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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Moving...

Some of my readers on Blogger may have noticed that I do put "this post was on www.darksirengames.com earlier".  Dark Siren Games   is my website that I have had for a while now.  Before the website, I had this Blogger.

When I am finished with Captured, I am going to just leave a final post directing people to my website.  I am grateful for all the people that do read this Blogger.   I need to start directing people to my site.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Nanowrimo Rewards Expiring

I was sent an email from Nanorwrimo.  This email told me that some of my rewards were going to expire.  One of these rewards were my chances at getting a few hard copies of my rough drafts for free.  So I'm taking part of this month to finish up typing some rough drafts so I can use the rewards that I have.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New Video is Up






I'm finishing the artwork for this game.  I just have one more scene to go.  Then I got to do the facial expressions.  This is technically a redraw of an old drawing I did some time ago.
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My anatomy drawing has changed.  I'm not sure if I'll ever touch color pencils again.

This post was already on www.darksirengames.com

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Finishing Rough Drafts and Rewriting Captured

In the Meanwhile...

While finishing the artwork for Captured, I completed a rough draft for a fantasy BXB visual novel for National Novel Writing Month in 2014.  I have just completed a Science Fantasy BXB visual novel script without the motivation of a challenge.  Both scripts are being reviewed by offline English Nazi yaoi fans who are very critical about their literature.  I will start dedicating a lot of time to bettering my drawing skills when it comes to male anatomy.  

Finishing Up Captured...

I like to thank everyone who has been keeping up with me throughout the years.  I have finally gotten to rewriting the draft for Captured.  I am making sure that choices make sense and that there are no spelling errors.  My artwork has improved over the years but I am not going to go back and redraw sprites, backgrounds, or scenes.  I will redraw such things in later visual novels if I need to.  The draft was written a year ago, so this will be interesting. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Reading Books is Helpful

I've always been told that reading a variety of books is a nice way to gain a lot of knowledge.  A few months back, I decided to review a about Jennifer Hudson on my vlog channel. The book helped me have a better understanding of writing in first-person.  I have been writing in first-person a lot lately when writing scripts for visual novels.  Generally, one of the most helpful tips for writing is to read a variety of books.  I hardly read non Fantasy books so Jennifer Hudson's book was a nice change for me. 

For my BXB visual novel, the setting is on Mars.  Searching on various NASA websites, and message boards for space fanatics is not enough.  The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must book was a book I was reading for quite a while now.  Being able to read through a thick book on a seven hour flight, while not having access to the internet, was helpful.

Why All the Research?
I have been doing some worldbuilding for two stories that I am writing while finishing up the artwork for Captured.  One of the worldbuilding websites I am using is 30 Days of Worldbuilding and the other is Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions.   Worlduilding has helpped keep my mind together while I write the first drafts for these stories   I am not a person who can wing a story on the first try and I need to do a few outlines before starting the rough drafts.  If anyone wants to write something not centered in the real world, then giving both sites is worth a look. 
 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Enjoying the Single Life

After ECPI University...

I tried to join a few starting video game companies.  For a while, I blogged about my time with my first video game company.  This company had a name already registered, a few people willing to join, and a few marketing deals with a few other companies.  Unfortunately, people within the company lost interest and fell off the face of the Earth, the lesser skilled people did not want to put the time in to better themselves, and then left the company and I was still in Sam's Club getting annoyed with the lack of dedication from others.  

I finished my work within a week, while others were ready to talk about the mmorpg they finished playing and not the 3D work they were supposed to finish weeks ago. 
My other game company....was in the same boat as the previous video game company but this company had dedicated people willing to work for free before the company took off.  Believe it or not, I actually used this website to convince the manager to "hire" me on his team for character concept work.  He had me do landscape concept work instead. Unsurprisingly, he found my landscape artwork to be unimpressive and would wonder why I was so bad at drawing landscapes.   Eventually, I ended up leaving the company. 

I Was Angry...

There was a few times when I could have joined some companies that were starting but could pay me immediately.  The first company I mentioned had a good way of talking me into not joining any other company because, one day, the company would grow and have a lot of benefits for me in the future.  Well first company sunk due to the manager becoming broke and I have no idea what's going on with the previous companies I mentioned.  

I'm Fine With Just Getting Help With Music and Beta Reading... 

As of right now, for writing, drawing, advertising, and programming, I have me, myself, and I to that work.  I have two people for music and two offline people for beta reading/playing.  I think I like this team and I wouldn't ask for more.   I just wanted to reflect on some bad choices that I have gone through in the past.  I often slowed down my work on my visual novel and writing in order to help out with the other game companies.  Well, not anymore and, this year, I hope to finish my first visual novel. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

New Image to Work On

Bryan and Amenti drowning 1

This is a traditional version of my next image that I am going to be working on right now.  I'm debating on recording this one or not.