Pushing hard to break through the art stand still in the last month. By now you’ve seen the changes to the comic pages. Hopefully the transition is a positive one. I wanted to keep things consistant till the ends but i need this chance to change things and experiment. Theres so few pages left. On this hopefully an improvement is also visible in the recent commission works, which did increase in price on september 1th. Long overdue really. Especially considering the state of inflation everywhere.

On a personal front, we’re down to 1 foster cat…and its the same one as before, Nesquick! Which turned up to be a boy, and a runt, too tiny to get his fix done so the refuge left him with us for the rest of the month. The longer he stays with us the harder it’ll be to part though.

Drider commission for Austin
Commissioned epilogue page for nerdycannuck and Rune
 

Busy 2 weeks! and thats start with cat fostering. First with Nuage then the triple kitten Neslie, nesquick and Nellie. Nuage was a loving cat that i’ve no doubt will find someone to adopt. The 3 kittens were sicks when we got them for fostering, Neslie was fearful but we’re slowly getting to him. Nesquick is a ball of love and energy. If something goes fast and purring its her. Nellie, poor nellie, her state gradualy got worse. She is no longer in our home as she needed intensive care. All these cats are temporary in our cat hotel and will hopefully find a forever home. They will be spoiled with all the stuff we had prepared for Neige.


Then there is the comic. I’ve only about 5 pages left to draw for the current chapter; So little before the epilogue… At first i thought i’d just finish the comic before exploring styles but might as well use these to do some exploration. Hopefully people will not find the transitions too jarring once they begin going online on tuesday. As the epilogue begin i’ll truly have no more choice but to tackle the site redesign.

Then there is the characters giftart. Characters for a story that has to be but through them the world become richer ; Thank you!

Angel by starlitdragon
 

Long time since the last news post update. Theres a reason for it, i guess i was avoiding reopening the topic. August has been a bad month for us so far as Neige, our cat companion since the studio began, since me and Kite got together, sidekick of many streams and projects, the ever present boss over our shoulders…died.

She had been sick for more than 18 months. When it truly began we don’t know but a year ago we had noticed how bad it was , that it wasn’t just the consequences of old age and managed to secure a spot at a clinic for her when the pandemic lockdown relaxed a little. She had gotten better for a time. There were up and down, with different medications. Though in the last 2 months things had gotten very difficult. Kite had to be permanently with her day and night , seperated from the other cats , to be able to take care of her. This made both personal and proffesional life difficult. We had to tell some family member not to visit due to the sick smell that had taken over the house. Still, there was a bit of hope for a time , even had a hospital visit scheduled for some operations– But our hopes died at the beginning of the month when it became clear her pain was too great. The medecines would not work anymore. The end came fast, we had 2 hours to say farewell.
So, difficult days, difficult weeks. We got back to work but its a shadow thats still loom over us at the moment. I know, its a cat, but for a couple of hermits she symbolized our relation and she was a person to us.
We will miss Neige very much. To get over this we’ve become a foster home for the local shelter , maybe we can help other cats where we failed to save Neige.

Maybe its her death, maybe its an accumulation of things , maybe its mid life crisis, i dunno. Its time to think of where my career is going and how to best use the remaining years of health i have. I will be experimenting, exploring options.

.A fanart for EnderLilies that i kept going back to tweak, little by little for days.
And finished the Live2d facerig purple cat for stream. It maps to my face, this gif though is just live2d doing random movement using it.
First emote sets commission i got, not the lasts though as i’ve two more sets to do already.

Above is giftarts, the catgirls are part of a monsterprom project that Darkvolt had been working on , using the eld catdesusa designs.

We began doing a little community group up every week. 1 hour animation, which many artists on twitter participate in. After a hour its pen down, no matter the state of the animation! (some of the animations won’t autoplay unless clicked on)

Topic “Swipe”
Topic “Tired”
Topic “Tired”
Topic “Wings”
 

As i’ve shortened some of the political drama to come, it seem the epilogues for the stories are fast approaching. This bring me a mixed feeling, sadness over incoming goodbyes of characters but also glad it will soon be wrapped up. At this point i think the epilogues would be better under its own chapter number with its own cover. More on this soon.

1 hour animation challenge “Swipe” . Sibelle cutting a silouette with a sword
My live2d progress for the next twitch’s model. Not much progress as i’ve forgotten most of live2d’s inner working. This alone took me hours of head bashing to get done. I would need another full session to fully animate and tweak.
Kite’s own refresh of live2d led to an adorable Naal .
FF14 themed Commission/birthday gift from Bun, done by Kite.
 

sprite sheets

July 12, 2021 by

The final battle is over in the main comic. It took a while but we finally got there, now to resolve the aftermath. Originaly i was planning to have this done for the anniversary in april but you know, low update rate… Instead it ended on a personal anniversary for which Kite did a bonus […]

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Game ranking

June 27, 2021 by

We got our ranking! we didn’t make it to the top 100 for the gamejam out of 5000 but our originality ranking was 54, which is pretty damn good for our first time, plus we did get a review from the organizer. The programmer clipped it in the video below :

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GMTK gamejam : day job

June 14, 2021 by

Success! The 48 hours gamejam’s result was submitted to the site with 3 minutes to spare. With that kind of time crunch unfortunately it was not playtested and thus result is one very hard game.Still, we’re proud of what we’ve made with the time given and invite you to give it a try. It can […]

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Pre gamejam Reach the moon

June 11, 2021 by

The theme is “Joined together.” we have 48 hours to complete it. To prepare for the event our team did a mini jam of 2 hours and produced a game. To see how well the team would work together. Here is the result playable on Itch.io . https://squirtzmd.itch.io/reach-the-moon Reach the moon, where you play a […]

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Gamejam

June 6, 2021 by

Next week we will be participating in the game jam GMTK. For this event i will streaming the work done for the videogame on twitch @gaming_artist from beginning to end. I may end up regretting the extra work but it’ll certainly be an experience. The event will start friday evening and end sunday afternoon. Since […]

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Return to normalcy?

May 31, 2021 by

Both Kite and I had our covid shots and finally lockdown unto our city was lifted, hopefully permanently. Its a return to the normal! Or at least we hoped , till our cat and DT cameo for years is dying ; Neige. We’re doing our best to bring her back from the brink that the […]

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