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So, Happy New Year, it's been a long time since I posted a journal, just haven't used this site much. 

That isn't changing drastically, I am however trying to do daily drawing practice and work in an attempt to develop more and just grow more as an artist. Hence trying out doing a comic, something I have almost no experience in.  

I'm also hoping to open myself up to offering commissions for a period, once I get different types and prices in order, so I suppose advice regarding that would be appreciated. Probably be something like characters, cards, gifs, groups and comics, once my brain comes back in gear.  


Sadly still haven't done much writing or anything. That outlet is still going towards putting together a D&D campaign which is certainly a lot of fun and a chance to be somewhat social which is good for me. Might even draw some stuff or stories from that, there's certainly been a lot of funny moments.  

Last thing I fancy asking about regarding the comic is a little choice I'm stumbling over. I'm not sure whether to go to the next section following the Telescope guy, or switch to somebody else?  
Whaddya think?

Thanks for reading my stuff still, I appreciate it and apologise for being less talkative.
Reel
  • Listening to: Soundtracks
  • Reading: DM's Guide
  • Watching: Critical Role
  • Playing: Reassembly
  • Eating: Stuff
  • Drinking: Cola
So, I'm basically finished, been studying animation for the past four years and now it's all over, passed, out into the big bad world. 




My username is ironic. I made this account as a secondary account because I was embarrassed about the stories I wrote. To be fair, I still am, but weirdly, instead of being "not real", I acted more genuinely than I've ever really acted online, so at this point I don't mind sharing stuff with my name so much. Deviantart is full of jerks, trolls and disgust, but there's also awesome paintings, brilliant characters, entertainment and so much inspiration, as well as good people, so thankyou for taking the time to meet me.

Right, this is starting to sound like a goodbye speech- it's not. I'll keep posting stuff here, show off some of the work I've been doing, and some of the stuff I'll do with my free time like fleshing out my D&D world and take on tasks to expand my portfolio and help me search for a job. Not gonna make any promises because, honestly, I always seem to break promises and goals I set in these journals, but we'll see what comes and what may. 

And any scots- come see the degree show. Time well spent.
Stephen
  • Listening to: Soundtracks
  • Reading: DM's Guide
  • Watching: Critical Role
  • Playing: Reassembly
  • Eating: Stuff
  • Drinking: Cola
Hey, so just letting you all know I'm still alive and well even if I've not been posting much. Reason for that is simple, I've been busy with uni, I'm now on my final 9 or so weeks so almost all of my time is going into animating. The only exception is I've recently taken up D&D which is interesting cos it uses the same part of my brain as writing does, but gets me to be kinda social and loose about the whole thing. Might upload some bits of different projects, or maps and stuff from planning out this fantasy world, but mainly just working on the main animations for now, so sorry for the lack of productivity on here.
Reel
  • Listening to: Soundtracks
  • Reading: Ezekiel
  • Watching: Critical Role
  • Playing: Reassembly
  • Eating: Banana
  • Drinking: Cola
Seriously, this just about sums up my technique. I generally plod along drawing in photoshop using basic techniques and brushes, then I decide to try and improve my drawings by getting nice thin "inking brushes". Cue a solid hour sitting sifting through a brush pack, confused and confounded by photoshop's weird brush loading and saving system that forgets what I did five seconds ago and needs me to manually clear out all the stuff I don't want over and over until I'm left with the nice brush that isn't a brush but is in fact called a tool because it makes me feel like a tool. And the brush/tool/thing, drawing with it, looks worse than what I was doing.
Seriously. This is the issue with me. You can go on about the tutorials and everything, and show me what to click, but in the end if I don't understand, then inevitably and very very quickly, some tiny tiny setting will not be what it should be, and I won't be able to improvise because I don't understand it. Final year of my art course and I'm still tripping up on this, and then it'll make me feel bad and want to go back to my comfort zone and can't do that because you can never advance if you stick in your comfort zone.

So, yeah, overcomplicated tech is confusing. Sorry, I don't normally rant, but this is just a bit of a zinger for me.
Sorry,
Reel
  • Listening to: Soundtracks
  • Reading: Ezekiel
  • Watching: Critical Role
  • Playing: Reassembly
  • Eating: Banana
  • Drinking: Cola
Yeah, I know it's late, and I haven't been putting much up. Sorry for that, I had a bit of a commission to work on over Christmas, and nothing I've really drawn since then has been satisfying. It's a bit worrying, but I figure I just need to get on with things and try to jam through it, maybe try out some more textured or lineless styles... might even stuck some junk up just forbid myself from erasing lines. So yeah, if I start putting up worse-than-usual stuff, just tell me off or something.

