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For those who don't know, Homestuck is a very, very, very popular webcomic. I keep seeing stuff about it on tumblr, and clearly, it's starting to sink in. Well done fandom. Clearly, the internet is yours.

Rose Lalonde looks like this :



Fanart found here.

The girl looked amazing, with pale skin, bleached hair, black and dark pink clothing. I don't think it was a cosplay since it was in a coffee shop in the middle of Nowhere, Québec. Maybe she was trying to look hipster. Maybe she was really a Homestuck fan trying to look like her hero. Either way, she looked great.

On Monday night, i'm leaving for Ottawa to visit my family for a couple of days. It's my little brother's birthday. :D I got him comics, obviously.

He asked for that. Depends on me for new, awesome series.

Also, i'm all about the pure badass that is Doug Jones, mime and a professional contortionist known and yet unknown for playing many, many costume roles, such as monsters on Buffy, characters on Hellboy, and that fun zombie in hocus Pocus. Seriously. Look up Doug Jones. He's my silent hero.

- Isa

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Sorry for being offline lately guys, I feel a little sick and weird. I think my stomach hates me or something.

But on a positive note, the Comic Creators for Freedom (CCF) donation drive to stop human trafficking is now online, and that until the 20th.

127 webcomic creators have volunteered to create an epic snowball fight themed wallpaper. The wallpaper is offered in exchange for a donation. And every red cent goes to the cause.

There are currently 27 million enslaved people worldwide- more than double the number of enslaved Africans during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children every year are sold into slavery, most of it sexual. The US Department of Justice estimates 16,000 victims of human trafficking are brought into the United States every year.

This is a pretty big issue. So you know, donate a bit, help out, feel good, get an amazing wallpaper. No downpoints here.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE



Emma from Namesake will be on the wallpaper. She looks adorable along with all the other awesome ladies featured in this.
All these comic book heroes need your help to save the girls and boys of the world.
- Isa

Lines!

Apr. 20th, 2011 03:09 pm
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So, I found a neat new pen brand to try out. It's basically a calligraphie pen, but instead of dipping it in an inkpot, it has a cartridge in it and comes in several sizes (my favorite being ultra-thin). In a way, using a cartridge pen is kinda lazy and expensive for no reason I guess, but I love how practical it is. I can carry these a lot easier then an ink pot. So far, the results are pretty good! So I might buy other sizes.

I drew Agha, the munchkin character from Namesake and Aang and Katara with it. Everything is adorable and classy. I'm kinda amused that Agha is so popular with the readers. I was kinda expecting people to find her annoying, but she's loved! Which makes me feel pretty good. I love "small" characters like her, munchkins, dwarves, hobbits... I'm sad they are often used as comic relief. I loved versions of dwarves that were as rocking and fantastic as elves. They deserve so much more love. I think I might actually draw a whole bunch of dwarves this week! :D

Did you guys heard about the Hobbit movie in preparation? There's BOUND to be some cool dwarves in that one. There's 12 of them!

I'm taking it easy this week. My health still seems a bit... iffy. My body feels overtired. But i'm still in good spirits. I'm going to try to make a bit of an update cushion for Namesake and work on my super-special-secret project. I can't wait to tell you guys about that one!

Oh, in June, I'm thinking of, for the second time ever, opening commissions. Try to see what I get out of it. Maybe nobody will want anything. First time I tried I got like... one. All money made with said commissions would be going to fuel the Namesake ads all over the internet. Anywho, we'll see. I,m not opening the commissions before then because the super-secret project is taking all over my time.

I have other super-secret awesome news... But i'm keeping it under wraps... until the next post!

...........I kinda screwed up Aang a bit. It's because of the new pen, I tell you!

Oh, it's rare but... MEME TIME! I actually like this one :

Meme taken from EVERYWHERE.

Name a character from one of my fandoms, and I will reply saying:
* How I FEEEEEL about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon


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Hear that? That's the sound of my brain melting.

Well, no, not really. I got better.

Long story short, you guys know I work both on printed comics, an online comic and some random illustration work (plus my random tech support day job at 37 hours per week).

