Art Post – Merry Christmas 2017

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Alexis and Galin - Christmas 2017

Happy seasonal greetings to all of you humanoids of all non-specific religious and areligious denominations, may your December be festive and / or whatever is customary of your prescribed belief system and be filled with as much interaction and quality time with your family and / or family stand-ins as you feel comfortable with…

…Was that inclusive enough? Maybe I should’ve included all non-humanoids in the greeting as well… DAMN IT! I DIDN’T THINK ABOUT THAT! NOW SOMEONE OR SOMETHING IS GOING TO FEEL LEFT OUT!

…Mocking of progressive PC culture aside, I’m honestly surprised I ended up doing this drawing in the first place, much less getting it done so early before Christmas. And when I say early, I mean I had to consciously hold off on finishing this drawing for a couple of weeks because I was working on this in November, WELL BEFORE Thanksgiving. You see, in my eyes, doing or bringing up anything Christmas related before Thanksgiving is a cardinal sin in my book, because I swear all stores start advertising for the damn holiday earlier and earlier each year. And that’s a problem for me, because the whole holiday is becoming something of a commercial nightmare where I feel forced to spend money that I don’t have, and I don’t like having to be reminded of it outside of its designated month of the year. I honestly feel it’s going to get to the point where eventually we’ll get Christmas ads in December… for the next year’s Christmas… And don’t even get me started on Christmas music… Feliz Navidad is literally the only good one, and that’s because it sounds absolutely nothing like any of the other crappy 90 year old songs they’ve been painfully ingraining into my head the past 24 years…

So, taking that curmudgeonly rant into account, WHY did I decide to do a Christmas drawing if I’m not so big on the holiday? In all honesty, it just sort of happened… I know I was kind of in the mood to do another non-comic drawing, when I just decided to draw Alexis, because I thought to myself “Hey, I haven’t been really drawing her too much this year. Let’s make some more art of her.” I suppose something just clicked in my head, and then I realized “Alexis probably looks pretty cute in a santa outfit and it would totally be in character for her to wear one, so let’s draw her in one, because who doesn’t like getting pandered to with some cute moe anime girls?” (Aside from the people who don’t like any of those things…) In literally 90 minutes, I had Alexis completely drawn and colored, because santa outfits are actually REALLY easy to draw. And that’s when I came to the realization “Why the hell am I doing this in November? Sean, you’re becoming what you hate! And you already kinda hate yourself a lot as it is…” So I decided to take a break from working on it.

Whilst on that break, something else just clicked in my head. “Galin is Alexis’s partner, he should be in the picture, especially considering he’s been in like, what, a SINGLE panel for this entire year of the comic… But what kind of seasonal outfit should he be wearing…?” And then I realized. The perfect Christmas outfit for Galin: A dumbass reindeer costume! Because nothing de-fangs an edgelord-esque character like Galin by making them look really stupid. And so, I eventually got to work finishing the picture, giggling to myself just how perfectly dopey the costume was coming out. When it came time to do the finishing touches, I decided to do a more graphicy / cartoony approach to the shading while keeping the background simple, because 1.) I felt it fit the picture better, and 2.) I was too lazy to do anything more demanding than that…

Overall, I’m fairly pleased with how the drawing turned out. The line work is kind of on the simplistic side, but I’m not gonna stress it too much. I’m thinking this style of shading works the best with my art style out of all the different shading styles I’ve experimented with in the past. And I’m not just saying that because it also happens to be the quickest one to do out of the styles I’ve attempted. So basically, you can expect to see more drawings that look closer to this one, than the Judith one I did for Halloween in the future. That all being said, I hope you guys like it, and I hope you all have a good Christmas season this year and whatever that would entail for you on a personal level. And with that, I’ll see you next post.

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Art Post – Happy Halloween 2017

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Halloween Judith

“Happy Halloween darlings… I hope you don’t end up finding all of the horrors of the night to be too… stimulating… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!”

*cough cough*

Anyways, I decided to do another drawing for Halloween this year because I figured, eh, why the f**k not? Night Fox is a comic about ghosts and “spoops” after all. This year, I decided to do Judith, considering I just introduced her, and I figured “Hey. She just did some pretty creepy stuff in the comic… Bet I could make her look pretty creepy for a Halloween drawing as well because I’m literally too lazy to come up with any other ideas for one at this point…”

As you can see, I’ve been trying out doing a little bit more detailed shading than I usually do. I’m not 100% satisfied with how it turned out to be perfectly honest. I kinda think it doesn’t quite mesh too well with my kind of cartoony art style, so I’m not entirely sure if that’s going to be a regular thing for me when it comes to my art in the future. Though, I will say, I do think her hair turned out ab-SO-lutely fabulously in my opinion, if I had to pick which part of the picture I liked the best.

