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Posted by RedMarlin - March 27th, 2020

I did a making-of video for the pumpkin piece:


Hopefully having this will let me look back on what worked and what didn't work and will help the next piece go by more smoothly.

I've been thinking about taking advantage of the Animal Crossing hype and trying to do commissions by drawing people's characters, starting with mine as an example. Work hours have dwindled to almost nothing, so I don't have much to lose.

Posted by RedMarlin - March 24th, 2020


Late last night I took a look at this piece compared to my past pieces and tried to figure out its shortcomings. What I realized was that I was being way too heavy handed with the color. I went back and went with a feather-light touch instead, and the result blows all the previous tries out of the water. I think I've learned too that I like the thin sketch lines over the thicker ink lines. Still have to decide which one I want to go with, though I'm so happy with how the color is turning out that it's not much of an issue for me either way.

Posted by RedMarlin - March 24th, 2020


I tried experimenting today doing a rendition of the piece similar to the Kneesocks piece I did earlier. I like the comic dot look, but when I try to do it on the computer it usually winds up looking weird because the different zoom levels mess up how the dots appear. I think I'm going to finish the color version instead. Afterwards I want to take some time to practice my technique and rendering skills. Though I am still anxious to do that other sketch of Athena after all this time.

That leaves the question of what to do with this. I might post it on DA as a throwaway piece since I haven't done much over there.

It may be that starting tomorrow I will be temporarily out of work for who knows how long thanks to this damn virus. Part of me wants to try opening for commissions, but because I don't have any kind of following I don't know if it would go anywhere.


Posted by RedMarlin - March 22nd, 2020


I can feel my confidence in this starting to waver as we reach the later stages. Part of it is feeling like the tool I used for the last piece isn't behaving how I want it for this one. Another part is just me putting too much pressure on myself to do well which always backfires. Maybe after looking at it later I'll see what I like and don't like. It's funny how a piece feels like the best thing you've ever made, until you look at it again a week later. Maybe it's good that I can accept that straight away, but I would like at least a little time to celebrate having made something without immediately judging.

Posted by RedMarlin - March 21st, 2020


Started to feel a bit ill today. Hoping it's just allergies. I feel like even if I did get you-know-what I would be able to handle it. I guess we'll see what happens.

Finished inking this today and got a good chunk of it flatted out. I used a simple solid digital brush instead of the watercolor brush this time, except for parts where there was no outline. I don't think much is lost by using that method. I also tried using the fill bucket for most of the leaves, and my plan is to go back in and fill any white spots. I'm hoping it turns out to be a faster method than manually outlining everything. I'm also hoping the shading brings back some of the depth that the sketch had. I think it will.

I recorded my work again so if something goes right or wrong I'll be able to look back and see just what I did.

Posted by RedMarlin - March 21st, 2020


Still working my way through inking this. Hopefully this is the most tedious step, since coloring is all just a bunch of green strewn this way and that. I was worried that the lines were starting to lose some of the personality compared to the sketch, but I think it will still shape up nicely.

With all that's going on, this past week has been unusual. Starting a few days ago I've been working from home, which despite the grim reason for doing so has been a wonderful experience thus far. I do not miss driving to and from my office each day and I love being able to eat lunch in my own kitchen, step out for fresh air, and be with family who are also staying at home. Unfortunately I don't think this will stick with our workplace after this is all over.

Even more somber, starting next week everyone's work hours are being cut in half. I'm not worried... yet. I have a reasonable bit of money saved in the bank for this sort of occasion, but of course the rent still comes whether or not I'm getting paid and the uncertainty of the future can be foreboding. On the bright side, it's finally warming up again so our electricity bill should be much smaller.

For now though, I'm going to make lemons into lemonade and use the extra time to hopefully churn out more artwork. I'd like to start doing commissions, but I want to get a good set of images to show what I'm capable of making, and also what I would be comfortable making for others. I'm going to have to learn how to be comfortable asking for money too.

We'll see what happens. As dark as it sounds, there's a sort of comfort knowing everyone's in the same boat.

Posted by RedMarlin - March 13th, 2020


Finally getting started on inking. Going well so far.

I don't really have anything to say this time. I feel like everything's going well in my life right now and I don't have any sort of profound thoughts to pour out.

Posted by RedMarlin - March 12th, 2020


I know I keep saying this, but I think now I'm ready to start inking. I can't think of anything else to add, except maybe some rocks in the dirt, but I can freehand those.

Posted by RedMarlin - March 11th, 2020


I keep thinking I'm ready to move ahead to inking but then I keep remembering other details I wanted to add. I drew some flowers, though not too many since this is getting pretty crowded already. But then I remembered I want to bury the main vine where the secondary vines are coming out as some gardeners do, and also draw some dirt on Ray. So we still have some ways to go before the next step. Oh well. Hopefully it's worth it.

Also sad news - apparently the convention that I had designed a mascot for has been cancelled thanks to the virus, so that farmer lady will not be seeing the light of day. Hopefully they use her for next year, but no guarantees.

Posted by RedMarlin - March 8th, 2020


Busy work week and busy weekend meant I haven't had much time to work on this, but finally tonight I sat down and managed to get into a groove after some resistance. Sometimes you just have to force yourself and before you know it you're in it.

More leaves. I got finished with the session and realized I completely forgot about adding flowers and bulbs, so that's next on the list. Trying to take this one step at a time. Hopefully once it's colored Ray will stand out a bit more. I think he's starting to get lost in all the minute details.