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1. Solid state depth animation test #888

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2. The Color of Change: Can Colorful Images Help Solve Social...



The Color of Change: Can Colorful Images Help Solve Social Problems?



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3. Whether to Finish or Not

I was sorting through my TBF (to be finished) files this morning and came across a little ditty that I’d like to share. I have many files like this one; bits of story ideas, entire chapters that sounded good at the time but fell by the wayside when a more exciting project came along, or things that I never finished researching for one reason or another. 

This is only the first page or so of a story’s first draft. There is much more at home that follows this. What I’ve decided to do is ask you if you think I should spend valuable time to finish it. Do you think it could spark enough interest to encourage a reader to turn pages? Can you easily envision possible scenarios for the events hinted at by the writer? Would you be curious enough to turn pages?

I’m taking this step because I have so little invested in this wee sample. I could easily finish it, or, I could ignore it and let it fade into the distance of the past. You tell me how I should treat this prospective story.

As I’ve said, I have little invested in it. I’d much rather have honest opinions than sugar-coated rhetoric that means nothing.

 SAGA OF THE FLYING YEEJ

          Ever wonder if other people’s lives were punctuated by oddities like yours? Let me tell you; you’re not alone. Take it from the Queen of Weirdness, everyone’s had their lives polka-dotted by those little quirks that have little or no explanation.

          During my life I’ve experienced so many oddities that flamed across my reality that many times I felt like I was living an episode of the Twilight Zone. I suppose that’s why I knew I just had to write this small, focused catalog of incidents. I wanted to assure others that just because they’d never seen anything like what had suddenly flipped through their lives didn’t mean it wasn’t possible.

          After all, just because someone’s paranoid doesn’t mean that there isn’t someone out to get them, and that’s my motto about weirdness. The Creator put a lot of stuff out there in the heavens and on Earth. You or I could be a little slow on the uptake and missed something along the way. And occasionally that something drops by to introduce itself.

          I doubt there’s much in the way of weirdness that I have seen. Take ball lightning, for instance. I was twelve the first time I saw it. Goosebumps coursed down my spine, leaving entire meadows of their offspring on my arms. The thing that caused me the most fright was that it moved when it was observed, took a fancy to certain people in the room, and then gradually faded from sight without emitting a sound.

Now that you’ve had a chance to go through the beginning, what do you think? Please let me know. Is there enough here to create a worthy story or not. Give me your comments with opinions. Don’t be shy.


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4. Whether to Finish or Not

I was sorting through my TBF (to be finished) files this morning and came across a little ditty that I’d like to share. I have many files like this one; bits of story ideas, entire chapters that sounded good at the time but fell by the wayside when a more exciting project came along, or things that I never finished researching for one reason or another. 

This is only the first page or so of a story’s first draft. There is much more at home that follows this. What I’ve decided to do is ask you if you think I should spend valuable time to finish it. Do you think it could spark enough interest to encourage a reader to turn pages? Can you easily envision possible scenarios for the events hinted at by the writer? Would you be curious enough to turn pages?

I’m taking this step because I have so little invested in this wee sample. I could easily finish it, or, I could ignore it and let it fade into the distance of the past. You tell me how I should treat this prospective story.

As I’ve said, I have little invested in it. I’d much rather have honest opinions than sugar-coated rhetoric that means nothing.

 SAGA OF THE FLYING YEEJ

          Ever wonder if other people’s lives were punctuated by oddities like yours? Let me tell you; you’re not alone. Take it from the Queen of Weirdness, everyone’s had their lives polka-dotted by those little quirks that have little or no explanation.

          During my life I’ve experienced so many oddities that flamed across my reality that many times I felt like I was living an episode of the Twilight Zone. I suppose that’s why I knew I just had to write this small, focused catalog of incidents. I wanted to assure others that just because they’d never seen anything like what had suddenly flipped through their lives didn’t mean it wasn’t possible.

