February 19, 2014

A Tale of a Picture Taking on a Life of it's Own...

Egads, how the time flies! I know I say that a lot, but honestly, I've been really busy over here! So I'll just apologize now for not posting anything here for a week or so.

If you've been keeping up with my tumblrs (karmada.tumblr.com and bytherollofthedie.tumblr.com), you've probably seen previews of some of the work I've been doing. This is the first time I've ever ventured to make a "book" of any kind (you know something bigger than say, a comic book), so I'm kinda learning it as I go along.

I am going to talk more about my process in the next post (I'm writing it this week as well!), but I wanted to warn everybody that next week I'm going to be vanished for quite some time - it's crunch time for Tangerine Wings Chapter 3. I've been a little writer's blocked, and distracted in other ways, so I haven't been able to devote my time to comicking as I'd have liked. Sky's End, I'm looking at you. You will probably start updating in March at this rate. I'm hoping!

In other news, Valentine's Day came and passed, and as a proper artist, I decided "Hey! I should make a Valentine's Day picture". I of course, decided this on the actual Holiday, not actually giving myself time to get it done beforehand. :P

A friend suggested that I do a picture of my FFXIV character and his little baby bird for the occasion, and of course, I was like "OMG THAT SOUNDS SO CUTE!"

Thinking that I'd just do it on the computer, I opened up ArtRage, and quickly sketched out a pose.

I'm getting a little more comfortable with the Cintiq/Tablet work.

I basically wanted to have it be on some sort of gradient, with a Happy Valentine's day message written on it... but as I was working, I started to think to myself how nice it would be if I inked it with my brush. I decided at that point, "Okay! I'll print it out and transfer it, then I'll just use photoshop to make a nice gradient backgro--"

And then I stopped. And realized that I felt like I was wasting the bristol board by just putting a single character on it. It needed... a background. The gears in my brain began to turn, and slowly, but surely, I came to the conclusion he needed to be in ... a candy store.

So I broke out my pencil and sketched out a background on my large printed version.

I then transferred it to the bristol board (then promptly screwed up on the inking and had to re-transfer and start all over again). Then once it was inked, I had to take a break - I had game night and I'd be out of the house, and I was starting to get a hand cramp.

And then it got hilarious. I started coloring the image in the afternoon on Saturday. Later that day, a key colored marker: Mr. E50 died on me. I ran to my nearest Michael's (as the Utrecht store and Greens had closed much earlier that day), to see if they had it. They did not. I tossed it to the side, and went and played XIV instead.

Sunday, Green's was closed completely, but the Utrecht store was open! There was a chance! I gave em a call, and they did not have my marker. Sad. I'd have to wait till Monday to get it and color it in. Only to find out that on Monday my husband borrowed my car, and we still have to put the new tabs on his older car. So knowing my luck, I'd get stopped, so I decided not to chance it (it also doesn't handle the best in winter weather any more). I worked on another project all day instead.

THEN HE CAME HOME. AND WE GOT THE MARKER. My arm was dead from the other project (which I'll be able to announce sometime soon once I finish the other part). I figured I'd just spend Tuesday coloring it in instead. It's only a couple days late, right?

...and that's when we heard our door open and close. The apartment complex had put out a notice that there was another pipe break and they were having a crew come out and fix it. Tuesday morning at 9:30 am - they'd shut off the water. Which means, I could not stay home. I'd have no bathroom to use, no water to drink or cook with. I'd be hoboing it again. And once again, could NOT color the picture.

But today! TODAY IS THE DAY! I'm coloring it in. FINALLY. So here's a preview for you all:

as seen on Facebook. Yeah, the picture is THAT big too.

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