Patreon Update – July 7 2015

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July 7th’s Patreon update was a little short, but I still want to share it here. It’s neat to see the double page spreads all in one piece, sometimes!

I wanted to share a sneak peek of xxxtremor – the giant monster that helps the kids save their city. All that stuff happens later, right now, just a first real glimpse of her:

These pages will be going up later this week, but I’ve been holding on to them for so long it’s been driving me crazy!

-Jenn

Patreon Update – July 6 2015

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Please consider pledging to my Patreon! And now, on with the update:

 

I am uncertain if I’m updating too often, and flooding your inboxes with junk email, so I’m thinking of just updating before I update comics, or maybe twice a week instead of five times. Let me know if any of you have thoughts on this.

Back to our regularly scheduled update: today I finished the last of the current page (and I still have to upload it at the website) but you can see some shots of my progress:

Above: I fixed Jame’s face to look a little more like a kid’s face. I need to go and fix Eugene’s now that I’m looking at it. Dang it, and here I thought I was done!

Below: James and Eugene waving to Bethany. I know I want her sitting on a broken building, so now I have to add the pencils and inks for that.

Below: forcing myself to add more pencil work before I start getting carried away with inks. I have a tendency to ink before I really pencil and I think it’s a bit of a bad habit.

Starting to fill the page up with shadows and highlights, plants and little details to build the world.

Started adding spraypaint on the buildings, and if you look to Bethany’s left (our right) you’ll see a teeny tiny little spray paint bottle. I’ve been telling a story in my head that it’s Bethany that’s been adding to the graffiti of the city, but instead of “pro-monster” slogans, she’s been rebelling against her cultist family by writing things like “squidies suck.”

Later tonight I’ll finish formatting the page, and upload it to the Era of Great Wonders site!

I also need to scan in my weekly monster drawings, as well as send out the pdfs for those of you in the $5+ tiers!

-Jenn

Patreon Post June 29 2015

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Super quick Patreon Reminder: You can read all these posts as they become live by donating as little as one dollar to my patreon fund! Every little bit really DOES help!

Now, onto the update:

Patreon 6-29-15 Update:

While I normally update Era on Mondays and Wednesdays, I’ll have to upload the finished page tomorrow. I did just finish inking most of the page (I still have incidental background art to do, the sort of stuff that bleeds over from the facing page and has no bearing on the current page.)

This is where I was starting from today:

I’d finished the first two panels on Friday, and while I should have -easily- have finished the last two today, I spent most of my day chasing down flight plans and hotels. I’m going to be traveling quite a bit from September through late October, and I’m glad I’m planning this all as early as I am!

Above: a scary looking soldier. I’m not sure if he’s a civilian refugee sympathizer, or if he’s pro-military all the way. This lack of knowing where you stand with him is what makes him scary, I think.

I knew I wanted a big image of Eugene’s dad on the phone in the bottom panel, but I wanted to draw it so it was different enough from the panel on the next (facing) page. Below are the two panels, side by side:

I plan to eventually color Eugene’s dad’s hair, so it won’t look as pale as it does here in the colored version, but for now I had to leave it white.

Tonight I will be formatting a bunch of sample art from Era of Great Wonders to include John’s name and contact information. Then, as soon as I get that done, we’ll be sending the packet of art, a pitch, an outline, and a sample script to Oni. I’m hoping that we’re a good fit for them and that they decide to work with us. I really think Era of Great Wonders is the best thing I’ve worked on, in a long time.

Wish me luck, and I’ll see you all around tomorrow!
-Jenn

Patreon Update – 6-26-15

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What is Patreon?

Seriously, the biggest problem I’m having these days is explaining how awesome Patreon is! And yeah, I’m going to be begging people to go look at my Patreon, but again, this is the closest you’ll ever see to advertising on my site. (I loathe the idea of putting paid ads on here, which is why I’ve never gone that route, traditional though it is.)

Patreon 6-26-15 Update:

I wanted to write a quick post about where I’m at on next week’s pages of Era of Great Wonders:

The above image shows you all the blank pages I have to fill to get the next two issues of Era finished. I’m also feeling pretty confident that after I finish these pages, we can collect our first trade paperback for Era!

