Laser engraving all the things
I can now make tokens for the boardgame my husband created. All the pieces for two players have been laser engraved. The board is still just a few pieces of paper taped together, but I'll get to that one soon. Now that the pieces are done. I'm going to engrave everything. EVERYTHING
We're also working on a card game for a game jam. When that's done, the rules will be up here on itch.io. You'll need a deck of cards some sort of tokens, and a full set of dice: d20, d12, etc. Nothing fancy. Now to keep engraving. My only obstacle is my 2 year old who is bound and determined to blind himself by looking directly at the laser.
All Things Bright and Beautiful Pocketmod is Available!
Now that my webtoon is complete, I had time to get this all formatted together. It's a printable pocketmod that you can fold yourself into your own little poem book.
I also have art prints available of all the different pages and that can be found here.
Now on to the next project.
Visual representation of my day
Practicing with a brush pen and alcohol markers. Also with a toddler ring slinged to me because he absolutely refuses to take a nap today. He found a tiny toy revolver in his random toy stash and ran around the house "pssst"ing everything this morning.
First Chapter of Liminal is Up!
Knuckled down and finished up the colors today. Almost all in one shot. Thankfully, the child was merciful and mostly just wanted to run around outside in the heat with his dadda, so I got a lot more time than usual. Now to draw the rest of the chapters.
Got a Pentel Pocket Brush and am redoing all of Chapter 1 with it. I really like working on paper again. For a long time, I had an issue with "ruining" good paper and so I moved to digital only, but doing these drawings with the brush pen has forced me to accept the little mistakes and surprises that naturally come with brushes and I like the look of it a lot more. Still probably going to do the watercoloring in Rebelle because that's what I know and I really need to just get this thing done. I'll practice on the side for future projects though. This page marks the halfway point for Chapter 1. Hope to get it all drawn in the next day or so as toddler naps allow.
Food Coloring as Ink Experiment
So I had a little IRL art experiment with food coloring. I mixed red and blue and used it straight as an ink, nothing else in it. It works fairly well. The poor drawing is a faded brown now, but these are the results of a fairly fresh drawing. I used a liner brush for most of the linework and a dip pen for the gun. Scanned into Rebelle3 and added some watercolor. I also converted the ink to black and, man, can I not wait for Friday to come so we can go to the big (15,000 people) city an hour away and get some real ink. So if you can't get ink, and you don't want to deal with complicated recipes, just get some food coloring and mix some colors together until you get the hue you want. It works in a pinch.
Webtoon prep time
I interrupt our stream of wholesome pastoral watercolors to introduce a sneakpeek at my psycological horror mini webtoon for their canvas contest. I only had an hour of time to paint last night, so I decided to do a real quick style test. The style is probably changing a bit. It's not dark enough and if this guy is going to be trapped in a mine, then it sure as heck better be super dark. I also made the most useless timelapse of the process with my 1988 vhs camera and that will be [here] and [here] when the video is uploaded. So check back if it's not there yet.
All Things Bright and Beautiful Page 6
One more page after this. Then some revamping of a few older pieces. Nothing too big, just cleaning up some line art and paint edges. I better get this done soon because I have a short webtoon comic to thumbnail and draw. I feel a lot more prepared for it now that I've had this warm up.
All Things Bright and Beautiful Page 5
I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just a few more paintings to go. This turns out to be way faster to draw and color than my old way of digital painting funnily enough. Which is way helpful when the only time I have is in small 30 minute toddler enthralled Veggie Tales blocks.
All Things Bright and Beautiful Page 4
More art changes as I get more comfortable painting. I even figured out how to color mix in this program. I like how natural it's all beginning to feel. Not sure if I'll go back to the previous paintings and change them a bit. I'm still happy with them, but I love where it's all going.
All Things Bright and Beautiful Page 3
I changed the arrangement of my desk to facilitate more art and it got me into a flow state faster. I like. That's probably why the style changed a bit for this page. I also made a new ink pen in Rebelle and that contributed to the style change as well. I feel good about it. I know I'm getting better.
All Things Bright and Beautiful Page 1
6 more pages to go. I'm figuring out this watercolor stuff. The empty space is for the text. Here's hoping the next page looks even better than this one as I figure out my own technique.
Cover for All Things Bright and Beautiful
Making a small pocketmod book for my son so he can have a baby sized poem book to carry around with him. He loves this particular poem, especially when we sing it to him. There's 7 more illustrations to go. Some more complicated, some less. I'm pretty pleased with how this one turned out.
Baby Punch Comic
I've always wanted to draw a webcomic and I had the time to watch a Bluprint class by Jon Chad. Guess all I needed was some structure and assignments. This is what I imagine my kid is doing in my womb when I feel little taps. Drawn on a Remarkable and colored in Rebelle 3.