Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Sandwich

Image: Mr. Bean sits at a table laden with two plates –each with a sandwich and some carrots–, a Christmas cracker, and a Christmas candle. Mr. Bean is looking away from the camera towards Irma, who holds a rather large Christmas present for him.
I have just discovered that the Christmas Sandwich (which I proposed here) does, in fact, exist! It was created for Mr. Bean (who else?) for the episode that aired on December 29, 1992. If you want to see the circumstances that led to the institution of the Christmas Sandwich, click the image on the right; it will lead you to a YouTube video.

Larger format

I've just edited the template a little because my last post has a couple panoramic images (images much wider than they are tall) that just don't look right in the tiny space provided by default.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Story: Part 3 (take 2)

Let's try this again. It literally took me all day to draw the last panel (because, well, I'm with my family and you know what day it's today) but it's all good because I got it done before midnight

...right?


The rat, now dressed with a shorter floppy hat and an open shirt with short, jagged sleeves, helps Frank-the-mouse climb onto a rock. Frank now wears a smaller version of the coat, hat, and pants lined with fluff from before, which fit him perfectly. The rock is about twice Frank's size, but only reaches the rat's waist. The rock is in front of a tree with strange markings by a knothole. "Why did he bring me here?" thinks Frank, as he pushes himself up using a strange outcroping that rises vertically out of the rock. "I can’t argue that I’m lucky he had clothes in my size," he continues, watching the rat walk a shortways away; "but still, he could’ve at least *told* me--"  The rock actually has two vertical outcroppings which, when seen from the right angle, resemble large armrests. The rat reaches a female rat in a dress, holding her young daughter's hand. The daughter is in a similar dress. Both stand behind a small barrier composed of two twigs (waist-high for the adult rats) with a small string spanning between them. The rat in the jagged shirt bends down, and proceeds to remove the string.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Modularity

Unless you're also a computer science major, you're probably still puzzled at what I meant when I said
Forget modularity
Forget reusability
Forget modifiability
To keep it simple, these are the three things any well-written computer program's code must be:
  • Modular means that it is separated into the different parts of the program, each doing only what they're supposed to do.
  • Reusable means the code is general enough to be used later in a different program
  • Modifiable means that the code is structured and commented in such a way that it's clear what each individual part does, thus allowing a hypothetical future coder to change it.
In the context of computer-drawn art, modularity means that the character can, for example, be separated into his individual body parts (I can, for example, select just the head and rotate it alone) and from the background. Reusability means that his expressions aren't too specific to the situation that I can't put the same image in a different setting without it being an appropriate response. Modifiability means that if an expressin appropriate to the situation needed doesn't exist, I can take an existing one and change, say, the mouth.

Of course, none of this is possible when the art is a scanned pencil drawing, unless you're penciling on acetate cells.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas story: Part 1


The mouse ploughs through the piling snow thinking, "Great. So it’s snowing. Could this be any worse?"

Of Cookiez and Internetz

Image: Frank the mouse rolls an oatmeal cookie slightly larger than himself.

Predicting what's going to happen next is a natural part of reading literature. It's a sort of self-test that you understand what's going on, and have taken up the author's hints. It's also generally way too fun to speculate the wildest outcome possible, and see it unfold.

On the internet, this can take on the form of betting.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Now I know how webcomic artists feel

As someone who reads webcomics, sometimes depending on them to relieve stress, when a webcomic didn't update when it was "supposed to" (say, Monday at Midnight) I always took the point of view of the reader: indignant because the promised witty neural stimulation was not up.

But today I find myself on the other side. I was trying to have the next part of my Christmas story up by midnight, but yesterday afternoon I stupidly thought I could check "just one" TV Tropes page.

That was the time I needed to make today's episode. And what have I got to show for it? Just one lousy panel!

Pencil image: my mouse avatar braces himself, sulking slightly, as snowflakes blow past him. His toes are hidden under the snow.

Okay, the panel isn't, in itself, lousy, but the fact that I only have one, is. Maybe I should've entitled this post "The episode isn't ready, but we're getting there," but it's a little to late for that.

I guess this is the part where I apologize for not having it ready and ask you for patience, but I tried to stay awake to finish it, it's 2 AM, and I'm really not in the mood for that sort of thing right now. Sorry, but there won't be a "sorry".

Sunday, December 19, 2010

What happened to Part 2?

I originally said I'd post the Halloween story in three parts. However, due to time constrains, I jumped from part 1 directly to part 3. What happened to part 2? To put it simply, I designed it to only garner suspense, and I thought that, after keeping you waiting for a month and a half, suspense was unnecessary.

Below is the script of what would have become part 2, had I been able to do it on time

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas story: part 0


(Each of the following images can be seen thrice the size shown here by clicking on them)
My mouse avatar runs on all fours. A fireball rages behind him.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Screw the colors, I have hurry

Pencil drawing: My mouse avatar coughs under heavy smoke. He tries to waft it away usuccessfully.

(The title is a reference to YuGiOh, The Abriged Series: "Screw the rules, I have money" ...not that I've watched it...)

Forget shading,
Forget lighting,
Forget coloring,
Forget inking.

Forget reusability,
Forget modularity,
Forget modifiability.

I promised you people I'd finish the Halloween story so that we could get to the Christmas story, so let's get this show on the road, even if it's only in pencil. There are only 9 more days until Christmas and I–
"9 more shopping days until Christmas"