Bottom of the Deck – 15/10/06

botdcardGreetings everypeoples, I have survived Monday (and most of my Tuesday so far) to bring you this update.

Following on from last week, I took part in the 24 Hour Comic Day challenge, and was successful! I completed my twenty four pages with a little over an hour to spare, and for something that I hastily scrawled as I made it up on the go, it turned out quite good. Most of my peers have had nice things to say about it, and I’m certainly satisfied with the outcome. I have learned quite a few things about my own limits and techniques regarding such a challenge, and will be doing things a little differently should I ever take part in it again, namely:

  1. Work in a smaller format. A4 size is my usual comfort zone, but when it’s an hour per page, working on A5 will probably produce more satisfying results that look less sparse, especially with ink.
  2. Think a little more abstract. I went for a traditional superhero story with (mostly) correctly proportioned characters, and it was rather taxing. Next time, I’ll probably try for a simpler, stylized look that can look charming with less detail, and with a less complicated story that can speak for itself without so much dialogue.
  3. Don’t over-prepare the food reserves. I bought a bunch of stuff that I normally don’t eat on the advice of actual endurance-savvy people, and while it helped a lot, I over-estimated how much I’d need, so my fridge is now loaded with unfamiliar food. On the plus side, I’ve discovered that I really like homemade BLTs, might make that a regular thing…

As well as that marathon, I’ve also been doing the Inktober and Drawlloween drawing challenges as a way of keeping my creativity flowing, and I’ve been having a blast trying out my Copic markers again. I’ve been uploading them via Twitter, but I’ll be including them, as well as the 24 hour comic, on the site in the near future.

That being said, with my creativity on the rise again, I will finally be returning to Elements of Eve. College is throwing particularly mind-numbing tasks at us right now, so it’s more important than ever that I keep up with my creations, and I think I’ve finally reached a level of confidence high enough to carry on. Elements of Eve will return on Thursday, barring any neck-cramp aftershocks from Saturday. Seriously, 24 hours hunched over a light-table will hurt no matter how many breaks you take…

Big thanks to the guys at Geek and Sundry for supplying the archive of Critical Role for me to binge through on my marathon in order to stay awake, and thanks to Steam for putting the Arkham series on sale for me to have some of my favourite games to play and unwind.

That’s all for this week, have a good one

Ciao for now.

Bottom of the Deck – 21/07/15

botdcardGood evening to the one or two people who will actually be reading this post! Since I have started a blog site, I should probably get to blogging.

If by some miracle you happened to know what I was doing two years ago (I certainly didn’t), you might find the title of this entry slightly familiar. Well, back in 2013 I got the ambitious idea in my head to do a weekly animated video blog called Bottom of the Deck, espousing stuff about geeky things I considered interesting. I barely made it past the first month before I realised that with my skillset at the time and all the other work I was trying to juggle, it just wasn’t going to happen.

So now I have an opportunity to revitalise Bottom of the Deck, but in a more manageable format that won’t send me into a tailspin, as I’m busier than I ever was before. I’ll try to put out an update every Tuesday; the rest of the week will soon start filling with other stuff (mysterious vague foreshadowing…)

Speaking of Tuesday updates, there’s a show I’m watching right now that just uploaded its seventh episode, so I’ll use it as my geeky topic for this week. For anyone who likes tabletop gaming, there’s no excuse for not knowing about Wil Wheaton’s web series Tabletop, on the Geek and Sundry Youtube channel. Even more specifically, there’s the spinoff mini series known as Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana. I highly recommend it for anyone who has so much as had a passing thought about taking part in a pen-and-paper role-playing game, as it perfectly encapsulates everything you need to know about playing one in an easy to follow format. With the venerable Wil Wheaton himself running the show as Game Master, veteran actors Hank Green, Alison Haislip, Laura Bailey and Yuri Lowenthal take on the roles of adventuring heroes in the war-torn ruins of Valkana, a world where advanced technology and magic are commonplace. Armed only with their character sheets and a handful of dice, these four vagabonds make the show incredibly fun to watch thanks to their chemistry both in and out of character, and by attempting to outsmart the obstacles that Mr. Wheaton throws at them with sadistic glee. Throw in some gorgeous artwork to aid the narration and Titansgrave comes to life before your eyes.

That’s my geeky ramble for this week, go check out Titansgrave on the Geek and Sundry website through this link here, and I’ll see you all again soon.

Ciao for now.