There’s a lot to look forward to this month – from Thoughtful Dinosaur books to the launch of The Case of the Wendigo on October 18th, and more illustration updates for the Patreon page.
All of this storming creativity has made me realize…
I need to quit my day job… soon-ish.
See, I work at a craft store as both cleaning person and person who stocks shelves. As it turns out, sweeping, mopping, and cleaning the bathrooms of a 10,000 square foot store and then climbing up and down stairs moving 100+ pound boxes of books, rocks, and glass is REALLY exhausting work. And there are some days, especially recently, that feel like the job wants to pile MORE work on me for a multitude of reasons.
So… yeah, I’m going to start looking for opportunities in other avenues. I want to take it easier on my body and find some things I can do to make that happen.
How can you help? Well, here’s some ways presented in an “if-you-then-you” format.
Continue reading “How You Can Help”
This last weekend has been absolutely bananas. Continue reading “Post-YO-ICE Bananas Malarkey”
Thoughtful Dinosaur is the story of Billy Veloci, a young lady velociraptor who has just graduated from college and has her life figured out. Unfortunately, she (and 99% of her coworkers) are let go, leaving her to pick the pieces of her life back up and do her best to figure out how to adult. Continue reading “Thoughtful Dinosaur is Now on KickStarter”
Thoughtful Dinosaur is a comic I’m making for newsletter subscribers and patrons on Patreon (until I can collect all the strips into one book). It’s the story of a young dinosaur fresh out of college and learning how to be an adult.
It draws a lot from my own personal experiences, and as such, I include lots of references from my early post-college days. This includes locations like a downtown park in Sandusky, OH, shots of malls from Arizona, and other locales I have photos of.
However, I don’t directly copy from photographs. That’s not the point of reference photos.
Reference photos (at least, how I use them) are more for nailing down the layout of a location. For example, in the Thoughtful Dinosaur panel above, I used the reference images and my memory to lay out where the trees and the walking path were laid out. The lighting scheme in the comic panel was drawn mostly from memory – I have a vivid memory of one morning walk I had, in which the sun was just emerging from cumulonimbus clouds in such a way that it was gold and warm. I wanted to capture that feeling with the colors in this panel.
Sometimes I’ll use reference photos for colors and lights. I didn’t do that so much with this panel, but sometimes, if I want to illustrate how light refracts off a surface (like, say, sunsets), I’ll use photo references.
I hope this gives you some new ideas for your own creative endeavors. Thank you for reading!
You. Are. Awesome.
Today’s video features not only two watercolor paintings and a Thoughtful Dinosaur comic strip I’m making, but it also features a song I made.
This is the first song I’ve ever composed and made using a program called LMMS. The program is free to download if you want to give it a try for yourself.
Keep in mind, my musical background is from my days playing Taiko. If you want an idea of the kinds of songs I performed, here’s an example from a troupe I was a part of. That’s why, for the first song, it’s pretty much exclusively drum sounds.
Why am I painting two watercolor paintings? Find out…NEXT TIME.
Thanks for listening.
You. Are. Awesome.