I also tried to experiment with different poses, which if you’ve seen me draw ANYTHING LATELY, you know is something I almost never do. Decided to do a pose with her sitting, looking down upon you with her spear drawn, with a demented, almost perverted grin on her face, ready to skewer you should she feel the urge… Coincidentally, that is not the same design for the spear I gave her in the comic. I know, being inconsistent like that is pretty bad, but I have a bad habit of going for the first design that pops into my head when it comes to minor things like that and then changing it later on down the line for something far less retarded. This is another one of those cases, as I like this spear design better…

So yeah, to summarize, basically experimenting with new angles and poses… So, if the proportions of anything look a little off, it’s probably because I have next to no experience drawing characters like this. In situations like that, I would normally track down a reference to use on Google, but, this was not exactly an easy pose to find a reference for, so I kind of had to make do with some guessing. While not perfect, it definitely could have turned out worse… Especially considering I did this whole thing with a mouse, with no pencil sketch to start me off. And if you’ve ever used a mouse for artwork before, you know how “unsuited” for the job they can get…

But that’s enough of me picking apart my own art. I hope those of you who are still of the right age enjoy your night of trick-or-treating, while the rest of you enjoy the discount pricing for Halloween candy the next day. At any rate, the next comic is on schedule for tomorrow as usual, so until then, I’ll see you next comic.

Art Post – Metroid: Samus Returns Hype!

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Samus Returns 9-15-17

I know this isn’t what I usually post, and it has been a while since I’ve posted just random artwork on the blog, but with the fact that a new Metroid game was coming out and the fact that I hadn’t really drawn anything aside from the comic in a while sort of inspired me. So, in honor of the Return of Samus’s release, and the fact that I am a pretty big Metroid fanboy, I decided to draw some fanart of Samus. Fun fact, this is actually the first piece of fanart I’ve ever drawn. Why it took me until I was 24, I have no idea. Also, oh dear god, I just realized I’ve been 24 for a month now, which to be fair, could be much worse… I could be 25…

At any rate, the whole thing actually took a lot less time than I expected it would, maybe only about 11 hours of total work. Probably the most time consuming part was doing the outline to her gun and heels. I know, I could’ve just drawn the Zero Suit design that didn’t have the rocket heels… But I’m one of those few people who didn’t mind her getting them in Smash Bros and thought that they were kind of badass (they did make her pretty damn close to S-Tier in Smash 4 after all), so I decided to just suck it up and draw them. Overall, I’m very pleased with how she turned out, which is pretty rare for me, considering I always tend to pick apart pretty much all of my artwork whenever I finish a picture, so the fact that isn’t the case here might just lead to me doing more art like this in the future. Though, who can really say for certain at the moment…

Also, second fun fact time: You may notice I draw Kitsiyuna with a similar face and hair style to Samus (well, at least with the way how I draw Samus anyways, they’re supposed to look similar). That was very much a deliberate choice on my part when I finalized Kitsiyuna’s design for the comic. Me being the big fanboy that I am, decided to take Samus’s physical appearance and use it as a basis for Kitsiyuna’s design (you know, before I added her kitsune features and what not). So Kitsiyuna having long blonde hair styled the way it is in addition to her being very tall, especially for a girl, and fairly muscular is a result of me being inspired by Samus’s design, who in the cannon of Metroid is also supposed to be pretty tall (pretty sure anyways, I could be talking out of my ass…), and who I would also assume is supposed to be pretty muscular as well. The more you know!

At any rate, I’ve rambled enough here. I would spend some time talking about Samus Returns, but as of the time of me typing this post, I haven’t actually been able to pick up my copy yet. The comic for next week is going to be on time Wednesday at 11AM Eastern, give or take a couple of minutes depending on how distracted I get when it comes time for me to actually post it (I don’t trust the schedule a post thing on WordPress to work properly, so I post manually). With all of that out of the way, I have nothing else to really say right now, so until then, I’ll see you next mission post.

Art Post – 2 Year Anniversary

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2-year-anniversary

Here’s to 2 years of Night Fox! And now, a little bit of introspection:

When I first started this comic, I began with some very lofty aspirations for how it would go, and how popular it would end up getting. Looking where I’m at right now currently… I have to say, back then, I was very naive and I needed to have my expectations tempered.