          After all, just because someone’s paranoid doesn’t mean that there isn’t someone out to get them, and that’s my motto about weirdness. The Creator put a lot of stuff out there in the heavens and on Earth. You or I could be a little slow on the uptake and missed something along the way. And occasionally that something drops by to introduce itself.

          I doubt there’s much in the way of weirdness that I have seen. Take ball lightning, for instance. I was twelve the first time I saw it. Goosebumps coursed down my spine, leaving entire meadows of their offspring on my arms. The thing that caused me the most fright was that it moved when it was observed, took a fancy to certain people in the room, and then gradually faded from sight without emitting a sound.

Now that you’ve had a chance to go through the beginning, what do you think? Please let me know. Is there enough here to create a worthy story or not. Give me your comments with opinions. Don’t be shy.


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5. Tips and Tricks from Indie Authors

I shot out an email to a few blogger buddies of mine that are/have self pubbed or are being published with a small, independent publisher.


Thanks to everyone who took time to send some tips. Some of these ladies will also be coming back on Fridays to provide more insight.

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6. The eXperiment - To eBook or not to eBook

I have a huge exciting thing to announce....


I'm doing an eBook eXperiment!!!!!  And I am documenting my entire journey on this blog....and I want to to come with me.


Disclaimer: Before I get started, let me say one thing. I wholeheartedly BELIEVE in traditional publishing. I have many friends in this industry (editors, agents, publicist, and authors). And to be totally honest, if that process had worked for me over the last two years, indie ebooking would not have been not my first choice. Why? because I soooo want to see my books in print, I want to do book signings, I want to meet my editor in NYC over tea and lunch and fee like a real author. By me doing this, I am not making  any statement or judgement AGAINST traditional publishing or FOR indie publishing. I am in support of physical books and would never want to see bookstores or libraries go away. I am doing this as a challenge and experiment to see what works in ebooking.

But this is just not any ebook. This is an eXperiment.


The difference?? I'm going to document EVERY single thing I do from a setup, launch, cover, marketing, advertising (minimal) and even keep you in the loop with the sales so we can see what flies and what flops. I'd love to take you guys on this journey with me! I mean, most of you have been with me since I started this blog a couple years ago. So why would I leave you behind?


In this eXperiment - there will be no pretenses. No secrets. I'm pulling back the curtain and digging in to see what can be done with ebooks. 


I'm going to share my thought process and muddle my way through the process to see if someone who is unagented and unpublished can really make this work. Sure, some authors with established names and published books do well and then are some authors are ebooking through top agencies that provide marketing.


But what about the Joe schmo? Is ebooking a viable option for those who don't want to or can't make

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7. Seismosketching

Using my phone drawing software (Magic Brush) I came up with another fun sketching activity. I guess I’ll call it Seismosketching. 

On a long, bumpy van ride from Hohhot, Inner Mongolia into the Gobi desert I wanted to to pass the time drawing on my phone, but the road was just too rough. I decided that instead of fighting against the bumps and jostles I would use them to draw. More accurately, I guess you could say I let them use me to draw.

All I did was open the new file window and let the bumps choose a background color. Then I opened the brush color palette and let a jostle choose a brush color. Then I put my stylus against some area of the screen and let them both do their thing. I closed my eyes and left my hand loose. Every once in a while I would pick my hand up and move it to a new part of the screen. Other than that, there was no plan and no design on my part. By the last picture (the first one in this series) I tried multiple layers of color and let the drawing go on for a long time. 

I think this will be a new ongoing experiment of mine because the bus and car rides here in China are often long and bumpy. Now instead of getting mad at the drivers and road conditions, I’ll team up with them and see what we can create together. 

NOTE: I had the program setting on “Mirror” that is why the drawings are so symmetrical.

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8. I’m pretty noobish with watercoloring my drawings. And,...



