The Dark Lotus Company (Part 3)

img_0403It’s been quite a while since I posted part 1 and 2 of this little chibi style animated comic. Its probably about time I finished the episode and let you all know how it ends and if the detectives find Mr Flops. Part 2 left things on a bit of a cliff-hanger, so it’d be a bit mean not to finish it. You’ll be happy to know I’ve gotten the hang of the stop-motion a bit more, so was able to get the characters and objects to move a lot better than in the last videos.

In case you’ve missed part 1 and 2 and would like to watch them, I’ll post them both under part 3. Hope you enjoy!

Part 3:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Hope you enjoyed the episode. If people like these little chibi videos posts, I’ll try to make more episodes. Just keep in mind that they take a really long time to make, so there might be quite a gap between videos. There’ll a lot of fun to make though and sort of relaxing, so I’ll probably end up making another episode even if I don’t turn it into a video and post it.

As always Thanks for reading!

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The Dark Lotus Company (Part 2)

img_0403In part 1 (click here for part 1), I didn’t really get the opportunity to explain how the Gacha Life app works or how I used it to make this little comic, so I’ll explain it all now. The Gacha Life app is essentially an app where you dress up/design Chibis. You start off with a set of already made chibi, but luckily the app allows you to completely deconstructed these chibi and build your own. It allows you to change everything from the chibi’s height, gender, facial features, hair and of course clothing. It’s basically a very detailed chibi designing app and if you really wanted, you can even use the app to design chibi that look like your favourite anime characters (which I have done so many times).

To make this little comic all I did was wipe everything from the pre-set chibi until they were nothing but skin coloured jelly beans, then reconstructed these jelly beans to my own liking (wow, I just realised it’s like alchemy in FMA). Gacha Life also has a feature where you walk around a town and talk to other chibi, so the first jelly bean I reconstructed was a character to represent me in the game part of the app.

img_e0418The first character I designed was Nelly. In the comic Nelly is a detective for the Dark Lotus Company and Tobi is her rookie partner. Like all Dark Lotus detectives, Nelly is very magically powerful and is a reaper werewolf hybrid. Making her skilled in both hand to hand combat and magic.

img_e0420The second character I created was Tobi (because I wanted to make a little cute chibi). Tobi is a rookie detective in the comic and is a young demon gifted in defensive magic. He was recruited by the Dark Lotus Company and assigned as Nelly’s partner, after he graduated from the top magical school at an extremely young age, showing great magical skill and knowledge.

After creating a few other characters, I used the apps studio feature (which allows you to pose characters and add speech bubbles and props) to make the comic. How you make a comic using studio is kind of like stop-motion, as in you pose your characters, change their facial expressions, add text then screenshot this all. After that you take all your screenshots and make a video with them. I’m not going to lie, it takes a lot of time and patience to make a comic using Gacha Life, but it’s also a lot of fun.

That’s pretty much everything you need to know to make your own comic with Gacha Life, so without further delay here’s part 2:

Hope you enjoyed part 2. If you’re wondering why I didn’t just draw this comic since I’ve already drawn other comics. It’s because I’m currently drawing for a Collab comic and that takes up a lot of my time set aside for drawing and one can only draw so much in one day without injuring themselves. This comic was also a bit of a spur of the moment thing I created to amuse myself while dying of the flu.

As Always, Thanks for Reading!

The Dark Lotus Company (Part 1)

After a little bit of a disappearance from WordPress, I’m pleased to announce I’m back. Unfortunately, the flu returned for round two and this time it done quite the number on me. Leaving me unable to read any of your awesome posts or create any posts of my own. But not to worry, at least something good came out of being flu ridden. That being a little comic I made using the Gacha Life app.

