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I'm just going to be rewriting this same journal entry over and over until the end of time to keep both the latest news and the Index on the main page. Someday I'll figure out a better system for Indexing the characters, lol :shrug:

But anyway, mid-year update for 2014. And that's really all these journals will likely be from now on. Simply updates on where I am with my work and goals for the future. Bolded for your skimming convenience.
 

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Human Archie Sonic Project

I'm making a lot of progress now that it's summer again and classes are out. I've got a lot of characters with planned designs in my sketchbook, who only need to have character cards made up for them. Rotor, Metal Knuckles, Prince Froggy are the ones that come to mind, but there's a lot more than that that I just can't think of.

I'm taking some time to stylize and refine some of their looks. You'll have noticed me revising Sonic particularly. The way I approach designing a character has definitely changed since last year when I first started this project, and so has my style. I took a lot of time during the school year to focus on more art studies, paying attention to anatomy. I feel like I have much better control over what I draw now. Originally I was just trying to mimic the look of GURIHIRU + pieces from the character themselves. I still want to lean towards that Unleashed-style human, but now I've got more of my own identity and way of doing things, and I'm comfortable with that. In the future, you'll probably see me redoing some of the first few characters, like Sonic, Tails, and Sally.

Currently, I'm not really going in any particular order, and I'm debating whether to just leave it random, go in the order of the Index or the Encyclopedia, or do it by suggestion. I think I'd be pretty alright with any of those options.

When this project is done, I'm probably going to take a break from the humanized thing.
I considered doing it for other series afterward, like Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, but I think I'd rather move onto new ideas instead. I might be talked into doing some of the Fleetway characters if I can ever get myself to read past issue 30 or so. But that's not something to think about until way after this is done.

However, even after it's done, I will certainly be keeping up with the Archie comics. Each time the comics introduce a new character, I'd like to release a human version alongside it. But that's not until I'm done with everyone else.

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Sonic Fancomic Project


It has what I think is its final title now, but I'll wait until I'm a little more certain to mention it. Aaand I need to check all over the place to make sure no one's used the title before. I already ran into that problem a number of times. >:I 

The entire first issue is written and the layouts have been done. I'm currently working on the pencils.

Some of the other issues have come together more, but they still need work. They've been going a lot slower since I've been focused more on the Human Archie Sonic project, certification exams, school, and work. 

I really do want to use this to prepare myself for a potential job at Archie. I'm anxious to get some experience drawing comic pages, and I also need to get back into the groove of drawing Sonic characters. Keeping their anatomy consistent, and drawing them in action poses especially, has always been a struggling point for me.

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Real Life 

I took a long look at my Computer Science major and realized I hated it. But I don't hate computers. I was really having a hard time enjoying the programming part of it, and that's just about all my school focuses on. I was kind of going through a crisis thinking I'd have to be doing this for the rest of my life. And that just sounded... bleugh.

So instead I've set a new goal, and that's to pass the A+ IT Certification Exams, hopefully by the end of the year. I've been working hard studying for that and reading up on everything I need to know, and it's been oooooodles more interesting and enjoyable for me. I've learned so much more in just the past month than I have in two years at school. I'm into it, I'm engaged. It's more aligned with what I want to do, interact with people and troubleshoot problems, understand the ins and outs of the hardware. And I think passing this on my own will be the massive confidence boost I need to reassure myself that this is the direction I want to go. Most of the support (read: being pushed) I get for going into this field seems to be because it's where the money is, or that it's the more sensible alternative to doing 'ech, art.' No one really cares what I want. So I gotta figure out if this is what I want, then forget the rest.

Still working almost my maximum hours each week, making that moolah. I wish I had some more time off to work on art and computer stuff, but oh well. It doesn't hurt to have a nice little nest of money to sit on when you're leaving college. I should figure out whether to invest it or put it towards a house or a car or something. Or hold onto it in case of an emergency. Ugh, grown up things.

After the Steam sale the other week, I've broken into Ducktales: Remastered and Skullgirls.
Both are really great games and you should play them. The Ducktales soundtrack is phenomenal. I think Skullgirls is the first fighting game I've enjoyed since Soul Calibur 2, cause I'm not a fighting game person usually. And I can actually play it on normal mode! I'm getting good! I can block and throw and do combos! I'm moving on up from easy, hell yeah. I have transcended button mashing.

I also may have bought every single Humongous game on Steam too. Every Putt-Putt, every Freddi Fish, every Pajama Sam, every Spy Fox. I regret nothing. 

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And yeah, that's basically it. Look forward to more human characters soon.

I also haven't been responding to comments as much lately. Partly because I'm a lot more busy and don't feel like it, but also because I think I talk too much, haha! I need to learn to leave the comment sections alone, unless someone asks me something. Please don't take offense that I don't respond to every comment like I used to do. It's not personal.

