Night Fox – Comic Post #130: Names For A Frog

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Given the nature of this particular comic, I didn’t have an opportunity to go over just what exactly a Lurcher was supposed to be. Thankfully, because I briefly mentioned them in an earlier comic, I did have the chance to give a quick description of them (alongside some other Spirits) in the post of said comic. So if for some reason you’re interested in some world building that you might’ve missed earlier, you can follow this link here. Also, anyone who knows how the name Joel relates to frogs gets 500 internet points…

And in case you’re also wondering, the kidnappings Kaz is talking about here refer to the same set of kidnappings that Sabrina’s husband was swept up into. Those events still haven’t been brought up in the comic proper outside of some small allusions, but I will be covering them eventually in the novel. In fact, Alex and Kitsiyuna solving those kidnappings is kind of going to be the central arc of the novel now that we’re past the part where those two form their Pact. Aside from giving Kaz another quick appearance (and establishing the fact that he still has the spear Angel gave him all the way back in comic 67), I mostly did this comic to re-establish those events again because Alex and Kitsiyuna never actually caught the guy responsible, and they just may be making a reappearance a little bit further into the future…

Anyways, I don’t really have too much else to talk about this week, so until then, I’ll see you next comic.

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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.

 

Art Post – Night Fox Comic Short: Answer The Call

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Butts to this I say.

So originally this started off as just the colored picture of Kitsiyuna, as I was once again experimenting with different character poses. I settled on another butt shot because I wanted to try a pose that would give me a chance to really capture Kitsi’s more toned and muscular build and also because I really just want to draw hot girls. And if that’s good enough for Yoko Taro, it’s good enough for me. Anywho… once I finished the drawing, I ended up coming up with a comic idea surrounding it that wasn’t quite worth doing a full thing for so I just decided “FUCK IT! LET’S JUST MAKE THIS A LITTLE COMIC INSTEAD! I DON’T CARE AT THIS POINT! IT’S YOUR BLOG! YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT WITH IT BRO!” So I used it as a chance to also experiment how I do the panel layouts and what not. The method I used actually ended up taking a lot longer than expected as I ended up arranging the panels one at a time as their own individual things as opposed to my usual method of just drawing everything all at once on a slightly larger than average sketchbook page that I half-assedly divided up with a ruler before going over said divisions again in Photoshop. Because of the extra time it ended up taking, it’s probably not going to be a method I change to in the future unless its only for small comics like this one.

Anyways, hope you guys appreciate the butt. That’s all I really wanted to say for now, so until then, I’ll see you next post.

Night Fox – Comic Post #098: Cut To The Chase

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I’m just going to come on out in admit it: this entire encounter was pretty much all just a set up to let Kaz have a “cool” moment in the comic. It’s almost like I’m trying to set up his character as a guy whose a little unsatisfied with how boring his life is so he wants to go on cool adventures, or something like that… Who knows?

But in other news, I’m sort of thinking about taking up a bit of a side project to work on alongside the comic. I’m still in the planning stages of the thing for now, and for the most part, I’m going to be the only one working on it, so I have no idea how long it’s actually going to end up taking. Because again, still planning everything out to make sure that it’s not too unreasonable of a task for me to do, I’m not exactly going to be saying what specifically it is. That said, I will at least say it will tie into the comic in some form. Once I’m a little bit more confident about this side project, I might drop some more information on it, but I just want to say this now: it might not necessarily come to fruition. Anyways, now with that bit of news out of the way, I guess I’ll just see you next comic.

