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gillian profile final

 

Took a break from The Black Carnival Webcomic to make this graphic profile for our leading lady.  I’ll (try to) slowly roll these out for all the characters introduced so far to help build the universe.  You can tell I do a rush job on the comic strips for the sake of delivering content, but I enjoy spending some time and detail into making better drawings (this one took about 3 1/2 hours).

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bc 7 FINAL 1280

Black Carnival #7

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Some notes: I’m going to experiment with how other comics deal with large walls of text.  By the end of the fourth panel, I was getting upset that I would draw a whole panel only to have it blocked out by a wall of text (Panel 3).  So I either have to be more concise in the writing or experiment and come up with solutions like I did in panel 4.

I normally (try to) participate in National November Writing Month, but this year I decided to do something a little different.  Instead of a 1500 words a day, to get to the coveted 50,000 word novel, I’m going to try a panel a day (they do say a picture is worth a thousands words…).  I’ve already gotten Black Carnival written up to #16 and I’m very excited for having what’s in store for the story.  I’m already several days behind, but that’s not going to stop a man like me.

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bc #6 FINAL

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Yay another Black Carnival.  In this page we introduce Lady Valora who has had a major character redesign since last time I drew concept art of her.  And of course our main characters have also gone under another character redesign.  As mentioned before, will keep experimenting as I get more and more comfortable with a specific design.  More Black Carnival kinda soon.  Will probably continue to go at this sluggish pace unfortunately.  Too many other things to draw at the same time.

For example, got something cooking up for Halloween.  Let’s hope I can make it in time.

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bc 4 v2 final

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Woo-hoo! Another one in time before school starts.  Let’s meet Flynt: Gillian’s over-protective/over-enthusiastic Guardian Angel.  He’ll try to find every excuse to be by her side to her dismay.  In terms of meta stuff, Gillian went through another series of redesigns.  Rather then postponing the comic to hone in the final design for some of my key characters, I’ll chug through producing actual story content while tweaking designs until I find the one I like best.

In terms of progressing the story, I think the next couple are four panel pages, so hopefully we won’t see as much of a break.  I’m definitely getting faster and faster at these while maintaining decent level of details.  I might get side-tracked with other projects and school though.  You might have seen I’ve been busy doing Avatar profile pics and I have a very awesome Roger Sterling picture in the works.  I just watched Batman: Assault on Arkham and am feeling another DC lady pin-up binge, so watch out for that as well!

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bc #3 final

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I love that first panel.  I went as far as making it my Twitter Profile image for a while I love it so much.  I’m getting the hang of a routine when it comes to drawing these.  In the past, I would sketch all four panels, then proceed to inking all four panels, then proceeding to coloring all four panels, etc.  But now I am doing one whole panel at a time and I like that a lot better.  You legitimately feel the progress and you don’t get burnt out with limited completion.  Depending on my schedule Black Carnival #4 might take a little bit longer to finish because it’s a 6 panel page and I want to work on some pin up art.

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BC 2.2 1280

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Deputy Gillian Akers meets Sheriff Meiter’s new secretary to discover a dark secret.

Black Carnival Overview Summary:

My name is Gillian Akers You see, 3 years ago most of my family was massacred in an attempt to seize the family’s prized possession, ownership of The Black Carnival.   I was one of the few survivors and the heavens literally sent help from above to keep me safe from those who want to take my right to one day own it.  The Black Carnival is a controlled ‘haven’ for all things dangerous, discarded, and devious.  Ownership provides you access to some of the most powerful and dangerous people and beings around.  But my whole life I never really cared about that, at least until my family paid the price for it.  To help me survive, my Uncle Flynt has trained me as a part of his protection initiative.  I intend to use my newfound skills to return to the Black Carnival to find the people who murdered my family.  My uncle and I now work as a part of the Black Carnival Sheriff’s Office, occasionally taking out the Carnival’s trash and simultaneously investigating those who tried to take everything away from me.  I will work day and night to find them and return the favor.

I’ve got plenty of panels already written, so it’s up to me to get off my lazy butt and draw them.  I’m really excited about the new direction and am very satisfied with the quality.  Satisfied.  Maybe satisfaction isn’t enough…Which means I can probably step up my game ;D.

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I’m really starting to like these Maintenance updates primarily because I don’t get to write much creative writing anymore because between school and writing about Youtube videos I found, there isn’t much room for creative flair.  But it turns out I can dish out some personality through these updates.  So instead of the usual straightforward talk as seen in the eighty word descriptions that usually circulate this site, there’s a little bit of sarcasm and wit.  I’m sure as I keep doing these, they’ll get more and more outrageous.  But enough about that, let’s get to the exciting news.

Maintenance Update on a Sunday?  Where’s my Weekly Preview?

I’ve decided to roll a Maintenance update every week by combining it with the Weekly Preview.  So on Sundays, you’ll have an update with everything we’re doing here at Banana Scoop as well as a a look at what we’re cooking up this week.  Granted, the combination of the two means the both will lose some content than they usually would have alone [shorter updates and smaller previews], but combined, I think we’re killing two birds with one stone.  And besides, that just means I can write Tuesday articles again!

Read On Below for More News!

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Universidaze on Break

I’m ironing out some things with Universidaze as well as I’ve been asked by a friend to work on a project.  I’ve been heavily investing my time into that so I don’t have a Universidaze out for you guys…sorry!  We’ll hopefully be back next week!

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You'll have to go to the site for a better sneak peek 🙂

Now, I know this isn’t really video game related, but I just wanted to share this comic. The brainchild of Jeph Jacques, Questionable Content has a special place in my heart as it is one of the first webcomics I started reading. Essentially, anything Jeph linked to our tweeted about I would also pick up, thus expanding my repertoire. This isn’t about me, however, this is about the awesome webcomic series known as QC. Centered around a group of very different people spanning from Marten, the shy indie boy to Hannelore, the crazy OCD friend, this strip is generally very lighthearted. Additionally, while I won’t go so far as to say it exists to teach you lessons, I must say that it does a very good job of explaining situations and resolving them in a way that seems realistic and rather interesting. With wacky cartoon antics aplenty there is much enjoyment to be had by reading through this series, if not anything else similar to it. I do recommend starting at the beginning so as to familiarize yourself with the cast and setting, then enjoying the crazy (and sometimes disturbing) pranks played by Pintsize, Marten’s pet…Anthro-PC.

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Questionable Content!

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