To amuse myself while feeling like death, I started creating wee characters in Gacha Life (an app where you design little chibi characters, then play about with them), one thing lead to another and before I knew it, I had a whole bunch of little characters. So, what does one do after creating a load of chibi in Gacha Life? They start messing about and posing them in the studio feature of Gacha Life, of course. Which is exactly what I did, except I got carried away and made a little comic with my characters. Anyway, I’ll leave the video of the comic below and give a little description of the comic after it.

The Dark Lotus Company is set in a fairy tale like world where both magical and non-magical creatures reside. The Dark Lotus Company is a mysterious company that investigates strange occurrences. The detectives of this company are among the most magically gifted, however due to this and secretiveness of their line of work, most treat these detectives with great suspicion and distrust.
The Dark Lotus Company is about two detectives (Nelly and Tobi) that work for The Dark Lotus Company. Unfortunately, after messing up big time in their last investigation, the company are only giving our two detectives the cases no one else in the company wants. Despite this, our two detectives work their hardest to solve their cases, while trying not to create anymore mayhem or chaos in the places they visit.

Hope you enjoyed the first part of this little comic, I’ve made a few more parts to this investigation which I’m hoping to put together in another video and post soon. This was just something I made to amuse myself while ill, but if people seem to like this little series, I’ll continue making it.

Hope you are all doing well and as always, Thanks for reading.

A Very Alternative Christmas Playlist

If by now you’ve grown sick of hearing all those disturbingly cheerful festive songs, you’re in luck. I’ve put together a little list of alternative festive tunes that are definitely a hell of a lot less played out than your regular festive song.

Bongo Cat- Christmas songs

Your normal festive tunes but with a twist. The twist being they’re sung by a band of adorable animated kitty cats. Both cute and cool as well as a lot more entertaining than the originals.

BTS- Christmas Day

If your going to listen to festive music, you might as well throw a little K-pop into the mix. I’m not a huge K-pop fan but I do have a bit of a soft spot for BTS, GOT7 and Amber liu, hence why this song made it into this list.

GOT7- Miracle

Okay, I may have down played my love of K-pop a little with that last song, but this song is too lovely and cute not to have it on this list. (My fav in GoT 7 is Jin-young. He constantly looks like he wants to punch the other members really hard and its rather amusing).

12 Days of Honkmas

Why sing about the 12 days of Christmas when you can sing about the 12 days of honkmas. These little Pikachu birds (Cockatiels I think they’re called) are so cute and funny. This festive song is bound to bring a smile to your face.

You’re A Mean One Mr Grinch

Not going to lie this is one of my favourite Christmas songs. This time of year, you can find me making a grand entrance into a room singing this song. There’s even a very dramatic interpretive dance to accompany this song. I know, it’s kind of childish but screw it. Sometimes you just have to act a little silly to relieve the stress of this time of year. Not to mention, its one hell of an effective way to fight boredom.

Hopefully by now you’ve gained a few more festive songs to add to your holiday playlist. Hope you all have a wonderful time over the holidays and

As always, Thanks for Reading!

Speed Drawing Yuri on Ice (Part 2)

As promised, part two of the Yuri on ice speed drawing (for a recap of part 1 click here). I was hoping to get this out soon, but unfortunately this week has been extremely stressful and busy, so things didn’t go as planned. It’s been one of those weeks where your patience and ability to remain calm are truly tested and to top it all off, I’m feeling a little height conscious at the minute (I was mistaken for a child at the Halloween fair. I know I’m a bit on the short side and under 5.3ft/160cm, but glob I most definitely do not look like a child. Peeps need to go to Specsavers to get their eyes tested).
Getting back on track, in this video we pick up where we left off and add light and a bit of colour variation to Yuri’s face. Which surprisingly takes a lot less time than adding shadow, so we also tackle the eye, hair and background. Thankfully my habit of canvas spinning is less noticeable in this part. Hope you enjoy! (If the video appears blurry increase the videos Quality setting, to a number above 360p. YouTube’s default settings don’t seem to work well on digital art. This should fix any blurriness.)

