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.
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.
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.
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.