Anyway, happy 2016!
Reel
  • Listening to: Soundtracks
  • Reading: Ezekiel
  • Watching: Critical Role
  • Playing: Reassembly
  • Eating: Banana
  • Drinking: Cola
Bit of a random topic, but just something I was thinking about and wanted to scribble down. Now, zombies are generally seen in one of two ways- either they're at the bottom rung of evil forces, brainless, weak, but just numerous and with the nice bonus of recruiting from the slain enemy to maintain numbers, with individual zombies basically being a joke.

The other is a little better, but not much, which is when they really emphasize the relentless, undying side of them. Cut off an arm, dont care, disembowl them, dont care. Normally brains are the weak point, but sometimes you get the even tougher versions where you need to completely decimate them before they stop.

Numbers and determination. Those aren't anything really special to death are they? So I was thinking, surely the worst aspect of Zombies, is the psychological. After all, in the idea of a zombie apocalypse, the first zombie's someone will have to deal with, will be the closest person too them. Spouses. Siblings. Friends. Flatmates. Offspring. Neighbours. Someone you trust and love suddenly dead, glassy eyed, turned against you. Maybe even someone you lost a long time ago and mourned, dressed in their funeral clothes.
Fiction doesnt seem to make a big enough deal of that difficulty. A character who can't fight back because of sentimentality is seen as weak, but really, that sense of loss could be a zombie story's greatest weapon in my eyes, far outweighing the faceless hordes or the unrelenting foe.
  • Listening to: Two Steps from Hell
  • Playing: Game of Thrones TellTale
Well, I figure I'm basically free now, Christmas break is almost here, and just realized that this is something I've never tried, but might be fun to try and do. So, just ask away any questions about any character you like, and I'm gonna figure out how the character would respond to that, and maybe draw it as a comic panel if it seems like a good one.

That aside, gonna try and do more character developments, stories and other stuff too with my slight increase in freedom.
Merry Christmas
Reel
  • Listening to: Two Steps from Hell
  • Playing: Game of Thrones TellTale
Right, in hindsight it probably shouldnt be surprising that I hit 300 just after spending a month doing daily drawings. That makes a fair amount of sense. But still good, getting quite a big variety going, and might actually try branching out into some fanart and animations for some of my favourite games/books/series, cos it was quite good fun to draw someone elses creation.

However, I have a major hand-in in the next two weeks, so, no, despite the world building stuff I put up recently, I dont think I'll manage to get new stories up. The main pair I have ideas for just now, I'm also considering trying to put into comic form, in which case I'd much rather surprise you page by page instead of spoiling everything in one story.

Also, kinda off topic but here: www.facebook.com/topic/Goatman…;
That kind of page is basically what I imagine Karen having to deal with at the start of Emergence, just on a bit of a bigger scale. And true. Seriously, "Goatman". They could've gone with faun, satyr, wendigo, krampus, so many possible names and they went with goatman. I am disappointed. 
Thanks
Reel
  • Listening to: Two Steps from Hell
  • Playing: Game of Thrones TellTale
Chaos by Reel123

I did it! A-Z bestiary project complete, thanks to 26 days of sketching, doodling, and wikipedia! Yay!
So, matter at hand, what next? This daily drawing stuff is very helpful, a sort of, breath of fresh air from larger projects, so I'd quite like to keep it up and try to develop more in that regard.

So, a few little options to see what you guys think I should focus on for the next... 3 weeks or so.

-Character Development Focus- more in-depth and detailed drawings of different characters from stories and otherwise.
-Expanded Bestiary- find some other order and keep going with as many cool monsters as I can find, more on the brainstorming side of things.
-Wardrobe Focus- Cos, apparently clothes and fashion matter, and I am not the most fashionable fellow around.
-Requests

I should learn to decide this stuff for myself, but internet conversations are fun :3
Reel
  • Listening to: Two Steps from Hell
  • Playing: Game of Thrones TellTale
I got tagged by LunaTheNightFury to answer questions, but I dont really fancy passing it on, so, voila!