I’m pretty noobish with watercoloring my drawings. And, for some reason, I never really tried just watercoloring without line drawing first. Even though I’ve seen plenty of people do such things, I’ve never thought to give it a shot myself until I started admiring the incredible work of these two fantastic art beings (one is MCFC favorite Eleanor Davis). So while out drawing some of the gnarled little “bonsai style” trees, which I like to do here on campus when it is so darn nice out, I decided to give it a shot. Rough, but a passable first effort and encouragement enough to give me the nerve to try some more. 



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9. Lower’s Dogs

Rom Harre is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Linacre College, Oxford, and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. In his book, Pavlov’s Dogs and Schrodinger’s Cat: Scenes from the Living Laboratory, we get an enlightening look at the use of plants and animals–including humans–in scientific experiments. In the excerpt below we see how dogs were essential to figuring out heart transplants.

By coincidence, two men, one living in the seventeenth century and one in the twentieth, who both used dogs as models and whose work led to major breakthroughs in medicine bore the same name.  The first Richard Lower used dogs to perfect blood transfusion techniques, while the second Richard Lower used the same species of animals to perfect heart transplantation methods.

History, as presented in the media and so in popular belief, credits the beginning of heart transplantation techniques to Christiaan Barnard.  Digging a little deeper we come across the most successful practitioner of this art, Norman Shumway.  However, using dogs as experimental apparatus – as pilot plants- to perfect the surgical techniques required to carry out transplant operations on human beings.  Christiaan Barnard did forty-eight trial transplants with dogs before he undertook such an operation with a human being.  He acknowledges that what he uses ‘was a technique built on that developed by Shumway and Lower, who had experimented on more than 300 dogs… With their findings joined to mind there was little point in continuing to further sacrifice of animals.’

Richard Lower studied at the Medical School at Cornell but moved for his residency period to the University of Washington in the northwest of the United States.  One autobiographic snippet suggests that the American northwest suited his love of the outdoors.  Finding things not to his liking there he moved south to Stanford were he could qualify more quickly.  Working in very primitive conditions in the training section of the hospital he eventually met up with Norman Shumway and forged a remarkable partnership with him.

Norman Shumway (1923-2006) studied medicine at Vanderbilt University, moving on to a doctorate at the University of Minnesota in 1956.  He was appointed as a surgery instructor at Stanford University in 1958, where he remained for the rest of his career.  He seems to have been a somewhat paradoxical character.  Reticent and wary of publicity, yet he was famous for his witty and jocular conversation, particularly during the course of long and demanding surgical procedures.  The persistence with which he pursued his goal of successful himan heart transplantation suggests a dogged streak.

Lower began his experimental programme as an assistant to Shumway working on the techniques for open heart surgery, including the possibility of cooling a living heart so as to stop its beating.  Under this condition surgical repair would be greatly facilitated.  The heart could then be warmed up and restarted with a fibrillator.  Perhaps the heart could be removed completely from the patient’s body for delicate surgical work and replaced when the repair was done.  This is the procedure known as ‘auto-transplantation’.

Dogs were already in regular use at Stanford University Medical School for training surgeons.  …Lower and Shumway continued their use of dogs as experimental apparatus, pilot plants for the ultimate transfer of the techniques to the human case.  Despite his skill in surgery Lower was unable to achieve successful autotransplantation.  The reason was simple

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10. More experiments



I have found that some pens will work well for this type of technique and some don't. The Oil brushes can work as well if they are set with the bristles as far apart as possible. When I really get something that makes sense I'll post a tutorial for anyone who might be interested in trying this in Painter. It will most likely work well in Photoshop if the basic steps are followed.

Create an image and put it on a separate layer.
Add a second layer of all Black over that one and set the option to MULTIPLY.
The use either a scratch board tool or a pen to take away sections of the black layer.
You can reduce the opacity on the black layer so that you can see the image beneath.
Every once in a while I put the opacity on the black layer back to 100 % to check the effect.



©Ginger Nielson 2010
But I am still figuring out the types and kinds of scratch board and relief options in Painter.

