Hi guys! So, now that I've actually got some followers and such, I've decided to start doing monthly journal entries to just kind of let you guys know what's happening on this end as far as art and such goes and what I plan on doing this month with both of my projects, and possible new ones. This is going to help me get my art life organized a little, and I guess it might give you guys something to look forward to.
So, let's get started with the first State of the Frau!The Year in Review:
Believe it or not, this is my one-year anniversary don deviantART. So, so crazy! In that time, I've drawn 23 pieces, gotten four wonderful followers (you guys rock!
) and have made a lot of progress in both of my projects. Super exciting! Thank you all for sticking with me, especially though that big stretch of my inactivity. Hopefully, I won't have too much inactivity from this point forward, but you never know, I guess.
I feel like I've made a lot of progress as an artist in the past year. When I look at where I was last March and where I am, now, it almost feels like a different artist. I stuck with what I knew a lot more when I first started up, and now, it seems like every piece I do has something I don't usually do in it. It's really fun to see the progress I've made, and I can't wait to see where I'll be next March. The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
So, this month, I plan on getting all the minor characters sketched out, finalize the designs for the major characters, and work more on my architecture, especially figuring out curved streets, inclines, and Notre Dame de Paris. Thinking about drawing that whole cathedral in one shot is really daunting for me, so I think I'm going to do it in pieces, first: I'll work on drawing the individual pieces like the doors and the tympanum first, and then I'm going to do the full thing. I think the exterior is going to be a bit of a challenge as far as detailing goes (there's a lot
of little elements to get in there), but the interior might just kill me. Not only is it going to really challenge my skill in detailing, but it's going to challenge how well I can draw curves in perspective. Which, admittedly, is not well... Most of the stuff I'll be doing for this project will be digital so I can really get that figured out.Sic Semper Daemonis
Some super exciting news in this department: my animation program is supposed to show up tomorrow!
I'm so excited to get started on it.
With my program coming tomorrow, I'm going to go into a lot more depth with Sic Semper Daemonis. I have a good chunk of my storyboarding done, but I'm not quite done with that, so I'll work on that (I probably won't be posting those, though), and I'll be going through each of my little panels and making sure that I know how each of those is going to look. So, more architecture for this project, more looking at individual elements, and making sure that I've got all the characters under my belt. New Project: Kuroi Ame
I know what you're probably thinking: "Another project, Frau? WTF, man, why can't you focus on one?". Well, this one comes with a little story: some real crap went down yesterday (I won't go into the details, because I'm still kind of pissed about everything, and I kind of just want to get over it and not be bitter and such), but some good came out of it: I'm going to get to take Japanese next year in school! I'm pretty excited about that, since it's something I've always wanted to do.
Now, there is one thing that will be kind of challenging about that. Like I said with my Sic Semper Daemonis project, my school does an annual foreign film festival with the world language department, where everybody makes a short movie in their target language, and we get to watch them in order to kind of jumpstart our language-learning process and to make it fun. Now, I'm already going to be in French and Latin next year (hence the Latin title and character names for my other project), and the plan up to this point has been to make the movie for Latin and then dub it into French, since I focused mostly on my French thing this past year. Now that I'm in three language classes, though, I kind of want to try my hand at making one in Japanese. As of right now, the plan is to make a post-apocalyptic heist movie, under the working title of Kuroi Ame, the name for the nuclear fallout phenomenon known as black rain. According to wikipedia, at least... I'll change it if it ends up being inaccurate, but for now, that's what it's called.
This won't be my main focus, right now, (I'm going to mostly try and get my Sic Semper Daemonis project done and ready), but I will be starting it up this month. It's going to mostly be getting the characters sketched up, so not super exciting, and starting the storyboarding process. I might also try out some architecture, if I get far enough with the other junk I'm doing.In Summary:
Hunchback of Notre Dame: Finalizing principle characters, sketching minor characters, architecture studies
Sic Semper Daemonis: Detailing, finalizing designs, architecture studies
Kuroi Ame: Character sketches, possibly architecture studies