Nov 20 2014

Charity Expressions WIP

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Charity Expressions WIP by the-gneech on deviantART

I love this exercise, but it takes forever. If interested, you can find the template here: 25 Essential Expressions

I am still not quite happy with the designs for either Charity or Langley. I was hoping that it would smooth out as the story progressed, but if anything it’s getting worse instead of better, so I’m trying to work it out and “get it right” before going on with another issue.

Charity should be young, almost baby-faced, bright eyed, eager, and cheerful. Think Sailor Moon with spots. So, eyes bigger, muzzle smaller, lots of big expressions are the mode for her.

Suggestions? Comments? I’m all ears!

-The Gneech

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Nov 03 2014

Issue Two Is in the Can! So To Speak

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Today the last page of the second issue of Suburban Jungle: Rough Housing went up on the website! The files are sent off to the publisher, including a piece of bonus art that isn’t on the website (but will go up on the Patreon page soon). Naturally, I’m quite pleased about this. :)

I’d be very interested to hear any comments or feedback folks might have. I’ve been experimenting with some different art techniques as well as deliberately coming up with things that would be challenging to draw in order to break out of my old habits of “medium shots of people with crossed arms standing around talking all the time.” The art will probably be shifting slightly again between issues, as it’s still not quite where I want it to be, but it’s getting closer. As always, the real tension is between “getting the page right” and “getting the page done in less than a week.”

As I did between issues one and two, I’m going to pause the web page updates between issues two and three, so I can work on rebuilding the buffer, as well as getting some real work done on “The Other Comic,” for which I have scripts and some layouts done but need a few days of uninterrupted work to get actual pages drawn before we’ll make the official announcement and launch date etc. I’m also going to be building an Etsy shop, getting ready for two(!) conventions in December and… oh yeah, selling my house and moving. O.o

Why do I never do things that are easy?

-The Gneech

Suburban Jungle: Rough Housing
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Oct 09 2014

Abel Du Sable– Coffee Promotion

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Abel Du Sable– Coffee Promotion by the-gneech on deviantART

Post-AnthroCon commish from Abel Du Sable. Dude! Don’t bogart the java, man!

Thanks, bud. :)

-The Gneech

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Aug 08 2014

KarmaKat Commission 2/4

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Karmakat Commish 2/4 by the-gneech on deviantART

So apparently these take place sometime in the 1-4 year period after the end of the original SJ comic, as it’s after Tiffany and Leonard get married, but before the actual birth of their son Louis.

(Trivia: Louis Liger is known as “Little Louis” to distinguish him from Tiffany’s brother Louis Tiger, who is known as “Big Louis,” even though Little Louis eventually grows to be something like twice Big Louis’s height.)

-The Gneech

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Jul 16 2014

Rarity– Waiting for Inspiration Collab

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Rarity– Waiting for Inspiration Collab by the-gneech on deviantART

This is a collaboration with LateCustomer on DeviantArt. When I saw his sketch “Waiting for Inspiration” (here: http://latecustomer.deviantart.com/art/Waiting-for-Inspiration-sketch-467687479 ) I was pretty much instantly seized with a burning desire to ink and color it.

Fortunately, he was kind enough to give me permission to do so! Thanks dude! I hope you’re pleased with the result.

-The Gneech

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Jul 07 2014

Good Night @AnthroCon, We Love You :)

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Heading to bed with another AnthroCon sinking slowly in the west. Normally I drive back on Sunday, but this time, partially at Sirfox’s request, we’re staying until Monday. That’s probably a good thing, actually, as I could really use a sleep-in before driving 5 hours to get us back to VA.

All in all, it’s been a good one. :) No super-high highs, but plenty of nice little moments. As I mentioned on Twitter, Uncle Kage introduced me to Lee Tocker (the voice actor of Snips and Steven Magnet on MLPFIM) by describing himself as a fan of mine, which I was quite flattered by. I also got to see some of my regular crew, such as Buck Turner, InvisibleWolf and Derrick, Teiran and Fuzzwolf, LionKingCMSL, Mooncat, and several others. I got to chat some with RebelSquirrel, which I enjoyed; met Xylo, the new director of the InterventionCon dealer room, who was one of my neighbors in the dealer room; and Path, the chair of Furry Fiesta, who has declared that I am stalking him by virtue of him being everywhere I was about to go anyway (including my own hotel room).

Sales were nice and solid, too. Not quite up to my peak perhaps, but definitely better than last year. I have nearly sold out of several older items and need to work on creating new product before InterventionCon, but having new books on the table was a great feeling. :) I am also getting better about working all of my table materials into a manageable set that can be carried to and from the venue in a single rolling suitcase, as opposed to the enormous stacks of boxes of yesteryear. Some of that was Kerry’s tendency towards sprawlingness, but a lot of it was just me being disorganized and muddle-headed.

Weight-wise, I was a little over my daily point allotment each day of the con, but not by very much, and I easily made it back up in activity points from walking all over the place. I did have to go to one of the leatherworking vendors and ask them to add a couple of new holes to my belt in order to tighten it more, which I’m hoping is an indicator of success on that front.

Tomorrow (er, later today?) when I get home, I’m going to start posting pages of Rough Housing to my FurAffinity account, on recommendation of the FurPlanet guys. I’ve also got to crank out pages for next week and get some commish work done, so I’m going to be a busy, busy Gneech when I get back! But a happy one. It’s very nice to finally be doing my proper work as my real job. Now all I have to do is figure out how to get my boss to increase my salary. ;)

So g’nite AnthroCon, we love you. :) And good night to the rest of the world, and have an awesome tomorrow. :)

-The Gneech

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