Planning for stories and stuff.
This is a world I made mostly for my own use, but I made it a public world anyways. I'll be posting things about story outlines, my characters, my comics (including fan comics), WIPs, ect... It's pretty much a world where I can store information and/or plan things. xD
Below are short descriptions of my stories to help you know what's going on. xD It also shows which characters are in which story, along with their extended profile if I have one made. Some stories aren't mentioned because I don't work on/think about them often. Therefore, not all of my characters are mentioned.
The link leads to the fan comic in my portfolio. If there isn't a link, there isn't a comic yet.
*Rock Band: Something Impossible: The story of a Rock Band and their adventures in music business.
Major Characters: Michka, Zack, Loyal, Dare, Rick
Important/Frequently Mentioned Supporting Characters: Damian, Tim, Dare's Aunt aka Auntie
*Of Fruits and Vegetables: 4-panel comics of the life of a 21-year-old model and his friends/workmates.
Major Characters: Tomato, Stefan, Tomato's Boyfriend aka "TB", Gabe, Janet aka Jo, Kasey, Dean
Important Supporting Characters: Danny, Leah, Mick
*Dreams: The story of a rich and pampered English boy who gets transported to the mysterious town of Dreams, and his adventures there.
Major Characters: Alcott, Luli, Ms. Marigold
Important Supporting Characters: Shinitsu, Annabelle, and others that are to be decided.
**Annabelle's and Ms. Marigold's profiles are in the same post.**
Story Dialogues: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1
*My Dear Princess: The story of an orphan child, a princess, and friends who's home country's peace is threataned by the evil prince of a country that was thought to be nonexistant. (CONFUSING. xD)
Major Characters: Isaac, Charlotte, Rinchu, Segran, Lucia, Nicholay, Faida, Hrafn, Falorin, Gaelnis
Important Supporting Characters: To be decided.
*Foreigner: An alien boy sent to Earth to destroy the human race finds himself in Los Angeles California, befriends a human girl, and gets involved in crazy advetures.
Major Characters: Kor, Gliding Eagle
Important Supporting Characters: Michelle, Dailen
*A Life Like This: A written story in the perspectives of Dare, Tim, and Rick.
Major Characters: Tim, Dare, Rick, Ms. Ackart
Important Supporting Characters: See characters for Rock Band: Something Impossible.
Chapters: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten
*Teach Me Something Good: A story about a friendship between a student and a teacher. Somewhat of a spin-off of Of Fruits and Vegetables.
Major Characters: Noland, Chrystal
Important Supporting Characters: Prudence), Stefan (briefly)
*I Was a Boy, Too: A short 3-part story about Gabe when he was in high school. Optional backstory related to Of Fruits and Vegetables.
Major Characters: Gabe, William
Important Supporting Characters: DJ, Dave
*Nerdy and Jock: So there's this nerd, and this jock, and also they're boyfriends. That's it.
Major Characters: Jack, Ned
Important supporting characters: Matthew Brodney III, Dmitri, Charlotte, Jessica Marron, Brodney's girlfriend who doesn't have a name yet;;;
*The Adventures of Marth and Roy: Super Smash Brothers fan comic. Title is pretty self-explanitory.
Major Characters: Marth, Roy, Ike, Pit
I don't have a name for his story, but Jamal is a Kingdom Hearts fan character. I figured I'd mention him because I draw him often enough.
Also, if you want to find posts that feature a specific character, type in the URL http://theotaku.com/worlds/variousinformation/tags/[character name]. For example, http://theotaku.com/worlds/variousinformation/tags/dare will bring you to posts about Dare. :)
Enjoy Your Stay at Various Planning!
While I was working on this, I jotted down some notes about paneling that I noticed from reading some mangas and stuff. :V Idk, this probably won't make much sense, but.... HERE'S SOME STUFF ABOUT PANELING THAT MAY OR MAY NOT ACTUALLY BE TRUE! I'll put some "translation notes" in brackets, because why not. YEAH. Also, I made up most of this terminology (save for beat, and maybe some other things;;;) SO YEAH, yeah.
