So, I’m now in my next semester of school. And I may have fried my tablet. So, I won’t be able to draw for a while until I can get a replacement. RIP Wacom Bamboo, 2013-2020. ]’:
In the meantime, I’ll be posting stories and maybe some paper sketches. Most of the stories will be shorter, but I might post longer ones later once I get back into the swing of writing again. Outside of world building and character creation that I have been doing for my projects and adapting the Grimm’s stories, I really haven’t written stories of my own recently. I’m looking forward to writing again. I hope that I will be able to share some of these non-project stories here.
I have completed all of my big essays. I still need to write quite a few smaller essays (2-3 pages), but most of these will be easier to finish since they don’t require as much research or analysis as the others. They are more interpretation and discussion papers.
I’m hoping to have these final essays done by tomorrow night. Wish me luck getting a couple of naps squeezed into the next 24 hours. Once I finish these essays, I will officially be done with the semester! 😀
I plan to continue working on my stories on Monday, so I at least have some semblance of a rest day after marathoning essays.
This week is my finals week for the semester: I have 3/4 large assignments (2 at ~4-6 pages that are the final for one class, and 2 at ~8-12 pages, one of those being a group paper) to work on, and a lot of smaller assignments I need to complete (~2-4 pages each) by Friday midnight.
That means that after Friday, I am free to do my own thing until the start of the next semester. I do plan on finishing the Frog Prince and getting that posted, then I’ll see where I go from there. Until then, SO. MANY. ESSAYS.
Now, just for some short essays and finals in the next three weeks, and I’ll be done for the semester! 😀
Since I have no classes over winter break (about 4 weeks/a month), I’ll be working on the comic then I think. I also might scrap Modern Grimm after I finish the Frog Prince or make it an occasional project (a chapter or two a year, with simpler art) so I can work more on The Gauntlet or Briarwood Magic Club. Either way, stuff is coming soon!
So, as any college student knows, it’s currently the most lovely time of the semester — MIDTERMS. [dramatic chords]
It’s not too bad — I have several essays to write, but I can usually complete them in a few hours once I have the idea(s) formed. However, I have a lot of reading to do to write these essays: I have three lit classes (that all fall on the same day!), as well as one additional class that requires extra reading, compared to some of the other classes I’ve already taken.
Once my MIDTERMS [dramatic chords] are done, I’ll have a better schedule to begin working on the comic. I’ll try to update this weekend, and once a week after, to keep you updated on comic progress.
Good luck, if you too are in the midst of MIDTERMS. [dramatic chords]
Turns out I’ve still been pretty sick, damn cough just wouldn’t go away. I am still working, albeit slowly — this is a bit of a preview, that just needs some backgrounds and a bit of shading/lighting, then it’ll be ready to go. Hopefully will be up tomorrow night at the latest. Until then. [:
I’m actually just getting over a nasty headcold that I managed to catch last weekend. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten really sick, but I’m getting back to normal now. Also, of course, my computer is back up and better than ever with TWO monitors to work and play on. [:
I have started posting the Modern Grimm to http://moderngrimm.abriarrose.com/, ideally to be updated weekly on Fridays. Still need to pretty up the site some from the template I’m using. I’ll work on it eventually. Anyway, I would like to update twice a week, but it depends on my course workload throughout the semester. If I am able to update more often, keep an eye on the Modern Grimm twitter for new page alerts.
To tide you over until I can post more pages, here is the process video for the cover of The Frog Prince — Enjoy!
Well, my vacation is pretty much over and school is set to start up again after next week. Overall, the summer break was nice and relaxing — maybe a bit too much, since I didn’t really get to finish any of my projects. -__-;
I have completed the thumbnailing for The Frog Prince and plan to start making the story pages this upcoming week. Also, the next story (Cat and Mouse in Partnership) has been written up and is ready for thumbnailing.
Additionally, I have completed the “cover” art of The Frog Prince and recorded a process video for that (sketch to finished render), which will be posted once I actually start posting up the comic. I have a few changes I want to make, mostly just color adjustments as well as text overlay for the chapter title and byline. For now, here is a WIP image composed of all the steps of the process — 3 sketches, ink, background, color and lighting, and a bit of the foreground leaves (Transparency levels are adjusted to show aspects of each step). Considering I usually don’t do location art, I really like how this background came out with the fountain stones and grass texture.
Since this rendering took just under 3 hours of actual work time, with the pages planned to have much less detail, I expect to have my buffer done pretty quick, or at least the line art aspects with a quick slap of color added just before posting. Here’s hoping that I can stay on task this week! 😀
Well, Friday came and went with nothing to show. /:
For now, a status report: -Character designs for Frog King are pretty much done, just some extra characters that need to be drawn now. -Lettering font is about 2/3 of the way done. Currently, I need to finish loading in the symbols and do the kerning (character spacing) for specific pairs. -No pages done, since character designs, etc. aren’t done yet. Should start working on them this week, since I still need to script the story. Teaser is sketched, need to ink/color/render to post it. -Not a damn thing on the website. I may just post to Tapas first so I can have some time to work on the website and get it pretty. -Some side work on the Gauntlet is done. I need to do some research for building layouts and actually write the story, but problems have been resolved for that story.
Although I’m out of school for the summer, I feel tired and just want to play some video games. Gonna try to get more work done with this stuff though.