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More stuff soon…

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 by Davie

I’ve been working on a couple of pretty complex Photoshop paintings, and I’m trying to incorporate a proper background.  Unsurprisingly, this is taking a while, as I’ve never done that before.  However, the first one’s nearing completion so I should be able to post that soon.  In Sorrel and Artichoke news, the current pages are basically the introduction.  I’m currently working on developing a buffer of three or four pages, like them professionals do, so that maybe–maybe–they’ll start coming out in a timely manner.  Hopefully.  I always inadvertently lie about these things though.

Either way, you’ll see more stuff soon.  In the meantime, here are some rather unexciting master copies I did back in July for my drawing class.

After Titian's Jacopo Strada

After Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring

 

Brief Update

Posted in Uncategorized on September 7, 2010 by Davie

A real, live, related-to-art, not-related-to-Sorrel-and-Artichoke post will be up soon.  Progress on the comic is chugging along at the usual snail’s pace, but there’s a new page up.

The Omniscient Orb, Page 8

Posted in Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 by Davie

New page up here.  I had a hell of a lot of trouble with this one, for some reason, which partially accounts for the lateness.  Exporting issues, weird tool settings, and just frustratingly inept drawing made this a month or so late.  I’d say I’ll add more pages soon, but I’m about as likely to keep that promise as a starving polar bear promising to allow seals to pass through its territory unharmed.  Yeah, that was a weird analogy.

Progress…

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 by Davie

…of a sort.  No, I’m not dead, although the distance between posts would probably convince people otherwise.  I finally got my shit together (summer has been unnecessarily busy) and there should be a new page of Sorrel and Artichoke by tomorrow.  It features this guy:

He gets some lines, which can only be a good thing.

The Omniscient Orb, Page 6

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2010 by Davie

…is up on Webcomics Nation.  A week late, I know.  Deadlines, even self-imposed ones, are unfortunately something that I subconsciously ignore.  Anyhow, it’s there, and unless the mafia, zombies, or transit police come to my house and kill me in the meantime, there should be another page up on Thursday.

Back in Action!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 by Davie

My software’s finally working again.  As such, I should be able to resume the regular update schedule for The Omniscient Orb.  Which makes me happy.  It should make you happy too.

Good Things Never Last

Posted in Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 by Davie

Yeah, my computer’s apparently killed itself.  Until I can get it fixed, hopefully within the next couple weeks, there will be no further progress on the comic.

Comic Character Concepts Post

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 by Davie

So, I did some concept drawings of the three main characters in the oh so epic pseudo-scifi graphic novelish thing I’m working on.  I’m making progress on it, but it’s veeery slow.  I don’t expect to finish it this year.  Hell, maybe not even next year.  I’ll try to have it done before the apocalypse, whether that’s in 2012 or 2000012.  It could be either at this point.

The drawings aren’t 100% as I’d like them.  And yeah, I know, white guy, black guy, chick.  I utterly failed at coming up with anything other than basic archetypes, so I’m trying to make their personalities more uinique than their appearance.

That’s Vazhu Silivasi, our protagonist.  He’s a soldier-turned-refugee after his native Dacia was conquered overnight by the Ottoman State.  He’s generally mistrustful of people, and the fact that he was mugged by local gangsters the second he walked off the boat from Italy didn’t really do much to remedy that.  He’s also suffering from a mild case of post-traumatic stress disorder after being forced into a vicious combat situation the night the Ottomans invaded.  Essentially, he’s in pretty poor shape, and at the beginning of the story he doesn’t really know what to do now.  He wants revenge for the theft of his homeland, but doesn’t quite know how he’s going to go about it.

David Tarrelton (he prefers Davie) found Vazhu half-conscious in an alley after the aforementioned mugging, and invited him home for dinner.  He’s a decent sort, quick to help people and quick to trust them, and is the only person Vazhu is fully relaxed around.  He works as a cook in a restaurant, but picked up the talent of bulletmaking and a .42 pistol from his father, and as such is one of the few firearm-owning civilians.  (The things are very expensive these days, so anyone interested in home defense usually sticks with a bladed weapons of some sort.  Gun collectors are pretty much nonexistent.)  He’s generally sickened by the way the gangs assault and steal from immigrants who don’t know their way around, and by the fact that the police force considers them a minor threat and is making no move to take them down.  He also is an inept shaver, and is therefore stuck with semipermanent hobo-face.

…aaaaand the lead female.  Her name, nationality, profession, and how she appears in the story are all up in the air at this point.  This is what she looks like, and that’s about all I’ve got.  I’ll work her in somehow.  I think of her as a sensible and well-spoken character.  She’s not just a set of boobs, for sure.

Anyway, that’s what I have for now.  I have other character concepts, but revealing them would spoil some of the story, so I think I’ll hold off on those.  Although I might do more CCCPs (holy crap I just noticed that acronym) as they help me get my thoughts in order.  And are fun to write.  Funnily enough, I think I actually know a good deal more about these characters now than before I started this post.

I’m doggedly poking along on the comic at the moment, and I’m thinking about maybe putting up some pages at some point in the future (and by future, I mean in the next year or so, so don’t hold your breath).

Wait…who reads this blog anyway?  Let me look at the comments…it would appear to be…one person!  Rutskarn!  Thanks for showing some form of remote interest; you seem to be the only one!

Later.

Surprise!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2010 by Davie

This was rather unexpected, but I had the chance to do something excellent tonight.  I found an old copy of Corel Painter 8 while cleaning out my CD rack.  I installed it, screwed around for five minutes, realized the power at my fingertips, and decided to do some sort of project.  Browsing the absolutely excellent Conceptart.org for ideas, I came across this tutorial and decided to give selfportraiture a shot.  Despite my artistic skills being nowhere near those of Andrew Jones, it came out remarkably well.  Painter is my new favorite program and has absolutely replaced Flash, OpenCanvas, Manga Studio, and GIMP as my tablet medium of choice.  Hopefully you’ll see more Painter stuff in the future.

Hey, first piece of (recent, not crappy) color work on this blog. Someone should throw a party.

More Tablet Work and Terrible News

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2010 by Davie

I had a flash of inspiration a couple of weeks ago, and spent the night drawing like hell with my tablet, and listening to the entire Orange Box soundtrack.  I produced some surprisingly good stuff–better than my usual work for sure.  However, a week later, some guests slept in my room, and when they left, I noticed my stylus was gone!  They must have had something to do with its disappearance, inadvertent and well-meaning as they may have been.  I have yet to find it, which means no tablet sketching, coloring, or refining anything new.  I’m really starting to hate Wacom, too, as they programmed a pen-sized piece of plastic to be the only thing that functions with the tablet, and replacements cost SEVENTY DOLLARS.  That truly is ridiculous.  It was the most basic model of stylus, too–it had a narrow end and a thick end, and a right-click button, that’s it–and they want $69.99 for a replacement.  Guess I just have to keep looking…

Anyhow, enough of my ranting.  Here are the drawings.

About to jump out and cap some jerks. This was the first I did, and the best, in my opinion.

Not the greatest. Still, pretty decent, seeing as I did it in eight minutes or so.

The RIGHT MAN in the wrong...place can make all the DIF-ference. In the world...

Listening to loads of Half-Life music resulted in some Half-Life art! I still find the Gman creepy.