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My Comic Zine Resource PDFs

Hey, I like comics. You like comics. I want to make comics. So I made something to help me out with that goal (since I used cardstock for most of my art), I made a zine comic page template to help me with that goal. Just print it out onto cardstock and go run with it. The scaling is noted, space for page number, buncha measures on the sides and some basic margins guides (left and rights etc).

Its 28 pages if you just want to print at “actual size” and go with it.

28 Pages of Zine Comics v1

Download here.

Female Faces in Pencil #8/29!

MOAR OF THE BACK SKETCHES!

#8/29

Again, let’s talk about it on Sunday, but here is the original image.

A Game about Doorways

Before you open the door, close your eyes and imagine what is behind it. Reach out and open the door, eyes still shut, feel possibility at your fingertips.Take a step forward eyes still closed.

Take a step forward eyes still closed.

Breathe.Now open your eyes. You have taken a

Now open your eyes. You have taken a breath in the land of imagination and have visited that world.

Even if it was only for a short while, you were there. Keep a short journal. Even a single piece of paper will suffice. Write down that moment in a sentence or two, do this until the page is full, both sides.

Keep a short journal. Even a single piece of paper will suffice. Write down that moment in a sentence or two, do this until the page is full, both sides.You now hold in your hand the only account of an expedition of the most fantastical, strange and imaginative kind.

You now hold in your hand the only account of an expedition of the most fantastical, strange and imaginative kind.

Female Faces in Pencil #7/29

Ahhhhhh! Another back post! There are like 4ish more I think?

7 of 29… woo!

I will do the critique for this image on Sundays roundup post! The original image can be found here.

This game requires two pennies

I started a community on the plus some months ago called “Orbit Above’s Guild of Creative Invention” and have started posting more game design excercises or brainjumps on there. One of them was about a short game I came up with on that day called “this game requires two pennies”.

The game itself...

The original post was a quick exercise I came up with (I think I did at least? I haven’t seen it elsewhere so…?).

Hack this Scribble; someone posts a short game. Each person can hack it by adding a rule (big addon, but doesn’t edit previous text), changing a term (changes all of x word to y), or changing a paragraph (rewrite or modify a paragraph). These can be done to the main post, or in a comment calling back to someone else’s comment.

If I find a better way of doing this, I’ll let you know. So lets call this an experiment.

Today is: this game requires two pennies”

Some of my favorite responses…

Caitlynn Belle: “change penny / pennies to turtles.”

Josh T. Jordan: “Every time you play, add one more penny. Before making your choice, set one penny to heads and one to tails. Flip the rest to determine whether they are heads or tail.”

Josh T. Jordan (again): “Replace the word “moment” with “person.””

Female Faces in Pencil #6/29

I haven’t been posting those darn sketch-a-days, so I am a bit behind. Will be catching up though! In which case, I will be posting a bunch today, one with the regular content and the other with some writing I guess (by some writing I don’t mean that their will be 16 shout outs today, but the regular number and then a bunch of back images with some creative writing alongside it that is unrelated to the image but just something I came up with in this moment).

6 of 29

Original image found on google image search by looking up african american punk girls (which lead to this image).

 

Only in Secrets

“If we spoke only in secrets
Would I hear your spoken words?
You mine?

Can you understand a completely unrelatable tragedy?
Would I understand an unrelatable and impossible to reference response?
Can words be foul enough to tell all but leave us without words to explain what is said?

We go back and forth in unrecognizable rhetoric and extreme speeches.
About things which are disastrous and disproportionate but all the while rational,
but how can we know?

How can we know anything other than confusion when we speak the loudest words?
What phrase could I give back that would reveal as well as grant understanding?

When we talk in secrets alone, no one can or will understand over the deafening and empty revelations.”

This came about yesterday, something about confusion when you only talk in unrelatable speech, which is in itself a secret. But what if the purpose is to enlighten someone or reveal a secret that is itself unrelatable? No language barrier, it is the words itself which are lost upon a person, the content. And when you ask for what is not understood and are just met with more of the same in response, how do elaborate or give examples when both people are pushing?

