I have finished the flat colors for ALL FOUR panels of my little webcomic page.

It’s been very slow going, all learning curve, because, well, I’ve never done it before. If I do more than this, of course, it’ll go faster, because I won’t be spending–for example–4 hours trying to learn to do…whatever it was I spent 4 hours trying to learn last week…or 90 minutes last night and another hour tonight trying, until I went back and tried the thing I’d tried in the first place yesterday and it hadn’t worked and this time it did for some reason. Presumably that won’t happen again (although god alone knows, so it might).

Since at this rate it’s going to take me a month to do one page, I shall downgrade my imaginary page rate to no more than one a week, assuming I keep trying. I…think I might. I need a hobby that isn’t writing, and it’s better for me to be trying to draw than staring miserably at the world burning down via Twitter or FB.

I am stuck with the fact that the thing that’s been making me think for years that I could/should try doing a webcomic was not as good, at its start, as this page is (not that this page is very good, but.), and…I don’t know what to make of that. In a way I wish it was as bad as my inspiration. I mean it’s NOT GOOD. But it’s…I either have too much ambition (well i mean have you met me) or…I don’t know. No ability to start at the very baseline, except I guess this is my very baseline. But I’ve always thought I’m just good enough of an artist to know how good I’m not, and that probably if I practiced a great deal I’d actually be quite good. I think doing this page is making me feel both sides of that VERY STRONGLY. It’s not particularly comfortable. Probably that’s good for me.

Yeah. Anyway. IDK. I should probably go to bed now, rather than ruminate on…anything else. :)

Picoreview: Dark Phoenix: not nearly as bad as I expected it to be.

Like X-Men before it, I left the theatre kinda going, “Well, that didn’t suck,” except with X-Men it was an expression of astonished joy and relief and with Dark Phoenix it only…didn’t suck. It was not a great X film. For my money, however, it was miles better than Last Stand, First Class, and Apocalypse, and probably better than both the first two Wolverine movies. That leaves it in the top 5 for me (unless you count Deadpool, which I’m not), which I’m fairly comfortable with.

It is not the fiery, blow-out finale one might hope for, but honestly it’s just a lot more solid than I expected. I happen to love Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, so if you don’t, your estimation of the film may be very different from mine, but to my genuine surprise…it didn’t suck. I wasn’t disappointed.

I mean. There are things I would have done differently. Some of them would have been contingent on, like, this not being the final Fox X-Men film. Others…would not be contingent on that. Some of them are things I’m really unhappy about. Some of them are the fact that it would have been better with a full three-part trilogy leading up to this so we could care more about the actors in these roles, but…IDK. I know “it wasn’t a travesty” isn’t the most glowing response I could give, but I expected one, and sometimes “it didn’t suck” is higher praise than it sounds like it could be. So…there’s me on the topic.

I’ve done bluelines for a 4 panel comic that could be the web comic I’ve been mumbling about for what, a decade now? I sort of think I should do about fifty more before I even try finishing the first one because otherwise I imagine odds are good I’ll only ever do one.

(6 hours later)
I could…probably do an ‘inks’ version of one of these in a day, if I don’t get any more complicated than I have here. Even rudimentary colors & shading would probably take at least another day. I don’t think I could do a page a day web comic like #QuestionableContent.

I do think working on this has been cutting into my “dicking around on twitter” time rather than writing time, so a couple pages a week might be do-able. OTOH I haven’t done any writing for the past week (unrelatedly to drawing, i’m pretty sure), so I might be wrong.

IDK. I reckon whatever I do do, I’ll post to my Patreon as I do it and then maybe to the wider world later, when I’ve got a backlog. If it gets that far.

It’s 10pm and I forgot to have dinner because I got busy mucking with Clip Studio Pro.

Last week I did a little sketch for a cosplay dress, a quantum realm dress, and it made me kinda wanna do more drawing, I guess, so I finally got out the stylus for my Surface Pro and doodled a body shape with the inbuilt art program, something or other, uh, Sketchbook, and then I was clever and put a new layer over it to do the cleaner lines & it like snapped lines smooth & shit & OTOH I’m like ‘well that seems like cheating’ & OTOH I’m look ‘uh cool!’

So then I downloaded Clip Studio Pro that and spent far longer yesterday afternoon mucking about with it than I should have, drawing a not particularly great pic of my old Elfquest character, Spidersilk.

This evening I decided I was going to spend a little time actually reading/watching tutorials on how to use this program. The tutorials I’ve found are all much too advanced, because hell if I know what any of these menus the dudes are all “you can get rid of this, I don’t ever use it”-ing about. I found like…4 small useful things, and the EXTREMELY FREAKY 3D POSEABLE FIGURES THAT YOU CAN MAKE DO WHATEVER YOU WANT AND USE AS FIGURE REFERENCES and after mucking about with it, about 2 hours ago I said “clearly this is enough of this for tonight”

NARRATOR: It was not, in fact, enough of this for tonight.

the coloring is terribly rudimentary, but i’ve literally never really tried coloring something digitally before, so, y’know, it’s…well. it’s terrible, but that’s ok.

Picoreview: Avengers: Endgame: we went to an Infinity War/Endgame double feature, with Endgame starting at midnight and getting over at 3am.

I would have walked directly in and watched it a second time in a row, starting at 3am, if I’d had the option.

That’s all I’ll say.