Bottom of the Deck – 16/03/15

botdcardHey everypeoples! It’s been a while since I uploaded a blog post (or anything really), so time to play catch up on everything that’s been happening over the past month.

The biggest news is also the most recent: I have officially secured my spot in the Artist Alley of FanCon! Now with a confirmed deadline in place, it’s all-out artwork from now until the 7th and 8th of May, when I’ll be selling the first three issues of Elements of Eve, as well as a special omnibus collection of the first six issues I’m calling “Volume 1.” I’m also going to be handing out special preview pamphlets of upcoming stories from Fifth Ace Comics, which are the pages I’m working on right now. I’m considering art prints as well, but that’s still debatable. So if you’re in Cape Town in the first week of May, stop down by the Waterfront on the Saturday and Sunday for FanCon and come show me (and all the other deserving people) some support!

In relation to the above news, the preview pamphlets I’m going to be handing out are for 8 page comics that will be known as the Fifth Ace Showcase. This is sort of like the idea that Marvel and DC had way back when they wanted to try out new characters and new ideas, so they’d release anthology comics with short stories to test the waters. The Showcase is going to feature a variety of stories set in the same general universe, but with diverse themes and genres, so that I can find out which ones everyone likes and whether or not they are worth pursuing. These stories will be released online just before the convention, and they will be on my soon-to-be-relaunched Patreon, because there’s no better way to show your support for my work than by giving a small donation so that I can survive long enough to make more. Watch this space to find out when the Patreon will go live!

In the meantime, I’m still hunting for a job (no luck on that front) though I did receive some advice that I need to boost my portfolio a little more. Details were vague, but I’m going to be adding some more stuff to it over the course of the week.

On a more geeky and personal level, my interest in D&D continues to grow (holy crap did you see that last episode of Critical Role, so freakin’ intense!) and it has been helped by me finding and joining a group online. I’ve only played for two sessions so far, but I am having an absolute blast with it, and the people I’m playing with are great guys with a very relaxed atmosphere. My character is Ulth the Monk, and despite being a technical pacifist, he can still kick the ass of whoever threw the first punch, check him out:

Ulth

I’m also trying to get a group together locally, I met a few more people at Friday Night Magic that might be interested, it’s just a matter of getting a chance to sit down and discuss it. Fingers crossed that I’ll be Dungeon Master again by next week, I have been reading up on all sorts of adventures for these guys…

I really wish I had more to talk about after being away for a month, but other than getting my driver’s licence renewed and learning more about the technical limits of ATMs, I don’t have much more to say. So, with the future looking interesting and my motivation higher than it’s been in a while, I will leave it there for this week, and I will keep you all posted on things to come.

Ciao for now.

Bottom of the Deck – 16/02/16

botdcardEvening everypeoples, it’s been a good day (mostly relaxing with intermittent productivity) and I just had a decent sized meal for a change, so I’m in a good spot right now.

Productivity is slow but steady; I’ve been focusing on my commission. This being an official piece of requested art, I’m doing my best to put as much effort as I can into it. It’s certainly made me more critical of my own work (not that I needed to be) albeit in a more constructive sense than I usually am, and I hope my client will like what I’ve come up with.

I have to say, the past week has been good too, entertainment-wise. I made a concerted effort to wake up extra early on Friday morning to watch Critical Role live for the first time ever. Since I’m not a paying subscriber to Twitch, it didn’t make much difference in what I could do, but at least I didn’t have to wait until today to see it, and I didn’t have to worry about dodging spoilers on Tumblr.

I met up for a family picnic on Sunday, which means I got out of the house for once, and following that we went to see Deadpool. I have not laughed that hard at a movie for at least a year (don’t worry, no spoilers!); the sociopathic comedy starts right in the opening credits and only eases up to let the drama keep the plot rolling. An absolutely hilarious ride from beginning to end, it’s no wonder this film is breaking records. I’ll more than likely go see it again at the end of the month, and considering I don’t normally see the same movie twice at a cinema, that is saying something.