I was working on "Psychopomps" this week, with the help of [livejournal.com profile] putri_nih  and [livejournal.com profile] dqbunny . I was working on dialog and storylines and basically doing "thumbnails" (aka small sketchy versions of the real pages) and I realized pretty quickly that "Psychopomps" was freaking LONG. I'm talking 100 pages here. And this comic needed to be finished in two months so it could be presented and sold to the TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival).  Now, not to toot my own horn or anything, but I can draw 100 pages in 2 months. No, really. But only when i'm not working. If I was jobless, this comic would have been draw, colored, printed and wrapped weeks before the TCAF. But since I do have and require a job to live, this isn't going to happen.

Because i'm such a stable girl, this send me in a weird spiraling loops of freaking out. I wanted to finish this comic for the TCAF. I wanted to go to the TCAF to meet a whole bunch of artists friends. I wanted to achieve this.

But yeah. I'm not an idiot. I realize that under the current circumstances, it ain't happening. My editor reassured me that he had no problem with me getting this done later and therefore only presenting it at the TCAF for next year. So I guess 2012 will be my year for comics. I plan on having two wonderful books ready for the 2012 comic conventions.

I wish I had cash that fell out of the sky or something.

I was still going to work hard on the off-chance that I manage to finish in time for the TCAF, but really, I think it would be better if I took my time and produced good pages with good inking instead of pages inked quickly in a fashion that just screams "PANIC". Because inking by hand can look great, but not when you nervously squibble.

I wish I could draw all day and get income that way.

Guess i'll need to work on my portfolio and start applying to agencies for artists and such.

ALSO REALLY GOOD NEWS : Link finally got a job as game designer in a small company. He's finally going to be able to live off his art, after 5 years of trying. I'm so happy, proud and jealous at the same time. This calls for an epic party.

Sorry for unloading on you guys again. But your comments always make me feel better! :D HUGS ALL AROUND!

Have an Alice and Lewis Carroll drawing. This got turned into a colored donation wallpaper for Namesake.



- Isa
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Sketch for [livejournal.com profile] dqbunny  of our Namesake characters, Alice and Jack. I decided to color it because I almost never finish any Namesake sketches, aside from the comic pages. And that's not cool.

[livejournal.com profile] dqbunny  is a pretty epic Alice/Jack shipper. Though it doesn't mean the couple is official or anything. OR IS IT? QUICK, LOOK AWAY TO THE SHINY NOT-PLOT RELATED DISTRACTION!

I love drawing Alice. Why? Because her proportions are non-existent. I mess up her proportions on purpose to make her crazy skinny with long legs. That's how I wanted the character to look. I wanted her to be mostly legs. She was one of the character that really came to life quickly. She has almost always looked like this. Her costume was a little different before, and she had long hair for a few sketches, but Alice really came together quickly, with a side of hot badass.

I love awesome ladies in books/movie/tv series. I'm a little sad that some turn out to be less badass then promised. In a lot of comics, a girl is shown as powerful, capable, awesome... And then she winds up getting saved all the time. Sometimes it's because the villains are just too strong. But really, how come the hero gets to win then? I find that odd.

Another odd thing of the week. I was re-reading my Sailor Moon mangas and noticed something a little ridiculous. Mamoru (Tuxedo mask), in the 16th book, leaves for the USA to study. And Usagi (Bunny/Serena/Sailor moon) is sad, because she won't get to see him often. Then, about a chapter later, you see this same girl teleport to another country and other sailors teleport to other planets! HELLO? Why is she even sad? SHE CAN TELEPORT? I love this series, but I think it's hilarious that everytime I read it, I notice something that doesn't work with the logic of their own universe. Weird.

- Isa

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Not much to say about this sketch. Tiny vampire things. Just in the right mood for the upcoming Halloween!

Yesterday, I decided to take a bit of a day off. Went to walk around, shop, get comics, and then I went to a friend's birthday party. It was really great! It felt good to see everyone and to be out and about. Kinda crashed when I came home though. During the little shopping trip, I discovered a very interesting spot. It's a tea house/manga library with about 500 different titles. You buy tea, and you get to read for 2 hours. You can also buy the books if you want. So I bought a few, and read a bit and had some peach tea. I discovered while I was there that a few older series I liked (such as Naru Taru, known as Shadow Star in English) are being published again. Naru Taru for one, was published back in the day, but got canceled when the publisher realised it wasn't for kids (it's a deconstruction of the "pet monster" genre. and it's kinda violent). Not the series is being published with the respect it deserves. I also found out that the slayers novels will exist in French. Yay.

