Where I’ve Been For the Past Few Years

My name is Joseph, and it’s been three years since my confes-blog post. Originally, the posts here were made for a class in college, but I’ve since graduated and have seamlessly moved on to what some call the “real world.” Despite my overwhelming lack of social graces, I have fully integrated into a thriving community of other humans. As a person, I have matured considerably.

[Insert other inspiring one-liners]

…At least, that’s what I’d like you to believe.

Now, I really did graduate from college back in 2016, but the transition was anything but seamless. The biggest reason was that I burned out in my Portfolio capstone. Hard.

If I could offer any advice to anyone in college (especially art students), your portfolio’s not worth burning out on. Trust me.

But that’s a story for another time.

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Then and Now

Improvement chart

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your outlook), I can’t find any of my drawings from back then, and I’ve been searching long and hard because I want to redraw something from back then and see just how much I’ve grown. But, until I find something, we’re stuck with random ramblings like this every week. –a few weeks ago

 

Guess what I found!

 

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Inspiration Can Come From Anywhere

Rock Painting

Example: we were told to paint a rock in my painting class, and I thought of breakfast.

The last few weeks I’ve been posting a lot of comics that document things that’ve actually happened, and it got me thinking: inspiration really can come from anywhere (even your bowel movements).

…Especially your bowel movements.

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My Artistic Journey (AKA Frodo’s Death Complex)

Determination

Back when we were all young-uns, we drew. It was what we did.

Then we grew up. Most people stopped drawing, but I didn’t. I liked it, and I saw no reason to stop. I was always able to count my friends on one hand, so I never really cared about being weird. I accepted that one early on.

So draw I did, and draw I do.

However, it hasn’t always been an easy road. “Live by the comics, die by the comics,” I believe the old adage goes.

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Making Webcomics: The MSPToons Way

http://ratherfluffywaffles.thecomicseries.com/comics/4/

The joyous visage of a completed comic page.

If you haven’t noticed, I kind of make webcomics.

Shocking, I know.

Anyway, this week I’d thought I’d go into the process of how an MSPToons comic comes to be. Keep in mind that I’m an idiot, so this is not a standard way of making comics. It’s just my way, and it works for me.

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Cats Make Drawing Hard

Cats

You know what? Art is hard.

You know what makes it harder? Cats.

Seriously. I could have just spent two or three hours staring at a piece of paper, unable to create what I want to create. Finally, the muse hits, and a symphonic melody of pencil and paper emerges. Lines swirl all about in a hypnotic dance; shapes form delicately yet boldly; the work becomes art–MREOOOW!

Oh, great. He’s back.

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Soft Shaded vs. Cel Shaded

Soft Shaded vs Cel Shaded

Who knows, maybe next week they’ll fight to the death. –last week

Yep. It happened. The not long-awaited battle of the week-century: soft shading versus cel shading!

Just to recap previous posts, soft shading involves blending color softly (who’d a thunk it?), while cel shading is when you have solid chunks of color creating the illusion of depth. Before this death battle begins, let’s break each side down and see what’s going on.

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Soft Shaded Counterpick

Soft Shading Illustration

Since cel shading took the spotlight last week, I figured it would be fitting to give soft shading a similar profile. Who knows, maybe next week they’ll fight to the death.

Anyway, now that I’ve got less than an hour to write this post because soft shading takes for-freaking-ever, let’s get this show on the road.
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Cel Shaded Illustration

Cel Shaded Illustration

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This week, I discovered that I’ve been spelling “cell shaded” wrong my entire life. It’s actually supposed to be cel shaded. As much as I pride myself on grammatical nuances that few people know about, I will admit that I only cried for twenty minutes.

Then, after a long week of not doing much of anything, I drew stuff. Shocking for a cartoonist, huh? This week’s illustration, given the title of this post, was cel shaded. You can behold it’s purdiness (I’m from Georgia) to the right.

 

The heck is Cel Shading?

To be cel shaded is to appear both flat and three dimensional simultaneously. Oh wait, hang on. *turns off philosophical gibberish* Ah, that’s better. Now then, let’s define cel shading. At its simplest, it’s an artistic rendering style that creates shading with flat areas of color. If you want shading, a solid block of darker color goes over the base color. Cel shading invokes the ever-quoted “less is more.”

Ever played Wind Waker? That’s cel shaded.

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Barf and Art

This week I passed out on the toilet and barfed all over the bathroom. Don’t worry; I wasn’t drunk. Oh yeah, and I managed to finish some page layouts for my new webcomic Tinge. Let’s jump right into that first part: the barf part. Maybe you’ll learn a valuable lesson (or at least get a good laugh out of my stupidity).

 

Wednesday: The Barf Part

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