I had drawn comics before in my spare time all throughout high school, though I think I had been drawing comics all the way back as early as elementary school. Anyways, they were never anything all too special, and my drawing capabilities were extremely lacking back then compared to now, but when I showed them to my friends, they were usually pretty impressed and I got a fair amount of laughs out of the jokes I had made. I got content with the mild praise I got for my comics in high school, and just sort of didn’t really do anything else with them once I graduated. I went onto community college immediately after the summer I graduated, where I hit a few speed bumps. All of the friends I had gotten over the years of attending public school just sort of, went away. I only stayed in contact with 1 or 2 of them for maybe a semester before I sort of gave up contacting them. My fellow classmates in college were more or less all strangers to me at that point. It was because of that, that I sort of lost my drive to do any more comics for a while, because after all, I didn’t have any friends to show them off to, so why bother?

From there, I took a 9 month break from community college after a semester and a half to go attend a “special” trade school of sorts. When I first started taking classes in college, I didn’t really have much of a focus for what I wanted to end up doing (I mostly wanted to just keep doing art related stuff, but I knew I was probably never going to get money doing that), so my mom said I should learn at least some kind of practical skill to make it easier to get a job, which is why I went to the trade school until I could sort those things out. It was the first time I had lived away from home, and it is there that I tried my hand at learning computer repair. The only problem was, living at that school was the worst experience of my life. I hated my roommates and most of the other students. The only people I got along with were the other people in the computer repair program, but they weren’t enough to make me feel like I wasn’t rotting away at that place. So I tried to finish up my program there as fast as I could. What resulted was that I learned enough to pass the program, but not enough to actually do computer repair properly. I did managed to get certified, but I had so little confidence in my abilities, that I never ended up doing anything with that certification. It was 9 months pretty much wasted at a school that felt more like a prison at times, and to make matters worse: I still didn’t know what I wanted to do once I went back to attending community college again.

Thankfully, some of my initial hang ups with community college went away once I got back. For starters, I didn’t have to walk 30 minutes to get to my classes any more, because I was able to get my driver’s license and a car. My older brother had also ended up moving back in after he got fed up with living in Florida, so it wasn’t just me and my mom anymore back at home. More importantly, with my brother moved back in, I finally had someone else to bounce comic ideas off of again. I eventually settled into the course I had first picked when attending college, as I saw it was pretty much the best option for me, that course being Graphic Design. I had gotten a lot more comfortable talking to my other classmates, so I didn’t feel the need to keep to myself in my classes any more. And as a result, I wasn’t as nervous showing people stuff I had been drawing. I wasn’t as good as I am now (and right now, I’m not too afraid to admit I’m still pretty average), but my drawings were good enough to them to earn me some praise. A lot of people said that I should start posting stuff online. I knew that was logically the next step, but I still didn’t feel ready for that at that point.

I dragged my feet for a couple of months on the idea of getting a presence online, but I never really acted on it until eventually I was required to start a blog for one of my classes. If you had been following the comic from the beginning, you’d know that that class blog would eventually transform into this one. It might not have been as idle of a start as I had wanted, but in the end, I had finally gotten myself to post some of my artwork online. I started off bright eyed and beaming about the possibility of my comic being able to reach so many people, but, as I stated earlier, I set my expectations way too high.

The comic did not really take off all that fast, and I didn’t actually have any idea how to do a web comic in the slightest. I didn’t have an optimal setup for how to arrange the panels, or how to set up the speech bubbles, and I never saved the files in a web-friendly resolution, so the comics ended up being massive. I used to, and still do, make a lot of typos that I only end up catching after I finish uploading things. And I still cannot nail a consistent look for the comic, having changed the general layout and how much detail  I put into the comics at least 4 times (ie, whether or not I do backgrounds, whether or not I do shading, or even whether or not I just do everything in pencil). In those first 2 years, there were so many times that I just wanted to give up on the whole thing, because it just felt so pointless as nobody was even reading the thing, with there being stretches of entire months where it seemed like even the people who were following the blog had stopped bothering. And to be perfectly honest, there are still times where I want to just give up on the whole thing now. But at least now, if I decided to give up, it would only be so that I could start over again now that I have some idea of how to actually make a web comic.

