Hey everybody! I’m going to be out of town until next Monday, but I don’t want to leave you high and dry without any content, so send me your character requests and I’ll draw as many of them as possible before I leave!
Just click the "Ask Me Anything" link on the left and let me know who you’d like me to draw! Be creative (requests for “Link” will probably be ignored)!
Send them over tonight and I’ll draw a mass amount of them along with a dedication to the person who suggested that particular character, which will then be posted from Wednesday-Monday, August 1st. I’ll do as many as I can!
PS. If you have questions about orders or anything like that, I’ll still be available via email while on vacation, and I’ll have somebody here helping out with starting getting your orders processed/printed while I’m gone (so don’t worry about delays!).
Tomorrow morning at 10:00am (Eastern), that link on the left will be working and my brand new store at http://magicalgametime.bigcartel.com will be open, complete with the 12 x 18” re-issues of the "Everything Was Perfect" prints. A lot of people have been asking for these and I’m hoping that they were serious about wanting to own one, because it hasn’t been easy figuring out the logistics of this larger scale operation.
There will also be a limited edition set of 25, 13 x 19” Legend of Zelda themed posters and I’ll be selling the remainder of the "Guys Night Out" prints through there as well (which is why the link was pulled from here, in case you were wondering).
I was planning on launching my new store today, but alas, my power is still out. Which means that I never had the time to get out my mailing list messages, or finish up the details on my store front, etc. Depending on how long this continues, the store might not be up until mid to late next week.
Sorry for the delay, but if you want to be mad at anybody, be mad at DTE, who is apparently both surprised by the fact that people use more electricity during heat waves AND unprepared for what to do in case of such an OBVIOUSLY EXTREMELY FUCKING UNLIKELY event. But how could somebody be so stupid? It’s not possible, right? Well, yes and no. See, it’s because they have no need to better their service, methods or equipment because they have a complete monopoly over supplying power to the greater Detroit area. To frame it a little differently, their incompetence and lethargy boils down to this; it’s like they keep building a house made of sticks, and then every single year it burns down, and yet not only do they KEEP REBUILDING THE EXACT SAME HOUSE…they don’t even consider it financially viable to buy a fucking fire extinguisher (also, they keep increasing the cost to rent the house).
So, yeah. I’ll let you know when power comes back on.
Sorry, no posts today. My power went out so I can only check in on stuff via my little, unequipped for anything useful (except for this I guess) netbook. I was working on a new Earthbound comic also. Bummer.
If you want to be cool, send me a note on here (or an email) when you get them. Or when you get your Guys Night Out prints (which shipped this past Monday). I’m trying out a new method of printing the postage here at home and I’m nervous about screwing them up, so it would be a huge relief if I heard that they were arriving safely.
Expect prints to start showing up this Friday-Monday, although don’t worry if they don’t show up until mid-next week. Sometimes the post office is just weirdo like that.
Hey everybody! My good friends have a goofy video blog where they do this show that is just barely about video games in a pretty fantastic way (I think it’s far more about a closet alcoholic who hosts a children’s show on basic cable).
It’s been getting really good lately and you should check it out if you like things that are kinda like Beakman’s World…if he was slowly descending into madness (which he actually might have been anyway).
I’ve been promising a process post for a while now and today seems like a good day for it, since I’m too buried under freelance work and shipping (hooray!) to draw new comics.
This is just MY process of course—and even at that, it’s not always the one I use.
Step 1. Layout
I’ve been doing all my layouts just doing quick sketches, copying and pasting and adjusting, etc. right in Photoshop (where I created this whole comic). I really like how fast it is to edit my layouts this way, although thumbnail sketching works well too. I usually have a pad of paper and some no.2 pencils by me when I wok digitally because somethings just don’t make sense on screen, but are easy to solve with a pencil.
Step 2: Lines
Once I have a story that I’m happy with, I start in on my final lines. I’ve been doing them pretty loose and rough at first, not over-correcting the details to maintain a more natural look to them. It’s important to note that I usually draw my lines, panels, and text all on different layers—it’ll make life easier later. Also, any elements that I plan on moving will need to be on separate layers, so I can shuffle them on and off in order to simulate animation.
Once I get the basic idea drawn out, I finish my lines and correct anything that was looking weird. This is just about taking the time and getting lines that I’m happy with.
Step 3: Colors & Shadows
I’m showing it here without the lines on top, but this step is simple enough. Just color the damn thing! Really, the only “trick” to this step is that usually after I’m finished (if I’m doing what I consider to be a “full color” piece, ie not like the Earthbound print where I only used five or six colors), I’ll usually drop in a new folder in my layers palette on top of everything but the text/panels layers (because I want them to stay a pure black/white) that I call “Adjustments.” In that folder I’ll place all my adjustment layers which I use to create a more unified feeling to the colors (ie warm, cold, etc).
The adjustment step can get out of hand really quickly…I’ve been known to spend a lot of time trying to get this exactly right…but lately, I’ve been trying to get better with color selection right off the bat, so that I don’t have to spend as much time with this step (or end up altering the finished product so much that I don’t recognize it anymore).
Some of my go to Adjustment Layers are Color Balance, Hue/Sat., Selective Color and Exposure. I used to use a lot of Photo Filter, until I realized that it’s really ends up washing out your drawings and making them look kinda cheap. Try Color Balance and Selective Color instead. I find that you can use those to still build a more unified color temperature without destroying your initial color choices.
