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Not a great day.

Spent most of the day trying to diagnose why the colors for the painting I'm working on are coming out super bright when I post them over at Patreon.

In part of the testing process, I had to jump on Baron's Mac with nearly disastrous results as, when I tried to scroll down, ended up moving my working folder for ALL my projects, old and new. Yeah - Nearly gave myself a heart-attack trying to relocate it and move it back. At least I didn't loss it. That would have been soul-crushing.

As it is, I have determined the source of my color space issues.

Answer: my Cintiq sucks. My model is apparently one of the ones notorious for bad color space and no way to change it short of reloading the pic into Photoshop, displayed on my main monitor, and tweak the colors back into alignment when finished.

I am not in a happy place right now. Putting art away and watching brainless anime. I'm 2 season's behind anyways.
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Just a quick reminder to those thinking about trying to grab one of the drawings I did on Baron's Picato Stream a week a go: This is the last day to place your bids. Good luck to you and I hope you get the peice your wanting. ^.^

Draft Horse
Arhun
Tuppies the Enabler
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School of Hard Knox by SmudgeDragon on DeviantArt

Fighter: I graduated from the School of Hard Knox and all I got was this lousy T-shirt...

Wear it with Pride, Fighter. Wear it with pride.

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So We Love Fine is running yet another T-shirt contest. This time with the Dungeons and Dragons Neverwinter MMO (which I play). I've had some cartoon ideas rolling around my head for a bit and figured I'd put them to (digital) paper and see what happens.

SGT. Knox is everyone's favorite quest giver.

Voting is not yet open, but when it does, VOTE HERE!
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Dwarven Drinking Contest ~Round 3~ WINNER by SmudgeDragon on DeviantArt

Mage: The Fawn won the Dwarven Drinking Contest!?
Fighter: No wonder he's been turning green.
Fawn: Baah!* (Championship round; BRING IT!)
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So We Love Fine is running yet another T-shirt contest. This time with the Dungeons and Dragons Neverwinter MMO (which I play). I've had some cartoon ideas rolling around my head for a bit and figured I'd put them to (digital) paper and see what happens.

Well some fawn's getting his drink-on!

Voting is not yet open, but when it does, VOTE HERE!
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Feed the Mimic by SmudgeDragon on DeviantArt

Mage: So, is it a real chest, or a mimic?

Rogue: I'm not sticking my hand in there to find out. That's the Tank's job!

Fighter: *le sigh*

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So We Love Fine is running yet another T-shirt contest. This time with the Dungeons and Dragons Neverwinter MMO (which I play). I've had some cartoon ideas rolling around my head for a bit and figured I'd put them to (digital) paper and see what happens.

Mimics go "Nom Nom Nom!" in your face.

Voting is not yet open, but when it does, VOTE HERE!
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The Laughing Troll by SmudgeDragon on DeviantArt

New art by me!

I call him... "Richard".

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So We Love Fine is running yet another T-shirt contest. This time with the Dungeons and Dragons Neverwinter MMO (which I play). I've had some cartoon ideas rolling around my head for a bit and figured I'd put them to (digital) paper and see what happens.

This is my first - a classic D&D troll .... trolling.

Voting is not yet open, but when it does, VOTE HERE!
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This week is full of art management stuff.

This weekend Baron opened (then promptly closed) for commission work, leaving me to organize it. Weee! We have got to set up a form or something for commissions - Barons spending way too much time juggling communications between all the different clients. Like ever waking moment this weekend. So that's something I'll be putting together soon. I also need to get the new docked put together on the site so folks who do have commissions and have logged in can see where they stand.

Filling out tax forms is fun... NOT. I especially like it when they give lengthy instructions for something that obvious, but no instructions for something that's super convoluted. *head desk* But it will get done.

‘To Kill a Dragon’ continues to update like clockwork - pg. 11 went live yesterday. Only hiccup is that the front page plugin that shows the current viewable page is barfing into the Prose section. Will be fixing that ASAP. Sorry for the inconvenience, guys. Just a reminder - I do have a bookmarker set up on the site, so you can always click on that to get to the page you last tagged. Thou thinking about it, I should probably move that to the top of the comic instead of the bottom. Less scrolling to get where you want to be. *makes note to add/move plugin*.

Baron and I are also looking at putting a Patreon together - one for him and one for I. More details when we know what the frack we're doing. Our main goal is to get Baron outta his day-job and working back in artwork full time again by the end of the year. And if his commission docket remains similar and steady to what he just took in this weekend, it's totally doable. But art is a highly volatile and fluctuating market so we need to make sure all our ducks are in a row to make it happen.

Art-wise, for myself, I've been poking at a couple of sketches to help learn the painting tools inside of Manga Studio. This is taking a lot longer than I originally thought. I was painting up a character design in a paper doll format so I can play with costumes designs. Just to do the body, took me 4+ hours which is way too long for the amount done. And my hand hurt. Lots. I then worked on his clothes and figured out a way to work the colors faster, but it still beat on my hand. So much so I could only work on it in one-hour blocks, once a day. Any more than that and I'd be in real trouble. To be honest, I WAS getting better results than in Photoshop, but Photoshop, very slightly, beats on my hand less. At this point, I realized that I had made a lot of bad proportional mistakes in the figure. Enough that just cutting out and re-scaling wasn't going to help. So I'm starting over, from the top, this time inked (which Manga Studio is a GOD, and doesn't beat on my hand) and approach it more as coloring instead of painting. We'll see how it goes.

I spent a lot of time last week scanning in some sketches for another project I'm organizing, 'Magical Home Owners Association'. I hope to have more up about it later this week. I've got a lot of stories/projects that need a little organization. I have been... artistically constipated for some time (years) and I'm trying to get some of it out so it's not backing me up mentally. MagicHOA is just one of them.

In other household projects, I almost have my sewing machine accessible again. First thing up on my sewing list is a draw-bag for the emergency meds for my allergies. I'm suppose to carry around Predizone, some Claritin RediTabs and an EpiPenfor if I have an attack but haven't because they won't fit in my pockets without taking damage. I don't want to damage my EpiPen. They are not cheap. I have other sewing projects as well, but the bag comes first and I will not entertain any others until it's done. Just waiting on the fabric to come in for it. ^.^

Also - because spring is starting to show itself, it's time to restart the herb garden. Anyone wanna take out a poll on how fast I kill it this year? lol!

I'm happy to report that my bicycle has finally gone to the shop to get fixed up. I started fixing up the bike last year but stalled out because, well, dealing with a non-working front derail-er was simply out of my league. Turns out is was bent. But since we're probably going to be selling my van in the near future, I need something to at least get me to the market and around town for basic errands. And I miss biking. Only other thing to really make this work is some masks to keep the airborne allergens at bay. But that's what my sewing machine is for.

The other project I'm working on is finding drinks. Due to a combination of health and allergies, the possible thinks I can drink are getting slimmer and slimmer, so I've been scouring the specialty sodas and drinks for alternatives. Right now, I'm looking for stuff that is low to caffeine free (my caffeine tolerance is pretty slim nowadays), not citrus based (I'm allergic to all forms of citrus), and has cane sugar (I cannot stand artificial sugars but want to avoid high fructose corn syrup as much as humanly possible). This particular combination is actually really nasty to find for drinkables. So I have been turning to ginger ales and beers. I'm thinking about doing blog entries on each of the ones I find because... oh Lordy, every brand is so wildly different in character. @.@

I think that's everything for this week. Schedule: lots of website and back-end tweaks, 'To Kill a Dragon' going up MONDAY - WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY, character art to ink/color, MagicHOA synopsis and some character info on (probably) Thursday, 1 herb garden to start killing, bicylce to pick up at the shop Friday, and more drinks to be drunk. Busy week I say!

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Mirrored from Smudge Marks & Engel Werks.

To Kill a Dragon cover 4

To Kill a Dragon cover 4

Nadine is on a MISSION! And poor Betsy is being treated like a motorcycle.

I'm really pleased on how this cover came out as a whole. Issue 4 is nearly in the can and I hope to have it uploaded to various websites by Friday. I'll also be posting on SMEW mostly to test out the new drip-feed plugin that I wrote. Posting to ComiXology is coming along. They should have issue two available anytime now and I just got the notice that issue three will be available soon as well. I've also entered talks with iVerse about adding it to Comics Plus and their Library Service program. Hopefully good things will come of that but nothing official as of yet.

Hope you all enjoy!

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After getting both issue 1 and issue 2 of 'To Kill a Dragon' done, I have absolutely no clue how good, bad or indifferent it's doing. I am pretty happy with how it's turning out. With only four issues (at 13 pages a pop) it's at least being very good for getting me comfortable with doing a full color title. Practice, after all does make prefect.

But this begs the question - Has anyone reading this actually read the book? If so, what do you think of it?
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To Kill a Dragon issue 2 cover
To Kill a Dragon issue 2 cover

Got the next issue cover done. Hope to have the comic go live Wednesday next week on Crunchyroll. Keep your eyes peeled for it. ^.^

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Mirrored from Smudge Marks & Engel Werks.

The Keeper's Warrior CoverThe Keeper’s Warrior Cover

Keeper and Warrior discuss the practicalities of a wooden amulet they have made. It maybe small, but where Warrior is going, it might mean the difference between wining and loosing.

Woot – and now the cover’s done for “the Keeper’s Warrior”. Just need to do a last bit of proofing, and get the cover and interior layout finalized and off to the presses it goes.

Prints: Available on DA COMING SOON ~ Available on Zazzle
Original: COMING SOON

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Mirrored from Smudge Marks & Engel Werks.


Over a meal, Keeper asks what’s bothering Warrior, but the half-Elf refuses to say.

Moving right along whit ‘The Keeper’s Warrior’ illustrations. I think this is the first one of the two together, and with how the illustrations are laid out in the book, it might just be the last. Doh!

Four down, five plus the cover to go. Weee!

UPDATED: So, after looking at this all weekend - I realized that I really f***ed up on Warrior's proportions. To be fair, it's really hard to work such a contorted pose while keeping in mind that his armor *does not bend*. So, he now has more hips and longer arms, along with a leg lengthening as well. Much better.

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Mirrored from Smudge Marks & Engel Werks.

Dragon's Treasure


From Baron:

This was a piece is actually a symbolic portrait of two my friends that I did several years ago. The cat and the dragon are meant to represent the two individuals for whom the commission was done. I was particularly very happy with how the scales on the dragon. Also it is fun to watch and wait for people to spot the joke in the piece.


This piece was another case of learning about how the world works by doing art. The individual who is represented by the dragon pointed out to me after I had finished the picture that masonry usually fails along the mortar lines and in the stonework itself. I later incorporated that knowledge into a later piece and I became just a tiny bit wiser to this world as a whole.


The piece is my typical color pencil, marker, gouache, technical pen. The working surface was cold press illustration board.



Prints: Available on DA ~ Available on Zazzle

Original: SOLD

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Grumpy Pony is grumpy by *SmudgeDragon on deviantART

So - [livejournal.com profile] ldragoon asked for a review of Mischief after I finished my 15 day trial period. The above pony bust of my RP character is the only thing I feel comfortable showing the outside world. More due to my own lack of skills in the digital realm than any programs or tool. That, and I forgot to export some of the others before my trial period ran out. Doh!

While not the end all be all of art programs, it has a lot going for it in it's simplicity. It has all the basic tools and commands, layers, cut/past, rotate, undo/redue, industry standard hot keys, ect. It's very much designed to simply jump in with both feet and go for it.

UI wise, there is nothing new here. But what is available is well thought out and quickly understood without having to rely on hover-overs to explain what the different icons mean. No more hunting through menus to find the exact command you want. If it's not on the tool bar, it's a simple hotkay.

As is, it is very much designed with a tablet or Cintiq monitor in mind. If you are trying to do art with a mouse, this program is not for you. However, the response of the stylus is wonderfully light. In most other programs (with the same settings on the input device) I'd have to really bear down to get the line pressure I wanted. Not so in Mischief. In fact, I've found I had to decreases the pressure sensitivity from my standard else everything will come out the same heavy weight.

However it's joyful simplicity comes with a cost. It truly expects everything to be done by slopping paint around the screen. No custom brushes beyond what is provided, filter effects and tightly controlled selection tools are non-existent, beyond the standard layer transparency levels, there is no other layer effects that can be applied. I am finding myself, that I miss having a brush target recital (that changes size with pressure). Also- while it does indeed have an export function that exports any resolution you want the trial version only could export JPGs and PSDs. I do not know if other file formats are supported with the full version. As for Import, it can only bring in JPG files.

Also, while working I discovered that the brushes sizes are not dependent on current zoom level. So, if I started with a brush size, then zoomed in, I'd have to increase the size to maintain the same line weight. If I didn't and wasn't working on fine detail to begin with, I'd zoom back out to find a thin alieness to the section I just worked on in comparison to the rest of the piece. This is not a bad thing, more of a "know your tools" thing to keep in mind.

For me at least, I really like this program. I'm a big one for simple palettes and simple tools and this hits all the right buttons for me. With that said, my digital art still sucks. No program can help that. After all, the tools are only as good as the user. Only practice, practice and more practice will have a change of fixing my skill level.

So in the end, I'm trying to figure out how to save up the $60.00+ for the program, amongst all the other new/update programs I'd like. ^.^;
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So, in my daily round of looking at industry sites, I ran across an article about a new drawing software, Mischief. According to the marketing buzz, it's a resolution independent drawing/painting system. What does that mean? It means while it functions like a painting bitmap system, it stores and treats the file as a vector file.

Here's the marketing video about the new software --


Um - DANG!

I will be downloading their 15 day trial and giving it a shot. Will report back on what I think.
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Radio Indy reading comix by *SmudgeDragon on deviantART

Because there are just not enough images of cats reading Digital Comix out there.

Indy is Radio Comix's Mascot, so a quick doodle of him reading comix the new fangled way seemed appropriate. =^.^=
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Yippy! LFH #5 is now live! Here's what Radio Comix has to say:

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Sebastian Down Cast
by *SmudgeDragon on deviantART

Issue 5 of Liberty from Hell is now available on your mobile devices! Completely rescanned and released in it’s original sepia tone colors with a new cover, Christina “Smudge” Hanson’s fan favorite tale of war and love in the dark ages is now available on the Comics Plus app.

Welcome to Raven’s Creek, winter camp of Rook’s Claw. The threesome of Andre, Malantha and Sebastian settle in, and Andre’s mind turns from the yearly campaigns to an even tougher task; getting his home ready for oncoming long winter nights. But Sebastian’s having second thoughts. Things are good for him right now. And he knows that they can’t stay good much longer. It doesn’t help that he keeps feeling that something dark is looming over his shoulder. Delightful historical comedy and drama from the creators of Bureau of Mana Investigation!

$0.99 – 32 pages, color cover, sepia tone interior, mature readers.
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Liberty from Hell part 6 pg 3
by *SmudgeDragon on deviantART

Andre and Sebastian travel onward towards winter camp. They've got a long road ahead of them.

Doing a bit of scanning for my old story 'Liberty from Hell' for it's new digital release and I came across this page. I don't know why, but I have always been inordinately fond of this page, so I though I would share.
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Liberty from Hell #2 - Digital Edition cover by *SmudgeDragon on deviantART

Andre's exercising his lungs again, I see.

New cover for the digital edition of Liberty from hell, which just went live on Comics Plus app today. Wrap around covers seems to be the "thing" for Liberty at the moment, despite there being no physical book to wrap around in. Hurmm.

Watercolor on paper, 15" x 11"

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