Weekly Update #17

Good morning folks! This weeks update is a little longer, but I don’t have much in the way to show (no book prints or artwork yet). I have been grafting

Good morning folks! This weeks update is a little longer, but I don’t have much in the way to show (no book prints or artwork yet).

I have been grafting through Specimen G-13 while My Gakidou is being proof-read, and I have been experimenting with some new marker pens I bought! I love me some Copic Markers, they’re the best there is when it comes to colouring projects in pen, or at least that was the case until now: these new pens are just as good as Copic Markers but cost a fraction of the price. I bought the pack of 80 for £30, but there is a 168 colour set for £80 which I will be grabbing in the future. I like Copic markers, but the price is just too steep for me to buy more than a couple of pens at a time. This is one of the biggest reasons why my comics have been coloured on the computer and not with pens; I can’t afford all the colours I need!

Excuse the image quality, my lighting is bad.
Coloured in a throwback image I did earlier this year.

To those who are interested in trying these pens out for themselves, you can grab them here. I have done a few more pictures with the pens but I have mainly been doing fan-art with them just to learn what colours blend best with one another before I risk using them on my original work.
OK, so that aside I would normally place a list of my progress with my other projects, but really nothing has changed besides Specimen G-13 is fluctuating between 70% and 80% finished. I am having some difficulty writing out a large scene at the moment, and recently No Man’s Sky got updated again and I am itching to try it out. I will be taking a break from writing for a short while after this week, not only to enjoy my game but also to spend some time with my sister who is returning home after 2 years away in Japan.

I have sent my application for a table at London Comic Con, where I hope to show off the first printed samples of the Subject 218 comic alongside the usual stock of books I had last time, though I also hope to get some stock for RAWR! It’s Donisaur! too, but until I get confirmation from Comic Village I won’t be ordering any stock yet. Still, even if I don’t get a table this year, I will still be going to the event with my family.

G-Fuel Review Part 1 is uploaded, but does not feature any real conclusions as the month of July I ran the experiment on was compromised by repeated illness. After this month I will be doing the experiment again in September and will hopefully be able to log some results for Part 2. I have also ordered 4 new flavours of G-Fuel to try out which will be added to the article after they have arrived and been sampled.

Whilst I don’t have the space to do any costume crafts or sculptures right now (we are still having building work done) I have been playing around in Blender doing some 3D model work. I have mainly been working on mods for The Sims 4 to put my own book characters into the game, which has been a slow process as I have been doing it alongside everything else. As usual I am doing too much at once! Right now I have a rough set of parts done for a Gakidou/Specimen G-13 sim, the parts he uses can also be used on other characters too including your own. Right now I am just getting the rigging sorted for his chest mane and tail, before polishing textures and packaging everything together. I don’t know when he will be uploaded as I am doing it as a side project.

That’s all I have for now. I will not be posting next Wednesday as I am going to be taking a break for a week or two, so nothing much will have happened in that time, though I could end up drawing a lot so who knows!

Thomas

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