! Also, this new tablet has pressure sensitivity, which my old one did not, and it's really throwing me off in the early goings, haha!
Because of my work schedule with the comics, I had to go ahead this morning and start the next page of FFC. I kind of hate to start with the new tablet in the middle of a scene like this, because I'm afraid the coloring is going to change somewhat drastically mid-scene and I don't want that...but I also don't want to put off hooking up my new tablet for a couple of months either, so we're going forward with it. I'm of two minds about what I discovered with the tablet this morning. On one hand, I don't think I'm going to be able to make it look like it used to even if I wanted to, the pressure sensitivity alone is making working in my old style very difficult (though I am going to at least attempt to keep some continuity for the time being since, as I said, we're in the middle of a scene). On the other hand, though? Damn, but the coloring I did yesterday is closer to the style I've always WANTED to color in than I've ever been before! The sensitive pen makes doing a more cell-shaded look SO much easier! I'm not one to blame my lack of artistic ability on my tools - I firmly believe that there were ways to achieve the look I wanted with my old tablet, or even just with a mouse if I trained myself properly - but good lord is it so much easier with this new tablet! I was able to accomplish in one night a style of coloring I haven't been able to approach in YEARS of trying!

...now, if only I could figure out the drawing part, I'd be set. :rofl:

So what does this mean for my art? ...honestly, I don't really know yet. FFC's going to be kind of up in the air while I figure it out and settle into a new coloring style that matches well enough, but is more compatible with this awesome new tool. (To be fair, it's not like this is the first time the coloring style on FFC has changed...and it likely won't be the last. That comic is nothing but one big experiment, haha!) I have a couple of silly pictures in mind that I might do just as excuses to experiment with the coloring outside of the deadlines that FFC demands, so I can take my time and get it just how I want it. So you might be seeing those in the not-too-distant future. I'd also like to experiment again with digital painting now that I have an up-to-date computer, up-to-date photoshop and up-to-date tablet. We'll have to see. I have some ideas, but nothing concrete for the moment.

Other things I have planned for the new year? Well, I'd like to get vol 3 of Twisted Mirrors finally together and printed. That's pretty much been on hold for a while now. I'm working on a project with :iconcyanilurusjubatus: (Which I HAVE started the writing for :D As soon as I get the first scene done, I'll send it your way!) I also still have the sketches for TM2 to work on and I'd very much like to get back into posting sketches to my Tumblr since I really think that was doing me the most good out of everything art-wise.

Whew! That's a lot on my plate, but man, I'm excited for it and itching to get into some of this stuff! Thanks for sticking with me and I'll see you all in 2015!
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Gorillaz
  • Reading: The Lies of Locke Lamore
  • Playing: Disney Infinity
Loserman Issue #1 by dragonsong12
Loserman Issue #1

The debut issue of the hit superhero comic – LOSERMAN!

This is actually a Christmas present for my dad, as Loserman is actually his creation - well him and a couple of young relatives of ours. They thought the name “Loserman” was funny, and dad agreed, coming up with a lot about the character. My sister and I decided to do a full comic of the character for him for Christmas this year. I did the drawing and she did the text. Alternate cover was by :iconcyanilurusjubatus: (I gave the full color version of that to my dad, it had to be converted to black and white to print, since color’s more expensive.) Letters were submitted by some of the awesome folks at Absolute Write.

We actually did this using the “Marvel Method” from the 70’s. That is, there’s a rough outline of the story – the artist draws it, then the writer comes in after it’s done and fills in all the text. The ONLY reason we did it this way was because we knew the art was going to take a lot longer and I wanted to get started on that right away without having to wait on a finished script. Having done it, I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT RECOMMEND IT. It was pretty frustrating for me, not knowing what expressions and gestures the characters would have to be making, not knowing when they should be shown talking, or how much action to have involved. I imagine it was pretty frustrating for my sister as well, having to invent dialogue every time I did show them talking. It was an interesting experiment, but I’ll be happier to never do it again. Jack Kirby truly is the King of Comics for tolerating this for so long. :D

Speaking of the art, it does look a little sloppy, doesn’t it?

Every once in a while I have people ask me why I don’t update my comics more than once a week. My answer is always “because a week is how long it takes me to do a page”. I’m not really the fastest creator on the planet. It may seem that I can do more based on the fact that I do two comics now and they update regularly each week without any interruptions, but the only reason I can do that is because of the fact that they’re done in two different mediums: FFC is digital color and TM is hand-drawn. I have a very strict schedule for both of them, with work on FFC done in the evenings before bed and the mornings before work and TM done after work and on the weekends. (If you were ever wondering why TM is in black and white and not color, this is why. I wouldn’t have the time to color them both and FFC is more dependant on color and also came first.) So adding this project into the mix and having only three months to get through 22 pages…it was a grind. I had to cut corners everywhere to get it done in time, black and white only, light shading, tipped pen for inking the outlines so I could do it in one pass. I do regret the sloppiness, but it did make it so the project was done in time. I just wanted to say I recognize that it could look a LOT better (even by my standards) and wanted to explain why it looked the way it did.