1) Do you like dragons?
Yup, dragons are class
2) What would you do in the zombie apocalypse?
Hunt down the living I guess, rot, stumble.
3) Do you like the colour black?
Yup.
4) Do you like snorkelling/freediving?
Nope, not a good swimmer and would not enjoy the feeling of trying to breathe underwater.
5) Do you know what a kina is?
Nope. 
6) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
... I was gonna say something clever, but lets just say shapeshifting to be consistent. Teleportation or time control are really close though.
7) If you could be reborn as an animal, what animal would it be?
Hum, *ten minutes of internal deliberation* a mountain goat?
8) Do you like seafood?
Yep, I see food and eat it.
9) What's your favourite genre of music?
Probably film sountracks, especially adventure stuff.
10) Do you have any pets?
Nope.
11) Do you play DragonVale?
Noope.
12) What's your favourite season?
Nooo... oh, wait, Autumn. Love the red colours.
13) What is your element?
Depends what we're talking. Classic Four. Expanded Ring? Periodic Table? Chinese Five? SURPRISE? 
I think I'd say water. Especially bubbles if they're possible.
  • Listening to: Undertale. MEGALOVANIA
  • Playing: Undertale, duh
So, I've been thinking a little about choices, because basically, I've noticed there are some different approaches you can take to a topic. I've noticed this mainly through reading a lot of different writers and artists, so I'm just gonna name drop them so you can check them out if you want. 

1. Whimsical Approach- Stories more focussed on fun and quirkiness with low stakes and low regard for reality, they're kinda just around to have a good time one way or another. I'd say a lot of clancy688's Trust Machine's, and Pheagle Adlers adventures kinda strike a chord here.

2. Abrupt Approach- I don't really like these, they're kinda those tf or whatever stories that just end after something happens with "and then they went off into the woods" and there's not really any consequences or any more story afterwards. Yes, I know I'm guilty of this occasionally. 

3. Idealistic Approach- This is when it starts getting tricky, I'd say the idealists are the artists who lean a little more towards the style side over function. Mainly realistic and consequences, but if something's cool, neat or plotful then it gets priority over normal limitations as "magic" or "powers" or "nanomachines" son. Characters adapt, use cool powers, etc. 

4. Rigourous Approach- the really in-depth lot who make sure their rules and logic are watertight. choltfo I'm looking at you, and new artist FwiffoForce gave a character so many obstacles out of such tiny objects that their stories basically produced this journal. Cool things that don't make sense are kept to a minimum.

5. One wish Approach- The world is without witches or wizards or overt superpowers or magic, except for one odd thing in the story. This category mainly belongs to GabrielRaven who manages to do super indepth thoughtful tales where, for the most part, there aren't many fantastical elements and almost no big picture. It's just something coming into someones life and changing it.

6. Fragmented Approach- Like above, but multiplied. The mystery is still there, magic and rules are far apart, diverse and unclear, but there's just a few more examples cropping up, weirdos each with their own stories. I'd say nothere3's a  pretty good example.

Yeah, can't quite think of any more now, but the point still stands. These guys are all phenomonal and all take different approaches, and I always kinda wanna imitate different parts but you cant have everything. Take Karen for examples, in 1 she'd be happy and smooth, in 2 her story would end after she transforms, in 3.... more or less the same as now, in 4 she's be smaller, lightweight, weaker and more limited, and in 5 or 6 she'd be alone and possible trapped as a gryphon. I think almost all of those would be pretty awesome, but it can only be one.

Hmm, this was a weird one, but was in my head so had to get it out. You might have noticed that with my drawings, the detail and seriousness of them is varying all over the spectrum.
Anyway, discussion would be fun, see what other distinctive approaches are out there.
Cheers
Reel
  • Listening to: Undertale. MEGALOVANIA
  • Playing: Undertale, duh
So, Halloween is coming up, one week to go, and I'm here thinking I've got a good exercise to do in the coming days.
Draw a monster for every letter of the alphabet for a month. Sort of way to do a bestiary for Unveiled Legends, practice less human creatures, loosen up for actual project work and expand my knowledge. So expect almost daily drawings of some sort or another.
Not very spooky, but whatever.