Hot off the heels of Deadpool, I get home that night for the season 3 finale of RWBY and promptly have my heart split in two. For a series that had dark overtones while mostly keeping a lighthearted atmosphere, that episode practically had me in tears it was so powerful. Talk about your downer endings, but I cannot wait for them to get season 4 out; the status quo has been well and truly shaken, so who knows what will happen next?

That all for this week really, I’m going to try and get some writing done tonight, consider this blog post the warm-up. Have a good one.

Ciao for now.

Bottom of the Deck – 16/02/09

botdcardEvening everypeoples, this is coming to you rather late, because this has been one roller-coaster of a week. By that I mean ups and downs.

Up! I got XCOM 2 over the weekend, and I am loving it! I’ll be the first to admit that I’m terrible at strategy games, which is why I prefer those that have turn-based combat, much less stressful, right? Not this one; XCOM 2 makes up for the slower-paced turn structure by throwing enormous piles of fear and loathing at you. Always having been notorious for its challenge, the XCOM series continues strong, this time including endless multitasking, limited resources, surprise challenges and an escalating difficulty curve that you just have to hold on for dear life to keep up with. I am moderating myself though, I only play in the evenings, or else I’d get nothing done during the day.

Down! I recently was contacted out of the blue by someone I’ve actively been doing my best to avoid talking to for years. I was deliberately trying to stay away from awkward situations, but I guess I still had some issues to work through, which came out in the conversation. One thing led to another, heated words were exchanged, and it now seems the bridge has been burned for good. Maybe I could have phrased my words better, maybe the other person could have refrained from trying to guilt trip me (I felt bad enough already), but at the end of the day I was honest and said my piece. Perhaps now I can finally put this to rest with the affirmation that there will be no further contact, once the “what if I’d said…” scenarios stop buzzing in my brain.

Up! I was hired for a commission yesterday! It’s not much, just a couple of pictures, but it’ll net enough of a profit to afford some food for the next week or two, plus I’ll be able to go see Deadpool when that lands this weekend. The subject matter is also right up my alley; doing work one enjoys is always rewarding spiritually as well.

Down, but Up! I won’t have a special someone to spend Valentine’s Day with this year, given my situation, but at least I’ll get to spend it with loved ones. There’s a family picnic happening with relatives all the way from Canada, whom I don’t get to see as often as I’d like, so that’s going to be a good day out.

Steadily Up! My new ongoing project continues to be… ongoing, and I’m keeping a tight schedule on it. So for my daily drawing, here’s another piece of official art:

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Down! This blog post has come to an end.

Up! Sleep time.

Ciao for now.

Bottom of the Deck – 16/02/02

botdcardHey everypeoples, it’s been a bit quiet around here lately, but I have very good excu- er, reasons – to explain that.

Last week I started trying out a few new things, trying to expand my comfort zone and practicing some digital techniques. I’ve since taken on a new personal project, one with enough variety to keep up the incentive that will keep me immersed for a while. I don’t want to give away too much too soon, but you can expect to see a few art pieces from it on the site in the near future.

However, this will be cutting into my time for other things; you may have noticed Elements of Eve didn’t update yesterday. If I’m being honest, I’ve been so wrapped up in this new idea (as well as the usual over-active pile of nonsense that is my brain) that I haven’t been in the right mindset to focus on Eve properly. So for now, I may have to reduce the update schedule to once per week on Thursdays, just to give me time to focus on everything that needs doing. It’s not a compromise I make lightly, but needs must when the devil vomits into your kettle.

Hopefully I’ll be hearing back soon on the possibility of getting a car, and subsequently getting out of the house a bit more. The bus services here don’t go everywhere, and there are some places I’d like to frequent more often ie comic book stores that aren’t run by… “negative people.”

That’s all I’ve really got for this week, back to the tablet and the forging of ideas.

Ciao for now.

