.: What News? :.
Well, high time for an update. I’ve been getting that engrossed in various things like deciding what projects to work on, and getting things finished or organised, I just haven’t made time for writing journals. Nothing new… I could never keep a diary when I had one…
Nearly the end of last year, I finished off all my new character reference pictures, which are now currently in my deviantART submission tabs, scheduled for weekly release every Friday.
Also, since mid-October, I’ve been in temporary part-time work again. Placed on Work Choice by the job centre, being stuck on the dole for too long again, I opted to move from the group they placed me with (due to the person I was supposed to be seeing constantly breaking off her appointments with me due to her own non-availability) and I asked to go back with the tried-and-tested Realise Futures, since I knew them from last time… the people who got me a job before at that garden centre a couple of years ago.
They managed to get me in with a former-colleague at Bury St Edmunds, who recently went solo and kept a print-shop running. So since then, I’ve been doing mornings from Tuesdays to Thursdays, totalling a 16-hour week helping out with things like sorting out print-jobs and… pretty much anything that needs doing…
Okay, it’s a bit boring sometimes, especially when there’s nothing to do at all, but at least it’s something until the contract ends in April…
.: Christmas 2015 :.
Christmas was a relaxing holiday for us this year, as for once we didn’t have any relatives staying with us like millstones or anything like that – it was just the three of us.
I got a fair little variety of presents – mostly chocolate, but also some fun or useful stuff:
A book on drawing celebrity caricatures, a Curse of the Were Rabbit “Essential Guide”, an origami Safari craft set, hand-cloths for use in the car, Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds for the 3DS, a new pair of slippers and there’s probably one or two other things I’m forgetting right now.
.: New Projects :.
Whenever I’ve been having free time, I’ve been trying to make a start on a few projects.
The one of importance to me is a continuation to my children’s books featuring Boaz the harvest mouse.
As some of you may be aware by now, I managed to get Boaz and the Crow self-published near the end of the year.
(I am of course still trying to plug this now and then, so that people are aware it’s there and maybe might buy one)
My next story is to be entitled Boaz the Wise Builder, based on the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders. This story sees our little mouse trying to make safe his old log-home from an imminent storm that’s liable to flood the river and local area… in the meantime, a local mole has also heard of the warnings, but is too lazy to do anything about it…
The other project I was looking at lately was something for
It involves a crazy fan-fiction type cartoon in which Danbuster and Alex decide to dig out their old classic Sonic the Hedgehog games in a sudden rush of nostalgic enthusiasm… but then they find themselves getting into their games in an unexpected way…
This was to be told in the form of a Flash-based comic, with panels and text-dialogue in bubbles, and minimal animation…
.: Animated Comics? :.
Now this raises an idea with me lately. I’ve had my Flash animation about Danbuster and his friends chasing a cheesecake-thief ongoing for quite a while now… but trying to get back to it is getting difficult for me. Somehow, I just can’t raise the enthusiasm to stay focussed on making a full-blown animated cartoon like I used to. It feels tedious and cumbersome.
Is it that in future, a possible way round this would be for me to present my Dan Clan adventures in Flash-comic form? They would have comic panels with all dialogue in speech bubbles and written onomatopoeia, and in some case where it applies, there could be some small simple animation.
(I could still possibly include actual spoken dialogue and sound effects over this, I’m sure…)
What would your own thoughts be on this?
I guess we’d call this future collab-project of Alex and mine a test for this new approach?
.: New Avatar :.
Another recent development for me that also directly affects the face of my deviantART account is that I finally decided to upgrade my avatar with a new one of my own making, to reflect the physical changes to the design of Danbuster himself. Seen here at fullsize and reduced to dA’s standard size:
Here’s another possible venture for me to consider here.
I know I already offer commissions – I’ve had a page for this existing for the longest time on my personal webpage (you can find the link by clicking Commissions at the top of the journal)
But still, animated avatars like my new one here are still a possibility.
If anybody wished me to design them a new avatar of their own – would $5.00/£3.30 be an unreasonable price for me to ask?
If you would be interested, please drop me a Note to discuss details and exchange emails. I can only accept PayPal at this time, unless we can come to an alternative arrangement for friends.
.: Danbuster Signing Off :.
And, I don’t think I have anything further to add - so in the words of Marquila... Pax vobiscum! Salutare!!
(Peace be with you! Greetings!!)