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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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Aaand…There Goes 2017!

Why yes, I do still exist! This year has been…something else. 😉 More on that in a bit (if you care to keep reading), but first things first:

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Did you know that FlowerPower! wasn’t Tamarac Apps’s first app? Back when Bossman was the sole developer, he created Winemaking, an iOS app to help winemakers keep track of their process. He hired me to do the few graphics he needed, including this image which was used as the main icon.

Clearly, I still don’t know how liquid works.

What have I been up to?

I’d like to tell you I’ve done a lot of art, but as you’ve probably gathered from my absence, I really haven’t. That’s not to say I haven’t drawn anything, but I’ve certainly drawn much less this year than previous years. I spent a lot more time working, which naturally left much less time (and energy!) for art. At the end of summer, my work schedule changed again, and although this resulted in more free time, I’ve had a rough time trying to re-balance myself and get back into the habit of drawing.

Another major event that affected me (and the rest of the Tam Team) this year was the North Bay Fires in October–the past few months have been emotionally turbulent. I…have a few thoughts I’d like to share on the subject, but I haven’t quite figured out the best way to express them yet.

On a more positive note, I went to Yosemite for the first time in my life and that place is so magnificent that it inspired me to start painting again! (I haven’t done any painting yet though LOL.) There’s just something about nature that is reinvigorating.

Also, games! I’ve been playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a lot lately and it is loads of fun. Difficult and frustrating at times, but fun! I’ve always like the Zelda series for its puzzles, and what I like most about BotW is that it is so open world that there are multiple solutions to many of the puzzles. My brother and I play the game very differently!

Other games I recommend: Aviary Attorney (it’s like Ace Attorney, but with birds!), Finding Paradise (To The Moon 2), Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (my ID is 70933765429 if you want to add me!) and Rakuen (prepare to cry your eyes out though).

What about Tam Team Adventures? Is it dead?

Tam Team Adventures is not dead, but it is still on hiatus! I’ve still got some stories, but I’m trying to figure out the best way to tell them, since they’re too long to fit the “one-page gag” format.

Am I working on anything?

YES I AM, but I won’t reveal too much yet as I am still in planning stages 😉 I set a goal for myself to have something to show by Summer 2018, so if things go according to plan I’ll share some stuff in the coming months!

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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 🙂

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

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