To finish this post of I thought I’d give a quick insight into the techniques used in this video. This piece has quite a lot of layers and required quite a few different brushes, but the main technique is to roughly determine where the areas of light and shadow are, blend and tidy the edges and adjust the opacity (Canvas spinning is optional). You can skip the tidying step by doing things more precisely and neatly first time around, but I find you waste a lot time doing that and the end results are the same (plus there’s something strangely satisfying about cleaning up the edges).

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and…

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Speed Drawing Yuri on Ice (Part 1)

While creating the artwork for the Yuri on ice review, I realised I could actually record the process. So as a bit of fun, I recorded myself painting Yuri’s head and made it into a speed drawing. To keep the video at a reasonable length I’ve split the speed drawing into two parts. The second part I’ll post next week when I find some decent background music for it (the background music to this one is a bit meh).

Originally, I was going to do a voice-over for the video to add a personal touch, but unfortunately suffered an awful bout of shyness and self-consciousness about my rather raw accent. Narrating an entire video somehow seemed a lot more daunting, than voicing a character in an audio comic. So, instead I created a few quick drawings for the video and rescued a few old drawings from WordPress media and put them to a new use. Though, I’m not a pro at digital drawing, I hope you enjoy this speed drawing
(A little heads up, for some reason YouTube’s auto Quality setting is sometimes making the video look blurry. If this happens click on the videos settings button which is the little cog shaped button, then click on Quality and select a number above 360p. This should fix any blurriness).

Hopefully you’re not dizzy after watching that, apologies if you are. If anything, you could call this an energetic attempted at speed drawing. After sitting down and really analysing this video, I’ve noticed I tend to do it when thinking or swapping the stylus from the left to the right hand. So, hopefully in the next attempt I’ll be able to refrain from doing it (although, being able to spin and draw at the same time is a talent in itself).

Hope you enjoyed this attempted at speed drawing. If all goes well part 2 should be posted very soon and…

As always thanks for reading/watching.

Finds of the Week

This week has been kind of crazy, everywhere I turned someone wanted my help with something or was looking me to come somewhere in the car with them, to keep them company. Pretty sure at this point, I’ve travelled the length and breadth of the country. But sure, I’m not going to complain, it’s nice to feel useful and although it was a busy week it was also kind of fun.

Unfortunately, this has meant I haven’t had a great deal of time to work on stuff for this blog. So, instead of posting nothing this week, I’ve decided to take this opportunity to try something I’ve wanted to do on this blog for some time. This little venture is called “Finds of the Week” and will consist of some of the cool, interesting or just plain weird things, I’ve found on YouTube during the week.

So, without further ado I bring to you this week’s, Finds of the Week:

Finger dance: BTS- IDOL

This is kind of strange but one has to admit it is rather cool. I have no clue how these people are able to bend their hands like that, but it really impressive.

Chickenpella – Disney

Man plays songs with a rubber chicken, while people sing. Sad thing is this guy can play the rubber chicken better than I can play any instrument.

Tokyo Ghoul – Unravel (cover by Big Marvel)

For all the Tokyo Ghoul fans, I’ve included Big Marvel’s cover of Unravel I found this week. Here he plays the rubber pig and duck, as well as the rubber chicken. (Also, that person in the background staring at him, eating a sandwich is hilarious)

The Life of Death

A beautifully drawn short film about the sad life of death. It would be pretty awful if everything you touched died. I found this film quite a while ago, but found myself re-watching it this week so put it on the list.

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN – Rewrite The Stars (#WITHOUTMUSIC parody)

Really didn’t want to overload this post with K-pop, so was only going to share Rewrite the Stars without music. However, the Fake Love without music was too funny not to share.

BTS – Fake Love (#WITHOUTMUSIC Parody)

If you’re really into K-pop, there’s also BTS- Idol without music (and a few other BTS songs) and BLACKPINK- Ddu-Du Ddu-Du without music. There both pretty strange but funny.