Bottom of the Deck – 16/01/12

botdcardEvening everypeoples, it’s nearly 8pm and it is still 28 degrees Celsius, having cooled down from the lovely 35 degrees from earlier. I am stunned that my fingers have not melted into the keyboard yet…

The job hunt continues, with emails flying out constantly. Haven’t received any replies yet, though I’m chalking that up to the studios still recovering from the holiday break and just beginning their work year. That’s the optimist side of my brain talking, and it needs to talk like that because it needs a workout to drown out the pessimist side, which as we all know thrives in humidity and my room is basically a tropical jungle minus the life-giving plants.

My personal work is falling a little behind, I get really sluggish in the heat, but I haven’t given up on anything. It might not have looked that way this past weekend, but I still did upload my daily sketches and finally got  yesterday’s Elements of Eve page done (right here, check it out). Hopefully a nice storm will roll in soon and wash away the mugginess.

In other news, I just finished Parks and Rec, loved the new episode of Critical Role, and I am now going to get some writing done before converting to a liquid state and being soaked up by my mattress.

It is. Really. Freaking. HOT.

Ciao for now.

Bottom of the Deck – 16/01/05

botdcardHey everypeoples, Tuesday is here and time for some more random puffery from me to you. Assuming I have any puff left in me and the heat hasn’t robbed it all away…

So I’m nearly a week into my New Year’s resolutions, and so far I’m doing well. I’m exercising every morning; not much, but enough to get my heart rate up and to feel a bit of pain in my pathetic muscles by the afternoon. I’m also sticking to my plan of one comic page drawn, inked and coloured per day; whether it’s Elements of Eve, or my new project for Patreon (keep an eye out for that next month), I’m getting stuff done. I’ve started storyboarding my animated sequence, I’m reviewing and expanding my writing, and am slowly getting a productive routine going. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to maintain it.

The job search continues too, I’m sending out emails every morning; with the influx of art I’m going to be posting here, I’ll hopefully be spotted before too long. It’s still early in the year though, I know some animation offices aren’t even open for another week, but might as well get in early if I can. On the off chance a job does come along, my new schedule would require some re-shuffling, though this year is the one I will have to be more productive than ever. Sleep is for the weak!… and then I’ll sleep for a week.

Not much else to talk about, expect a lot more activity on this site, I’m uploading my daily warm-up sketches and will soon be posting sneak peeks of my other projects. Time to shift up a gear, this year is going to be busy.

Ciao for now.

Bottom of the Deck – 15/12/15

botdcardEvening everypeoples, I am coming to you from the opposite side of the country right now. Wait, I went to the opposite side of the country from my hometown at the beginning of the year, but since I live there now, does my hometown now count as the opposite side of the country? Semantics, how do they work?

Anyway, not too much to talk about, I’m planning on taking my holidays very easy, because when they are over I’m going to be diving head first into the job market, and isn’t that going to be just a lovely time? I am looking forward to finding a job that suits my skill set, but given the nature of the workplace these days, I may just have to hope for a miracle. Still, plenty of free time to beef up my portfolio while I’m waiting for replies to the tidal wave of emails I’ll be sending.

So far, holidays have been very chilled, it’s been great seeing my parents again after nearly six months, and settling back into my old house has been very natural, although being back in a single bed is rather jarring; I’m used to having space to stretch out and contorting my body to fit a cat somewhere on the end. I’m also without most of my artistic tools, such as my computer and light table, but all I really need is my sketchbook and my notebook to satisfy my creative outlet. I’m also catching up on a lot of the graphic novels I subscribed to, really should change the delivery address now that I’ve made the choice to move out permanently…

I’ve also been prepping for my upcoming D&D game with my uncle’s family in Joburg; after my first taste of being a Dungeon Master, I am really really keen to do it again. Over the past few days I’ve made my own DM screen, dusted off and repainted my old dice box, and am currently making quick-reference notes for all the encounters likely to happen in the campaign. It just saves me having to scroll through pdfs repeatedly, which was a problem I had with my first game; I actually ended up making some of the encounters too easy because with all my jumping around I forgot to include half the monsters. Well, not this time; my next set of adventurers are going receive multiple goblin boots to the groin and they will like it, dammit!

