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Suckage + Commission Complete

Ugh, I forgot that I had to make four comics for Ensuing because I'll be gone so long. It (obviously) doesn't long to draw them, but it does take a long time to come up with half-passable ideas. Well, half-passable at best. I really wasn't in the mood to make comics last night. Then I opened up the scans in photoshop and reached for my tablet just to discover... my pen was missing. Again. I seem to lose it a lot. Usually it's just sitting around, but this time I really can't find it. I hope it's just mixed up with my stuff to pack.

Because my pen is missing, I can't color my oofuri_exchange piece like I wanted. Ugh. Oh well, I was thinking about using watercolors too.

A couple weeks ago, I was working on the Cal High Marching Band shirt, like I do every year. This year's theme is Zorro. I talked to the teacher, got some ideas, sketched them out and sent them to him. I haven't gotten a response yet. That was almost two weeks ago. I leave in two days. I wanted to get this shirt design done before I left, because by the time I get back, school will have started and Marching Band will be in full swing. I'll see if I can just clean up my favorite of the possible designs before I go. Baah.

Last night I was unnaturally exhausted and had a slight headache, so I went to bed at 10:30. I was hoping to sleep off the headache, but no luck. I woke up at 2am in the midst of dreams of headaches and... Kyoto? I have no idea. I tried to fall back asleep, but the dreams kept getting stranger and stranger. Finally I got up to get some medicine. BUT, I can't take medicine on an empty stomach because it makes me nauseous, so I had a small piece of bread. Unfortunately, my mom woke up, so she came downstairs to check on me. She ended up staying up really late to make sure I was okay, so I feel pretty bad about that. =( After I took my medicine, I went back upstairs and tried to read to pass time quicker while waiting for the medicine to kick in. Unfortunately, nausea kicked in first (ugh, why) and I ended up just sitting up in bed for a while. It was well past three by the time I fell asleep. And then my genius body decided that 6:45 was a fine time to wake up. Uggghhhhh. I feel mostly better now, but I have these weird aches behind my eyes and occasionally around my head. Maybe I'll try to take a nap this afternoon.

BUT HEY SUCKY THINGS HAPPEN. GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TOO.


The person that commissioned me (it was actually a "free sketch raffle" from the webcomic panel at Fanime), wanted her character Ionee in something like the stand-up of me destroying a city I had brought to the last couple webcomic panels I was on (I gave that away at for the raffle too, I need to make a new one for next year now). I couldn't get the poses I wanted right, so I had to settle for easier ones. I didn't want to risk shading it, so it's just lineart.

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The final product is three layers deep. There are two layers for the city and one for the "speedlines" in the background. There are two Ionee stand-ups and a sign that says, "AHAHAHAHAHA!!!" that sits in a slot behind the large Ionee's head.

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Here's a shot from a higher angle. The way the scene balances is a little strange. The front angles out a bit, while the rest leans back. The front of the city is attached to the back with a little platform that can be widened or shortened depending on what you want to put there.

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This is the back of the scene. The biggest mistake I made with this project was using tag board that was red on one side. That was just a dumb move.

I'm thinking of taking commissions for stand-ups like these in the future. They're not that hard (the hardest part is cutting everything out, ugh), but they're fun. When I finally put this one together for the first time, I got a huge rush of pride. It's not the best, but I had spent so much time on it finally seeing the finished product was really nice. I don't know though, I'll have to think about it when I get back.

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My Itsuki and Kyon figures came in a week and a half ago. They're great and I've been having a blast putting them in fruity poses. Poor Kyon. Right now Kyon is riding the Itsuki-sled. He's facepalming, of course.


XAMDOU 4 SHOULD BE OUT TONIGHT, I'M SO EXCITED.
Tags: art, design, figures, whine
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