And for the second part of this process, I laid down some shadows. I have a tendency to go with purple shadows if I’m doing a warmer color palette—orange tones/purple shadows…I just like the way that looks, but experiment and find whatever you like best. Unless you’re doing black and white art though, I’d try to avoid doing pure black shadows, since it tends to flatten everything out. Do what feels right though, obviously.
Step 4: Animation
To do my animations, I start by choosing every piece that I want to move—here it was a lot of them. Here’s a frame of everything I ended up animating with the background stuff removed (keep in mind that I ALWAYS keep animated pieces on their own layers).
Above every layer that I want to move I create a second layer with the second “frame” of the animation in it. Sometimes, it’s as simple as just shifting or redrawing the thing in “frame 1.” When you turn these layers on and off, you’ll see them “move.” I also take the time to label them as something like “speedlines1” and “speedlines2.”
Next, I open up the Animation palette in Photoshop. Open it up and you’ll see Frame 1 that has a thumbnail of your work inside it. Click the New Frame button which looks identical to the New Layer button underneath the Layers palette. A second one appears! It is an exact duplicate of the first.
Now, select frame two in the animations palette. With that selected, go over to your layers palette and turn off “speedlines1” and turn on “speedlines2.” Go back up to the Animations palette and press the play button and you’ll see your frames cycling on and off, which gives you a movement effect if you’ve done it correctly. You can also change the speed at which the frames move. I tend to favor 0.1 for things like this comics and 0.2 for something like flickering fire (see the Zelda three-parter).
It’s been a long couple weeks and they’re not getting any shorter! But some good news, all the Guys Night Out prints have shipped!
I couldn’t mail out the Everything Was Perfect prints today, because I’m still waiting on some final packaging supplies to get here…I came up short somehow (I suspect gremlins were involved)…but those should be in the mail tomorrow and will almost certainly be showing up on your doorsteps before the end of the week!
MAGICAL GAME TIME STORE IS LAUNCHING THIS FRIDAY!!!
What that means for you: 1) There will be a second run of the Everything Was Perfect prints that will be going up on Friday! There will be slight differences which will differentiate them from the last run (mainly size and lack of numbering), but they look every bit as beautiful! 2) The Guys Night Out prints that are left will be sold in the store instead of on the site here.
Good news! I finally have all the orders printed and they should be shipping out either tomorrow or Monday, depending on how smoothly my new shipping process goes.
More good news! It looks like I’ve worked out a deal with a new printer, which means that I’ll soon be able to do larger runs of the same high-quality prints, without raising costs! Which also means that I will not only be doing a ton of brand new prints, but probably a second run of the much requested Everything Was Perfect prints fairly soon—with one or two small caveats. Instead of 13 x 19” prints that you’re used to, I will be selling the second run of Everything Was Perfect (possibly as well as other future prints) at the more frame-friendly size of 12 x 18”, and, of course, any second runs I do will be unnumbered (making them perhaps slightly less valuable for resellers (although I’m not even sure that anybody has been reselling my work (because I think my fans tend to be people who just love games (and I love them)))).
Also, I have been talking to a couple other artists and I might be inviting some of my talented friends to contribute prints to sell through my store (which will be up as soon as I have work to sell in it)!
When you played FF6 (or 3 in the US) did you go back for Shadow?
And who were your favorite characters?
(In my opinion, part 6 is one of the best ones I've ever played.)
Honestly, the first time I played through the game I didn’t. One of my friends had to tell me that I could’ve gone back for him, and then I felt terrible that I’d just left him to die.
Favorite characters is hard to say, but my preferred party would probably be Locke, Terra, Sabin, and Strago. Strago is my oddball favorite because I always really enjoyed Blue Magic/Enemy Skills/Lores in the FF series.
I’ve gotten so many requests to make more prints, that I’ve been spending all day looking into other possible printing solutions that would open me up to print higher volumes, while still keeping the same quality of art prints.
Also, I’m starting to work on a proper store front so people don’t have to just buy things straight off the blog. It’ll just be a little more organized and professional looking.
I have more comics coming soon, this other junk just keeps clogging up my brain tubes and eating up all my time…
I realize that I should have had this information more directly available from the get-go, but the truth is that I’ve been figuring out my process as I go along, and I now realize that from the day that a print is ordered delivery time is usually about two weeks, so I graciously ask everybody to please allow two to three weeks for delivery.
Orders are shipped out Priority Mail, so once the package is in the mail it only takes them 2-3 days to be delivered, however as all printing, packing, and shipping is done by one person (yours truly) on top of generating new content and managing sales, it is absolutely the fastest that I can promise delivery of packages right now. As my business continues to grow (fingers crossed), I should be able to get packages out sooner.
I’ve been a little cautious about selling comics as prints, but as soon as I saw one of these printed out, I was just blown away by the intensity of those blues and it all just had a feeling that was so…right…I guess, that I decided to cave and sell these.
I really couldn’t be happier with the prints. Just check out those photos and realize that they really don’t do it justice—the blues sing even MORE in person!
NOTE: If you’re a member of my mailing list there are 15 copies being sold at a reduced price, SO CHECK YOUR INBOX BEFORE PURCHASING HERE! Save a few bucks!