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Journal Entry: Sun Nov 30, 2014, 10:51 AM
Starting to wonder (again) if drawing Jet Dancer's comic from the origin was a good idea. I'm about halfway through Dance 2 and all I keep thinking is "I should have just focused on Jet being a super hero. No one really cares how things started and this isn't all that fun..." I mean, I'm proud of myself for getting things done, but I just feel like I'm not doing it right. I saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I was thinking about how good it is to see the adventures of an established super hero as opposed to origin stories, which most super hero films tend to be. Jet needs more of that. Jet needs to be seen doing the things I drew her doing in years past, jumping through the sky, kicking giant robots and dodging laser beams and explosions...I need to get to her origin later. I feel like people might just be really interested in Jet Dancer, but asking them to pay $3 (digital) or $5 (physical) for her comics when I'm drawing comics that don't really highlight the Jet Dancer most people see yet is almost ...dishonest.

I get the same feeling about WEAPON Combat League. Maybe it's hard for me to make into a comic because the first Act of the story is one huge (over 75,000 words) origin story, or rather, several origin stories all rolled into one. It's a fun read but does it make for a fun comic to draw? Not really. What that concept probably needs is a bunch of stories featuring battles between the teams and some side stuff going on, but focusing heavily on the excitement of the fights rather than the political drama that serves as the backbone of that tale. Or maybe I just need to forget making comics about WCL and focus on the light novel-styled approach.

I read one of Omar Dogan's recent journals and it got me thinking that I shouldn't even be trying to make Jet Dancer's comic as 'issues' but rather put it out there for 'free' in webcomic form (or maybe just posting it here or in my :iconjet-dancer: group page). I tried it before with Nia Black but I wasn't prepared back then. I now have over 50 Jet Dancer comic pages in existence and I could see myself maintaining a buffer if I posted those pages once (or even twice) a week as long as I keep working. It's more important to build an audience than to make money in the outset, and I'm not going to make a living from my comics any time soon anyway because no one is buying them.

Though, this new focus on traditional media has me wanting to try something new. Maybe a Christiana comic. In between things off and on I managed to write a whole story for Christiana (during the time I was planning to make a video game about her) that shows off who she is and what she's about. I started to write it as prose but I really want to do it as a traditionally-drawn comic, especially since my Surface has been acting up lately. Some update on the friggin' thing caused my graphics to go haywire and sometimes the touch screen stops responding to my finger entirely (one of the most fun things about drawing digitally is being able to rotate the canvas with two fingers on the fly...I got used to it and now it's iffy at best). Plus I've been thinking that my drawing might have been better in the past when I was drawing traditionally, scanning, and inking with Photoshop's pen tool. (I do believe the Surface has helped me improve my cel shading, but perhaps not my drawing.) Now that I have a scanner again, nothing's stopping me from doing that.

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Anyway, enough about what's going on in the muck of my mind. How is everyone doing? Working on anything special for the holidays? Feel free to share anything here.

  • Mood: Artistic
  • Watching: Ikki-Tousen
  • Playing: Freedom Wars (Vita)
  • Eating: Red Velvet Pancakes
  • Drinking: Coffee

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Dualmask
Jonathan Price
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
Artist and writer specializing in original characters, comic art, storytelling, pinups and digital coloring.

I've written novels and self-published a comic. Among other places, you can find my creative works on my Amazon Author Page.


I appreciate every comment, every favorite, every watch and every visit! Thanks!

Tools of choice:

Traditional- Mechanical pencils (HB, 2H leads), cardstock paper, Copic markers, Micron pens, brush pen, Copic Multiliner

Digital- Microsoft Surface Pro, Manga Studio 5EX, Photoshop CS4, Sketchbook Pro, Flash CS4
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Which Jet Dancer outfit design do you like best? (Please try to judge based ONLY on the design of the outfit and not the quality of the art as that changes over time...) 

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Memories of Summer - no BG by Dualmask
Memories of Summer - no BG
This was what I originally came up with for my "Selfie Girl" pic, but I later decided that it needed a background. Memories of Summer  by DualmaskFunny thing though, the more advanced the image got, the less liked it was on Instagram... the rough sketch had more than double the likes of the full colored version...
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Memories of Summer  by Dualmask
Memories of Summer
A random girl taking a selfie. Something I doodled a couple of days ago and colored today.
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Drew this as part of a fan art jam on a Facebook group I'm a member of. The character piqued my interest and I hadn't colored anything digitally in ages, so I took action.

The character's name is Butter and she belongs to a guy who goes by the name of Dee Block: www.facebook.com/dee.block.33
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