I have some goals for this year. I have been posting videos of me talking about something art related on my vlogging channel; especially in this video.
One of my goals for this year is to make a youtube channel for Dark Siren Games. The channel will have me showing my progress in visual novels and game engines but only when the work I am doing is related to a project I want people to see. There will be progress videos for Bernard's Secret and Captured.
Drawing random or fanart characters will go on my vlogging channel while speed drawings of characters for my visual novels will go on my Dark Siren Games channel. Does this makes sense?
Throughout 2014, I brought RPGVXAce, Spriter, and some tutorials for Unity. I also have flash. There might be videos on those software as well. Not tutorials but just what I have been doing with the programs.
When Captured is done, I will devote a ton of time to drawing male anatomy and real people in general. It's time I make my anatomy in my drawings much better.
It's been some time since I have won National Novel Writing Month. National Novel Writing Month is an challenge that happens once every November. This is when a person decides to sit down and write 50,000 words in a month. I won last year's nanowrimo and won this year's challenge again.
Next year, I want to publish my first electronic book on my indie author website: www.indieauthortiffany.com. I will be publishing my 2013 nanowrimo story on that website but this year's nanowrimo challenge was different for me. I decided to make the challenge about my next visual novel story. Captured (previously known as Trapped) is nearly its final stages of development. I can not work on the visual novel's artwork on the go, so why not write a story while I am out and about?
Bernard's mermaid mother tried to escape with him at an early age of twelve year's old but failed. Forced to live with his paranoid human father for years, Bernard has grown a low tolerance for everyone on the island he lives at. One day, he hears the voice of his mother calling to him from the sea. She tells him that if he does not find her during his eighteenth year, he will die an agonizing death at the hands of the gods.
There's a reason why he's stuck with his father and why his mother is unable to come get him. Bernard's Secret is a boyXboy visual novel. I had lot's of fun writing the rough draft. The story is really dark right now and hast a ton of metaphors. I'm going to have fun with it.
A few weeks ago I began working on the final scenes for Captured (formerly known as Trapped). I'm not used to doing drawing with multiple characters and a background. Most of my work on deviantart has just a character and no background at all. This image above has made be think about perspective and my character designs. I accidently left some details out on Amenti (mermaid main character).
I will try to color in those details and not not forget about them on the other special pictures. My next issue is that I'm not sure how to put these scenes into the ren'py engine, but I will get to that part later. Maybe I will make a thread of this on the lemma soft forum. Maybe...
Coloring multiple characters and the background will take a while but I am putting 1 to 3 hours a day into making this visual novel now.
As it has been brought to my attention that the tittle Trapped has been taken. I have been thinking of a new name for my visual novel right now. I'm thinking of Fish Tank and Caught! Anything to deal with a mermaid being stuck in a tank for long periods of time.
I think I am improving each time I get to use Photoshop. This is the last background image for Trapped. I will now be working on special character scenes. I have six of them to do in total.
Since making this game, I have learned more about Photoshop, anatomy drawing, and writing better. There is going to be a lot of mismatched artwork.
Of course there is a possibility that I could be adding in more background images or redoing or touching up on old images. I will do this after drawing and finishing the special scenes.
I need to redo the story as what is written in the ren'py engine is a rough draft.
Then...next is collecting all the tracks from both of my wonderful music artists. One of their websites is here Both artists have volunteered to help me with the music. I am happy to finally have people to count on.
Lastly, I need to find another tittle for Trapped as the name was already taken by another visual novelist.
This post is not about me asking for someone to do some music for me. I already have two people willing to do music for me as of the beginning of November. It really helps to have images available to show these musical artists so they can get a good idea of the story. I'm no longer the only one working on this visual novel. This is such a good feeling for me right now.