Today, I shall be getting a new drawing table! Woo! And some high chairs for it. 

Monday is a day off due to Canada's thanks giving. So I plan to draw a bunch. I'm really into drawing like crazy lately. Which is a good thing. I get to start chapter 2 of Namesake. You guys are still seeing the first being posted gradually, but i'm already up to drawing the second. 

I'm also finally finishing going thru the archives of Gunnerkrigg Court, a pretty amazing webcomic. It's like Harry Potter meets Buffy and Firefly. It's awesome that way.

Think i'm going to keep reading now actually.

-Isa

Countdown!

Sep. 28th, 2010 09:52 pm
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Next, tuesday, October 5, is the official launch date for Namesake. So i've got exactly a week left to get stuff ready. Not that much to do. But still. Due to this and doing evening shifts, I think I may lay low on the social scale this week. In far, i'm going to bed right after typing this. But, hey, AWESOME. NAMESAKE IS IMMINENT!

I hover between happy and sleepy.

- Isa
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You don't?

Well, you should. http://everydaycute.com/

Because it's TOO CUTE FOR WORDS.

If only for the amazing avatar and toy story jokes....

That is all.

- Isa
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So yeah.

I've been a bit silent and anti-social lately. Mostly, because i've been pretty busy with drawing. And even better, I wanted to be. It's been a while since I fully indulged in a period of time where I just spend some time behind my desk. I apologize to friends near and far that I may have completely ignored.

Mostly, the plan this week was to finish the entire "Namesake" prologue (9 pages). So far, so good. I'll definitely reach my goal. I want to have at least 15 pages up before the webcomic starts (so reading the archives isn't dreadfully boring and short, you know? Make people want to read more!) and I would like to be at least 3 weeks in advance, page wise (considering we want to update 3 times per week, that means 9 pages. so I need to have 24-25 pages ready on the webcomic launch. I can do it. I just need to spend a few days fully drawing.

I want to start preparing and sketching pages for my printed comic "Potions" as well.

Long story short, projects are advancing well, i'm quite happy with it, it kills my social life and i'm sorry about that.... *hugs everyone*

Little bonus preview? Here's the cover for the prologue (Every chapter gets a cover) :



And even better? [livejournal.com profile] angelchan_2004  is the proud creator of the first ever Namesake fanart, featuring Warrick the wicked warlock of the west and the leading lady, Emma. Warrick, you don't even fully exist yet and you already have people loving you. What are you trying to do man?

I love this drawing so much! :D



Oh, did anyone else watch episode one of FUTURAMA? I liked it, though it seemed really random. I'm happy they didn't reset Fry and Leela's relationship to friend mode, like they usually do in un-canceled tv shows to keep the sexual tension going. But from what we can see from the episode "Rebirth", their love is going to be weird, sappy and random as hell. If a couple could ever destroy the universe accidentally, it would be them. As long as Zap Brannigan doesn't do it first.

Also, Bender! Amy and Kif! ZAP! EEEEE!! ....Hermes, mon, what's wrong with your voice? And where did your hot wife go?

- Isa
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 Some of you may know (I wrote about it a few times), i'm working on expanding and creating a webcomic based on the idea behind the Oziad jokes I did a while back. The webcomic project has started, and i'm hoping to have the whole thing up and running by the end of the year. 

The webcomic would be a mix of fairytales and the fact that characters can travel to one or another. The story revolves around two sisters, Emma and Elaine, and the powers of names. A lot of characters got added and the story expanding a lot from the original joke. But fear not, the Wicked Warlock of the West still made it to the final cut (his name is not Link anymore though... But I kept his design. I liked it too much!)

The webcomic got a name "Namesake". And I have a delightful partner in crime to share the burden of starting a project like this.

I'll expand more on the story when it will be more concrete. Actually, I'm gonna keep the story a secret I think. But you guys will get to see development drawings.

I was spending a lot of time trying to find a style for "Namesake". Unlike the Oziad, Namesake is serious with jokes thrown in rather then a big joke with serious thrown in. So at first I drew very serious designs for the characters.



Yeah. It's a similar style to my printed comics like ROSE. It didn't fit quite right.

