Sunday, June 3, 2007
Projects and Astounding Feats of Derring-do!
Uh. Sorry. No actual feats of derring-do. That was just to make the title more interesting. I'm sorry! I'm sorry! Don't leave! Please stay! I wasn't lying about the projects. I'll never deceive you again ... at least not any time soon.
So, I worked on projects this weekend and it felt really nice. Yesterday I went out walking through the neighborhood and collected data for my parking map. There are some stunning houses around here, but given that the neighborhood I was in bears the name of Quality Hill, I can imagine that people of quality and their large sums of cash helped build those amazing domiciles. It was a good walk and the perfect weather.
Afterwards I went over to Isaac and Elsa's for Katie's birthday party, and again I left so full of food that I could barely stay awake. This is getting to be a pattern. Every time I go over there I end up packed to capacity with vittles. I also found that large groups of small children make me quite nervous.
Today I went to church, this time at University Church of Christ. They have a good young adult group and are quite friendly, though I'm still not down with the lack of musical instruments. Maybe I'll make up for that at TNL again. Anyhow, once I got home I worked on another of my projects. That's what all these sketches are.
The top one is of three characters playing putt putt golf. The guy on the left is Lapinus, guardian spirit of rabbits. In the middle is Bigvai, who tends cacti. On the end is Sookmuk, the guardian spirit of icicles. He tends to be a bully and a hothead. The three are a group of friends that are sort of rivals with Murphy's group of friends. The sketch immediately above is a collection of different sketches of characters. Murphy's in there, as is Lapinus, and Axaholotl on the upper right.
So what are all these for, you might wonder. Well, ill-advised as it may seem, I want to start a webcomic. I know, I know. It's not like there isn't a surplus of crappy webcomics that never get updated. Why do we need one more? Uh. I don't know, but hopefully it won't be quite that crappy and hopefully I will update it regularly. I'm doing prep work now to make sure that I don't get lazy and not have enough time. Also, I want to do the illustration inside Flash so I can store a library of graphical assets so I don't have to redraw everything each time I make a new panel. Also, I plan on mapping out the storylines well in advance so I don't get stuck with writer's block when I'm looking at a deadline.
The concept for the webcomic, in brief, is that these cyclopean dudes are guardian spirits of different aspects of Creation. They tend and manage their given specialties. However, God made Creation largely self-regulating, so they spend most of their time watching human television, having parties, playing putt-putt golf, and, uh, probably having wacky misadventures. Angels are in there as administrators and law enforcement. There's a couple of them in that middle sketch.
Like I said, it's probably not the best idea, but after reading so many webcomics for so long, I guess I'd like to try my hand at it. I'm always trying to create my own version of things I enjoy, such as games and stories. As a kid, I made lots of choose-your-own-adventure books. Now I have better tools, so we'll see if I can improve upon my Bat Yuppy adventure book. Good grief, I certainly hope so.