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    JaNanamation is a shared art blog between cousins Janielyn and Christina! While both have varying tastes in art, they share a keen interest in the world of animation.
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Livestream Results

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Here’s what I drew tonight! It’s a portrait inspired by a photo on Sktchy, an app where people upload pictures and artists create something based on those pictures. It’s really fun!

If you couldn’t make it to the stream, you can watch the playback on my Twitch channel. And now that I know it works, I hope to livestream more in the future, perhaps on a regular basis 🙂

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Design A Character // Days 2 & 3

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Plugging away slowly on this 😛 I think I finally figured out what I want her to look like, though it’s tough to draw her consistently :/ I still don’t have a name for her.

The pose references are from SenshiStock. I was originally going to draw the poses at random, but I figured that would make it difficult to draw her in character.

Design a Character // Day 1

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A few months ago, I wrote down this idea for a comic:

Girl reluctantly gets job at a pet shop. She’s not a fan of animals (for one thing she’s allergic) but she needs the money and doesn’t have any other employment options at the moment. Work is boring, so she amuses herself by observing the regular customers that come into the shop and imagining what kind of lives they lead.

LOL. What was I even thinking? Anyway, I’m using this challenge to flesh out that main character. I still haven’t decided on her final appearance, but I know that I want her to have red hair and freckles. I’m also trying to work with a square-ish jawline because I’m trying to draw characters with more variation.

She doesn’t have a name yet. As for personality, she’s pragmatic and kind of cynical. Most of the time she has an “I’m-so-done-with-everyone-else’s-shenanigans” expression.

JaNanamation Sketchbook Challenge 02

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Here’s another Jananamation sketchbook challenge! We decided on a character design theme this time around so that we have a character to use for any future character-related challenges 🙂

Challenge Notes

  • You can start from scratch OR use a character you’ve already created. Maybe you started making an OC but haven’t quite finished developing their look or personality. Or maybe you have a character you haven’t used in a while–try redesigning them or updating their look!
  • “Friend” and “enemy” can be interpreted however you like. The idea is to show how your character reacts to something they like and something they hate.

Don’t forget to tag your art #JaNanamation!

General challenge guidelines and previous challenges can be found here

Design A Theme Park // Day 7

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Did you know that a giraffe’s front legs are longer than its back legs? In order to bend down far enough to reach water to drink, a giraffe has to stand with its front legs far apart.

Perfect for a water slide at a theme park 😉

Well there you have it, 7 days of theme park related sketches! I’m done with this challenge, but anyone is welcome to try it themselves at any time! You can find the prompts here. I’ll be posting the next set of prompts sometime in the future, so keep an eye out for those 😉

Design A Theme Park // Day 1

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So it turns out I’m not that great at coming up with theme park ideas XD I started out by doodling things I like. I’m not sure which (if any) of these I’m going to stick with for the rest of the challenge…the giraffe theme park logo is the most fun to work with because I like seeing how many letters I can turn into giraffes 😀 Plus, a giraffe-themed rollercoaster would be great XD

Art and books are pretty generic, but think of the gift shops!!! They’d just be art/book/stationery stores!! Wait never mind, they’d all be way overpriced

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After a while I found an amusement park name generator and tried making logos for some of the names that came up. Nothing very original, but a good exercise 🙂

Might work on these more tomorrow before moving on to the next prompt.

BCW: Drawing Prompts — Tam Team Updates

Taking a short break from screencap redraws! My art’s been feeling a bit stale lately so let’s play a game to help get my creative juices flowing! Pick a number and a character (or characters) from Tam Team Adventures and I’ll draw it! Any character that has ever been featured on the site is fair game, […]

via BCW: Drawing Prompts — Tam Team Updates

Pick a number, any number 😀 I need to get back to drawing things other than comics~~

Inktober Reflections + Onward to November!

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Well, here we are at the end of this year’s Inktober and I somehow managed to create 30 comic pages (31 if you count the cover) to post every day of the month! It was fun and hectic; there were days when I’d draw 3 or 4 pages and others when I was very tempted to give up. The last week and a half was the worst…almost every page during that time was started after 9 PM and had to be finished before midnight. Now that the month is over maybe I can get to bed earlier XD

It’s been a while since I’ve really done anything with traditional media, and I’m not too experienced with using ink, so I learned a few things over the course of the month:

Paper is important! I didn’t go out and buy paper specifically for wet media, simply because I have so much unused drawing/sketching paper (I’m not supposed to buy any more sketchbooks until I finish what I have…but sometimes I do anyway haha). For this comic I used pages out of the Maruman New Soho Sketchbook I bought years ago; the front cover claims that the paper is suitable for water color, so I figured that it would work with an ink wash (it’s just watered down ink, right?). It didn’t. The pages curled with the smallest application of water. So! Next time I need to either get paper that can better handle water, or use some other method for shading (like lighter toned ink pens?).

