Wow… 126 pages drawn over… years (I can’t remember how many… at least 3). I’m so glad to have completed this project. It’s always been a personal goal of mine to complete a manga book and with this final page, I can finally say I have accomplished this task. 🙂
But with that news, I must also announce that White Angel will be on haitus for the foreseeable future. I want to change up projects and start a new writing one. I may return to this story in the future, but I am thinking about writing it as a book series or single-novel instead. What do you think? Would you read it if I changed the format?
Drawing this comic taught me a lot of lessons. I might do a blog post in a few weeks about that, in case the info is of any use to other comic aspirers out there.
Thanks for reading!
Wow! I made 100 pages! Needless to say, this is a huge personal accomplishment, having stuck with this project long enough to have 100 whole pages drawn for it. I’m only a few pages away from finishing volume 1 (20-30 or so). Perhaps then I will have a post mortem to share since I do feel like tackling on this first webcomic of mine did comes with a lot of lessons learned.
Not that we’re in June, I thought I’d update the blog part of this webcomic to just give an update on daily life.
I did end up going to Fanime, though I didn’t have a table in the Artist Alley. And I probably only spent a total amount of time in Fanime of… 1 hour, mostly just checking in with my friends who did have a table (oh, one of them also started her own webcomic over on tapastic too! Do check it out: Red Reminiscence ). Clockwork Alchemy, the steampunk convention, had my attention instead. I liked the refined style, and the smaller, quieter atmosphere of the con instead (I think it says something when “remember to shower” does not need to be on the registration form of a convention). Plus, I’ve been reading Jim Butcher’s new steampunk book, The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass , which really got me in the mood for the con. I even dressed up! Not as elaborate as some of the victorian aristocrat gowns I saw there, but this is probably as far as I’ll go for cosplay. I mean, I found that faux corset to be a pain to wear already. I can’t imagine the full get-up, with the bustle and a real full-torso corset on top!
You know what’s another factor that makes steampunk cons worthwhile. Male cosplay. Guys look good when they try (just like girls, those girls tend to try on a normal basis). And when guys try to look aristocratic and stately, it looks good.
It’s one of the cool things about steampunk fashion. Your body type, etc really doesn’t matter b/c the clothing and fashion is all based on high quality layers and details. If you wear good quality items (that fit, mind you!), take the time to shave, or do up your hair, or etc, you look great!
75 pages! Yes!
Another 2 months have past and the pages are chugging along slowly, but at a regular pace. They’re getting faster to draw, making my constant struggle with a buffer less difficult. Of course, that’s only when I don’t have massive backgrounds to draw. Those are less common now.
I’ve learned some tricks to help me through. 3D models for reference work, Manga Studio’s mannequins (though I use these less), and then just a repetitive process make the pages easier to crunch though. it’s almost relaxing in its routine.
So Fanime, the big anime convention of the SF Bay Area, is coming up in a few months. I’m debating going, since I’m really not a fan of giant crowds and my past experiences in their artist alley were… exhausting. >.< But… I didn’t have a webcomic back then. What do you think? A friend of mine got a table to sell. While I can’t legally sell at a convention, she did say that in exchange for helping I could do some free self-promotion at her table.
Happy Holidays to my readers! Thank you for sticking with me this last year as I learned the ways of drawing comic pages. 🙂
Regardless of where you are, what your culture is, or who you spend these holidays with, now is a time of celebration and remembering the joys of your life. 2015 has had its ups and downs, but I look to the ups with fond memories of adventures and exploration and big life changes (biggest probably being to sell all my furniture and move back down to SF Bay Area with just the items in my car).
Looking forward to 2016 and more stories to read (and write)!
I’m switching from releasing new pages every Monday to releasing them every Wednesday. I think it will work better with my personal routines and help me not miss posts so much. 🙂 We’re going to start by posting one today, so enjoy!
So sorry for the lack of updates lately, but I’m happy to say that I have been drawing in this time, just not updating this site as regularly as I should have. But to make up for it, I’ve uploaded a whole batch of pages to share! How are you liking it so far? Good story? Needs better pacing? Can’t tell yet b/c it’s too soon in the plot?
In the meantime, as an update on life I just came back from a vacation trip to Scotland where I wandered around the midgies-infested highlands and heard great tales about the Jacobites and the Highlanders of Scotland and then returned to Edinburgh where I heard the same stories but from the winning side. I’m thinking about re-launching my old website tingchen.net (which currently just points to my tumblr b/c I had trouble maintaining so many media channels). I want to share my travel stories, but nothing I have right now really works for that. I also, in the past months, watched the weddings of 2 good friends, ate lots of food, got in to archery, and hey! I hit page 50! Pretty awesome. 🙂
I should also mention my birthday is coming up and I think these age milestones are considered a big deal? Ah… I try not to think on it too much. ^^” Keep living life like an adventure. As much as you can anyways.
So the contest finally ended. I didn’t win, but oh well. Truthfully I knew very little about this manga series and could find very little information on it online… so with nothing to go on except for 2 pieces of artwork published by Clip Studio, I drew a generic school girl setting pic:
I like how this turned out, but the lacking number of votes I got tells me that when I see it again a year from now, maybe I will not be so pleased by my own skills. Oh well. It was good practice. And I got one of my first speedpaint videos out of it!
Anyways, enjoy. 🙂
And we’re back! Thanks for your patience as life made the last few weeks super super busy. It was highly enjoyable for me, but now back to the (literal) drawing board.
I also took the time to do some color work in Clip Studio Paint (aka. Manga Studio 5). There’s a contest on Facebook to draw versions of 2 characters from a manga series called Tenth Prism. I don’t know a WHOLE lot about it (it’s not a popular series in the US yet), but I enjoyed drawing the 2 female characters a lot. 🙂
Take a look. Mine is this one. If you like it, please vote. 🙂 I’d love to win, but even if I don’t, it would be nice to see people taking interest in my work.
I really need to work on building back up that buffer. Plus, I have a bit of traveling coming up so trying to get back to regular on-time updates is going to be impossible these next few weeks. I’ll take the opportunity to catch up and try to stop scrambling last minute with these pages.
Hope you are enjoying the story so far. 🙂 I’m getting out of the intro and more in to the meats of the story (aka. the parts I like) so it’s getting more fun to draw. 🙂
I finished a sketchbook! 🙂
This is a composite of some of the images from it. Normally I use moleskines. This one was a special kind of moleskine with watercolor paper inside so I could practice my watercolor painting skills and just painting in color in general.
I definitely spent a lot more time on some of these pages than most would in a sketchbook, but I enjoyed my time filling this one out. 🙂