A few progress shots

The first one is my overall progress on compiling, the second one is a near-final version of a digital card (I labeled this card the wrong color)

The majority of the art for my card game is already done, but now I have the horrifying task of compiling it and editing it. Some of the art was provided by my wife, and I think she specifically made art for two cards. She paints a lot of monsters so it wasn’t that hard to just grab a handful of stuff.

snoozlebee:

eeeaaaasing my way back into animating after not doing it for over a month. i’m finding this is mostly an exercise patience and not letting frustration take over! Back when I was working most of what I did animation-wise consisted of small-to-elaborate loops, but I generally didn’t have a ton of time to finesse stuff.
(Also, I’ve been working with my husband’s copy of toonboom and OH MAN. So much better than flash. I don’t feel like I’m fighting the drawing tools/crashes 90 percent of the time!)

Look at my wife’s animation! It is very good and only for refined tastes.

snoozlebee:

eeeaaaasing my way back into animating after not doing it for over a month. i’m finding this is mostly an exercise patience and not letting frustration take over! Back when I was working most of what I did animation-wise consisted of small-to-elaborate loops, but I generally didn’t have a ton of time to finesse stuff.

(Also, I’ve been working with my husband’s copy of toonboom and OH MAN. So much better than flash. I don’t feel like I’m fighting the drawing tools/crashes 90 percent of the time!)

Look at my wife’s animation! It is very good and only for refined tastes.

I’m not sure how I should align the cards for my game. These are probably the size they’d appear digitally for the game (which is how it will be made for the time being). What do you think?

asker

afrofabulous asked: Do you think that 28 is too old to try to pursue a career in art on your own terms? I wanted to be a 3D animator for as long as I can remember, but when I got to college I realized that going to college for it wasn't for me. The school and the environment was horrible and I was completely uninspired to continue animation. I went to school for fashion illustration after that and I although my teachers thought my art was truly beautiful, I didn't get to finish because I started a family.

superhappy:

bigbigtruck:

(cont.) I became inspired again recently and I have been drawing and sketching everyday (for the past two years) as well as learning animation on my own. I am heavily influenced by your webcomic, but I just wanted to know if it was too late to pursue my dream without school and by myself at 28?

I started TJ and Amal at 31, with a weak art education and zero experience in comics, so you can probably guess where I stand on the matter!

I wish our culture didn’t place such heavy emphasis on “making it” in your teens and twenties; that the (justifiable!) attention paid to prodigies wouldn’t set “prodigy” as the norm.  This kind of BS does everyone a disservice.

If you have a dream and the resources/ability to pursue it, there’s no reason to sit it out just because “everyone makes it by 25.” Because everyone DOESN’T make it by 25. Some do, some don’t, whatever.
What’s more, age can bring experience that will inform your work — work you couldn’t have made at 20 or 25 without that experience.

Sometimes when I get discouraged about this stuff, it helps to remember an anecdote I read a few years ago—
A retiree mentions to her friend that she’s considering going back to college and finishing her degree.
"What, at 65?" says her friend, "You’ll be at least 40 years older than everyone else in class!"
To which the lady replies, “oh, so you think I should wait till I’m 70?”

There’s no going backwards.

Good luck!

Jim Davis was 32 when he created Garfield.

I’ll add to that: Carl Barks, the man behind Scrooge McDuck and the classic Donald Duck comics didn’t get hired for much regular work until he was 34. He didn’t get into comics until he was 41.

GOLEM FIST
This probably isn’t a temp card. It’s a paint over of one of the old cards, made to be a little more interesting composition-wise fix some of the anatomy (but not all - it’s supposed to look a little messed up) and fiddle around with Manga Studio 5 brush settings.

GOLEM FIST

This probably isn’t a temp card. It’s a paint over of one of the old cards, made to be a little more interesting composition-wise fix some of the anatomy (but not all - it’s supposed to look a little messed up) and fiddle around with Manga Studio 5 brush settings.

More temporary artwork for my card game! The top one is a modifier card (which I may rename to artifact?) and the other is an attack card.

I should note that I built the majority of my card game around a Neutral Milk Hotel song’s title, and that card may not make it into the final game

A handful of temporary card designs. If the game is going to be digital only for the time being, I feel like the cards being a little more informational than super fancy might be best.

So I just got Tabletop Simulator from Steam and it looks like i might be able to use it to finally prototype my card game, so I redrew some of the more embarassing cards (the game was made 3 years ago, after all.)

Have you thought about none religions? Why not?

I update my comic three times a week, so if you haven’t checked it out in a while, now is a good time to do so! Maybe click here to read this comic from the beginning!
Also: If you’ve never checked out my comic there’s quite a substantial amount on my website!

I update my comic three times a week, so if you haven’t checked it out in a while, now is a good time to do so! Maybe click here to read this comic from the beginning!

Also: If you’ve never checked out my comic there’s quite a substantial amount on my website!