I’ve gotten to the point that I don’t think I’ll end up truly giving up on doing a comic online. I’ll only end up stopping so that I can do it better my next go. And sure, while things have been slow, and nobody leaves any comments to tell me what they like or don’t like about the comic, at least I’m still getting likes, and still getting new people following the blog, which tells me at least people are reading. As slow as the pace that I’m going is, I’m still getting followers each month, and even if it’s only one person a month, it still enough for me. I also still get really excited and happy whenever I get just a single like. The knowledge that someone still wants to read my comic is what truly makes me happy about doing this. And while I’m not sure how reliable WordPress’s stats are, I can still tell I’m growing, and not just stagnating into obscurity. After my first year, I only had 52 likes, and maybe some 10 followers. Now, as of typing this, I’ve gotten 169 likes and 39 followers. It’s not a huge increase over the first year, but it definitely is an improvement, and it’s all thanks to you guys.It can take a long time to build yourself up, but so long as things keep going at this rate, sooner or later, I think Night Fox can get there. You just have to remember, pretty much everything started off with a humble beginning…

Anyways, I feel like I said most of what I wanted to say, so until then, I’ll see you next post.

 

 

Art Post – Happy Halloween

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happy-halloween

Here’s the quote on quote Halloween picture I said I was going to do… I realized as I was doing this, that if you have a bunch of characters who are members of the undead who make up your web comic’s cast… You don’t really have to try too hard to stick them into a Halloween themed drawing. Sure, I could’ve made it a little more on point by adding a jack-o-lantern to the background or something… But I’m lazy with backgrounds and kinda of hate doing them, so I used something I got off of Google as a basis and modified it to better match the picture. Still, even though I edited the background to make it a whole heck of a lot less detailed and fairly hard to recognize in comparison to the original picture, credit where credit is due. (They’re a heck of a lot more talented than me, that’s for sure, so they deserve the recognition)

Anyways, I chose to not use and Alex and Kitsiyuna for this one and decided I should let my antagonist get a chance to be shown off for once. I figured that a witch/necromancer and her skeletal minion would be appropriate enough for the holiday, so I went and drew Shira with a witch’s hat and Styx without his face being covered up for the picture.

And yes, in case you couldn’t tell from the comics, Styx is supposed to be a skeleton. I was going to show that off at the end of Comic 67, but I sort of rewrote how the aftermath of that fight went down so I didn’t really have a chance to show that off. Styx was originally going to actually reveal himself to everyone as the guy responsible for creating the Poltergeist and tell Alex that his boss was interested in recruiting him, but I padded the ending to the fight up to that point so that it would end after I did exactly 100 pages. So, in order to move the story along, I just decided to cut that bit and save the reveal of his face for another time… which I suppose is right now… Anyways, that change to the story has made me decide to change how Shira is going to approach attempting to recruit Alex. She’s going to be sly and cunning about it instead of using a more direct approach I was originally going to have her use. Because of this change, her actions are going to be more subtle in how they affect Alex and Kitsiyuna. Which in turn, I feel is going to allow me to have her show up a bit more frequently in the comic with her scheming than I originally was planning. I actually wrote her into the next story arc because of that. So there you have it: Some useless trivia that none of you guys probably cared to know!

At any rate, I hope you guys enjoy the drawing and enjoy the holiday. (Though, I’m sure most of the people who would be reading the comic would be just a little bit past the age where it’s okay for them to be trick-or-treating, so not as much to enjoy at that point…) With all of that, I’ll see you next comic.

Art Post – Night Fox Character Bio #8

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Shira Coloring

Name: Shira, the Wight Queen

In order to get a better understanding of Shira, you first have to get a grasp on the race of Spirit she belongs to. Shira is classified as a kind of Spirit called a Wightling, which are characterized as pale skinned Humanoid Spirits with dark markings all over their bodies that glow when they’re using magic. These markings help Wightlings gather Spirit Energy more efficiently than most other races, and as such, many Wightlings go around wearing clothing that keep most of these markings still exposed, so as to not hamper their superior ability to channel Spirit Energy.

Throughout the Spirit World, there are many different races of Spirits who are each good at different kinds of magic. As far as Wightlings are concerned, they are considered THE BEST when it comes to Spell Casting, with there not being a single school of Magic they’re incapable of using. But that’s just taking into account magic that they aren’t naturally gifted at. You see, Wightlings are masters of Necromancy and Soul Manipulation. There isn’t a single Spell in the entire craft of Necromancy that a Wightling cannot learn and master, and their inherent understanding of how Souls function are what enable them to be such potent Spell Casters in the first place. And Shira, as the Wight Queen, is considered to be the most powerful Necromancer among all of the Wightlings in the Spirit World. While there are still a few Spirits in un-populated areas of the Spirit World who may not have heard of her or her title, there is not a single Wightling out there who hasn’t heard of her skills.

