Night Fox – Comic Post #132: Learning Balance From Past Mistakes (All Pages)

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I think this is the first time I’ve ever done a post a day for 3 consecutive days. Not like I’m acting like that’s anything momentous… It’s just… Amusing to me. Anyways, I’ll see you all next comic.

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Night Fox – Comic Post #132: Learning Balance From Past Mistakes Pg.4

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So in the original draft of this comic’s script, the scene with Alexis and Galin at the end wasn’t included. This is kind of a testament to how bad I am at planning out proper lengths to my comics, but pretty much the only reason I added that was because otherwise this page was going to be too short on its own… That being said, the bit showing off our two new antagonists here in Diego and Rayze was always planned to be in from the beginning (and if you’re wondering why Rayze looks like that one guy with sand powers, Greever, it’s because they’re the same race of Spirit, known as an Antlion).

Now, in regards to Diego and Rayze, they were actually the first villains I ever came up with for Night Fox all the way back my freshmen year of high school. While they did have slightly different names back then (I think I called them Dicom and Dayse), they were the very first enemy Spirit Spiriter team Alex and Kitsiyuna were going to face up against. Obviously, I have made several changes to the general story since then, but I’ve always decided to keep the two of them in the story for some reason or another. Just to give you a bit of perspective of just how long I’ve had these two around: only Alex, Kitsiyuna, and Galin existed as characters before them (technically Kaz did as well, but he was a drastically different, exceedingly minor character back then who mostly just served as a named classmate of Alex). Of course I say all of that, talking these two up like they’re actually going to be important in the coming events, and yet this is only going to be an early introductory cameo for them, as we’re not actually going to be seeing them in action for quite some time.

While we’re on the subject of villains making their first appearances though, next comic is going to introduce quite a few more of them, which shouldn’t actually be a surprise if you’ve actually been paying attention to the plot so far. I feel like we’ve been pretty light on some actual major antagonists at this point (we only really have Shira and her minions right now), so getting to introduce so many of them at once is kind of exciting to me. I was so eager in fact, that next week’s comic I actually ended up making twice as long as one of my normal comics! Doing stuff like that is kind of how I can be okay with myself only posting one comic a week even though I could probably manage to do slightly more than that: because some of those comics end up being way longer than usual thus it FEELS like I’m doing more. I’m still pretty damn lazy about this whole thing… But at least I don’t always FEEL that way… : ^I

Anyways, I’m done spouting words, so until then, I’ll see you next comic.

Art Post – Summer Time 2018

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And here comes the last picture for the art train as we drift back to our regular update schedule of a single comic every Wednesday. I decided to stop being lazy for a change and decided to do not only something with a background, but with an actual significant amount of characters in it. I actually started this picture at the very end of May, and I’m not going to lie: I actually didn’t think I’d finish this til the end of August as I have been getting pretty bad at finishing my digital pieces with in a reasonable frame of time. (Just a quick frame of reference, that picture of Astria I started in December of last year and didn’t get around to finishing it till MARCH..) So yeah, another bad behavior I want to hopefully nip in bud.

Anyways, why did I decide to do a group shot of most of the important casts members (plus Kaz’s sister Jeanie) at the beach? Just felt like it I guess… Though getting to draw the girls in swimsuits might’ve played a tiny factor in my decision making. That being said, the most prominent display of skin is coming from Kaz this time, so you can’t say this picture doesn’t have something for the ladies / gay dudes…

This is another one of those pictures where I tried changing up how I did the shading. Rather than just use a base color and one darker color for most of the shading with some highlights here and there, I tried using multiple colors of various light values to do the shading this time. And I just gotta say, I kind of regret it. It took so much longer to do than my usual method, which is what initially put me off to the idea of even finishing this off in a timely manner, so I wasn’t as motivated to get it done at first. I eventually buckled down and tried to get one “feature” (ie one character or piece of background) done a day, which just feels bad when you have to force yourself to do art. I eventually got into the groove and got the last third all finished in one day, but it’s debatable if it even turned out better than my usual shading. Not to mention, the way I kind of screwed up the sunlight (probably made it look a little too glary, though that could just be because I’m previewing the picture within the post on an all white background), kind of makes it hard to see in the first place.

Still, I challenged myself and it didn’t turn out as the absolute worst thing I’ve posted to this blog, (lord knows how awful the stuff I posted in my first couple of months look in comparison as I refuse to go back and check) so I guess I can’t be too disappointed in this picture. Anyways, the next piece of art I’m going to post is probably going to be of Ace, which I’m probably going to procrastinate on because I haven’t drawn him in years and as such, he was in need of a slight redesign… And I’m not going to lie, the drawing I did for his redesign was just a smidge more complicated than it probably needed to be, so shading it might take a bit…

I think that’s pretty much everything I wanted to say. Again, regular boring update schedule again for the foreseeable future, so until then, I’ll see you next post.

 

Night Fox – Comic Post #120: Not That Kind Of A Train

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Hoooo boy…. Here’s a comic that I’m sure absolutely nobody could find objectionable. At all. It’s like, literally impossible. Which, you know… is just par for the course for me… But if you do happen to find this one to be in particularly bad taste (for whatever totally nonexistent reason that may be…), know that at the very least I was giggling and laughing like a retarded 15 year old (because let’s face it, that’s what I am mentally) when I was writing the script for this one because I thought it was funny… AND I WILL NOT APOLOGIZE FOR MY RETARDED SENSE OF HUMOR! …#metoo or something like that…

Anyways, this was just supposed to be a quick one off comic to show what Alexis and Galin were doing. Next week, we’re going to go back and check in on Angel… again. I’m seriously beginning to wonder just how much further into the story I’d be right now if I would actually just sit and focus on one group of characters. Oh well. I’m fine with the overall plot moving a bit slow as long as I get a chance to flesh everyone out. And with that, I’ll see you next comic.

 

 

Art Post – Merry Christmas 2017

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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.

Night Fox – Comic Post #111: Meanwhile, In Kalreeshu Pg. 4 and 5

 

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I’ve been dealing with some incredibly shoddy internet over the course of the entire weekend, so I’m just going to keep this brief while I still have the means to get this post ready to upload and just hope that scheduling this actually gets this posted at the right time. So until then, I’ll see you next comic.

Art Post – 2 Year Anniversary

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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.