Then, under the encouragements of my partners in crime who loves the Lj's artstyle, I decide to try out a more "cartoony" or "animated" style that can be detailled and serious if needed. I like this result. Things are more flowy. Plus you know... Internet. It's a place of crazyness and fun. A webcomic needs a style that suits the medium. Plus I can really work their expressions this way.

But I really like both styles in a way.... Deciding is HARD!



More sketches of various characters in various styles... )
I'm getting excited about this. Are you guys?

Also, would you prefer serious drawings or cartoony-er?

-Isa
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That's it folks. I'm down to two pages left, and two illustrations left. Then i'm going to scan the beezejus out of these pages and be done with it.

HAHAHAHAHA.

I gotta give myself a little pat on the back. 25 pages in 2 and a half weeks? I think that's pretty darn badass. I am the drawing version of Batman. woo-hoo-hoo.

Okay, done tooting my own horn now.

I want to take a little moment to talk about Romeo and Juliet.

Romeo and Juliet is the story that kinda inspired Rose, i'm not sure why. I'm not a huge fan of the Sakespearian play. I mean, for a french person, it's barely readable. I'm not a big fan of the really famous movies for it either. the 80's one was cheesy as hell and the modern one with guns was confusing (load battles over confused, complicated text. Yeah, that's easy to follow!) so I don't know. I guess I just like the idea being Romeo and Juliet. I mean, it's the story behind every story - two lovers and two sides. It can be used as a metaphor for so many things. However, a few people argue that this story could not happen in modern times (they could have just texted each other, or sued their parents, etc.) I think as long as there are people who can hate each other and arguments, there will be Romeos and Juliets.

Just watched Anastasia again. I know this movie is completely innacurate history wise but GOOD GOD is the animation AMAZING. All the little subtle movements.....ALL OF THEM. I think that is the main difference between Disney style and Don Bluth. Disney kinda exagerates movements (like a punch will be a nice, long, fluid swoop). Don bluth also exagerates them, but he exagerates all the little movements that define the action (a punch with be the character shifting from side to side with footwork, followed by an hesitant, then wide punch, then his weight follows the punch and he looses balance.) I think I like Don Bluth better. I love all the little motions. You can see a few of them in some of the disney movies he worked on (like the fairies in Sleeping Beauty.)

In unrelated news - Lo and behold - the banner I drew for [personal profile] the_flowergirl . Colored by a braver soul then me (I hate coloring). It looks great in colors!



Also - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JESS FINK. Artist of the awesome (erotic) webcomic Chester 5000. If you don't mind the sex (It's...frequent...) it's a fun read. Very light a beautiful drawings. Plus, robots (sex-robots) in a victorian setting is really interesting...

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After I did this comic about Watchmen, a few people suggested I draw one about Rorschach having a Lj. Turns out, it's been done. And it's hilarious.



Image by Shinga in her delicious webcomic HEAD TRIP.

For those who, like me, stopped reading headtrip thinking the updates had died, good news, it's back on the air. Yay!

I'll post a real drawing of mine later. I spent the day yesterday sick as a dog. Seriously. All I did was ingest medication and soup, sleep and imaging weird things (like bugs crawling all over my walls. Fever dreams, I hate you!). My fever is gone today, but i'm still a little sick-ish. Bottom line is, I totally didn't draw anything yesterday.

Being sick in an appartment alone is weird and unconfortable. Nobody makes your soup for you XD.

-Isa

Edit - Rorschach, I feel for you. I really do.
Anobody else noticed that Rorschach now has a million fangirls? I mean, i'm kindoff a fangirl of him too, but seeing people in forums go OMG Rorschach I wil have yur babies!!!11111 lol yes seems realllllllyyy creepy to me. I bet Alan Moore would hate all the fangirl. Or eat them. He's a scary talented man.
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For all those who don't know "No rest for the Wicked" go read it now. It's a great comic. Dark and gloomy and full of fairytales with some light intelligent humor added. Love it. http://www.forthewicked.net/ The drawings are manga style. The quality is medium to good, but the autor made the effort of shading everything, which adds a lot to the drawings.

Thanks for everyone's consideration and such on the last post. 

I'm going back to homework now. I have quite a bit still. *sigh* At least I finish soon (on the 10th or the 15th, depending on one class).

-secondlina

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