Capers and hijinx.

Tagged by hchano for a screenshot meme!  Here’s what my desktop and laptop look like (both running Windows 7)!  I never use any of those desktop shortcuts; usually stuff only gets there if I forget to uncheck the shortcut box during installation.

That reminds me… I should really update the Sombulus extras section with some new wallpapers.  Any characters you guys wanna see there?

I totally got messed up because of Tumblr’s autofill of “Next Tuesday” on their scheduling tool.  So here are the TWO pages you missed if you haven’t checked Sombulus this week:

Tuesday’s page > http://sombulus.com/comic/456
Today’s page > http://sombulus.com/comic/457

New reader?  Start from the beginning!

Rana’s arm thingies used to be grey.  Then I drew nearly a hundred limited-pallet versions of them and I forgot.  Oops.  I suppose this is why you always make and follow your character reference sheets.

(Also Astyr used to have button things on his vest and I totally don’t draw those anymore either.)

rommierin:

“You don’t owe people the person you used to be. You don’t have to talk to people who are speaking to the old you. If they want to drag old you out, and you’ve already left that person behind, they don’t get to talk to you. When you’ve gone from weakness to strength, you don’t owe a show of your former self to someone who just can’t wrap their head around your change.”

— Dig Yourself (via howitzerliterarysociety)

This advice struck me, because I really haven’t heard this sentiment before.  For myself, I don’t see dramatic changes from my perspective unless I look for them.  But every once in a while, someone will reconnect with me and it’ll feel… not necessarily bad, but off.  Maybe a friend from elementary school on Facebook, maybe someone I met way back when on the internet, very often family.  I’ll laugh along with the old stories, and I’m happy to know they’re well.  But I wonder if we grew in the same way, or who they remember meeting. Or if our personalities are a good fit anymore at all.

You’re going to grow and change in amazing ways, beyond anything anyone would have predicted or imagined.  But it gets harder to keep up with that stuff as the years go by, so when people reconnect, just be ready to let them know. You don’t have to write them an essay or anything, but tell them what you’ve been doing and what your focus is on life now.  The people who are worth reconnecting with will stick around.  

(Unless you grow and change into a dragon and let people know by devouring and incinerating them.  Then they’ll probably flee in terror.)

New Sombulus page for Thursday!Astyr, the Morphid Whisperer.Read today’s update here > www.sombulus.com

New Sombulus page for Thursday!
Astyr, the Morphid Whisperer.
Read today’s update here > www.sombulus.com

Anonymous said: do you have any tips for someone who wants to start a webcomic and wants to try using photoshop to do it?

hchano:

Let me start off by saying yeSSSS DO THE THING ZHU LI
[the webcomic thing]

That out of the way, I am not really sure what tips to offer about starting out, since everyone works differently… I work best scripting things out before I draw a single thing, but I know people who make it up on the fly [with just key scenes/plot points they work toward] and it works absurdly well for them [i’m looking at you, delphina2k!!]

But I get the impression this question was mostly asking about photoshop, which makes me wonder if you are familiar with photoshop at all…? I think you should do your artwork in whatever program you are most comfortable with. Or no program at all, if you work traditionally [i read a few of these and it looks so coool].

If you really want to use photoshop tho, I would just say look at a bunch of tutorials. And if there is an artist you like, always check to see if they’ve made tutorials or have videos of their process. This is how I’ve learned everything I know lol.

To start you off, i have two slightly outdated tutorials: 1 - 2  — I started inking @ 100% opacity again…it’s quicker that way but not as smooth looking.

I also have some even more outdated art videos but I am not sure how helpful those would be lol.

For backgrounds, I started using this method halfway thru chapter 9. [everyone should look at this, honestly]

Hmmm what else… I guess some general advice, since it’s come up a few times recently when I’ve given critiques: think about the 180 degree rule for any scene you write… if you break it, it can be really jarring. Some examples here (had these laying around from an old critique lol):

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"you can switch it up a lot, and still have it be coherent if you keep it all on ‘one side’… generally you can break thru this if you are showing something else to the characters…like for example, in that second one, if a new character had wandered in from the ‘red’ area, you could show vix/kou/ly from over the shoulder of the new character and that would be alright, since it’s a new thing being introduced…it gives a reason to change things up for a panel or two [or just flipping the 180, if the scene plays out alright from that new angle lol]"

I think that’s enough for now. If you have like a more specific question about photoshop, lemme know, but I figured these are things worth mentioning for anyone wanting to do comics xD [esp the 180 thing] 

Good luck~

EDIT: oh god, and if you ever intend to print your comic, please read up on bleed/trim space in comics, like really. honestly. save your future self some time ;_;

Aww, thanks for the mention, hchano!  I like your story too~ <3

And yes, OP! DO THE THING!

Research and advice is good up to a point, and new tools are always fun to practice with.  But the most important thing is doing it, because until you do, the best we can do is scatter around general advice and hope it’s what you need.  

Think of it this way: You’re planning on driving from Los Angeles to Atlanta.  You want to know what fuel will get you there the best.  But you don’t know if you’re going to have a sedan, a hybrid, a minivan, a motorcycle, a monster truck, or a moped.  And we can’t TELL you which vehicle you’ll like better; that’s totally personal preference.  But! Once you pick one and you’re driving it, then we can look at your engine, look at your style of driving, and make some recommendations.

Anyway, best of luck!

Look at this gorgeous Astyr artcard from varethane that was waiting in my mailbox!  I&#8217;m gonna set it right next to my Thane!Rana.  (Check out Thane&#8217;s comic Chirault, it&#8217;s awesome!)

Look at this gorgeous Astyr artcard from varethane that was waiting in my mailbox!  I’m gonna set it right next to my Thane!Rana.  (Check out Thane’s comic Chirault, it’s awesome!)

Have a burning question for the cast of Sombulus? It&#8217;s been a while since I&#8217;ve done some of these and I may need some filler content in the future.  So send your question to me and you might get an answer!  Here&#8217;s a tag with some of the ones I&#8217;ve tackled so far!
What is your question?

Have a burning question for the cast of Sombulus? It’s been a while since I’ve done some of these and I may need some filler content in the future.  So send your question to me and you might get an answer!  Here’s a tag with some of the ones I’ve tackled so far!

What is your question?

New Sombulus page for Thursday!Plans continue apace to build a magical coffee amusement park.Read today&#8217;s update here &gt; www.sombulus.com

New Sombulus page for Thursday!
Plans continue apace to build a magical coffee amusement park.
Read today’s update here > www.sombulus.com

New Sombulus page for Tuesday!Wow, someone must have burned their tongue really bad to yell like that.Read today&#8217;s update here &gt; www.sombulus.com

New Sombulus page for Tuesday!
Wow, someone must have burned their tongue really bad to yell like that.
Read today’s update here > www.sombulus.com