Also, check out Undertale. As in, buy and play it. It's an old style RPG, but hilarious, fairly difficult depending, can take multiple playstyles, and is pretty emotional. Best game this year. But it's twisty so best played without spoiling it for yourself. Just finished it and it is freaking amazing.
Reel
  • Listening to: Undertale. MEGALOVANIA
  • Playing: Undertale, duh
Uh... ah... where did 60,000 pageviews come from!? I didnt have anything planned or ready! Ah... well, I've reorganized the Gallery and started Favourites Folders... which aren't good. Whatever, as always, thanks for reading my stories and looking at the pictures, and all the favourites that I dont even get around to thanking, I'll try and push this into a little more motivation and boldness for UL stuff. Unless anyone has some other sweet idea?
Thanks again
Reel
  • Listening to: Youtube vids
So, related to my last journal with the UL characters... that's become a proper project. Like I can hand it in as character designs for a theoretical comics project, include in my portfolio, etc etc etc. So. Yeah, that's a bit of a surprise, find it quite funny but good. Progress in actually opening my trap and speaking to people if nothing else.
Which goes back to the rub last journal- am I happy with these designs, how can I improve them, how do I make them vivid interesting characters, but... hey, the answer to all of those is probably keep drawing eh?
One method of progress that isn't to keep drawing is also my recent desire to try and keep up an art blog or site somewhere. Not here. Cos professionalism and all that are so high on my priorities list :XD: I guess thats sort of a different thing, between a progress blog and a professional folio, but hey I can put them both on one site if I get it going. Basically just a happy little heads up, I'll link to that if I get it done and then have a place to show off university work in progress and the like.
Good times!
Reel
  • Listening to: Youtube vids
So, things are getting into full swing now and I hope you'll excuse my lack of content. As you might be able to tell from Alton and Nessie's pictures, they haven't really been any good. Nonetheless I'm hoping to work a lot more on character design work this year, maybe make an art book for handin including not just uni stuff but also my own work, even these recent character sheets for my stories.

Which has got me thinking. These guys... considering they're from like a fantastic modern setting, they look freaking bland. No other way to describe it. I feel like I'm drawing background characters again, but these people- Karen and Lorcan and that, they're supposed to be the main characters aren't they? And they just don't seem it, not compared to all these amazing beautiful vivid distinct characters that are all over the place.

That was intentional, in a way. Karen et al were supposed to be normal people, not superheroes, supposed to be believable, mundane, ordinary in most aspects despite their supernatural nature. And that works all well and good in words, words pander to that, they are about the monologue and the thought process as well as all the external action and setting and story. But in pure visuals? They fade out horrifically easy to me.

And that's a bit... worrisome. Yeah, guess that's a good word. I dont want to make boring characters, nor do I want to make final fantasy characters just covered in so many belts and buckles that it goes beyond rule of cool and only draws disbelief. I was planning on trying to draw more and more UL characters for practice, but now I think I should really try and bring something to the table when I draw them. Argh, that sounds really like I want them to be special snowflakes or something but I've done enough about originality that I know they're not gonna be perfectly unique, ever.

I just want to give them a bit more appeal, energy, and life I suppose. That's what animators are supposed to do, breathe life into things, so thats what I'm gonna try and focus on doing.

Bit of a sudden ramble out of the blue, but eh, it describes everything pretty well
Reel
  • Listening to: Youtube vids
Woo, I hit 250 deviations to my name now, so saw a chance to wipe out the old journal. Just kinda using this to give a heads up, Uni's finally starting back up soon which marks the end of my very long summer, and I dunno if that'll affect dA or not. It's not like I could get much quieter, I'm almost tempted to like quit for a little while to stop starting overly ambitious ideas, but dA has too much cool inspiration to ignore. 
Guess I'm just a little unsure at this point what to be doing, so sorry if my stuff's a bit all over the place.
Reel
  • Listening to: Youtube vids
So I've got less work this week, thinking of trying to write, so I'll at least write the most popular one and maybe even get around to others. And without further ado, I have seven little unrelated ideas to choose from, because seven is apparently how my brain works.

So with 24 hours gone, the results are pretty clear, and the sooner begun the sooner done.  In first place, with 8 votes, we have Amalgamate which will go ahead first, while further behind are Countdown and Dragged Along 2. Thanks for voting guys!

1. Revival Project- Log entries of a scientist trying to magically bring back some of natures lost wonders.

2. Amalgamate- A shapeshifting experiment grants Dan the power to change between seven (see what I mean!) subhuman forms, if she can learn to use it.

3. Countdown- Mal has only a few months left of their human life before their curse takes over and they have to go.

4. Emergence: Loch- You've got to feel sorry for whatever folk were around Loch Ness when a dragon decides to claim the deep waters as her turf, real monsters are actually quite hard to deal with.

5. The Changer of Fates- Neil is a mage for hire, a specialist when it comes to fulfilling desires and leaving his clients a very different person if they have the cash.

6. Dragged Along 2- Because seriously, two teenage dragons wandering around annoying people is just fun.

7. Seeking the Gate- With knowledge of the dimensional magic that hid Kvenland and Hyde, an explorer ventures to search for other hidden legends, in particular a mountain that was said to house the gods.