The next experiment will have me creating the image first in scratch board (black layer first) and then painting it in watercolors.

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11. Sinister Dexter Pg.1 panel 4

After fiddling with the 'paint' job on this for a bit too long - I have decided that I don't really like the effect that I am getting here. What worked quickly and effectively for the Pulpy Punisher seems mired in labourious detail when applied to strip work.



As I had altered some stuff from the pencils, I used the existing file to create a 'non-reproducing blue' guide for inking... That took some doing, but I'm part way done on inking the page now and despite the desire to show the other style at BICS, I'm much happier with the results I've already produced with my inks. Hopefully it will just be a case of 'dropping' them over the already worked-up colour file.

It doesn't hurt to experiment, and I'm glad I gave this a crack but in order to be ready for next weekend, it will be safer to produce the rest of these samples in my tried and tested style - I just hope I'm not doing myself a disservice with this decision.

Oh and just one final thing. The comics with my first published work are now available via the good folk at FutureQuake Press - and you can order them here.
OR HERE:

Zarjaz issue 08 - £3 + p&p




Dogbreath issue 21 - £3 + p&p




Please do help to support the endeavour, as without Small Press publishers like FutureQuake, it would be much harder for people like me to get work in print. They have other new comics out as well, all produced for the love of the medium.

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12. Sinister Dexter Pg.1 rough

Here is a sneak peak at that page again... very rough (and incomplete) colours this time, not wholly sure that the 'painted' approach is working for me. The script asks for early evening and I've wondered about rendering the whole page as an orangey or sepia tonal thing.



Rendering without the benefit of a nice ink line to follow makes the task of colouring up a lot more intense... Inked lines hide a multitude of sins and the thicker they are the better they are at hiding where I've gone over the lines!

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13. Sinister Dexter Pg.1 pencils

I've had the script for this for a while.
Sinister Dexter - Tart Au Citroen
Originally published in 2000AD prog 1282. I was intending to do this in the style I've been using for all my comic samples...



...but comments made on the Pulpy Punisher have led me to the decision to 'paint' this in photoshop. Thanks for the input everyone, I really appreciate the support.
I don't know how much of the script I'll get done in this style before BICS but I should be clear of other work to finish enough of it to be worth showing.

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14. Profound Nonsense of The Day: Bleach Kills 99.9% of Germs

Mouthwash. Bleach.

Detergent.

What is the hidden link that allows us to associate the three above products together?

Not only do we use these in our everyday strive for hygiene, but they all supposedly kill 99.9% of germs.

Let’s look at that again:

“xxx peppermint mouthwash: Kills germs 99.9%! Buy two now for ….$$$ Yadda Yadda.”

And again:

“Kills Germs 99.9%…”

However, they don’t actually make it clear whether it is the bacteria in our mouth or not.
So therefore, this can be taken several ways:

  1. If I drip this onto a single germ, it will die 99.9% of the time.
  2. 99.9% of germs will die once they come into contact with the mouthwash - what the “marketeering” people want you to think. ; OR
  3. The mouthwash only affects 99.9% of all the known germs in the world.


I might be that one in a thousand :3

What do you think? (: Who knows? It’s a possibility.

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15. Sun Wukong (Monkey)

Well, more Monkey. I really shouldn't have found this brilliant topic as torturous as it has been.
I think it's a fairly common phenomenon. Given a job/topic that you'd love to do and do well - there is a tendency for the creativity to freeze up on you. A psychological road-block that gets in the way of you and the destination you'd hoped to arrive at. I think you need to keep going though - being a professional dictates that you can't just give up entirely. By taking a couple of detours, you might not end up where you thought you'd like to go, but the journey will have been interesting and you might end up somewhere just as good.



And with that word "journey" in mind. Sun Wukong is the traditional name for the character "Monkey" from 'Journey to the West', an old Chinese legend. Popularized in the 70s by the classic TV show "Monkey Magic" and then again in recent years by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's stage adaptation.