Planning helps a lot. I decided to take on this comic project sometime in the middle of September. Around then, I started drawing thumbnails of comic pages; I did about 15 of them by the start of October. At that point I started right into drawing the actual comic pages so that I could start posting. Drawing those first pages were a breeze; I found myself drawing several pages ahead of schedule, which afforded me a bit of breathing room (keep in mind I still had real life responsibilities to deal with). However, when I finished drawing the pages that I had done thumbnails for, progress slowed significantly. Before drawing each page I had to stop and think about what was going to happen next, how I should compose the page, what the characters should say, etc…and that gets tedious. Eventually my buffer ran out and I was scrambling every night to get a page finished.

Simple is good. In the past, I’ve always thought that the panels of a comic page needed to be arranged in an “interesting” way and that no two pages should have the same panel arrangement. This sort of thinking slowed my process a lot. For the sake of speed I decided to simplify the way I drew the panels, using very basic arrangements. I came to realize that simple just works so much better overall. The purpose of a comic is to tell a story, so panels should be as easy as possible to follow along; over complicating the page just makes it confusing. Actually, I went back and looked at some of the webcomics I read and found that they use simple panel arrangements as well, which shows how much more effective it is to convey the story.

Drawing traditionally is faster. I know that there are people that can digitally draw and paint crazy fast, but for me, using traditional media is logistically faster. I think it’s because when I draw digitally, I’m confined to the small space of my tablet, and for large images that makes me especially slow. I have to zoom in and draw part of a line, then move the canvas to draw the next part of the line, and so on. With traditional media, I’m only limited to the size of the drawing itself. I can use my whole arm to draw longer lines, so I was able to finish certain parts of the drawing more quickly.

There are more things I took away from this experience, including things I didn’t particularly like, such as not being able to undo mistakes, accidentally smudging my pencil sketch (I’m a lefty), and almost ripping the paper while erasing my pencil sketch. But all-in-all, I enjoyed myself and would gladly do it again in the future!

You can read the comic from the beginning here. I know it ends kind of abruptly, but I really didn’t want to drag it out past the end of the month. Right now it reads like a prologue to a much longer story, the rest of which I might eventually draw.

Until then, The Adventures of Princess Talia is being put on the back burner because November is another marathon month: NaNoWriMo! Except instead of writing a novel, I’ll be writing a text adventure! It’ll be interactive, so I’ll share it once it reaches a point where it’s playable. GET EXCITED!

Oh, and Tam Team Adventures will resume on November 13. I’m taking a week off to reacquaint myself with digital art LOL XD

Inktober 2015

Today’s the first day of Inktober! Which means two things:

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First, I’m drawing a new comic this month! You can follow along at Tam Team Adventures, where I’ll be posting a new page every day. I’m not necessarily drawing one page a day, but my goal is to have a new page up each day this month. I’m writing the story as I go, so I’m not really sure how long it’s going to be. From the looks of it so far, it’ll probably be the prologue to some bigger project.

Second, it has officially been a whole year since I’ve worked on drawing Pokemon :’) Another poor, poor abandoned project OTL

Throwback Thursday: On Comics

I am constantly resisting the urge to start new comics. I don’t know what it is, but I love drawing comics, even when I have no long term story planned. In fact, I have quite a terrible track record of ever finishing what I start.

After digging around my old files a bit, I found a few old comics that date back as far as 2005–and these are only the ones that were ever drawn digitally. (I’m sure I’ve got piles and piles of papers with comics scribbled on them…somewhere.) These are really embarrassing for me to even look at because they are a blatant reminder of my “weab” days (UUUGGGHH I can’t believe I’m even describing it like that), but I’m sharing them because (a) it shows progression and (b) when you hear me say that I have to fight the temptation to start a new project I want you to understand how serious I am. 😛

Most of these never even got past 2 or 3 pages.

Untitled, c. Jan 2005 (read panels RIGHT >> LEFT)

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First digitally drawn comic, can you tell? XD I used stamp brushes in Photoshop for the “screentones” and backgrounds. And look at that Comic Sans! Ugh. I think I meant for this one to be loosely based on Antigone by Sophocles. The characters, Kiku and Aura, got a redesign not too long ago. (Okay, it was a year ago.)

Lost Myths, c. May 2005 (read panels RIGHT >> LEFT)

Apparently, I starting thinking about this one back in 2004. I got a better font (!) and started to get the hang of using screentones. Lost Myths was supposed to be something of a sci-fi story about a geneticist who was altering the DNA of normal animals to make them look like mythological creatures. One day all the test animals broke out of the lab and the male protagonist, who was the geneticist’s son (or something, I honestly don’t remember) has to go and bring all the animals back. The female protag, Hinoki, is just an average girl that stumbles onto one of the experiments and joins the guy (I don’t remember what name I gave him, if any) in his quest to find all the animals.

I just have to laugh at this one now because I cannot understand why I thought I would be able to draw all those complicated creatures. Like dragons. I mean look at that thing XD This comic was doomed to fail from the beginning LOL.

