By the way if you guys have any question about Carl or Dude’s history (or their relationships with other characters), I don’t mind answering! HOWEVER, I will say that pretty much anything I answer on Dude’s family might be spoilerific.
A reader asked what languages does Carl speak, and I thought I’d extend that question to Dude too!
Carl, being born and raised in central California, grew up speaking English. When he was very young, he was raised predominantly by his grandmother, so he learned some Portuguese. However, after she moved out of the house, Carl pretty much forgot most of the Portuguese he learned. He knows a few words here and there, but not enough to hold a conversation with anyone.
In high school, he took a year of French (as a required elective). He barely remembers any of it.
Dude pretty much exclusively speaks English. That was the language spoken at home, and that’s all he’s learned. However, in high school he took three years of Spanish and surprisingly retained most of his knowledge on the language. He can speak a little conversational Spanish, but he butchers the pronunciation. Badly.
If I somehow missed your fanart, please please PLEASE let me know. I wish I had all-seeing fanart god-powers, but I don’t. If you sent me an email with some fanart or you posted it somewhere and I overlooked it, let me know. If I forgot to put yours in, it’s my fault. Just shoot me an email! I’ll be sure to look at it.
The above link and this one cover pretty much everything I was going to say (right down to the same numbers on estimating how many of your packages the USPS will lose!); the only thing I would add is basically just advising folks to operate on the Scotty Principle when publicizing their fulfillment time frame!
Hi folks, for the past few days, I haven’t been feeling all too well, and last night I came down with something gnarly. I’m feeling a bit better today, but there’s no way I’m getting this page up on its usual 10 am slot. What I CAN guarantee is that it’ll be up sometime today PST, but I’m gonna take it easy and finish this at a workable pace.
The good news is that all that’s left are the BGs, I rather enjoy painting those. I got a big mug of ginger tea to keep me hydrated. Thanks for understanding. :)
But I still have 2 messages that are unaccounted for because they’re not showing up (but the inbox says they are there). So if you sent something and I never replied or received it, I’m super sorry! Feel free to re-send your messages if you think I didn’t receive it. Because there’s no way I would have known if I gotten them or not.
Carl’s hair defies the laws of physics. You cannot understand it. Nobody can understand it. Hell, not even I can understand it. Carl’s hair exists in a dimension between time and space, between light and shadow. It knows no good, nor no evil. It is a greater being than anyone can comprehend. And it chooses to take its physical form as a hairstyle on a college-aged werewolf.
December (Chapter 4) will be AT LEAST 5 Pages Longer
I spent last night re-writing/adding more scenes into my old draft of Chapter 4, and I think I finally solidified it, and I think it answers some questions people have been having about Carl & Dude (although… it brings up EVEN MORE TASTY QUESTIONS).
It’s funny because despite spending so long on Cans of Beans, I finished this draft of CoB over 2 years ago. I started having trouble getting Carl & Dude back into character. I was accidentally writing Carl as a certain schizophrenic writer and Dude as a certain murderous hitchhiker and it took me until this week to finally get their voices back. This is what happens when you have too many comic ideas swirling around your head, I s’pose!
Anyway, I’m just rambling, but I hope everybody is pleased with the results. <3
Found this article. Found it incredibly helpful. Be sure to go read the full story, but these are the ten questions the author (Lydia Netzer) covers in it:
1. At what point did you feel like “Ah, now the story has really begun!” 2. What were the points where you found yourself skimming? 3. Which setting in the book was clearest to you as you were reading it? Which do you remember the best? 4. Which character would you most like to meet and get to know? 5. What was the most suspenseful moment in the book? 6. If you had to pick one character to get rid of, who would you axe? 7. Was there a situation in the novel that reminded you of something in your own life? 8. Where did you stop reading, the first time you cracked open the manuscript? (Can show you where your first dull part is, and help you fix your pacing.) 9. What was the last book you read, before this? And what did you think of it? (This can put their comments in context in surprising ways, when you find out what their general interests are. It might surprise you.) 10. Finish this sentence: “I kept reading because…”
Some of this could be easily adapted into roleplay critiques, though it’s primary use is, of course, novel writing.
Wow yes this is what I need.
Now just to finish actually writing the story :’D ;;
I found a weird glitch concerning SOME internet-installed/custom fonts and the Mac version of Manga Studio 5. On some of these fonts, the tops and/or bottoms of the font might be cropped or shaved off. This is the result of the font itself having a wonky ascender/descender value. Adobe Photoshop bypasses the ascender/descender property, but Manga Studio actually obeys it.
So in normal-speak, if you find that your text has its top or bottom shaved off, you either need to re-install the font (which is what I did and luckily it worked) or you’ll need to use another program to do the font lettering*. To my knowledge, Manga Studio has no solution to this problem. Which really really sucks because I love MS5 so much.
This glitch still doesn’t keep me from loving this program though. It’s leagues better as a drawing tool compared to Photoshop.
*Edit: A third option could be to invest in a font editor to fix the ascender/descender values, with the font creator’s permission of course. But that’s not the greatest option for most people.
I wrote a short little fantasy-horror story last night involving a child-mermaid. It’s nothing fancy, but I’m kind of fond of it. Maybe I’ll illustrate it in the future when I don’t have a million things to do.
Animating was seriously the best course of action for my, “wow I feel like I’m not improving” blues. It’s like the BILLY BLANK’S X-TREME FITNESS COURSE for artists I swear to god. Nothing will kick your lumpy artist ass faster and harder.
Some things that it forces you to work on:
Draftsmanship/ability to turn complicated & simple forms in space
Learning to trash crap drawings
Line quality (if doing clean-up)
But above all things, what makes animation worth doing/practicing is just seeing characters you’ve created come to life and move on their own. <3