Something just for fun, I was browsing through free stock photo’s looking for something stupid to make, this is the result. The crab looks off because it was tiny and shot with a really small focal depth, the legs were out of focus, but I tried to hide it in the light bleed. Just dumb fun, shoulf have added lazer!.
Hello everybody, I have come back from the streaming void to begin anew! (I streamed yesterday.) it’s been so long since I’ve painted/drawn anything I managed to pump out some right clangers, So I started on something called the 14 day challenge. You draw a face everyday and seek out feedback for the next days iteration. your not supposed to use reference and it helps you develop your ‘default face’ I might have used a little reference, I sat down and thought ‘How me draw, what face be like?’ so had to look at one, but tomorrow will be proper. This just highlights how important it is to keep your skills sharp as they do degrade, even after just a few short months.
Well I promised this video about a month ago and it finally went up on my channel. It’s a brief walk through of the dinosaur mash up I did for daisy, Take a look and let me know what you think. I’ve actually re-done the image since the video, with properly licensed photo’s, just for piece of mind.
Photoshop is one of my better skills, so I’m quite happy that people have taken a liking to a merging I did for daisy, of course we couldn’t leave willow out so she gets a unicorn. There are a few more in the works so hopefully I’ll get a chance to do those soon, then there’s been interest from some internet people, who knows maybe theres a business in this. I’m opening up commissions soon so we’ll see. In the mean time I’ve started up a new short story that i’m working on so I’ll post about that soon. That’s it for now.
See you next time!
We had a completely traditional wedding, as you can plainly see. Yay wife! It’s actually been pretty awesome. I just got back today from the first theme park me and the girls have visited. It was in the lady’s childhood town and was wonderful, she missed it greatly when we had to leave, I have to admit it was a really nice town. It made me want to do better for my family. I think I’ve had the blinkers on slightly, where we live isn’t bad! (That’s what I’d think), but really it is. Technically I live in the most deprived area in my county. Every day we walk past drunks and drugged out folks on the way to town. We’ve never been given any problems, but let’s be realistic, it’s not ideal. I took the training wheels off the girl’s bikes about a week ago and they did great. We just had to avoid the bandstands in the park because of the broken vodka bottles and passed out drunks, (it sounds worse than it is, but there I go making excuses again) it’s not acceptable.
I was having a clear out of my fiction bits on the site, character bio’s, locations etc. and realised how far the story had moved on from the original idea. Then I watched one of my vlogs from 6 months ago, apparently, back then I had 6 chapters, which is odd because I only have 5 now. TLDR I’ve moved at an icebergs pace. I need to do better, my business hasn’t grown, my side projects aren’t advancing, I need to do better. No more overwatch, build the business, build the community, make regular content updates. Tell the damn story, make it awesome, sell it! That’s the plan, be prepared for vlogs to make a return. See you soon. Oh and sort my weight out, I’m getting fat.
Just a little update, Chapter 4 is available if you’d like to take a read here. I’ve been looking at it for so long I just had to move on. In other news, I’m married now, post to follow.
Sorry, sorry, not post blah blah, that’s normal really isn’t it. I have a lot to say but no time to say it. In this quick post, I just wanted to touch on why I’ve torn out a few chapters, combined a few others and rewritten more things. Since I’m new to this writing lark I’ve been absorbing as much info as I can on how to do it well. I’ve found some wonderful youtube channels and podcasts which I’ll link below. In the course of my learnings it became apparent I wasn’t using perspective properly, I wasn’t even aware of what perspective I was using, (badly). It also highlighted some problems with my point of view, in that it was weak and prone to change for no good reason. I’ll probably do a blog post on each subject and what I was doing wrong but for the time being, I just wanted to layout the changes I made and why I felt they were needed.
The first change I made, was to combine chapters 3 and 4, they were very short and were both meant to develop Lithia as a character so there was no reason to separate them. What was previously chapter 4 I’ve taken out of Becket’s point of view and rewritten it from Lithia’s. We were meant to learn about her during those scenes and having it told from her perspective allowed that. I also added a much better intro to Lithia’s strike suit. There’s meant to be a strong attachment between the character and her armour, and the intro I gave it was completely drab, you wouldn’t have paid any attention. I will probably revisit the introduction again to see if I can get it even more poignant, but it’s a massive improvement.
Examining the point of view I was using in the former chapter 5, now chapter 4, I defaulted to Becket because we ended the previous (very short) chapter with Becket’s, but with that now passed onto Lithia it didn’t quite gel. With the first half told from Becket then switching to Terra it was a mess, The whole thing was a mess actually, let me illustrate. The prologue was told from Mateo/Zara, chapter 1 & 2 from Lithia 3 from Becket, 4 from Becket Terra & Rhea, 6 from Rhea. A complete mess see. If I was using third person omniscient I could work around that, possibly, but I’d decided third person limited was best for my first story and I was head hopping heavily, no good. So now everything up to chapter 3 was Lithia, she’s the main character, we learned a lot about her and the world, all good. From chapter 4 I needed to decide who told the most interesting story, who grew the most or who did we discover the most about. That’s where our point of view lay, we learn a little about Becket and Terra through dialogue, but they are already established, confident and sure of themselves, not much room to tell a story. Rhea, on the other hand, is talented but unsure of herself, has been thrown into unfamiliar surroundings and has an undisclosed need to succeed. Much more potential for growth. That’s where my POV should be. In the course of re-writing chapters 5 and 6 to be from Rhea’s perspective, I went further than just changing the words for a new perspective and ended up telling much more about Rhea’s past than I originally intended. It was info that was going to be revealed at some point, but now as soon as we switch to Rhea’s point of view we know a little of her past and her admiration for the Colonel, I wasn’t sure if this was wise. It wasn’t an info dump, but more was revealed than I planned initially, but I think this was needed for what I have planned later.
In the end, I also realised I was showing not telling and this let me get a lot more feeling into the chapters. I’d love to hear any feed back you have, I haven’t fully rewritten 4 yet but the first half is there.
Happy enough to spread it about the internet like a disease, a quite benign one though. I’ve also given the map a bit of a face lift.
Read chapter 3 here! please.
Hey all, after re-writing chapter 2 multiple times i’m finally happy (as happy as an incessant tinkerer will ever be) with it. So I’m sending out another apeal for book minded foke to provide some feedback if they have the spare time.
In other news I signed up for wattpad, seems like a swish place for free stories, and i’m looking to get feedback/eyes on my work, so you can check it out here. https://www.wattpad.com/myworks/110044639-the-manifested
I don’t know if I mentioned it previously but I approached a professional editor to basically give me a yes/no answer on whether I was wasting my time. I wanted to know if I should concentrate on the writing or drawing. I offered some money just so they knew I wasn’t just looking to waste her time for free help. In the end she didn’t take my money but said I should carry on, at that I have a descriptive knack and present a story well, or some such words. I’ve started a patreon to try and raise funds for for her services to help with my writing, but I’m not really ready to publicise it yet.
That was a quick scattered update, chew it down and if you do read the story, please contact me with some feedback if you can spare the time.
The prologue went well I though and now we have a chapter 1 is in a reasonable state. I did something cool in the stories with a popup system. If you see a link it’ll open a pop up with the piece of music that helped give me the idea for that section and you can play it if you want, closing the pop up doesn’t stop the song either so you can still listen while reading. I thought it was cool anyhow. In chapter one the main character gets introduced and hopefully comes across as the stoic badass I wanted her to be, laying into some bureaucrats and desk generals who’ve gotten themselves on her bad side. Read chapter one here and send me some feedback I’d honestly love to hear your thoughts.
See you next time