Dark Center

10 notes

Stick to Shit-iveness

samsykesswears:

I say this every now and again for the benefit of my readers and sometimes, like tonight, I say it for my benefit.

Writing: if it’s hard, you’re doing it right.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of romanticizing writing. That’s not too surprising: it’s an art and thus romantic. But it’s also work…

True! I found I have to keep track by how many pages I do rather than word counts. The big numbers in word counts intimidate me but thinking, “I wrote half a page” or “I wrote a page or two” is less intimidating. Somehow I feel more accomplished.

Filed under Writing Writing advice Sam Sykes Sykes Tome of the Undergates Writer write

7 notes

http://alppirate.tumblr.com/post/97950058277/zeenis-i-think-one-thing-that-i-really-love

zeenis:

I think, one thing that I really love about being an artist, especially a comic artist, is how when you see, or hear something that triggers inspiration within you, you get this sense of time standing still as your mind races to place that inspiration somewhere within your mind and…

I agree whole heartedly. It’s like that bit in the Matrix movie where they had all the racks of stuff for the main character to use and you suddenly realize: There is absolutely no limit to what your imagination can do. Everything is open. Everything has a connection. There is a story in EVERYTHING. Everything affects everything else and can be applied to things that don’t immediately look related. Sometimes the more distant the relation the funner/more interesting it is to connect them. The number of worlds, characters, and situations you can discover is endless.

I say, “Discover” because that is how it’s most exciting to me to write and draw. I can plan and plot a story out and lose interest because I already discovered it in my head faster than writing it down. I’m working to re-discover a couple of my older stories I’ve fallen off of working on because I still love them, just need to discover how to convey them to others.

Everything inspires.
Everything.

I’m gonna go write. My car broke down yesterday and on top of all the emotions I feel, I feel inspired. I sat in my car on the side of a rural highway yesterday and thought, “How can I convey this feeling through a character? This feeling of building up to a big payoff (the convention I was going to go to) and having it snatched away by something out of one’s control? And how can I do that without writing down that exact situation?”

So last night I wrote a quick stab at one of the final chapters of the second book in a series I’m writing as stress relief. The characters have built up the whole story trying to find something only to have to fight for their life at the last minute and find that something is gone. I hope it conveys that feeling but exaggerated.

In some ways I’m glad my car broke down, because I might not have been inspired in the same way if it hadn’t. If only that inspired feeling killed more time, though. I wasn’t super far from home but it felt like I sat on the side of the road for a long time. It wasn’t a long time by the way. Family got there quick to save my butt. Maybe that rolling inspiration made it feel longer.

Time to go write.

Filed under Writing Write Comic Draw Inspiration On Writing My Car Died Neila NeilaK20 Sarah Elkins Sarah Neila Elkins

173 notes

The thing about programming is that trying to explain to non-programmers why X is easy and Y is hard is next to impossible when they think you just have to press a few buttons.
(via thethingaboutprogramming)

Same goes for making comics and animation in some respects.

"You can just hit a button in photoshop and turn a photo into a comic, right?"
No.
No I can’t.
Where are you going to find a good photo of a dragon fighting a werewolf anyway?

(via emikodo)

Filed under Few Buttons

17 notes

alppirate:

amy-of-darkness:

Here There Be Monsters #23: Dog Tired
Neila did a great job illustrating this panel (There was a preview of the inks she posted like a year or more ago, I’m so terribly slow at coloring this!)
I’m feeling that exact feeling right now.

I tried to sleep! It wouldn’t happen! My body refuses! So I updated a comic.

You’re not slow! I still need to get you more flats!This panel turned out great! :o Wow! He looks so tired.Get some rest!!

alppirate:

amy-of-darkness:

Here There Be Monsters #23: Dog Tired

Neila did a great job illustrating this panel (There was a preview of the inks she posted like a year or more ago, I’m so terribly slow at coloring this!)

I’m feeling that exact feeling right now.

I tried to sleep! It wouldn’t happen! My body refuses! So I updated a comic.

You’re not slow! I still need to get you more flats!
This panel turned out great! :o Wow! He looks so tired.

Get some rest!!

Filed under Here there be monsters Charby the vampirate Amelius Comic Monsters Tired Neila Amy-of-darkness NeilaK20 Webcomic