Shogun, c. March-April 2006 (read LEFT >> RIGHT)

This is the first comic I started in which I actually had a full, complete story to work with because it was a collab with another artist on deviantART. It was actually a short story using characters from another manga, but with her permission I switched to original characters. The story takes place in Japan, which is why the honorifics are included (the settings for my other comics are…indeterminate) and is about a book-smart guy who is constantly pestered by his childhood friend. One day he catches her in the library trying to study the book he had been reading. Touched by her interest in what he was studying, he offers to treat her to some pastries at a bakery on the way home from school.

I actually still like how these pages turned out. I really wanted to complete this one, but it only ever reached 3 pages because the fourth page contained a classroom scene. After many, many failed attempts to draw those panels, I gave up.

Favorites, c. June 2006 (Read RIGHT >> LEFT)

Favorites is about high school student Aya, a normal sort of girl who doesn’t stand out much and gets along with just about everyone. She works hard and gets good grades, but some of her classmates think that she gets good grades just because the teachers like her—they don’t give her a hard time about it or anything (they often try to use Aya’s “teacher’s pet” status to their own advantage and that means being nice to Aya), but it causes her to wonder if she actually deserves the praise from her teachers and the high scores on her tests.

This was meant to be an introspective short story, and a little autobiographical (the settings and backgrounds were actually based on my school haha ”OTL). I think I couldn’t finish it because at the time I couldn’t come up with a resolution or conclusion to the story. I tried redrawing the comic later on but all I ever did was redesign Aya. Several times. If I was going to pick up any of these old comic ideas though, this is the one I would redo and finish.

project Helix, July 2005 – November 2007 (read RIGHT >> LEFT)

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The longest running comic I’ve ever done, at a whopping 63 pages: project Helix! I’m only showing you a few of the later pages that I especially liked. This was a superhero story (kind of? I didn’t really make any antagonists…) with a return to the sci-fi theme I was tinkering with in Lost Myths. Four high school students start to notice that they have particular attributes that seem to have been greatly enhanced–one has suddenly become super intelligent, another incredibly fast, the third has super strength, and the fourth has a body that can repair physical damage more quickly (or something like that). Turns out they had been part of an experiment by an eccentric (and, um, unethical) scientist who altered their DNA to enhance their abilities. I was sort of basing this on the fact that every living thing is composed of DNA made from the exact components, so if one could rearrange the DNA of an organism they could conceivably change it into something else, or give it physical qualities of another organism.

ANYWAY. There was a problem with the main protag’s DNA alteration and she ended up with fox ears and a tail…which she could for some reason make go away at will? I know it doesn’t quite work with the science bit but I started drawing this comic after reading through Tokyo Mew Mew (which I am totally ashamed to admit I ever liked LOL) so I was probably just copying that bit |||OTL After re-reading pH (“project” is purposely lowercase so that I could abbreviate the comic this way haha) I found so many plot holes and inconsistencies 😛

pH had a good 2 year-run and it was the first comic I posted online for other people to read. Some of my friends really got into it which might have been why I stuck with it for so long, but as time went on I began to see that the story I was writing as I went along was becoming much bigger than I could really handle.

Garnet Blossoms (A Pokemon Ruby Red Nuzlocke), September 2012 – Present (sort of)

After pH, I didn’t draw many comics for quite a while, primarily for lack of time. To ease back into the habit I drew a short comic about making comics (same link as at the top of this post) and then started to casually draw a Nuzlocke comic. I figured that shouldn’t be too hard to keep up with, since the story (and even some of the dialogue) was basically already written for me. Plus I didn’t have to design all the characters! My goal was really just to start drawing a lot more than I had been for the past few years.

The challenge for this comic is the fact that it is much faster to play the game than to draw the comic. So I’d play the game in short spurts and then spend a bunch of time drawing comic pages…which gets tedious almost immediately. Because of this, progress slowed significantly after about 15 pages, but I still work on this one from time to time! It’s kind of fun to imagine what the main character is thinking during the events in the game.

Tam Team Adventures, August 2013 – Present (See it here!)

My current comic project has been updating every week for more than a year now (I wrote August 2013 as the start date because that’s when I drew the first comic; the site didn’t go live until Feb 2014). The consistency of the updates is what I’m most proud of, actually, considering how terrible I have been with finishing things >_> I probably owe that to the simplicity of style (really quite a departure from what I’ve done in the past) and the fact that the comic is not a continuous story. I mean, yes, some of the comics draw from previous episodes, but each page still functions as a whole unit. It also helps that I have a lot of great content to draw from (thanks guys! XD ).

And there you have it, a brief history of me as a comic artist! It’s kind of rough, but I’d definitely encourage all artists to try making comics. It forces you to develop many skills at once–writing, character development, composition, graphic design, anatomy, expression, paneling…just to name a few. It’s also a very fast and easy way to track your drawing progress! It always amazes me how much my style changes over just a few pages.

At the end of this very long post I still feel like starting a new comic. Or several. But experience tells me to plan more carefully before diving into a new project, so though it may be a while, you may finally see a finished, long-term comic from me. 🙂

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