A new year and half way through the epilogues. So soon we will begin something new and i fear i’m not ready. Too little time, too much to do! December has been a distracting month thats for sure , one plagued with severe art anxiety. I’m hoping that tomorrow with GDQ marathon running all week i’ll be able to recenter myself. This new web site cannot wait any longer.

That said, here is the compilation of what i thought were the best piece for each month of 2021. I think there was an improvement this year.

2020 for comparaison below
The animations. Fewer in number as we’ve skipped the weekly challenges.
The one commission kite and i worked on together. Because of this its certainly pushing our normal level of details.

and to finish, two photo of Bean, one of last summer foster cat, a little bundle of love to keep us sane in this cold winter season. Always there when we draw, sometime doing his best to be in the way of said drawing!

 

Its that time of the year! Holidays are upon us and Lordpanther is sponsoring another edition of the holiday stream where 4 of us, darkvolt, mau, i and Kite will be taking your requests from 2pm onward until we feel like we’ve taken enough. How to get yours? simply come to http://twitch.tv/gaming_artist after 2pm east. And let the master of ceremony know what you want and preferably from who. If an artist is too busy it will go to the next available artist. It is limite to one character per request , one request per person.

Now for the news. Artists have their high, and their low. For me and many other these come in wave. After months of hard daily work to push my craft i’m afraid that i wavered at the end of animation month. I did not complete the big music video, nor the game. And the new site background is not finished either. My down coincidence unfortunately with the ones of many of my close artists friends. You could say we inspired each other when times are good. Of course it did not help that FF14’s new expension came out at the start of december following this, giving me an escape. Is the escape good? I do not know for sure. But my output is certainly low in the last few weeks. We did skip an update altogether to take a few days to enjoy the videogame release, and for that i apologize. There is an irony that i will be working during the holidays but not for a game release. Though something to keep in mind is that a lot of our friends are deeply invested in that game as well, making it an event to share with the community. Meanwhile family’s holidays gathering in this post covid world is… complicated. May your own break this month be a good one.

There it is, completion of my animation month challenge. Ending with a live2d facerig of Momo. She was much harder to make than the purple cat one i used on stream , which i had to stop as well. Perhap once Hel begins i will find the strenght to resume weekly streams.

The big commission done with Kite for Niel
 

No progress on 3d learning, some progress on the revision of the web site thanks to Vilx, one step forward with game engine as an attempt at html5 mini game was put up on Daydream however there is a glitch that prevents the cursor from being replaced

Html5 is possible, however it’ll need the web site to be prepared for it. I have another experiment planned for daydream this month, likely to go in combo with the animation challenge; The daily animation continues with no missed days yet. I’m glad to report there is an improvement over 2020’s animation month. Now wether i can wrap up the 2019 big music video by the end of the month… This may require the entire final week of this challenge.

I know , clunky music video but this one is special to me as it was a project pending for 11 months! Finally wrapping it up and updating a youtube channel that had been abandonned for many years.
The big collab one between us
For our 16th couple’s anniversary, a card of sort!

Overall the output is less than i had hoped but i kept steady against a difficult challenge. And these studies are paying off to improve the quality of my commissions output. Big things to tackle soon : Finish the second daydream game, finish the second music video and give Vilx more assets for the web new web design. We will be taking a break on december 3 so all these need to be finished by then.

 

The epilogues are well under way at a rate of 2 pages a week so looking at the list of requests i’ve received, Hel will likely start in february instead of january due to how many needs to be done. More time is fine, as i need to push the art style and practice other forms of medias that will be required for the project.
While i finally gave up on trying the 3 days a week schedule, its worth noting the sizes of the pages at the moment:

Heltober was unfortunately dropped mid way so there will be less hel themed artworks to share this time. Meanwhile we’ve reached november which last year i’ve done 1 animation a day for. Well, if i have to practice animations now feels like the right time. plus wrapping up the two unfinished big animation from last year would be a nice to do before the next project.

┬ĘProgress update on the cat in the rain animation, one of the two big animation–
Ambitious for a 1 hour animation this one. A whole story pushed real fast. The theme was “monster”
in contrast this too was a 1 hour animation. The theme was “Boo”
Moth-er , the moth shooter shown last time had some progress, however no amount of hours would make this an enjoyable project. I had to fight to code a simple AI to deal with tracking bullets. With my schedule, i cannot complete the scope of this game. To be postpone to the day i have either more experience or do it in a codeless engine
Toilet Clogger, a quick game to test if i could code something fast, made for Macabre’s birthday. playable at : http://www.drowtales.com/games/ToiletCloggerAva/ToiletClogger.html
First 3d game and 3d texturing of items , made following a tutorial . Playable at : http://drowtales.com/games/sanasball/letsroll.html

Doing these games have a purpose. It is to be able to produce HTML5 interactivities. Things like Path to power made years ago or the anniversary special of a year ago, both would’ve been doable if i had the skill i am pushing for right now. I don’t know where in the next project this skillset will be use, but i’ve no doubt something will come up. At the moment i am making something for daydream as a test of such a possibility.
Technically i was a programmer before being an artist… Many, many years ago. Some of the backend of DT is still cursed by my touch to this day. Lets make the next project better by being ready this time. Speaking of, the prep for the final redesign of DT front page had started. Once the cat rain animation is done i suppose i won’t have any excuse to delay any further.

the next part of the collab comic set in hel
Stunning painting of Eld by Kite. perfect for promos.
An another over painting. Hel related.

I think thats it for the last 2 weeks + 1 day? i may have missed things my friends have done but it is tough to collect it all, as some design work are just shared through discord sharing.

 

Those bi monthly news updates are massive so lets try to break it down. DT moonless : Epilogues are here at last! I will cover all the characters and clans that people want to see covered. If you wish to make a request you can do so on our discord server in the moonless age […]

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There is actual news to go with the bi monthly art! Le gasp. First, DT final chapter final page was made. Its not up yet of course but it will soon. What does that mean actually? Doesn’t mean DT suddenly end. Just like there were a prologue before chapter 1 there is an epilogue coming […]

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Pushing through

September 19, 2021 by

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 […]

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Foster cats

September 5, 2021 by

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 […]

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Neige

August 20, 2021 by

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 […]

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Incoming epilogues

July 28, 2021 by

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 […]

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