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WCL Prelude Images 1 -WIP by Dualmask WCL Prelude Images 1 -WIP by Dualmask
I guess a fitting caption would be "War...Then and Now."

I'm still writing WEAPON Combat League.

But I'm not exactly sure how I should publish it. I wrote a whole lot, enough probably for two or three full-length novels and the story's only about 2/3 finished.

One idea that I had was just drawing sequential pages about the whole thing in my spare time. It would take time to finish, but that means I have years worth of material and I won't have to worry about thinking up new comic stories for a long time.

Another idea was just to randomly put drawings in a novel that illustrated or summarized whatever was happening on the adjacent page (which would have text). I ran across a small Vampirella novella that used that technique to great effect.

This here is a visual summary of the introductory page in my WCL book, or at least the first few paragraphs, but the text needs serious editing so I'm not posting that. It's cringe-worthy right now. (I've never posted it in the past).

It could just as easily be "page 1" of a comic. Well, once I ink it and refine the art and all that.

I still think about drawing comics, but it gets harder to take the initiative, especially with other things going on, like school and so much outside stimuli (one day I want to be a comic book artist, the next day a novelist, the next a 3D character modeler, the next an indie game maker, and so it goes). I write more than anything, but I think I'm better at visual mediums. Just because you can put words on the paper and know a little grammar doesn't mean you're destined for the literary world.

I don't even know why I'm posting it like this. Maybe it's because it's as far as this will ever go. (I will eventually send it to scraps.) I don't really like the WCL introduction I wrote, so I may cut it from the story completely, and this will have no meaning at all. But hey...I was very happy with the first panel and the soldier I drew (and very obviously replicated) in the second panel. This is, as the title states, a work in progress--if it does go forward, I would digi-ink everything and add other effects (like speed lines or clouds in the last panel).

I was in a typing mood. I hit a milestone in the story today (140,000 words, first round of the tournament over) so yeah, I'm typing a lot.

WEAPON Combat League me
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wbd Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The flying fortress works well in your composition- it looks like that tweaking effort you put in paid off.

You're right about the challenge of comics- it's all about finding sufficient "clear" time in a day. Writing can be done in more places, which certainly speeds up the process (provided you have the spark to write at that time, of course).

140K words? You're really cooking, I figure.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Though to be honest, I gave a lot of thought to this whole process and I started to ask myself how much I really cared about producing this comic, and the answer was...well I don't feel like the drive is as much there as it needs to be in order to commit to the massive endeavor (that goes for all of my ideas, not just WCL). So even though I put some work into this page, I'm ultimately not going to continue.

I'm starting to ask myself some good clear questions about what I really want to do. I say I want to do one thing, but for over the last year or so I've been doing some completely different things, always pretending I was preparing for something, when the truth is my real passion might have been staring me in the face all along. I feel like I keep telling myself (and the world) that I want to draw comics only because that's what's expected of me, not because it's where my heart is at.

Writing is one thing my heart is into though, not only because I can find more time to do it but because I actually enjoy it. It's hard to find an audience for it, or perhaps my view is just too restricted...I need to open my eyes and see what else is out there. I feel like I've been keeping myself down for too long under goals I may have once had, but should have let go of a long time ago.

Still feeling this whole art thing out.
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fishgul69 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whaaaaaaaaaat? they comin! nice set up. can't wait to see more.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :) There won't likely be any more though. I edited out the segment of the story that this pertained to, realizing that it wasn't adding anything to the story that wasn't repeated later. The next stuff I draw will be completely unrelated.
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fishgul69 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
alright, son, I see you! (the street version, as in I recognize your talent, not that geeky Avatar "I see you" mess, although I loved that movie...ok I'm rambling...)
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:rofl: That was the most awkward part of Avatar...
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fishgul69 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
who are you tellin? jeez, I thought i was going to break out laughing everytime they said it. but shamefully, I'm obsessed with that movie. I have a serious question, do you use tech/art pens? and if you do, what kind and which combo do you use to achieve the look you got with Nia?
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
And by "this drawing", I actually meant this drawing since I got the comments mixed up. :doh:
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
These [link] are the pens I used for this drawing. My technique with them, if you can call it that, is pretty simple. Once the pencil sketch is done, I trace everything with the 03 pen (middle thickness), then I add line quality here and there using the 05 pen (thickest) and the 01 pen (thinnest) for the fine details. I did the black fills with a brush pen.

Really, I need to pay more attention to line weight because it's kind of all over the place with this drawing. Closer details should have thicker lines and more distant/less important details should have thinner lines. It's not bad, but I know I can do better.
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fishgul69 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok, cool. nice to see you use the cheap joe's, I love that place. I plan on buying some myself, I didn't know they came in a three pack. I'm just learning about line weight. I first got into pens in school, but now that I'm out of school, I'm finding that I have to discover a lot of these techniques my self.
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