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On 5/27/2020 at 5:14 PM, Galaxy Brain said:

Theres another skull mask underneath 

But then we find out...it's not a mask! 🙃


@Force Redux on Everlasting

"I'm a reasonable guy. But I've just experienced some unreasonable things." - Jack Burton

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Posted (edited)

A magazine cutout of handsome guy's face (who's

name rhymes with "pulverine") stapled underneath? 07K1tHnz_o.png

 

 

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I really, really hate to say this, but I might have to put my comic pages on hiatus for a month or more. Why? Because one of the marker companies I rely on heavily is Copic, which makes refillable markers. This is a great feature, because large, high-demand projects like comic pages require a lot of ink, and being able to refill my pens makes that demand manageable. I have to special-order the refill ink, because no one carries more than black and the colorless blender in stores, but that's not usually a problem, other than shipping times occasionally being a few weeks long. 

 

So imagine my surprise and irritation when I went to place an order for *over a dozen colors* that I rely on heavily in general (and some for this project in specific)... and discovered that there are no refills to be found. EVERYONE is out of stock of damn near every color, including Amazon. Why? Because Copic is redesigning the packaging on the refill tubes, and those won't be released until 'early summer/late June', according to a few different sources. And then the new refills have to get to distributors, and then I'll be fighting with everyone ELSE who needs to refill their markers... 

 

...I'm frustrated, you might say. And it impacts more than just this comic-- 99.9% of the art I do is marker-based, so this will eventually hinder almost everything I draw.

 

I've considered turning to other brands in the interim to temporarily replace the colors I need (I also heavily use Prismacolor markers, for example), but there are a lot of reasons that I won't bore you with why that's not the solution I'd like it to be. So my main options are:

 

A) Try to keep the comic going using alternate colors, which will result in some of the pages not quite matching the others,

B) Try to keep the comic going using alternate media entirely (aka colored pencil, watercolor, or digital), which will result in some pages looking ENTIRELY different from the others

C) Or leave the comic on ice until I can resume it with the right materials. 

 

...I know which one I lean toward. Sorry guys. 😔

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Looks like the real hard part is how to proceed in regards to this specific project. I agree that a sharp shift in style can be pretty jarring, and there's definite value in waiting so that this one comic can all look the same.

 

Having said that, you absolutely shouldn't stop drawing/sharing it. If materials continue to be the issue, yeah, switch to another medium or to digital for awhile depending on what you're equipped for.

 

Is there another character in this universe that might have a cool backstory to delve into? Seeing the world from another's perspective in a spin-off can be a great way to justify a temporary change in style. Of course, if you opt to make something completely new then no justification is needed, but the point is keep going!

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WHAT'S UNDER THE MASK!!! TELL MEH... ..

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Oh I have no intentions of *stopping* drawing. I don't think I could if I tried. I've been drawing since I was 3, got a degree in fine art, have taught summer art classes, and worked for six years at an art store. It's a vital part of my identity and mental health. 

 

As far as other projects to pursue and post here? I don't have a lot of other characters with back stories I feel confident telling. I won't say I have no alts, because that's patently false, but... most of them don't have a lot in the way of back stories. (I mean, Coldy Locks is literally just there for the pun.) 

 

Other things I could do are share old City of Heroes art (Including an old, unfinished comic that I did around the time the game got shut down, but I'm afraid that might be a bit emotional for folks), or if no one minds me posting non-CoH-related art here, I could just start throwing in the other stuff I do, too. Because, uh... *checks* I have almost 780 pieces on my Deviantart account, and only a fraction of them are CoH-related. 

 

Thoughts?

 

(And do people want to know what's under the mask, or do we want to wait for the reveal? I *might* be able to do one more page with the supplies I have...)

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Ooo, good point! I forgot about that. 

 

For those who just can't wait to find out what's under the mask: 

 

Spoiler

You know how the Skulls' nose and part of their chin sticks out of the mask? Tan lines. Awkward, awkward tan lines. It's not a big reveal, just a funny gag that I thought was probably a likely consequence of that mask design. 

 

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I don't get sucked into a lot of comics easily, but I just read all the pages! Dang that is one huge cliffhanger too. 😱 Such a lovely, soft and clean style, ToxinFox, I love it!

I think, I'd go for option C, wait out the arrival of the colours and in the mean time do some other drawing (and share 😇). I'm sure having all pages fit together will be worth the wait.


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Hey folks. I know it's been a while since I posted, so I have two updates today. 

 

The first is a picture! With the comic on hiatus, this is what I've been working on:

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The original is 14 x 17 inches, and colored pencil on top of a flat (non-shaded) base of markers. This is a technique I used to do a lot... over a decade ago. Ever since I started really getting good with exclusively markers, though, I stopped using colored pencils in a meaningful way, so it has been a LONG time since I've done something like this. (I forgot how long it takes!) 

 

Anyway, these two characters are DnD/roleplay characters belonging to my husband and me-- Koreal the elf wizard, and Saenathra the elf rogue/ranger. We have a few character pairs that are couples in various games, but these two are really kind of our 'power couple'. 

 

 

In other news: marker update!

 

Copic has finally released the new refills, and I actually managed to get my hands on a bunch of them! Yay!

.... But availability is super-spotty right now, so I'm still missing six colors that I really, really need. (3 of them are skin tones I rely on heavily. So, yeah. NEED.)

 

So it's progress. I've got some of them, and I'm checking sites for the other colors I still need. I'm roughing out the pencils for the next page so it's ready when I DO have the colors I need, too. I haven't forgotten about this, I promise. 

 

 

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Wow, I really like the effect.

What paper did you use? The texture is awesome. I'm trying to discern whether it's from your technique or your paper, but my ancient eyes and crappy monitor won't let me.

 

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Sorry it's hard to see... Doesn't help that it's a small image on purpose (to be forum-friendly and minimize the likelihood of art theft from my various platforms...).

 

That paper is Canson 150lb Illustration board. It has a light texture to it-- more than the marker paper I usually use-- but you often get a 'grainy' look from colored pencils, just due to the way they work. That whole image was a balancing act between embracing the natural texture of paper + colored pencils, vs trying to hide the texture entirely. 

 

For any paper nerds, I do my marker stuff on Strathmore's 500 series 2-ply smooth Bristol board. (Yes, I am THAT particular about my paper.) 

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