Also, I’m going to see the new Star Wars on Saturday, so no spoilers please!

That’s all for this week, hope the holidays are treating you all well.

Ciao for now.

Bottom of the Deck – 15/11/24

botdcardEvening everypeoples, I’m still here and still alive, so no excuses not to blog anything this week.

I’ve been saying this every week for a while now, but it’s more true than ever now: College Crunch Time! This is our last week to really push on our projects and get them looking spiff and shiny, because next week we have to get them all rendered and edited into neat little showreels and we will not have time to do any more tweaking. I’m feeling pretty good about my animations for this term; most of them are a little mediocre, but the ones that count are making good progress. I left one rendering overnight today, so hopefully it’ll look good when I composite it together tomorrow.

I will say that I got hit hard by Monday again, after managing to avert a critical strike last week, and I didn’t get the Elements of Eve update coloured in time. The colour version is uploaded now so no worries there, but I just felt like my head was ready to explode last night. I don’t get it, it’s not like I spent the weekend drinking, I don’t touch the stuff… Garfield was so right about Mondays…

On the entertainment side, those of you with a finger on the pulse of Netflix will no doubt have seen that Marvel’s new series Jessica Jones dropped on Friday, and I am not ashamed to say that I binged watched all thirteen episodes twice over during the course of the weekend. The show is SO good, a worthy follow up to Marvel’s Daredevil, taking the gritty tone and making it darker, sexier, more cerebral and more twisted. Daredevil was a grey vs. gray mentality, two men each with a dream of making their city a better place, and each questioning their own actions as they walked the fine line between hero and villain. Jessica Jones, by contrast, is a straight up hero vs villain tale, albeit one with the hero being a broken shell of her former self and the villain, Kilgrave being a sociopathic puppet master whose main weapon against Jessica is the psychological scars he left during their previous encounter. Jessica faces these mind games with pig-headed stubbornness and a fierce determination to never be controlled again (plus the super-strength doesn’t hurt either). I could go on gushing about how much I loved the deadpan snarking attitude that Jessica throws around constantly, or how I marveled at the deep, twisted lack of morality that David Tennant brings to Kilgrave, or how watching people get thrown through walls is cool, but I’ll let you all go and watch it for yourselves. You will not regret it.

That’s all for this week, time to finish the latest episode of Critical Role, I cannot believe the drama going on; romance, near-death experiences, family reunions, and ghosts!

Ciao for now.

Bottom of the Deck – 15/10/20

botdcardEvening everypeoples, going to keep this one short and simple…

I basically went from fully revitalized this weekend to running on fumes within the space of a Monday; animation really is a nit-picky process and weeding out all the little details is really draining. Throw in the fact that I’m doing my best to keep up with my comic drawing, script writing and now sending off emails looking for jobs, I am appreciating every spare moment I can get.

It doesn’t put me in a great mood socially, but no sense in complaining about something you can’t change, so back to the grindstone. If you’ll excuse me, I have a comic page to colour and upload and it’s already a day late.

Ciao for now.

Bottom of the Deck – 15/08/25

botdcardGood evening everypeoples, if anyone is actually bothering to read these and my traffic figures are lying to me…

Going to keep this one short and sweet. This past week has been rather hectic, all of our college projects are starting to come to a head for the last push of the semester. We’re making 3D facial expressions, analyzing films and storyboarding all concurrently, and it’s rather sapped up all my energy. You may have noticed the lack of comic updates, but fortunately I have finally managed to come up for a bit of air, and will be able to continue with Elements of Eve on Thursday.

On the leisure side, I finally got round to watching Terminator: Genisys. Ridiculous name aside, it was a surprisingly good film, and a surprisingly good Terminator film to boot. Having not seen Terminator: Salvation, I didn’t know how to predict the quality of this one, but often going into something with no expectations is best because you’ve got nothing to lose.

Other than that, not much else to say about this week, I’m going back to playing puzzle games while I wait for my housemate to get back from Australia; thank goodness I don’t have to spend another night alone with three brat cats trying to establish dominance.

Ciao for now.