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Making a List, Checking it Twice

A cool Photo-Manipulation assignment I did back in school (some 5 or 6 years ago). I love me some Sci-Fi. Space stuff, like stars and galaxies are things that I’ll always love adding to any project like this; where there’s no specified theme, just a need to use specific tools or processes that were taught during a lesson.

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What greater feeling is there, than making a “To-Do” list? Maybe even greater than the satisfaction of striking a line through each listed “To-Do” as they are done? Perhaps I just love to organize, categorize and design ways to destroy all the nagging alerts in my head that inform me of an item that needs attending to… There is no perhaps, I do love doing those things. 

But why, if that is the case, do I not do those things that I love doing? Why do I procrastinate on organizing my life? I can understand putting off doing the work, once the organization has been completed (that most definitely is the least fun part). But why the lack of lists? Well to be frank, that is not the only thing that I love doing that I have not been doing. For example, creation.

Holy smokes do I love creating things (worlds/characters/stories – there’s a theme there lol). But I can look back at not just the last couple months, but the last ten years and there will be these large stretches of time where I simply just don’t create. ANYTHING!!! And to be perfectly honest, those stretches of time where I don’t are simply put. Miserable.

What a ridiculous notion that something so precious could go so long neglected. Would Smeagol ever dare dream of being so long without his precious? Would birds turn their feathered backs on the sky, would Nott the Brave stop collecting buttons and other nick knacks? These questions are of course rhetorical. They would not. And neither would I. In fact creating has been a constant throughout my life. But when I peer back in time and observe myself during these dark times of little to no creative output. There are some common themes.

But today is not the day for that, in fact I have become sidetracked and have gotten off topic. For today we are talking about lists.

 

Alright, so there is 4.5 months before I have to upload my webcomic, which means I need to organize my efforts and start making lists – followed by time allotments through out my week to accomplish those said tasks. So let’s break it down.

 

Only half a month remains. Continue to shape up the website, later it will contain and help organize progress made towards the rest of the years goals. The website takes priority, but continue making strides towards character exploration of main characters and organizing plot/story.

 

  • Website
  • Main Character Exploration
  • Plot/Story progression

September begins the real beginning to the push towards our 01 January 2020 webcomic launch. So I’ve broken down what needs to have been accomplished in order to post.

We’ll need Pre-Production Art and Story/Plot Fully Fledged out

 Character Design Boards 

(include later character arcs, and character specifications)

  • character turnarounds (full body (clothed/unclothed) and head)
  • facial expression sheets,
  • color palettes
  • Process will define later artwork
  • Art steps (Sketch, Line Art, Colors – Flats/Shadows/Highlights, Lighting)
  •  

Setting Design Boards 

(include later history, etc)

  • All Setting Locations
  • Setting Color Palettes
  • Setting 
  • The Machine (plus surrounding areas)
  • Locations

Story/Plot Season One (12 episodes)

(Multi-Season later possibilities)

  • Character List
  • Character Specifications
  • Character Arcs
  • Setting List
  • Setting History
  • Episode List
  • ACT structure for Episodes and Season
  • Story Arcs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October conintues the push towards our 01 January 2020 webcomic launch. 

We’ll need Pre-Production Art and Story/Plot Fully Fledged out

 Character Design Boards 

(include later character arcs, and character specifications)

  • character turnarounds (full body (clothed/unclothed) and head)
  • facial expression sheets,
  • color palettes
  • Process will define later artwork
  • Art steps (Sketch, Line Art, Colors – Flats/Shadows/Highlights, Lighting)
  •  

Setting Design Boards 

(include later history, etc)

  • All Setting Locations
  • Setting Color Palettes
  • Setting 
  • The Machine (plus surrounding areas)
  • Locations

Story/Plot Season One (12 episodes)

(Multi-Season later possibilities)

  • Character List
  • Character Specifications
  • Character Arcs
  • Setting List
  • Setting History
  • Episode List
  • ACT structure for Episodes and Season
  • Story Arcs

November is where the fun begins. Taking all of the excruciating work we’ve accomplished and put it towards creating the storyboards.

Research and Development Webcomic Structure and Design Principles

  • Webtoon Tutorials
  • YouTube Playlist
  • Dimensions
  • Image Requirements
  • White/Black Space
  • Camera Shot List (including reasons to use said shots)

Storyboard Art

  • Using Sept/Oct story/plot/episode list
  • Pacing 
  • Readability
  • Clear FG/MG/BG elements
  • Camera Angle
  • Camera Shot
  • Word Bubble Placement

 

 

 

December is crunch-time bitches! Only a month remains until it’s launch time. Let’s shoot for one episode a week using our well crafted storyboards, character sheets, and setting lists to do what we have dreamed of since almost forever!!!

CREATE WEBCOMIC EPISODES!!!

  • One episode a week
  • Art steps (Sketch, Line Art, Colors – Flats/Shadows/Highlights, Lighting)
  • Compile pieces
  • Test
  • Retest

“Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen” – Conan O’Brien

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