MMW: [Ghosting by Mother Mother

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Welcome back to a new installment of MARK MY WORDS featuring the lyrics of Ghosting by Mother Mother which I do not own. I only own my illustrations and interpretations of the lyrics.

Sorry I’ve been an absent father lately, I’ve been working on some projects that I can’t show you at the moment (maybe later) and have been busy with personal stuff. These MMWs are really helping me out of my art block as well.

Get ready for some hard hitting blog posts in the next few weeks featuring my cool as heck doodles!

MMW: [Bambi by Tokyo Police Club]

MMVBambiAs always, the lyrics to Bambi by Tokyo Police Club

Heyyyyyyy, this looks pretty–sketchy…to me… HAH. ahem. Yup. I’ve been at this for about a week, and  I think it’s pretty complete, don’t you? …If you said “no,” well, wrong answer bub.

I’ve been thinkin……..when school start I won’t have as much free to draw as I’ve been able to these past few months… so expect less updates and less…quality (hahaha) for the entire school year. Not to mention this is also my senior year of high school so I’ll be busy with college applications and that whole mess. Yaaaaaaaaaaay…ugh.

Thank you so much for reading and supporting all the work I do! I’ll probably be active on twitter (@jubnuggets) if you still wanna see art and other shenanigans.

Alright well, see ya kiddos later!

MMW: [Anklebiters by Paramore]

MMVanklebitersHeyyy lookie a brand new MarkMyWords and it’s so shinyy and sketchy OOooo!

This comic was inspired by a song called Anklebiters written by a little band called Paramore. All the lyrics from the song belong rightfully to Paramore and the illustrations belong to me.

Out of Space Process

So this week since I’ve been focusing a lot of my energy drawing, writing, and breathing Out of Space comic I figure it would be nice to show you guys my process works out. Now, just so you know everyone is different and we’re all entitiled to our own way of doing things. This is merely my own process.

First, I start out with the idea. The concept of Space Unicorn has always been running around in my mind ever since I made the first comic of it.

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It started out on a limb when I was getting some advice from a cartoonist, so I drew out my idea implementing their technique which I now use in all my comic endeavors, but I’ll go into that in more detail later.

Second, with my idea in mind I start to write the script, or at least plan out some kind of dialogue. For a prospectively long and story-oriented series such as Out of Space I’ve finally taken the time to write an full script along with character planning sheets. basicSUdesc
All of this, the character planning sheets, scripts, and even floor plans have been pretty new to me since I’ve never put this much behind-the-scenes thought and effort into a comic before. This is definitely a first time for me and it’s definitely a lot of work that I’m still getting used to but the pay-off is so wonderful.

Just the other day, I was writing a really emotional scene and I just was so overwhelmed and felt so swept up in all of the character’s emotions and feelings I had to take a break from writing for a little. Now, maybe I might just be a little emotional as a person, in general but I’d like to believe that it’s because, unlike my other creative endeavors, the characters have been planned out and some-what developed. I’m still working out the details on Solis and some details about Space Unicorn that I’m still working out.

Now for the actual story boarding. I’ll show you what I mean using the Episode 2 script that I wrote. Ep2scriptYou can see that the heading is purple which is just an indicator for me that it’s been published already so I don’t confuse where I’m at in the story with what I’ve published and what I’ve written.
I’m sure that I don’t write scripts correctly or with the correct formatting but like I said before we’re all different and this works for me.
P1, P2, P3…” is an indicator I made up to help me visualize and categorize the actions happening in each panel. Most of the time the script is a guideline for me since the visual you want might shift and change as you actually draw it out but for the most part the dialog stays the same

When I draw out the initial sketch I use pencil and I lay a grid underneath to make sure that my lines are straight and I can maintain size continuity as best as I can. The grid I use is just regular graph paper which is nice because graph paper is the same size as the paper I work on (7”x11” printer paper.)epsketch001

 

 

I write little notes to myself in the margins since Tapastic’s size requirements are pretty narrow and when I ink I can maybe clear up some details that are unclear.

I ink using a fine point Sharpie on a light-box, nothing too fancy. Sharpies have a habit of bleeding through the page but for my purposes, they work!epsketch002

 

 

Then, I take the scanned image into PaintToolSai to make small edits. For this episode I had to do a lot of coloring in for the parts that are supposed to be space. For upcoming episodes hopefully there won’t be too much digital editing.

Finally I put it through Photoshop CS5 so I can write in the dialogue using a font I specially created via MyScriptFont.com since I know my handwriting is atrocious.

And that’s essentially it! There’s nothing special to my process, no late night walks on the moon or special tea brew that wakes up my creativity just a disciplined writing and a lot of support from all of you!

You can find the final product here and feel free to subscribe to the series, like, and share as you wish!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Happy Birthday Star Saga!

kyvbukyum6kyv55kyv8tHeyyyyy, Happy birthday Star!! This was such a pain to animate and I probably could do better if given more time and uhhh a basic understanding of animation…and art in general for that matter, huehue…BUT(T) I hope you love it anyway!

I know I tell you all the time but seriously I’m so lucky to have met you. Everyday I’m so grateful knowing that you’re always there for me, always with the perfect words to say. Even when we’re raging and frustrated at the state of things (or flippin’ out about robots and baseball kids) it’s comforting to know that I have someone that gets it, in the most fundamental way.

I love you and appreciate you so much and I’m so so lucky to be able to call you my friend. Happy birthday, Star.

<3 Jubnuggets