NOTE: DESPITE ALL OF THIS, READABILITY VARIES FROM PERSON TO PERSON!! None of these are steadfast rules, and everyone has their own preference for tone in comics.
[[this was a note I left to myself at the top of the document, haha. xD]]
Last panel: somewhat dramatic, dragged out longer, has a longer time feeling to it. Can have a feeling of conclusiveness. Large last panel = a "ta dah," especially if previous panels are cut aways and last panel is a reveal.
[[Can't quite remember, but I think by "cut away," I meant panels that are of the scenery, or the camera focus is on something other than what the dialogue/characters are focused on.]]
First panel: adequate for casual "mood change" or "topic change" Can be large, adequate for dramatic suddenness since there's a slight pause between the last panel on the previous page and the first panel on the next page.
--Or, can be used as transition panel between "beat" last panel and "follow up" 2nd panel. (Not sure if this is more adequate for serious situations or not)
--If drama used in first panel, 2nd panel makes good beat panel.
[[a beat panel is a reaction panel, with no dialogue on it.]]
It's good to add long horizontal panels to break up the blockiness of the page. Maybe split the 3rd row into two, with one horizon, sometimes? Less-dramatic horizon panels in the middle. More dramatic horizon panels attached to the top or bottom of page. Bigger horizontal = more drama
[[horizontal panels are panels that are horizontal rectangles rather than squares; here, I'm talking about panels that take up the entire width of the page. I also mention rows, here. I generally divide comic pages into three rows (like here), and then break up those rows into smaller panels by adding horizontal and vertical lines. this sort of page has its rows broken up pretty much by a vertical line down the middle (which is the easiest, most basic paneling for me to do), while this page is the same set up but with a horizontal panel in the middle.]]
Several horizon panels subsequently reads like 4-koma style. Good for snappy back and forth dialogue, possibly, rather than conversational. (Adds more beat/drama in between panels.)
Good for dramatic monologe, as well. More dramatic than side by side panels.
Not sure if my paper is big enough for 4 row style.
[[Like I said, I break my pages into 3 rows. I read some comics that break the page into 4 rows and have more panels, but I think my sketchbook paper is too small for that;;;]]
Vertical rows are also useful for adding interest. Should be attached to either the top or the bottom of the page; not in the middle. As last panel, probably comes off as dramatic, but somewhat transitional. (not conclusive)
[[A vertical panel is a rectangle that's longer on the sides. I ended this page with a vertical panel.]]
Scene transitions in middle of page: Big horizontal white space. (More effective than vertical white space.)
quadrant cut into two horizontal panels adequate for choppy, comical dialogue. (Quick give and response)
[[By quadrant, I think I meant the area of one panel in a "simple paneled" page... either that, or I meant 1/4th of a page, where the page is broken into fourths by a horizontal and vertical line.]]
three panels side by side = quick read, a bit quicker than 4 koma. Keep related things in these panels, though. (Usually same face, or something; middle panel can be something different.)
[[I tried this on a couple pages: here, here, and here.]]
If a panel is not related to a speech bubble, don't let them touch it. If a panel is related to a speech bubble, the panel and bubble should touch or have the bubble inside of the panel.
...AND THAT'S EVERYTHING I CAME UP WITH SO FAR! Yeah. Not sure how accurate any of this is, but it was fun to try and figure out why certain panel placement made me read the comic a certain way. MAYBE THIS'LL HELP YOU? MAYBE IT WON'T?
