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Sorry yet again for how absent I've been lately. Every year I make a resolution to be more attentive to DA and every year I fail...but I manage to stick with it longer and longer each year, so I'll get there. :D (This is why I don't do any other social media by the way, I have a hard enough time keeping up with this one!) Things have been kinda crazy for me, though, and they don't look to be settling down any time soon, so apologies in the past, present and future!

But I found something cool I'd like to mention. I'm sure people are getting sick of me talking about Gunnerkrigg court by this point (If you aren't reading it, you really should be :evillaugh: ) but he's been doing something kinda cool and I wanted to point it out to people.

See, one of the neat things about Gunnerkrigg Court is how much attention to detail he puts into everything he does. Not only in the art but in the writing and world building as well. It's neat to see people analyze the comic's pages to try to piece it all together, but now we've got something straight from the horse's mouth. Tom Siddell has a Youtube page and he's currently going through the comic one chapter at a time and offering commentary on it - from his methods to his inspiration to what he was going for when he drew the scene. It's fascinating, informative and often funny in that sort of dry way that the comic itself is.

The videos don't have a ton of views yet, so I wanted to point them out. As a fan I find them very entertaining, and as a webcomic creator they show how much thought can really go into these silly things. So I just wanted to share the joy. :)
  • Mood: Tense
  • Listening to: Barenaked Ladies
  • Reading: Usagi Yojimbo
  • Playing: Hyrule Warriors
Early Idea Sketch - Conscripted by dragonsong12
Early Idea Sketch - Conscripted
...so I came up with an idea and it's been dominating my brain the last couple of days, and it wouldn't leave me alone until I sketched something out.

I don't know when or if I'll do anything with this - I originally thought of it in context of being a prose story, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it wouldn't work as prose and it needed to be a comic...

...because I need another one of THOSE.

So I absolutely can't work on it right now, and I'm not sure if I'll have time even once things settle down a bit, but the idea's there at least. The one that's shaded is the closest to what I'm thinking of.

Anyway, just had to get it out of my brain.
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TM2 Sketchdump 4 by dragonsong12
TM2 Sketchdump 4
Finally getting some of the last character designs ironed out.
Next on the agenda, doing full body sketches of the primary characters and coloring them in. And once that's done, most of the designs for the sequel will be pretty much ready!

...a bit early, I admit, but it'll make it a lot when we actually get there to dive right into the sequel story. :D

There'll probably be some more changes beyond that, but I'm largely pleased with how the designs are coming along! :nod:
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TM2 Sketches - Locations by dragonsong12
TM2 Sketches - Locations
More concepts for the TM sequel. This time it's of various locations.
I don't mind admitting that backgrounds have always been a weakness of mine, and that's kind of why I wanted to make a point of knowing what certain important locations looked like ahead of time.

That said, while I'm getting better with it, I still get burnt out on drawing background images a lot more quickly than I do characters, so there's still a bunch of places I need to do concepts for, but I wanted to let myself get back to characters so that I didn't start skimping out on these.

Not that exciting really, just a bunch of locations, but it might start to show somewhat how the world will look. Next time we'll be back to the character design. :D
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'Cut Paper Test' 2 by dragonsong12
'Cut Paper Test' 2
A follow up to This deviation. Putting them into my scraps, because these are much rougher and more unfinished than that original piece. These are just experiments.

...speaking of that original picture, I do have to apologize to all the lovely people who commented on that one. I asked for advice specific to making cut paper illustrations and received some great ones! ...which you can plainly see I didn't follow here... ^^; The problem wasn't that anyone gave bad advice, though, the problem was that I asked the wrong question. In looking into cut-paper artworks and found some absolutely AMAZING ones...but it wasn't what I was looking for for this project. I realized after reading all the advice and looking into it that I wanted a more painterly look, and so I made a new picture to do some experiments with and I think I've come to an answer.

Obviously it's a bit rough, it's just an experiment after all, I didn't do the eyes or other details really, but I feel happy enough with what I got here that I feel like I can stop experimenting and actually start on the project, doing any additional tests on the pictures themselves. After all, it's digital, if I come up with something I don't like, it's easy enough to fix. :)

The page that I used for reference for this one is here.
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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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Sorry yet again for how absent I've been lately. Every year I make a resolution to be more attentive to DA and every year I fail...but I manage to stick with it longer and longer each year, so I'll get there. :D (This is why I don't do any other social media by the way, I have a hard enough time keeping up with this one!) Things have been kinda crazy for me, though, and they don't look to be settling down any time soon, so apologies in the past, present and future!

But I found something cool I'd like to mention. I'm sure people are getting sick of me talking about Gunnerkrigg court by this point (If you aren't reading it, you really should be :evillaugh: ) but he's been doing something kinda cool and I wanted to point it out to people.

See, one of the neat things about Gunnerkrigg Court is how much attention to detail he puts into everything he does. Not only in the art but in the writing and world building as well. It's neat to see people analyze the comic's pages to try to piece it all together, but now we've got something straight from the horse's mouth. Tom Siddell has a Youtube page and he's currently going through the comic one chapter at a time and offering commentary on it - from his methods to his inspiration to what he was going for when he drew the scene. It's fascinating, informative and often funny in that sort of dry way that the comic itself is.

The videos don't have a ton of views yet, so I wanted to point them out. As a fan I find them very entertaining, and as a webcomic creator they show how much thought can really go into these silly things. So I just wanted to share the joy. :)
  • Mood: Tense
  • Listening to: Barenaked Ladies
  • Reading: Usagi Yojimbo
  • Playing: Hyrule Warriors

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:iconmoonsaber56:
moonsaber56 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
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
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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