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...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
Work for Work by dragonsong12
Work for Work
It's been an interesting journey at my current place of work. I started out part-time doing data entry stuff and now I've been asked to do some illustrations for Zag Magazine. These three can be found in the March-April edition released in the Montgomery county area of Maryland for stories relating to pet therapy, bad bosses and fatigue.

I sketched multiple ideas for each one to give the editors something to work with. I wanted to make sure they had what they were looking for in each case.  I decided to include the sketches that were not used, just for fun, though I do think the best option was chosen in each case.

They seemed to go over well with the editors, but I'm a little disappointed in them personally. Particularly the third one, since I was a bit rushed on it and didn't get any hi-lights in so it looks flatter than the other two. I need to do a bit of color correcting before submitting more (though I guess they liked them well enough, since they've asked for more for the next edition). Regardless, it was fun to break out of my niche a bit and though I'm not sure the opportunity is entirely deserved, I won't say no to getting to draw, ink and color at work and not get in trouble over it. :)
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TM2 Boetheri Characters by dragonsong12
TM2 Boetheri Characters
Prominent boetheri characters from the Twisted Mirrors sequel. Not as carefully drawn as the last two colored sketches, I admit, but their basic designs are pretty well set now.
Starting from the left the first two characters are both nobles, the third one is an assistant, the fourth is the local magesmith and the last two are townsfolk.

None of them have names yet, but they all have their place in the story and will probably be pretty fun to draw. :)

For more stuff on the TM Sequel, go here.
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Pawn by dragonsong12
Pawn
Like the last two pieces I've uploaded, this is a test of my new tablet.
Unlike those two, this was never intended as anything more than practice. It's only in my gallery rather than my scraps because the other two are as well and it just made sense somehow.
...though there are certainly better looking things in my scraps, so I don't know why I was concerned. :XD:

Anyway, I learned about cel shading! It's not perfect, but it's improvement on the "nothing" I started with! I'll have to keep working with it going forward, but I am feeling a lot optimistic than I was.

You probably won't see much from me for a while now. I have to get back to some of the long-term projects that I've been neglecting in favor of playing with my new toy. ^^;
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Seeker by dragonsong12
Seeker
This is the first test of digital painting on my new tablet.
...it has a lot of problems, but I feel like it's a lot closer than I've been in the past. In particular, it has some more of that "painted" look that I've been looking for.
...really need to fix the fact that it's very grey though... :(

Just for fun, though, I did upload some "in progress" pictures...as usual, it's mostly for my own benefit. I like seeing this stuff. :XD:
The original sketch
Early painting (I don't normally work like this. My painting teacher in college taught me to have an "all over" approach, but since I wasn't sure it would work, I decided to focus in at first.)
"armor" done and background blocked in.
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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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...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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: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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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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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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