Regardless, I'm gonna go translate some Japanese reading I have, now. PEACE. >B|
HEY, it's been a while...! I'm really behind on posting art from my tumblr to theO... orz And since I can only do 10 pictures per post, here's the 10 most recent things I've drawn. :M You can scroll through the weird place that is tumblr if you're interested in seeing my other doodles and things I haven't posted since my last art dump thing. c:
Also, I also hope these art dumps aren't getting on anyone's nerves, for some reason... If you have an idea of how I can post my sketches and unfinished drawings that would be more appealing to you, just tell me! *u*;
Idk how easy it is to see, but the top (visible) hand is Noland's hand, and the one underneath it is Prue's (not that I gave any indication that it was hers;;;)
I worry for Prue, for a couple reasons: 1) I FEAR SHE'S SLOWLY TURNING INTO A CONVOLUTED SELF INSERT... Sometimes I just want to smoosh Noland's face. So I draw Prue smooshing his face. This is not the first time this has happened.
2) Her personality is really kind of vague... I have a Charahub profile of her with her personality, and it makes sense in theory... but I have trouble thinking through things like I want her to, and have trouble writing what her speech should sound like. ;0; Sometimes I want her to sound articulate and intelligent, but then she comes off too much like Stefan; and then I want her to be sharp with some casualness, but then she comes off kind of similar to Chrystal (???). IDK, I WANT HER TO BE SOMEONE WHO SEEMS RESPECTABLE, BUT NOT ASKING FOR RESPECT LIKE STEFAN IS!! Her similarity with Stefan is my main issue, here, really. orz
I like how this whole paragraph is about Prue, even though the picture is of Noland. NOLAND IS A MARSHMALLOW. THE END.
Barnaby (from Tiger and Bunny)'s birthday was on Halloween, so I drew this. ...Yeah.
I've started doing sketches with the brush tool on SAI, which is actually quite a bit of fun. *u*
So yeah. Prue. Despite my previous worries regarding her, there are some good things that I'm figuring out about her. I figured out some time ago what kind of face shape to give her! :D I'd been drawing her with the same face shape as Stefan, which kind of bothered me because she was just being too similar to Stefan. (In fact, in her very early designs, she used to wear a suit..... HM.... but she had blonde hair, back then.) I'm also starting to understand her fashion sense a bit more. I haven't really given her any variation in her pants, so far, but she seems to like wearing long, almost dress length shirts; and scarves/turtlenecks/things covering her neck. Still kind of experimenting with her clothes, though.
I WANTED TO PRACTICE DRAWING BACKS, but mostly I wanted to draw Gabe in stupid shorts, I'm sorry.
Backs are hard to draw.
I'll try to limit the pointless fanservice. 8D;
I wanted to draw some blushy Nolands. 8D
but I mean, when don't I draw that
These were actually going to be sort-of responses to comments I've gotten before, about Noland. Out of my characters, I think Noland would be the one to most appreciate the nice comments about him that some people online give. xD
Noland's hair has gotten so fluffy, these days. I think I've gotten a pretty good handle on it, though. I STILL HAVE YET TO TRY AND INK IT, HOWEVER... I'm really iffy about inking Noland's hair, because it almost never looked right, before. ;u;
HAVEN'T STEGABE'D IN A WHILE.... *u* I've kinda been in a drawing rut of sorts and just doing doodles and stuff, but I feel like I'm getting some motivation back. :D I'm also pretty happy with how this came out... I always have trouble drawing cheek kisses, and I don't know why!!! The lips in kisses are just difficult to draw, in general. :T Lips are kind of like pillows in that they're smooshy (?), but it's hard for me to portray that pillow-y ness in a drawing. orz
I used this as a sort of ref for Gabe's head and nose, but kind of ended up winging it somewhere along the way. :V;;
One of my alternative ideas for O. J.'s outfit when I was designing him was a big, fluffy jacket. I ended up not going with this outfit as his official design because I wanted his arms and tattoos to be visible, but I thought it would make a nice alternative outfit. :^D
YOU THOUGHT THERE WOULD ONLY BE ONE STEGABE PICTURE IN THIS POST.
I really enjoy drawing Gabe being embarrassed. :,V He's so cocky all the time, it's kind of a nice change of pace. Stefan's cocky, too, but he's a different kind of cocky. :m ...I'm saying this, as if I don't draw bashful Gabe very often. I probably have posted several pictures of him being bashful.....