You can also see where I’ve worked ahead in the comic, and have penciled (and even inked) in some of the future pages. I’m pretty excited about the one two page spread that comes after next week’s updates – the one that looks like a giant turtle head in the upper left hand corner. That’s the first time we really see much more of the giant monster XXX-Tremor than just her eye, or a pattern of scales in the background.

I’m currently working on the pages before that, and have finished the first two panels:

and:

John tends to leave the imagery of Era up to whatever it is I want to draw, and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I thought would show the division of a group of people, without showing them fighting and arguing like I did on the last couple of pages. Barbed wire fencing, trespassing signs, and armed guards were what I came up with for this scene, although I’m never sure how well it works. We’ll see when it’s all said and done, I guess.

What the heck is Patreon?!

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Hey all!

So as those of you on my Newsletter know, I’ve been doing a Patreon.

And as I’ve heard from a few of you, the most common response is, “What the heck is a Patreon?!”

Patreon is another way to support artists and creators. While John and I make enough money at conventions and various shows to “make table back” as well as buy ourselves coffee and maybe dinner, it’s not a very consistent source of income. It doesn’t really even pay for printing (yet! But it will! IT WILL!)

I make most of my money doing commission and freelance work, which means that when I’m doing that stuff, I’m not working on comics.

Patreon is a way for those of you that enjoy our comics to help support us, even when we’re not at comic conventions. You can pledge as little as a dollar a month, and there’s some pretty decent rewards for doing so (everything from sneak peeks of works-in-progress, to complete PDF copies of our books, to having original sketches mailed to your doorstep!)

Money is collected on the first of every month, and you can cancel any time you’d like, and sign-up is really, really easy! And just so you know, Patreon is a “real thing” that even famous authors, musicians, and artists are using it to help stabilize their incomes.

What do I get when you donate to my Patreon?

Seriously? The biggest two things I get from my Patreon are accountability and encouragement.

More than money, Patreon represents the idea that someone(s) care enough about my work that I shouldn’t give up. Not that I’m going to give up – only that all artists and creators go through stretches of intense soul-searching that usually revolves around the question of “Does anything I do actually matter?!”

Patreon has also helped me with my accountability, and maybe it’s related to that last part: even during my bad days, where I feel like there’s no point in drawing a comic no one ever reads, I’ve found myself motivated to create work, even if it’s so I can show my Patreon people that I’m working, that I have something to show for myself. Patreon has really helped me refocus on my work, and it’s helped me get out of a rut I hadn’t realized I was in.

TL:DR;

All that said, at the encouragement of some of my Patreon followers I’m going to start reblogging (here at Typodmary,) the stuff that is on my Patreon-only blog.

It’ll be on a bit of time delay because while I don’t mind sharing spoilers and in-progress art with Patreons, I don’t want to spoil the comics for those of you reading it here. After the relevant pages go live on the site, I’ll reblog here!

Patreon: 6-24-15 Update

I’m still getting into the swing of things, but I finally finished and posted today’s Era of Great Wonders page. I’m still working on getting the Typodmary eLibrary turned into pdfs and distributed, but it IS in the works, and it will happen! (probably in a week or two?)

I spent most of today struggling with this one panel. Yes, just ONE panel took me all day! I erased, redrew, erased, and finally gave up and drew some guys fighting. Here’s what it looked like this morning:

It’s that top, right corner that was driving me nuts. I finally settled on a fight scene, between two administrators with MP holding them apart:

You can view the finished page on the website, but I’m still not super thrilled with it. I thought I could go in and add dramatic shadows, but I really just want this page to be over and done with. I want to get back to drawing monsters, and I have at least two more pages to go before I get there.

Here’s what I’ll be working on tomorrow. As you can see, I have the top left panels done (more or less). The bottom right is going to be fun to draw, because the boys are meeting Bethany out in the ruins, where they’re going to go get into some mischief! Also, all around the kids in the last panel are going to be baby-handed monsters. I”ll draw some of those for this week’s monster drawings, and you can see how creepy they really are!

Okay, that’s it for Wednesday’s work! I’ll see you all tomorrow!

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