All that said, this was a fun project. The adventures of Loserman, finally available for all the world to see! :D

A special shout-out to the fine folks at Ka-Blam digital printing service. They do restrict in sizes and page numbers, but we were able to print this out in good quality in about a week. I was really pleased and impressed with this service and if it fits into your needs, I would highly recommend it!

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'Frozen' Ornament by dragonsong12
'Frozen' Ornament
A Christmas present for a friend - an ornament inspired by the movie "Frozen".
The bumpy look happened because of a spray-on primer I used that came out in clumps. It was actually worse before I sanded it down, but I didn't want to sand the primer clean off and have to spray it again ^^;

Posted before Christmas, because I feel fairly confident that they don't look at my DA page, and thus it's safe to do. :D

...I have another Christmas present to post, but that's for someone that I KNOW looks at my DA page, so it's going to have to wait. ;)
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dragonsong12
Serena Loder
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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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Yes, I know it's early. Shush. :)

I apologize for being absent from DA at the end of 2014. If you're wondering where I was, well, my latest deviation should explain that. As per usual, I intend to clean out my DA at the start of the new year and do my level best to keep up with everything here going forward. Each year I manage to do it for a little longer, maybe this time I'll make it the full year, haha! The downside of this is that by the end of the year I let too many things crowd my inbox, and I end up having to just clear out everything to get a fresh start.
So, sorry about being absent, I'll try to be a bit more present going forward.

Now, what's happening for the coming year?

Well, I've finally gotten a new Wacom tablet! Whoo!
I plugged it in and was trying it out last night and this morning. It's going to take a bit of getting used to, but the possibilities it opens up are immense! My old tablet had such a small surface area that I would have to reorient my hand every other stroke. This new one has a large surface are and covers the whole screen! It's going to take some time to train myself out of wanting to reorient the pen every few seconds (I was working that way for a decade, after all) but once I do that's going to make everything so much easier! Also, this new tablet has pressure sensitivity, which my old one did not, and it's really throwing me off in the early goings, haha!
Because of my work schedule with the comics, I had to go ahead this morning and start the next page of FFC. I kind of hate to start with the new tablet in the middle of a scene like this, because I'm afraid the coloring is going to change somewhat drastically mid-scene and I don't want that...but I also don't want to put off hooking up my new tablet for a couple of months either, so we're going forward with it. I'm of two minds about what I discovered with the tablet this morning. On one hand, I don't think I'm going to be able to make it look like it used to even if I wanted to, the pressure sensitivity alone is making working in my old style very difficult (though I am going to at least attempt to keep some continuity for the time being since, as I said, we're in the middle of a scene). On the other hand, though? Damn, but the coloring I did yesterday is closer to the style I've always WANTED to color in than I've ever been before! The sensitive pen makes doing a more cell-shaded look SO much easier! I'm not one to blame my lack of artistic ability on my tools - I firmly believe that there were ways to achieve the look I wanted with my old tablet, or even just with a mouse if I trained myself properly - but good lord is it so much easier with this new tablet! I was able to accomplish in one night a style of coloring I haven't been able to approach in YEARS of trying!

...now, if only I could figure out the drawing part, I'd be set. :rofl:

So what does this mean for my art? ...honestly, I don't really know yet. FFC's going to be kind of up in the air while I figure it out and settle into a new coloring style that matches well enough, but is more compatible with this awesome new tool. (To be fair, it's not like this is the first time the coloring style on FFC has changed...and it likely won't be the last. That comic is nothing but one big experiment, haha!) I have a couple of silly pictures in mind that I might do just as excuses to experiment with the coloring outside of the deadlines that FFC demands, so I can take my time and get it just how I want it. So you might be seeing those in the not-too-distant future. I'd also like to experiment again with digital painting now that I have an up-to-date computer, up-to-date photoshop and up-to-date tablet. We'll have to see. I have some ideas, but nothing concrete for the moment.

Other things I have planned for the new year? Well, I'd like to get vol 3 of Twisted Mirrors finally together and printed. That's pretty much been on hold for a while now. I'm working on a project with :iconcyanilurusjubatus: (Which I HAVE started the writing for :D As soon as I get the first scene done, I'll send it your way!) I also still have the sketches for TM2 to work on and I'd very much like to get back into posting sketches to my Tumblr since I really think that was doing me the most good out of everything art-wise.

Whew! That's a lot on my plate, but man, I'm excited for it and itching to get into some of this stuff! Thanks for sticking with me and I'll see you all in 2015!
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Gorillaz
  • Reading: The Lies of Locke Lamore
  • Playing: Disney Infinity

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:iconmoonsaber56:
moonsaber56 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General 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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:iconmoonsaber56:
moonsaber56 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General 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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:iconsmokeyandthebandit:
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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