I'm fairly happy with the treatment and approach to this, albeit a reasonably straight copy of the TV show's. My inked sketch, quickly coloured in photoshop would serve as a character design for a more dynamic martial art style action pose, but time has run out on me, so this will be my submission for DrawerGeeks this time round.

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16. Super-Monkey

DrawerGeeks' new topic is Monkey. I've had real problems with this - I was originally going to do a monkey killing two birds with one stone - but it didn't have the quirky quality I was looking for. Then I thought "Space Monkey" but something I've seen kept creeping into my mind...

I don't really like this Super-Monkey, conceptually I think it's a bit weak - no nice puns to be had with the name Clark Kent or Kal-El... I think at some low point in the Superman franchise there may have been a Super-Monkey. I thought about doing a strip where I just spoof Superman totally but I'm not that excited about it. If it's not working, move on. So here is the best of the aborted approaches.

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17. Carpet Pattern Card

I've finished my submission for Scotch Corner and I've had word from Graeme that he'll post it up in tomorrow's guest spot. I probably won't be able to make a posting tomorrow so here is a bit of a teaser...


...and this is a pattern I created for an aborted project that involved a flying carpet. In the Harley Quinn pin-up, I've used the pattern as the pattern on the back of the card, and I have to say, I think it's far more effective as that than it ever felt as a magic carpet design.


I always think of Weaveworld when I think of magic carpets, and I am sure I recall thinking about that book when I was designing this pattern circa 1999 - now that's recycling for you!

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18. Judge Dredd Figure Inked

Inks for the Dredd I've been working on.
Experimenting with this currently - I may end up inking the background... depends on how some colour roughs go.

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19. Latest experiment




Trying out some tree and bird brushes I just made.....

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20. Dredd (tablet inked)

Brian Bolland now uses his computer for inking and colouring...
I've got a sneaking suspicion that the very popular Boo Cook also works digitally.

I thought I'd give digital inking a shot as an experiment.



I'm not sure I'm happy with the results - the gains made are easily outweighed by the fact that the inking is a little soulless. Put simply, I don't like it - I'm off now to do things as they were intended - man, paper and pen!

< for Illustration Friday, I've canned this approach! >

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21. Illustration Friday - "Poof"

On Saturday they were going to turn on The Large Hadron Collider. This is a massive particle accelerator which will be used to observe and study the smallest particles known to man...

There is some talk that they are going to use it to try to recreate the circumstances of the big bang!

There are mixed views of what actually turning it on will mean. With the scientists looking forward to seeing some results from the $ 8billion investment and other parties proclaiming that the world will be sucked into an artificially produced black hole...



I don't know much about the physics of this, but it sounds like a crazy sci-fi movie where these well-meaning boffins came up with an idea and just did it. You know, after realizing that they could do it, they didn't actually stop to consider if they actually should... and now we're all gonna die horribly or in this case vanish in a puff/poof of logic.

For more info on the LHC simply search 'Large Hadron Collider' into any good search engine... in some news reports it looks like they've postponed the apocalypse until 21st October now!

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22. Mute Swan

This is a quick little logo I've designed for a project I'm working on at the moment.


It didn't need to be a particularly brilliant logo. It just needed to have something to do with a lack of noise. I chose the swan as that felt like a crest kind of an animal and there weren't many options for creatures that were habitually silent.

Also, gotta say, I'm pretty chuffed - I got noticed by those chaps behind the 2000AD fan site 2000AD review for my recent Judge Dredd sample pages - Thanks guys!

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23. Running Man

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24. Why


Style experiment.

More at Sevensheaven.nl

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25. DrawerGeeks - Dragon

The new topic on DrawerGeeks is Dragon.

I'm supposed to be packing the house up for our upcoming move...


...but I found 25 minutes to take part. I'd normally have loved to get all involved doing a lovely fantasy dragon. I nearly drew Bruce Lee, but in the end humour won out, and you have the submission above.

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