There will be a nice moment of Bashful Gabe coming up in this, as well. IF I EVER GET AROUND TO SCANNING THE DANG PAGES. SOMEONE! REMIND ME! TO DO THAT! ;U;
I'm not sure when the next time I'll have a finished picture up because I kind of forget whether or not I've been working on anything.... MEH. I haven't done a traditional pic in so long, either... ""orz I WANT TO DO STUFF, BUT...
Anyway, see y'all around! I might've come up with a title for the ~*~fashion world~*~, so I'll try to create that when I can.
Thanks for reading my stupidly long posts! ;3;
HEY GUYS, IT'S A SKETCH DUMP THAT'S NOT JUST STEFAN, GABE, AND NOLAND! I mean, it's mostly them. But whatever. *U*;
I've been bizarrely obsessed with trying to make my characters look more consistent, so did some practice drawing Noland. I still hate inking Noland's hair... I think he came out looking fairly close to how I want him to look in the sketched drawing, but I drew his neck larger than I wanted to, in both of them... RARGH.
it's not a good thing that I'm so fixated on this consistency thing. I'm thinking I should just deal with the fact that the way I draw my characters is going to keep changing. :V;;; I did draw some good Nolands on lined paper the other day, though... Maybe I'll post them sometime this week. :m
I asked someone to draw Danny for me on Gaia, and they asked me for some of his outfits... So I drew some outfits. :V
I FORGOT THAT DANNY IS FUN THOUGH, GUYS. Danny's and Gabe's interactions are pretty fun to think about, but mostly because Danny's such a 24 year old baby snob. (???) I want to draw him and Jo some more since they are eventually a couple or whatever, but I have trouble drawing Jo... Her clothing style just doesn't come easily to me! ;u; I need to just sit down and have a day where I research clothing styles for Jo.
I want to have something Stefan and Gabe to put on my wall, so I drew this. :V IDK, THOUGH, I KIND OF WANT TO DO IT DIGITALLY, BUT AT THE SAME TIME... I haven't done something traditionally in so long. I just hate inking traditionally... Mehhhhh. ;m; And messing up a picture traditionally is so much more painful than messing up a picture digitally. PHYSICALLY TEARING OUT THE SHEET OF PAPER AND THROWING IT AWAY... IT'S... IT'S JUST SO HARD...
I'll figure something out for this, eventually.
ALSO, WHOA, STEFAN'S NOT WEARING A SUIT! This is a random note, but when Stefan "dresses up" for dates, he really just dresses down... Drawing Stefan in a not suit used to be really uncomfortable for me, but now I'm pretty used to it. *u* STEFAN'S WARDROBE HAS INCREASED SO MUCH SINCE I FIRST MADE HIM! Gabe's wardrobe, on the other hand.....;;;
OJ is really fun to draw! I think it's because I like drawing arm muscles, but I also like drawing big butts. (???? WHY WHAT IDK...;;;) I'm still kind of confused about his character, but I think he's turning progressively more and more jerkish... GAH. I wanted him to be a sort of gag character whose arrogance was silly, but now I'm not sure. Idk.
Also, I've decided to make him 19 years old. AWESOME.
WHOA, WHO'S THIS LADY? This was actually an old-ish concept drawing I did of Noland's mom, but I don't think this is going to be her final design. I think I've talked a little bit about Noland's childhood, right...? Idk. Yeah, I briefly mentioned her here.
I might be talking in really vague sentences, but here's some stuff about Noland's mom, I guess: Noland's mom isn't a bad person, but there are some weird undertones in her relationship with her son that make her appear kind of antagonistic-y. She babies Noland a lot, even when he's in high school and also as an adult. She's been fairly overprotective of him for a lot of his life, and usually had control over the kind of people Noland would associate with. (In general, Noland didn't socialize with people pther than his mom very often.) I think the main reason she "gets away" with keeping Noland on a short leash is because he's so obedient in nature, and because Noland's mom was the person he was closest to, growing up. Or something, idk. So for most of his childhood, his mom's overprotectiveness doesn't really bother him. (Well, it bothers him more and more as he gets older, but whatever I'll talk about that some OTHER TIME!) ...uh, what else to say... She's also very conservative in terms of romance and dating, and feels like she should have a fair amount of say in who Noland does and doesn't date.