 

Sketch-a-Day: Recap of 5 Female Faces

This last week saw the beginning of my first “goal” or targeted subject for Sketch-a-Day, 29 Female Faces in Pencil. I like, like so many others, struggle with capturing a face onto paper so I am doing just female faces first so that I can “get good” at sketching faces, over 29 of them I should see some improvement. I would hope.

The end of this week marks the 5th entry in this goal, the 8th write up of a Sketch-a-Day and the 6th entry of Shout Outs! It also means I am now up to 55 published blog posts (44 of which were posted between 5/21 and now, and a decent number are just image only posts for Sketch-a-Day).

If you didn’t catch the last Roundup post, let me go over how it works. Each Sunday I go over my artwork for Sketch-a-Day that was posted during the week. At first we have a gallery of all the images then we have a listing of tl;dr (too long; didn’t read) versions of each post and their most mention worthy shout outs. Then today we have shout outs afterwards…

This week we started the female faces in pencil thing, and we had some good shout outs. Such as some art books (spectrum, viction:ary), some cool free rpgs (Final Girl, Actual Cannibal Shia Labeouf, Lasers and Feelings) and then a listing of some of my favorite RPGMaker games (freeeee! vidya germs!).

  1. Tuesday, 28th; I drew the side-view girl that I made have a really long long neck! Shout Outs: my father’s long, long legs a online storybook that is very very creepy, the awesome tumblr that is Dungeons and Drawings (I just ordered two of their illustrated books so I will probably review them once they arrive) and then we had Sword and Backpack a short ttrpg made to be pasted into a moleskine notebook.
  2. Wednesday, 29th; the shotgun freckle girl drawing. At the end of the blog post is a 10 second video of a six minute storm that was quite impressive, really big hail on that one. Shouts Outs: Spectrum is a series of publications essentially a future dream of mine is to be in one of those big coffee table books, viction:ary publishes some showcase books on graphic and product design as well as different types of artwork (even some font showcase books) and finally we have Scout Books which are small pocket sized kraft notebooks (32 pages usually) and you can order them blank or have a bunch custom printed. Scout Books also have some great blog posts with cool uses for small page format publishing. A cool avenue for publishing certain materials.
  3. Thursday, 30th; the funny face girl drawing. The first one with scary teeth! Shout Outs: Actual Cannibal Shia Labeouf a minirpg based on the hilarious musical video of the same name. Final Girl a horror movie rpg that takes direct and constant inspiration from slasher movies where the main characters are picked off one at a time until one last girl (usually a girl, lets be honest) is standing. Lasers and Feelings, a one page scifi rpg that is super duper popular and comes from John Harper! Then we have 3 podcasts: the No Sleep Podcast (horror stories from reddit!), Alice isn’t Dead (dang DANG DANNNNNG!) and finally Limetown (literally the most delta green 7 part story ever about a disappearance of somewhere about 300+ people).
  4. Friday, 1st; The front on face! With those eyebrows! Looks like a good one! Improveeemeeentttt! Shout Outs: this was all about free video games specifically RPGMaker games! Ib is about a girl who gets trapped in a world of insane and distorted artwork, Schuld is just conceptually terrifying… Yume Nikki is a trippy game, Middens has the strangest art and visuals… It Moves is a game I have yet to finish, also kinda scary, and finally we have Stray Cat Crossing (the only one of these games that isn’t free, but it is like, $3)!
  5. Saturday, 2nd; the latest image has not the greatest teeth, but better than the last one with teeth visible. Instead of shout outs, I am doing a giveaway for two video games. Just comment on that blog post and you can win a copy of either Stray Cat Crossing or Don’t Starve Anywhere. Chances are pretty good you will win… since no one has commented yet…

Shout Outs

I have been sick. But, I can say that the video game SOMA is the literallyyyyyy shhhhhh!ttt…