June 22 was Jake's birthday! It was/is a busy week so I didn't get to make a refined picture, so here's a scrappy drawing instead. It feels like it has been a while since i last draw him; I actually forgot to draw piercings until I flipped to some other pages in my notebook and saw older drawings I had of him. Usually when I think of Jake I'm chanting 'crybaby jock' in my head. He wouldn't appreciate that, though I don't mean it in a bad way (it's a literal label, given how things go in the comic). OF course I had to draw the raccoon again!

Photo of an open cross-grid notebook page, with a rough sketch of an original character (Jake) holding up a raccoon plush proudly. There is a black fountain pen on the left side, resting in the spine of the notebook.

Unrelated to anything else, I've been really into shoebills, especially since seeing a Miyako Kawaguch kei fabric pattern, and then later some weird videos about the machine-gun-beak clatter sounds that a shoebill makes. You can see the shape of their trachea through the back of their mouth sometimes...which I personally think looks disturbing, but interesting nonetheless!

photo of various shoebill expressions and poses, drawn with purple/pink fountain pen ink, surrounded by text and leaves written in green fountain pen ink

A week ago, I dug out my old Come For A Drink game files off my external hard drive, because a couple of people asked about how to get all the endings. Had to dig around the old code to remember what logic I had programmed, but I managed to write up a guide to all 9 endings! This game continues to be extremely embarrassing and amazing at the same time, but I feel that way about everything I make.

Recently Paypa| decided to freeze our Love Love Hill account, so we took the store down for a while to figure things out/research our options.

Today's music post: Dõõmer by A lake by the mõõn.

Fake's birthday

Procreate drawing of Fake, an original character.

Digital illustration of an original character wearing a suit, holding up a mask against the right side of his face. The background is dark and textured, with some ambiguous human figures, and a 'police line do not cross' criss-crossing the illustration. The image is primarily brown, beige, and yellow.

June 2 was Fake's birthday (from HWA). I started the sketch on his actual birthday, but didn't have time to finish it until the weekend. Another attempt in procreate, but I'm still futzing around. His airtime in the comic so far is pretty limited, but it seems like he is more memorable because of his personality.

Since it was done in Procreate, there was an auto-timelapse-video:

Today's music post: Orange Nectar Returns by Seagullmoine. The album art is by cool friend Wai Au!

Ferris's birthday

Painting of Ferris from my webcomic.

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May 19 was Ferris's birthday (from HWA), so I drew this picture to commemorate! Super plain portrait, but this was the 1st time I tried to use procreate in any meaningful way. Still a lot of unknowns, but it was interesting to just mess around. I always enjoyed drawing him in the comic, even though he hasn't gotten much airtime since the comic began. Maybe that will change...?

Since it was done in Procreate, there was an auto-timelapse-video:

Yesterday I got my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine!

Today's music post: Nightflyer by Allison Russel.

Populus tremuloides

Watercolour painting of an original character in a quaking aspen forest.

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Populus tremuloides, or quaking aspen, or trembling poplar, or...many other names.

I don't think it really comes out in the comic (?) but Austin's last name is Poplar. He is a forestry grad and a tree nerd, so at some point I did a bunch of research about trees that were native to where the story takes place: fake Alberta! A lot of poplars are found in Alberta (like Populus balsamifera, but I've always been enamoured by the super bright yellow leaves of trembling poplars and the white trunks with black knots/markings! One of many things I appreciate about Alberta is how you get to experience all 4 seasons distinctly.

Recently, rurupoi, wai, and co. encouraged me to try out 100% cotton paper (Arches 300gsm hot press). I didn't really know what to do with my paper; I'm not much of an illustrator! Long time ago I put down a thumbnail of Austin doing field work in the forest in my notebook.

photo close-up of a rough thumbnail of a painting, focusing on pose and composition

So this thumbnail turned into the basis for a not particularly well planned (as usual) painting. Drawn directly onto the paper with red col-erase pencil.

photo of a sketch of poplar trees, with a small figure in the bottom left corner. There is green painter tape around the paper periphery.

I ended up changing the pose and scale a little bit. Maybe I regret changing the pose, but I don't regret changing the placement/scale.

photo of a sketch of poplar trees, with an even small figure in the bottom left corner. There is green painter tape around the paper periphery.

Originally it was meant to be a rainy picture, but I really wanted a super blue sky against yellow colour scheme. I also bought masking fluid and wasn't ready to use it yet, haha.

photo of a partially painted sketch of poplar trees, with a small figure in the bottom left corner. Colours used are primarily yellow and orange for the leaves, and blue for the sky/background. There is green painter tape around the paper periphery.

I have a tendency to overwork drawings/paintings, so I tried my hardest to not do that here!!

photo of a painted sketch of poplar trees, with a small figure in the bottom left corner. Colours used are primarily yellow and orange for the leaves, and blue for the sky/background. There is green painter tape around the paper periphery.

In natural light.

photo of a painted sketch of poplar trees, with a small figure in the bottom left corner. Colours used are primarily yellow and orange for the leaves, and blue for the sky/background.

I wasn't really sure what to expect with this paper, but I can tell it's better than the scrappy stuff I used before.

OH speaking of Austin, Fluffyfied drew a very sweet pic of Austin and Jake together!

Today's music post: RAIN(비) - 나로 바꾸자 Switch to me (duet with JYP). What a good 80s/90s pop vibe!

Sabina's birthday

Painting of Sabina from my webcomic.

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It's Sabina's (HWA) birthday today!

A collage of two side-by-side images. The left image shows an inked drawing of an original character looking somewhat surprised while holding a an open notebook with her left hand. The character has wavy hair and is wearing a hooded coat and backpack. The right image is the same as the left, but coloured in with grey watercolour tones.

I often chat with Benjamin Rivers who is a comic artist and game maker! He has a new comic continuation of one of his games, Worse Than Death.

We got into the topic of real g-nibs and art supplies, which led to us talking about how hearing the feedback of a real nib on paper can be a form of ASMR. I got fountain pens so I didn't have to constantly re-dip into ink. A video of the drawing and inking portion (not the painting portion haha) is below.

Materials:

  • Paper - not sure, probably Canson or Strathmore watercolour paper
  • Mechanical pencil - Kurutoga 0.5mm
  • Fountain pen - Platinum carbon black desk pen (with Platinum carbon black ink)
  • Brush pen - Pentel pocket brush
  • Eraser - Unknown...
  • Watercolour - some mystery mix of brown and blues...

Today's music post: Agua De Rosa - Rooftop Mix by Angelica Garcia & Sinego