So yeah, up to you, take a gander and lets see what we can do :)
That rhymed!
Reel
  • Listening to: Youtube vids
  1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?

I think I first started in 2012, but had this account for two years.

What does your username mean?
I thought I'd be ironic since this account wasn't meant to be honest or "real". That backfired.

Describe yourself in three words.
Grey, Ship, Shame

Are you left or right handed?
Right

What was your first deviation?
First ever I think was the start of my old Ufeln stories, deleted now. 

What is your favourite type of art to create?
Writing

If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
ANIMATION. Graaar, it's so annoying and I always think, just imagine all these stories as actual animations, moving and living and breathing it would be so cool!

What was your first favourite?
Probably,  Life as a Dragon Chapter IChapter I: A Transformation
"Thank you and good night!" I said, sending the last costumer away.
I slumped on my chair and sighed. It had been a hell of a weekend. I worked nearly non-stop for two days and I was dead tired. Cashier life isn't as easy as one might think, particularly at this time of the year: Christmas. Fortunately, I was free to do whatever I wanted for the next two days, and I'd take the most advantage of it.
I snapped out of my thoughts and called my supervisor to end my working day. She arrived rather quickly, to my surprise. Looks like I wasn't the only one looking forward to a comfortable bed. She "bled" out the money on my pay-box, cashier jargon, and I quickly counted fifty Euros, the fund, for the next worker for the following day. We then proceeded to the vault and deposited everything there. Minor pleasantries and goodbyes exchanged, I went to the changing room to trade my uniform, which consisted on a white shirt, black trousers and steel toed shoes, along wi


What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Hypocritically, pictures more. They can be funny, or fanart, or epic, while my literature taste isn't as broad.


Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
Probably MikaAndKuri just for such high quality stories, illustrations and holding onto standards.

If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
So many, made friends with clancy688, Choltfo, jost90, Bahogar, EmienDorwin, so probably some of them

How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
Fa6ex got me on here with his story, I probably would be a lot more innocent and less literate otherwise, but I dont think I've ever properly communicated with him lol

What are your preferred tools to create art?
Tablet, Laptop, Word.

What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Wait, you can do art in other places?!

What is your favourite DeviantArt memory
Might have two. Or three. Yeah, number one would be getting these first notes from Bahogar, where not only was he going on about the plot but he was also helping me find writing mistakes, was so good to see someone so interested in my fantasies. Number two would be Emien messaging me about a character for the stories resulting in an indepth discussion worth a few thousand words, and number three would be Rotten Pocket drawing Karen on a request- just really brought the character to life for me and out of pure generosity.

#DeviantArtistQuestionnaire.
  • Listening to: Youtube vids
So, swung back around to being more worried about my work and animation stuff, things are looking a little up since I finally got Maya working after 3 months, but it does mean I haven't done any writing at all. Have been thinking about changes I'd put to the stories if I redid things though, so might integrate those in the future.
On the other hand, it's a good chance to try and draw better illustrations of my stories and I've even been tempted to try and put some scenes from them into a comic format, if you guys would like? Yeah, lets do that- tell me characters or scenes I should try and draw better if you have any.
Thanks and sorry,
Reel
  • Listening to: Soundtracks
  • Reading: Game of Thrones
  • Watching: Old Rockers
  • Playing: Team Fortress 2
Well, that checklist did a fat lot of good didn't it?

Basically got stumped on Eldrus, SoS dried out, and Mercy seemed wrong cos of stuff. Been writing less too because of holidays, and because I want to prioritise art practice a little more. 

Don't enjoy saying that. I hate it when someone's series petters out. Especially mine. So apologies for letting folk down. :(

Currently I've been exploring the idea of redoing older stories- Freedom and Emergence- maybe even writing something about the Revealers. Cos, c'mon, entire masquerade being broken and we only see the tip of the iceburg? Probably worth a tale.

When I started out I was...uh... "writing by the seat of my pants", just threw ideas out and chased them down with vague plans but nothing solid. Was fun, but a little less through out. A redo would refine those, get rid of plot holes, improve them, make sense with hindsight, make the world seem like it didn't start on Hex yet it would draw comparisons, be lacking in surprises, and need to be fully done or not at all.

So I'm not saying that's gonna happen, I don't want to give false hopes but I guess this is better to put up than leaving the checklist. 

Again, apologies and don't count on anything for a couple of weeks,

Reel123
  • Listening to: Soundtracks
  • Reading: Game of Thrones
  • Watching: Old Rockers
  • Playing: Team Fortress 2