Catch you later, probably at my end-of-the-year update. But I'll be around.
-Simon

  • Mood: Optimism
  • Playing: Ducktales, A-woo-ooo.
List of all the human Archie Sonic characters with links to the ones I've completed so far, and my progress on the ones that I haven't. Because I like lists and this will make it easier for everyone to find their favorite characters. :icondummywooplz:

(No more dots. I got something in mind for almost everyone now and they'll get drawn when they get drawn)

Freedom Fighters
Sonic Human!Sonic by OyOyFella Fiesta 3 July 2014 by OyOyHuman SatAM Sonic by OyOy
Tails
Human!Tails by OyOyTails Design Ideas by OyOy
Amy Human!Amy by OyOyAssorted Dudes and Dudettes 23 March 2013 by OyOy
Sally Human!Sally Acorn by OyOyHuman SatAM Sally by OyOy
Antoine 
Gijinka Gumbo 9 March 2014 by OyOyHuman SatAM Ideas (sketch) by OyOy
Bunnie   Gijinka Gumbo 9 March 2014 by OyOyRabbot Run by OyOyHuman SatAM Bunnie by OyOyHuman SatAM Ideas (sketch) by OyOy
NICOLE Baboo Batch 13 July 2013 by OyOyPeep Platoon 1 September 2013 by OyOyGijinkas Galore 29 December 2013 by OyOy
Uncle Chuck  Geezer Gaggle 30 August 2013 by OyOyPeople Party 29 October 2013 by OyOyGijinkas Galore 29 December 2013 by OyOyFella Fiesta 3 July 2014 by OyOyHuman SatAM Ideas (sketch) by OyOy
Rotor Dude Where's Your Hat by OyOyPeep Platoon 1 September 2013 by OyOy
Big and Froggy  Big and Froggy Design Ideas by OyOy
Heavy and Bomb  
Character Kerfuffle 28 July 2013 by OyOy
Cream and Cheese
Gijinka Gobbledegook 27 April 2014 by OyOy

New Mobotropolis Residents
Naugus Gijinka Gumbo 9 March 2014 by OyOy
Geoffrey 40% The Ones You Don't Know the Names Of by OyOy
Hershey Gijinka Gumbo 9 March 2014 by OyOy
40% The Ones You Don't Know the Names Of by OyOy
Rosie
Geezer Gaggle 30 August 2013 by OyOy People Party 29 October 2013 by OyOy
Sasha, Rory, and Snaggle   Peep Platoon 1 September 2013 by OyOy
Hamlin Gijinkas Galore 29 December 2013 by OyOy40% The Ones You Don't Know the Names Of by OyOy
Dylan Gijinka Gumbo 9 March 2014 by OyOy40% The Ones You Don't Know the Names Of by OyOy
Penelope 40% The Ones You Don't Know the Names Of by OyOy
Bernie and Jules 
  Supporting Cast Smorgasbord 17 August 2013 by OyOy
Amadeus and Rosemary Gijinkas Galore 29 December 2013 by OyOy40% The Ones You Don't Know the Names Of by OyOy
Armand
King Max 

Alicia
Meg and Alexis
   Gijinka Gobbledegook 27 April 2014 by OyOy
Mina   Mina Mix 3 October 2013 by OyOy
Ash 
The Forget-Me-Knots

Tommy
Dulcy  Human SatAM Dulcy by OyOyHuman SatAM Ideas (sketch) by OyOy
Vanilla 40% The Ones You Don't Know the Names Of by OyOy


Secret Freedom Fighters
Elias   Peep Platoon 1 September 2013 by OyOy
Larry Lynx   Human!Larry by OyOy
Leeta and Lyco  DEAL by OyOyPeep Platoon 1 September 2013 by OyOy
Shard  Human!Shard by OyOy
Harvey Who Gijinka Gumbo 9 March 2014 by OyOy
Silver
Human!Silver by OyOy

Chaotix
Knuckles Human!Knuckles by OyOy
Julie-Su Human!Julie-Su by OyOyGijinka Gumbo 9 March 2014 by OyOy
Vector
Gijinka Gobbledegook 27 April 2014 by OyOy
Charmy Gijinka Gobbledegook 27 April 2014 by OyOy
Saffron
Espio Gijinka Gobbledegook 27 April 2014 by OyOy
Mighty 
People Party 29 October 2013 by OyOyGijinka Gobbledegook 27 April 2014 by OyOy
Ray   Armadillo Assembly 20 August 2013 by OyOyPeople Party 29 October 2013 by OyOy
Archimedes
Harry the Cabbie

Echidnas
Lien-Da   Lien-Da by OyOyGijinka Gumbo 9 March 2014 by OyOy
Dr. Finitevus  Fini Doodle 19 October 2013 by OyOyFella Fiesta 3 July 2014 by OyOy
Kragok