As you can tell this week’s YouTubeing was a little on the strange side (it can be a lot stranger). I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and if you’d like me to make more posts like this, let me know in the comments below.

As always, Thanks for reading.

Finding A Little Animation

While searching deep in the memory of my computer trying to retrieve lost drawings, I came across something kind of funny that I had completely forgotten about. It was a little animation I created well over a year ago, when I had gotten really curious about how animation worked and decided to try it myself. Granted this animation is only 4 seconds long and the art work isn’t spectacular (my art skills have greatly improved since then). But, I remember making this little animation and it taking forever (several hours) to create just 4 seconds. Then being all chuffed, when it was finally finished and played through smoothly.

To make it easier to watch I uploaded it to YouTube, but don’t worry I’m not leaving you all to become a YouTuber. Videos just upload nicer on YouTube and load a lot quicker, making it the better option.

It might not be that pretty, but it was my first attempt at animation and I thought it would be cool to share with you all. Looking back on this, it’s rather funny because I made it just after watching Cat Soup and was inspired by the wee boat the cats sail in. All I can say is that it could have been worse, I could have made an animation about that Mickey Mouse impressionist from Cat Soup. Which would have been creepy and messed up on so many levels.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this little find and if I ever find the time, I’ll try to make another little animation like this one (hopefully it’ll be a little better).

As always, Thanks for reading

Trying my Hand at Art Challenges

thumbnail_20171107_182800Have you ever watched something on YouTube and thought “that looks too fun, not to try?”

Well, that’s exactly how my latest disaster started. I watched YouTubers take on the finger-painting challenge and produce amazing paintings of fishys, mermaids and landscapes and naïvely thought, it would be fun to try the finger-painting challenge myself. I’m going to be honest with you guys here, I’m pretty such I’ve failed at this challenge.

Suspiciously, no one really shares their fails at these art challenges (makes you question, if they’ve had multiple attempts or how challenging the challenge is for them, in the first place). So, to break this perfectionist trend and show a genuine attempt at an art challenge, I will share with you my attempt at the finger-paint challenge.

thumbnail_20171107_151719There was some instant regret right about here. A pre-school child’s painting this fox, was not what I was going for. Fingers are so much harder to use than brushes.

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Yeah, adding more paint really didn’t help the situation. Apologies for the nightmare inducing eyes (My fox looks like he had a run in, with jeepers creepers).

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At this point I was finished murdering my fox with paint, so I decided to paint the background. I quickly learnt fingers can’t paint blocks of colour, so I smeared paint all over the place and hoped for the best.

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So, this is the finish piece. It might not be the best thing I’ve painted, but at least it’s an honest attempt at the finger-paint challenge.

(I should probably insult my own intelligence, before ending this post and mention that I wasn’t using lead paint or any other type of poisonous paint. I used non-toxic paint, so there’s very little chance of my hands dropping off and dying from paint related poisoning).

Mademoiselle Noir, a Victim of Prejudice.

ec1d89a6-bcc2-42b1-991a-0fe123c1dcb0Mademoiselle Noir (Miss Black), her only crimes were living in a tower, having long black Rapunzel hair and repeating the same French phrases over and over again. Mistaking her for a demon and burning her to death, was a huge over reaction on those towns people’s behalf. They could have at least, ran tests to prove or disprove, her demon status, before they set her hair on fire. Prime example of why holding prejudice, is both idiotic and also dangerous.

Short post today, because it’s Father’s Day and I need to spend time with my Papa. Today’s post is digital art work inspired by a song/animation, I came across on YouTube, called Mademoiselle Noir: A Tragedy. It’s a very sad song, but has an important message about prejudice and judging people based on their appearance. Hence, why I thought it was worth a mention.

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Pencil drawing, I done for Orly. She said Mademoiselle Noir tower was too creepy, so made me draw her a Princess Tower.