Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Vectorman question

Does anyone know who did this drawing?  I know I didn't do it... I'm thinking it was either Marty or Jeff Remmer.  Any ideas?

Vectorman question

Does anyone know who did this drawing?  I know I didn't do it... I'm thinking it was either Marty or Jeff Remmer.  Any ideas?

Painting Into This Pencil / Photoshop head start tomorrow

I'll use Manga Studio and the Frenden brushes.
Then if I like it, I'll colorize it in Photoshop.

 Changed, finished a couple of things.
The plan is paint this evening.
WIP. Started , smeared it into a uniform mess. I'll see if I have the patience to paint into it enough to make it a decent piece.
 I like it. I hope people that aren't color blind don't find it too wacko.
Still going to paint into it. This is all mac mini work. I want to give it some imac-cintiq touches.
 Look at this. The top unsaturated item is Blogspot uploaded. The bottom saturated is Tumblr upload quality.
The more I study it, the Blogspot is probably what I was shooting for. I wonder what the deal is. I may saturate some more here and there based on the power of the saturation I see in the tumblr upload. But it also got mushier.
 I'm done. Or at least I quit. Edges were fun but I still lack a lot of spots really finishing it. But it taught me some things about how to get the oil look I may want to use later for other things.
Came out yucky. Un-unified. The Goons chest. The shadow above the forearm. A mess.
But it would be throwing time away. Just something I learned from.
I have to also get that cintiq calibrated to match standard monitor brightness and saturation. That will take research. I've tried in the past. Need to try again.

Painting Into This Pencil / Photoshop head start tomorrow

I'll use Manga Studio and the Frenden brushes.
Then if I like it, I'll colorize it in Photoshop.

 Changed, finished a couple of things.
The plan is paint this evening.
WIP. Started , smeared it into a uniform mess. I'll see if I have the patience to paint into it enough to make it a decent piece.
 I like it. I hope people that aren't color blind don't find it too wacko.
Still going to paint into it. This is all mac mini work. I want to give it some imac-cintiq touches.
 Look at this. The top unsaturated item is Blogspot uploaded. The bottom saturated is Tumblr upload quality.
The more I study it, the Blogspot is probably what I was shooting for. I wonder what the deal is. I may saturate some more here and there based on the power of the saturation I see in the tumblr upload. But it also got mushier.
 I'm done. Or at least I quit. Edges were fun but I still lack a lot of spots really finishing it. But it taught me some things about how to get the oil look I may want to use later for other things.
Came out yucky. Un-unified. The Goons chest. The shadow above the forearm. A mess.
But it would be throwing time away. Just something I learned from.
I have to also get that cintiq calibrated to match standard monitor brightness and saturation. That will take research. I've tried in the past. Need to try again.

EF-12...my latest obsession


This is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. It's a totally free, totally customisable fighting game engine made by a guy who worked on the Tekken series. I've always wanted to make  a console-style fighting game and this framework makes that possible. I've been talking to the EF-12 creator, Masahiro Onoguchi, and he's a super cool guy. He needed some help with translation for some of his documentation and I volunteered. Having a lot of fun learning how his engine works. Pretty amazing stuff.

Here's a link to the official U.S. download for EF-12 if anyone is interested:


You can get content into EF-12 via Maya, Softimage or Blender. Basically, anything that can generate a Collada file should work.


EF-12...my latest obsession


This is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. It's a totally free, totally customisable fighting game engine made by a guy who worked on the Tekken series. I've always wanted to make  a console-style fighting game and this framework makes that possible. I've been talking to the EF-12 creator, Masahiro Onoguchi, and he's a super cool guy. He needed some help with translation for some of his documentation and I volunteered. Having a lot of fun learning how his engine works. Pretty amazing stuff.

Here's a link to the official U.S. download for EF-12 if anyone is interested:


You can get content into EF-12 via Maya, Softimage or Blender. Basically, anything that can generate a Collada file should work.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Girl Genius Business Manager


 
I thought this post might be of interest to everyone, but especially to Rick and Marty.  There's an online comic book called "Girl Genius" written and illustrated by a husband and wife team, Phil and Kaja Foglio. It's won numerous awards and has been going for the past fourteen years.
 
At this year's Con, a woman who works as their business manager, Carol Monahan, (in the top photo on the right) gave me a sales pitch and told me all about their comic.  She seemed very knowledgeable about the whole business of running a self-published comic business, and gave me some examples of her role in advising them, and how she's saved them money in cases involving printing the hard copies. She charges them by the hour for her services.
 
"Girl Genius" seems to be doing a thriving business in selling printed copies of the books in spite of the fact that the entire comic can be read for free at their website.  The creators published it as a web comic at first to generate low cost publicity and moved on from there.
 
Anyway, Carol seemed very friendly and personable, going so far as to invite me to e-mail her if I had a few general questions about publishing my comic.  She is based in Seattle so I thought that she might be someone worth networking with, especially if she's at this year's ECCC.  Rick, maybe there's someone among your TAG North friends who knows of her?  Anyway, I thought I'd throw this out there in case you get a chance to meet her and get a read on her.

Girl Genius Business Manager


 
I thought this post might be of interest to everyone, but especially to Rick and Marty.  There's an online comic book called "Girl Genius" written and illustrated by a husband and wife team, Phil and Kaja Foglio. It's won numerous awards and has been going for the past fourteen years.
 
At this year's Con, a woman who works as their business manager, Carol Monahan, (in the top photo on the right) gave me a sales pitch and told me all about their comic.  She seemed very knowledgeable about the whole business of running a self-published comic business, and gave me some examples of her role in advising them, and how she's saved them money in cases involving printing the hard copies. She charges them by the hour for her services.
 
"Girl Genius" seems to be doing a thriving business in selling printed copies of the books in spite of the fact that the entire comic can be read for free at their website.  The creators published it as a web comic at first to generate low cost publicity and moved on from there.
 
Anyway, Carol seemed very friendly and personable, going so far as to invite me to e-mail her if I had a few general questions about publishing my comic.  She is based in Seattle so I thought that she might be someone worth networking with, especially if she's at this year's ECCC.  Rick, maybe there's someone among your TAG North friends who knows of her?  Anyway, I thought I'd throw this out there in case you get a chance to meet her and get a read on her.

My new technique. MS5-Frenden Oil brush- into doodle

I'll do a new one for Tuesday

My new technique. MS5-Frenden Oil brush- into doodle

I'll do a new one for Tuesday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A quick doodle while watching Thor

Thought I rough doodle a bit while watching TV. Brush pen and pencil. Had some "Me" time from all the drama lately and it was quiet.

A quick doodle while watching Thor

Thought I rough doodle a bit while watching TV. Brush pen and pencil. Had some "Me" time from all the drama lately and it was quiet.

Chubby Cheekers in "BIRTHDAY BUNNY"

Here's a little Chubby Cheekers story for your (belated) T.A.G. perusal.






I learned so much doing this--you can see the style and approach evolve as the pages go along. Jimmy, Ellis and Tom Moon provided inestimable technical support (thank you sincerely). Rick and Scott provided the quality target...Ranjo just provided annoyance.

Please let me know what bugs you and/or what you'd like changed!