...IDK WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, ANYMORE! If you've read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, she's like a softer version of Billy Bibbit's mom. I FEEL LIKE I KEEP ACCIDENTALLY MAKING WEIRD ANTAGONIST-Y MOM CHARACTERS... Like Tim's mom. Not that I really think about Tim, anymore... STEFAN'S MOM KIND OF, TOO, THOUGH...! Though to a much lesser degree. And both of Stefan's parents are kind of cold, in the first place. Gabe's mom is a nice lady, though. :V ....hm, I think that's all my mom characters...
A weird thing for me to think about Noland's mom is that since she had Noland when she was 19, and Noland was born in 1980, Noland's mom is younger than my dad............................ My dad was born in 1960, by the way. BUT UH. YEAH.
SO. UH. I WAS THINKING IT WOULD BE FUN TO DRAW LIKE A BOXING/FIGHTING CHARACTER. So I drew Gabe as a fighter dude, because yeah.
I TRIED REALLY HARD TO MAKE HIS ABS MAKE SENSE, THIS TIME!! The arms, on the other hand... I'm making up my own anatomy, I'm sorry. orz I'm also not sure about the perspective on the arm on the left, but I'm just rolling with it. THIS POSE DOESN'T EVEN LOOK THAT COMPLEX, WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO DRAW IT?? ;U;
Gabe's hair looks different every time I draw it. -u-b Idk, I kind of like how it came out, though.
OKAY, NOW THAT I'VE THOROUGHLY DISTRACTED MYSELF FROM MY HOMEWORK... Have a nice week, y'all. :D
YEAH. Stuff. I've been doing so many pencil drawings and sketches or whatever to distract myself... I really want to draw colored stuff, but I hate coloring. orz
GABE'S PROPORTIONS HAVE BEEN BOTHERING ME, AND I DON'T KNOW WHY!!! His legs are always so long and ghhhuuuuuhhhh. ""orz Gabe probably just looks like Gabe to you, but he doesn't quite look like I want him to, for some reason. ;U; WHAT CAN I BE DOING WRONG.
Also, I discovered with this drawing that I have a lot of trouble coming up with interesting clothing for Gabe. I need some new outfits for him.... orz
Hoo hah hah.
I think this was my sort of reference.
I like drawing kisses, but the chins and ears are what always get me. ;U; I'LL GET BETTER WITH TIME...
SUPREMELY COOL KIDS! Idk exactly what they're talking about. Stefan's actually talking over at someone across the table, about model-y work stuff. (??)
When I first started drawing Stefan and Gabe as a couple, I drew Stefan as the kind of person who wasn't too keen on being flirty in public. Now I just kind of draw him more casual or passive about PDA, idk;; DON'T KNOW IF THIS LACK OF CONSISTENCY IS A BAD THING, BUT OH WELL...
These are sketches for some Tiger & Bunny keychains/stickers that I'm working on! I was planning on finishing them for Zenkaikon, but Harvestmoonluvr and I have been waitlisted for the artist alley. ;u; Idk, it seems like there's a pretty big chance we won't get a table. BUT EH, WE'LL SEE!
Practice sketches of Keith Goodman, Ivan Karelin, and Pao-lin Huang from Tiger & Bunny. :V These characters are fun to draw, yo.
I wish there had been more Keith episodes...! OR JUST MORE CHARACTER-CENTRIC EPISODES, IN GENERAL... Not that I didn't enjoy the action and drama and stuff. I just would've loved to learn more about all of the characters... ;3;
After drawing 10-years-older Stefan, I wanted to draw 10-years-older Gabe. IDK... I GUESS THIS IS WHAT HE'LL LOOK LIKE? He gets the glasses in his mid 30's. (I'm having some serious deja vu here. