Having thought about this... I didn't realize there was an expectation that every comment should get a reply. Now that I know this, I will comment on other people's work on ComicFury even less than I already do. It sounds like with every comment I post, I create an obligation for other people and I do not want to impose on people's time like that.
AWEsome news! Only 4 pieces remaining and 3/4 of those are absolute guarantees!
As it stands I maay have to reassign one piece but that's no big deal! My generous backup artists..... I'll be hitting one of you up come midnight if I don't hear back from this person!
I am that person - had a family medical emergency on the weekend I'd assigned for this project and no opportunities for catching up. Trying to finish it today, but I'm in CET so I'd like to ask what "Midnight" means in this case.
For regularly updating comics, last page. Nothing matches the disappointment returning readers feel when they see that the page has updated, e.g. through the My Subscriptions tab, only to land on the first page after they click. I will and have stopped reading comics over this. It's a petty thing when you think about it rationally, but it's how it works.
Kobaian is probably not on a par with Esperanto which was designed for real-world use and honed by a century of actual use. But considering I know about Magma through an online friend who is a fan and a dedicated conlanger, it's probably not gibberish either.
I was mistaking this for another celebrity thread that I had no interest in, otherwise I would have responded earlier. Here's my 2 cents:
For Christian Vander, as part of your plotting, you need to at least consider very strongly the possibility that all the mythos surrounding Kobaian is part of a long con to fill the heads of fans with Neo-Nazi ideas. Don't take my word for it, because there is some ambiguity about this and Vander isn't talking. But it's very possible, based on circumstantial evidence (historic interviews, statements by ex-members of Magma) that the mythos is fascistic in nature. Now, assuming for a moment that you don't want to make a Nazi the hero, here are a couple of ways this possibility can be dealt with:
You could decide, based on your own research, that there's no there there, that what there is of Vander's alleged Nazi fascination is like Lemmy's interest in Nazi memorabilia and, as with Lemmy, isn't evidence of a pro-Nazi stance. Problem is, with Lemmy we have his public statements on why he was interested in those things and what his actual positions were - he was an anarchist and not afraid to let people know about it. Vander, on the other hand, has not clarified his position. So, what's going on with him?
You could also decide, based on your own research, that, yes, Vander is stealth-spreading Nazi propaganda through his lyrics, conlanging and world-building. Still want to use him in your story? Your team of heroes now has a mole in it.
...or you could decide that it's not that important either way, if he's a minor player in your story and he can have something of the dark about him without it affecting your plans. Naturally, you have other options as well as you're in charge of your story and I'm just a guy relaying what I've read about a year ago (my own conclusion is that there's enough evidence for me not to trust this guy or want anything to do with him, and that I will never run out of other interesting music I could explore instead, so I would base my decisions on the second option). But I do think this is important enough to give you a heads-up about.
Children. Their proportions are all over the place and all the elements of their faces are separate from one another, plus any line you do draw in a child's face ages it a year. In old people's faces, the lines can be used as a map to help put all the major elements in their proper place.
Cityscapes or Crowd Scenes
Shamefully, as the son of a construction engineer, buildings cannot hold my interest for more than five minutes. Crowds are merely a matter of not stopping.
* Exceed the number of updates I added last year, which was... er, the document in which I tallied them is on my other computer and not in the cloud. It was a pretty good number.
* Take part in at least three drawing challenges and do more art than I managed in the three drawing challenges I did in 2017.
* Take part in NanoMango for once.
* Start two comics, but not before they've been properly outlined and a full chapter written.
* One of these comics will be in black and white, because I really miss drawings that can carry the story without colors.
* At least one of these comics should be with a Photoshop-free workflow, either all-traditional or using a digital process that Photoshop isn't part of (so e.g. Pixelmator, GIMP, Krita, or Clip Studio Pro for all processing steps that I currently do in PS)
* Learn Clip Studio Pro.
I'm going to need to make a lot of time for these things. That will be another resolution, to aggressively guard my non-work time.
January was dedicated to portrait art, like January 2018 will be again. I drew 19 portraits in total. This, of my friend Carlokas, is one of the best from that challenge. Carlokas’s selfie game is ON POINT as are his smoldering looks.
February was an entirely unproductive month in which I drew two quick sketches. This, for a planned new White House In Orbit project, was one. Geir and I are both keen to bring this comic back after a decade and a half, but Geir is not well and neither of us have time and energy to give this the attention it deserves. Story of our lives, really.
March was another month that wasn’t very productive but I did a bit of work on Abúi’s Travels, inching that comic closer to completion. Later in the year, I did a side quest for that in about 15 quickly-drawn pages which are not featured in this overview.
In April, things picked up dramatically. Among other things, I finished a page for The Lives of X!Gloop that I had started in late 2015. Or was it 1993? In any case, it got its final form and actually looked pretty good.
More unfinished business got worked on in May as I redrew parts of the Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan storyline Feral. I would do quite a bit of work on that between May and November, turning ugly pages into pretty ones and redrawing a long sequence to improve stylistic consistency.
June and July were months in which I worked super-hard to update regularly. In fact, across all of my comics that are currently active, I updated daily during July. I would like to do that again as it got a lot of stuff out of the way. Pages shown are both from Lives of X!Gloop.
I did, however, rebound from that productivity in August, when I should have been working on Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan but couldn’t find the motivation and drive. The day job was also picking up (the summer became known as the Summer of Horror at the office as people had scheduled vacation in the summer to make up for overtime, pushing whoever was still working into further overtime. This was eventually fixed with large cash payouts of overtime worked, but we’re still short on staff). I spent some time doing character art for a near-future SF/Jungle Girl comic called Fury of the Plains which I hope to do some actual pages for this year.
The day job situation continued throughout September and October, pushing comic work into the weekends. I did manage to redraw 16 pages of Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan before my productivity crashed entirely in November. One unfinished Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan page was all I produced that month before taking a break to take care of personal business.
December was Decemboobs month for the third time. It’s a month-long-daily challenge for cartoonists and other groups of artists with a history of, shall we say, difficulty drawing human breasts convincingly, to draw them from reference, either from photo reference or from life. I did mostly traditional pencil art, but switched to digital late in the month. One model, Yournudemom, was the subject for five different drawings that month and so she’s featured here as well. I made 28 drawings in total, which is a record for me.
I’m not sure I made as much progress during the year as I wanted to, or as much as I felt like I was making at the time. Restoring productivity was the name of the game for much of the time. That worked! I added a lot of updates to my webcomic sites and had a lot of fun doing so. And in December, I gained a lot of new viewers on Tumblr especially.
It's weird. Nothing that my art teacher in high school told me sticks out as something that I still use or value, but whenever I draw from reference in traditional media (pencils and illustration board, mostly - I don't paint and learned how to ink from 20 years of sucking at it), I can see his influence in it. I guess I did learn to work methodically, stick to it, look for texture and greyscale with a specific set of tonal values that I subconsciously copied from him.