 

 

Night Fox – Comic Post #097: A Tough Break-Up

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So fun fact time about this little story beat here:

When I first was trying to come up with a good introductory story for the comic, I went through 3 different versions before I settled on the draft that I did. (Well technically, it was 7, but I’m not counting the 4 different Night Fox comics I drew each year in high school, because I ended up dropping those all for a very good reason i.e. they all REALLY sucked…) The first version I made as a web comic involved Alex and Kitsiyuna getting hired by Sabrina to track down her husband who had been abducted by an evil Spirit. I might’ve ended up using that draft were it not for the fact that I decided to keep it a secret that Kitsiyuna was a Spirit… for well over 60 pages worth of script…  Having to write around a secret identity like that for a main character made the story awkward at quite a few points for a plot twist that wasn’t even going to be that great to begin with. Plus, again, I had over 60 pages written for that opening story, which by all rights, was probably way too long (at the rate I’m doing comics, that “intro” would’ve probably taken at least a year to do). So you can probably see why I dropped that one, though I might revisit that story later as part of a flashback or something.

But that’s a bit of a tangent, the more pertinent bit here was my next attempt at doing an opening. The next draft actually started with a set up almost identical to this comic right here, give or take a few changed details (Kaz wasn’t involved originally, and the girlfriend was a little more sympathetic… But not by much). I even copied some of the dialogue word for word from that draft and reused it in this comic. Now, the reason I decided not to go with this one originally had more to do with what is coming up after this comic: it had a pretty long action sequence as they were chasing the guy down. I realized kind of early in drawing the action sequence, that I might’ve been biting of more than I could chew at the time. So I dropped that draft, and moved onto the 3rd version of the web comic, (the one I actually stuck with) which had a bigger focus on dialogue over action. For what I have planned for the next comic, I think I’ve learned my lesson just a bit, and reeled back in the chase sequence so that it’s only one comic long.

And there you have it, more insight into my writing process. The more you know, or something right? Because all of that was so riveting… At any rate, I’ll see you next comic.

Night Fox – Comic Post #096: Stalking Pretty Ladies

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I was hoping in the time it would take for me to type up this blog post, I would come up with something that is profound and interesting to say. I didn’t…

If you can name what I was trying to reference with that bit, you win the prize! …Which is of no monetary value at all, as it is merely the knowledge that you have my admiration for having played the same video game franchise I’ve played. Which really, who can put a value on that?

Anyways, there is a bit of an interesting little detail behind this, and the next 2 comics that do give them a little bit more significance in the grand scheme of things (at least in comparison to most of the other comics), but I’m being lazy, so I’ll save divulging what that detail is for next week. At any rate, I’ll see you next comic.

Night Fox – Comic Post #095: Spring Cleaning

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I don’t necessarily know about you guys, but if I lived in a world with magic items like these being easily accessible and common place, I would also probably just end up hoarding them all up in one place and never use them, because I too, suffer from Too Awesome to Use Syndrome. How do I know this? Because any remotely interesting thing that I’ve ever gotten that is in some way disposable, I end up hoarding in my room and never end up actually using. At one point, my parents got us boxes of fire crackers to screw around with one 4th of July. Rather than use them up immediately like my brother and sister did that very same day, I instead decided to take my boxes into my room and keep them there, thinking to myself “Hey! These could really come in handy at some point later on!” I still have those fire crackers just lying around somewhere after all of these years. I also have a roll of Police Tape that I’ve had for a similar amount of time. My sister pulled a prank on me with it, and used it to block off the door to my bedroom. Rather than tossing the tape once I got it off my door, I decided to roll it up and stick it in one of my dresser drawers, because I also thought to myself “Police Tape? I bet this will be useful later!” (It didn’t have any adhesive on it, so it was technically reusable) Still haven’t used it for anything to this day, not even to prank my sister back. And I’ve also got at least 2 CPR Masks sitting around in my room as well from when I was required to take a First Aid class in community college. While those might be a little bit more understandable keeping around, I don’t think I actually remember anything I learned in that class, so those masks would be kind of pointless to keep around. I’m beginning to think I might just be a Point and Click Adventure game protagonist waiting to happen.

That bit of insight into my dull life aside, that’s pretty much all I wanted to say this week, so until then, I’ll see you next comic.