She’s so powerful, that she can even give the Reaper’s a run for their money. While she’s always careful to avoid doing anything overtly illegal to the point where she would bring down the wrath of the entirety of the Reaper forces on her, she still has had run-ins with them, and she has always come out on top. It suspected that just a single one of her Undead servants is powerful enough to go toe-to-toe with all but the most elite Reaper Officers. And if she runs into a Reaper her servants can’t handle? She goes and deals with them herself.

Not much is known about Shira, as the only people known to know her personally are her Undead servants. That being said, the Reapers have been able to piece together a vague picture of her based off of reports they have on her activities and behavior. It is estimated that she at least has some degree of respect for the Reaper’s and their laws, as she doesn’t actively go out of her way to go and antagonize them, and she only kills members of their ranks when they actively get in her way. That is one thing that she will not tolerate though, and that is people getting in her way, as when something decides to stand between her, and something she wants, or even just slightly fancies, she has been shown to hold absolutely no mercy when dealing with what obstacle is facing her.

It is in situations like these where she will not tolerate failure, and has been known to destroy her own servants when they mess up, so as to bring her other ones more in line. It is this kind of behavior that has caused her to develop a sort of god complex at times, leading her to believe that she may be a sort of reincarnation of one of the fabled “Deity Spirits” that legends say mysteriously disappeared thousands of years ago. Of course, whether or not her belief in that is actually true, top Magic Researchers within the Spirit World have deemed something like reincarnation to be, “almost certainty physically impossible considering what is known about how the Soul works”. Still, delusions aside, Shira is still a Spirit whose good graces you should try to stay in by any means possible, lest she decide she doesn’t want to put up with your antics and destroy you.

Of course, Shira’s personally history is an even bigger mystery to most people. The only thing that can be said for sure is that Shira was probably a Human first before she died and became a Spirit, owed to the fact that she is a Spirit with very Human characteristics, a feature that usually only occurs in Naturally-Born Spirits when one of their parents was Human at some point. Based off of reports the Reapers have gathered, her Spirit form is estimated to only be around 320 years old, which is very young for a Spirit of her power. It is suspected that her cause of death when she was Human may have been that she had been burned to death as a witch, as the estimated time frame for her death matches up with the Witch Trails. One interesting thing of note, is that there have been reports of a Wight Queen from before this time period that have been verified to have no connection to Shira. This has lead to the possibility that Shira might have inherited the title of the Wight Queen from another Spirit. Though, whether she killed the previous Wight Queen, or the title was merely passed down, is unknown.

So, what about Shira’s actually role within the story? Well, she wants to form a Pact with Alex so that she can use him as her Spiriter (what the Human is called in Pact between a Human and Spirit). She suspects that with Alex in her control, she will be able to make him into the strongest Spiriter the world has ever known, and that the two of them together would be an unstoppable powerhouse. For what purpose she either wants, or needs that kind of power, cannot be said for certain. The only thing that can said, is that she will stop at nothing to claim Alex as hers, even if that means she has to destroy Kitsiyuna in the process of claiming him. It is for that reason, that Shira should be considered a top level threat to both Alex and Kitsiyuna when the duo crosses inevitably crosses paths with her.

 

Art Post – Here’s Some Kitsune Butt For No Reason

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Kitsiyuna Coloring 01.jpg

Here’s a random drawing of Kitsiyuna I did recently just for the hell of it. This one is a little bit unique in that I did it entirely on my computer. No pencil involved at all.

Also, you can get a pretty good shot of her ass in this picture as well. So there’s also that…

Not so much focus on her chest though, unfortunately. Oh well, a Boobs-and-Butt Pose this one is not.

Anyways, my monitor is still pretty wonky, but I’ve managed to find a temporary fix that at least lets me still use the damn thing without pulling my hair out, so that’s also a plus. (Though it still turns itself off at inconvenient times, so obviously I still need to get a new one)  Also, there’s just one page left for me to draw before I’ve gotten them all finished… At least paper wise. Still need to get them all scanned in and edited though, which might take a bit. I’m going to try to get them all done before I upload any of them, so that that way, I can just rapid fire update them, which is a nice change of pace in comparison to the slow burn of updates that I’ve been doing the entire time. That’s probably going to be in about two weeks at the latest  and the middle of next week if nothing else goes wrong.

Just knowing my luck though, SOMETHING is probably going to go wrong…

At any rate, this was more or less just for a news update, and I’ve gotten out everything I wanted to say, so I guess I’ll just see you next post.