Dimitri
Remington 

Locke
Dark Legionnaire
 
Athair
Enerjak
Brotherhood of Guardians
Tikal
ChaosHuman?Chaos by OyOy

United Federation
Shadow  DAMN by OyOyAssorted Dudes and Dudettes 23 March 2013 by OyOy
Omega 
40% The Ones You Don't Know the Names Of by OyOyGijinka Gobbledegook 27 April 2014 by OyOy
Rouge
40% The Ones You Don't Know the Names Of by OyOyAssorted Dudes and Dudettes 23 March 2013 by OyOy

Blaze's Dimension
Blaze Human!Blaze by OyOy
Marine   Character Kerfuffle 28 July 2013 by OyOy

Wildcards
Fang Gijinka Gumbo 9 March 2014 by OyOyGijinka Gobbledegook 27 April 2014 by OyOy
Bark
Human!Bark by OyOyGijinka Gobbledegook 27 April 2014 by OyOy
Bean Gijinka Gobbledegook 27 April 2014 by OyOy
Mogul Human!Mogul by OyOy
Ebony Hare
Reinfield

Shazamazon
Queen Hathor
Lupe Gijinkas Galore 29 December 2013 by OyOy
Razorclaw
Drago


Mercia
Rob O' the Hedge
Bow Sparrow
Mari-Ann
Mercia FFs
Lord Hood


Oil Ocean
Jack Rabbit
Tex
Avery
Jolt
Wile E Coyote
Uncle Beauregard
Matilda
    Tilly by OyOy

Arctic FF
Erma
Guntiver
Sealia
Flip
Augustus
Akhlut
   Peep Platoon 1 September 2013 by OyOy
Mobie

Downunda
Bill
Walt
Barby
Guru Emu
Stu
Thrash
 

Dragon Kingdom
Monkey Khan 
Constant Vigil
Conquering Storm
Uma Arachnis
Li Moon and Li Yuen
Iron King


BBA
Jet
Wave 
Storm
Dr. Fukurokov
Battle Kukku XIV?
Speedy

Destructix
Scourge  Gijinka Gathering 26 August 2013 by OyOyFella Fiesta 3 July 2014 by OyOy
Fiona  Gijinka Gathering 26 August 2013 by OyOy
Guerilla Gorilla
Predator Hawk
Flying Frog
Lightning Lynx


Misc.
The Foreman
Diesel

Bivalve

Other Zones + Timelines
Feist Taste the Rainbow MotherHugger by OyOy
Zonic
Rosy the Rascal
Lara-Su
Abby

Sonia
Manik

Knave/Excalibur Sonic Human Excalibur Sonic Sketch by OyOy
Lancelot Super Human!Lancelot Sketch by OyOy
Percival Human!Percival by OyOy
Gawain
Lamorak
Gallahad
Nimue

Eggman Empire
Metal Sonic (current)  Baboo Batch 13 July 2013 by OyOy
Orbot and Cubot
Metal Sonic 1.0
I Just Can't Hold All These Metals by OyOy
Metal Sonic Kai  I Just Can't Hold All These Metals by OyOyEven More Metals by OyOy
Metal Sonic 2.5  I Just Can't Hold All These Metals by OyOyGijinka Gathering 26 August 2013 by OyOyEven More Metals by OyOy
Metal OverlordEven More Metals by OyOy
Mecha Characters
Metal Series
E-100 Alpha (ZERO) Gijinka Gobbledegook 27 April 2014 by OyOy
E-101 Beta Human!Beta by OyOy
E-102 Gamma Human!Gamma by OyOy
E-103 Delta
E-104 Epsilon
E-105 Zeta

Emerl
Gemerl


Nu252
Axel
Ben Muttski

Eclipse Eclipse Design Ideas by OyOy
Black Death
Relic
Fixit

Coral
Razor
Pearly
King Puff
Queen Angelica
Captain Striker
E-107 Eta
Jerkwad the Walrus (Tundra)


That's everyone who matters and then some. Once more of this is completed, I may go back and add more obscure characters for the sake of completion. But for now this is it.

Cripes that's a lot of characters.
-Simon
  • Mood: Artistic

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Ayyyynow Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
  Is there anything I could draw for ya?  It doesn't matter to me
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OyOy Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  Student
If you'd like to, of course! I'm always happy to get gift art. 
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Ayyyynow Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
  Is there any specific character that I could draw for you?  Do want it colored?  Do you want it to have a background?

 
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OyOy Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Student
You can pick! You're the one drawing it, so you have total control! Just draw what you want, and as much as you want. x3
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   Hey.  How've you been?
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  Hey OyOy. 
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OyOy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student
Hullo!
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  Hi!
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basakward Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Hey thanks for watching!  It is very much appreciated!
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OyOy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student
You're welcome! Your animations are amazing!
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