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(That Guy You Met Once)...In which everything about Wheezy’s first webcomic will go. After almost two years of tweaking the plot and learning to draw, I'm finally making this, and here's its thread. In addition to posting the comic itself, I'll put concept art, bits of the draft script, any news related to it, and bloggy stuff about drawing and producing it here. I'll try to put something in it every day that life or my job doesn't intervene. Anyway, the story... In short, it's about a (deconstructed stereotype of an) otaku who dreams that her childhood alter-ego has to fight her demons. It's slow-paced, told out of order, and kind of weird. There's Lots of Cerebus Syndrome. It's not for everyone. 4/9/14 edit: I'd originally posted a design document, but I removed it because it was crap.
edited 9th Apr '14 2:26:18 PM by Wheezy
Ahr riverYAYAYAYAYAY I've been waiting for this! :D —adds to watchlist—
(That Guy You Met Once)Today's update: Variations on 12-13 year-old Laurie's character design.◊ It really surprises me how much subtle differences can make in a character's overall look. A few notes:
edited 29th Jan '12 10:49:05 PM by Wheezy
Ahr riverI know some people use bangs to obscure faces, but I think the glasses work better.
(That Guy You Met Once)I was too busy with work and family stuff to draw anything yesterday *, so here's a three-week-old sketch of Laurie's pet bird Tomodachi.◊
edited 30th Jan '12 5:29:28 AM by Wheezy
(That Guy You Met Once)Fanty has volunteered to do the shading.◊ This is so awesome. Like I don't even.
Writer's Welcome WagonThat's great shading. Seeing your drawings, I hope you two have a long and happy collaboration.
(That Guy You Met Once)Too busy with work - and writing about drawing instead of actually drawing - over the past few days to update. Anyway, I'm working on a drawing that'll probably take quite a while, so in the meantime, some random stuff.
熊熊熊熊!When I saw Tomodachi I went d'awww. I love parakeets!
Holy shit I love your style. It's reminiscient of some of the stuff I read in my comics aesthetics class. It's nice and clean and deceptively simple.
(That Guy You Met Once)Rendering realistic Requisite Royal Regalia's really rough.
edited 4th Feb '12 9:22:52 PM by Wheezy
(That Guy You Met Once)Drawings I've thrown out recently for not being good enough since my last major update: 12 and counting. It's 4 AM, I'm tired, and I've pretty much spent my entire four-day weekend trying to draw things and failing, then tossing them in the box in my closet where I keep all my rejects. That and playing Team Fortress 2 sometimes, but mostly the former. A huge part of the reason I work so damn slow is because I have such a Long List of complaints about pretty much everything I draw. For example, I hate my work on all those drawings in the first picture post, especially that last one, which was only half-finished when I posted it. Fanty's shading was the only good thing about it. The glasses are too small and too rough, the right hand's too small, the head's unnaturally close to the shoulders, the angles of the head and the body subtly don't match, the body is about 2/10s of an inch off-center relative to the head, the clothing folds are too simplistic, and so on, and so on. I have no idea how I'm going to work on a deadline, which I'll have to, since I'm going to try to force myself to put out at least a page a week. Preferably two or three, depending on how complex they are. Edit: Actually, the one of Laurie at her desk is OK, but I drew her nose too small and her computer monitor has a stray line I couldn't correct.
edited 6th Feb '12 1:37:35 AM by Wheezy
Woefully IneloquentWell, one thing one has to remember, is that you yourself are the only one who will really see all those flaws. Everybody else, especially the average webcomic reader, will look at the drawings at a surface level, and, in a comic, every drawing will only get a few second long glance.
Individual liberation is an illusion.
Ahr riverWheezy: I always see it as this: It doesn't matter if it sucks. You have that idea in your head, and it needs to get out. So draw it in all its sucky glory, so you may finally be at peace.
(That Guy You Met Once)Busy with work (they gave me full-time hours for almost two weeks), car problems, and another major project for the moment. Will update soon.
Ahr riverHooray! —waits patiently—
(That Guy You Met Once)Random story: I'm visiting my mom in the neighborhood where I grew up tonight. She doesn't have internet, so I'm stopped at a Mc Donald's to use theirs for a while. I'm sitting at a table right next to a guy I went to middle school with who directly inspired Eric. He doesn't recognize me. Anyway, my move to another city's done, my car's been fixed, and I'm kind of between jobs right now, so I have time to work on this. There will be stuff posted here within a week.
edited 1st Jun '12 7:25:45 PM by Wheezy
(That Guy You Met Once)Well, that was a long week. ...But at least it was a productive one. I spent it writing the entire story out as one big 65, 000-word novel. After much internal debate, I've decided to share the first third of it. It can be found here. All I ask is that if you read more than a page or two of it, leave me at least one word about what you thought. (But more detailed crits are even better, of course.) Even if that word is "turdmountain, " it's fine. I'm going for an honest opinion poll, not compliments. I'm only posting the first third because I intentionally left the rest as a rough draft. It'll be a long time before the adaptation reaches the end of this section, and I want to leave room to improvise. And some side notes:
edited 9th Apr '14 2:33:42 PM by Wheezy
(That Guy You Met Once)So, it has a website, with a domain, and a first page that was kind of shoved out the door before it was fully dressed. http://yumehi.me But at least it's finally coming to fruition.
edited 11th Apr '14 7:21:07 AM by Wheezy
(That Guy You Met Once)Page 3! The domain name server's temporarily down, but you can access it through that link.
edited 3rd May '14 7:11:22 PM by Wheezy
Ahr riverOoooh. Yay. That painting seems odd to be painted, since the lines look like pencil, or she's adding something new on with paint/ink individually.
(That Guy You Met Once)She's beginning to paint over a sketch. That little smudge of tone is the first brushstroke.
(That Guy You Met Once)Page 4. Yes, it took forever, as anyone who looks at my stuff the Visual Arts forum might have noticed. I'm improved since I started drawing this panel two weeks ago, but I'm beginning to wonder if I should even try to keep up this level of detail.
edited 3rd May '14 7:11:10 PM by Wheezy
(That Guy You Met Once)Page 5... ...Took an inexcusable and probably unsustainable amount of time. Also, like every other page, I've noticed only after posting that it needs a lot more editing, and I should probably change the newspapers on the other pages to be consistent, but it's a page. And it's there now.
edited 3rd May '14 7:25:42 PM by Wheezy
(That Guy You Met Once)Page 6. ...Contains 53 bits of photos stitched together.
edited 11th May '14 12:47:14 AM by Wheezy
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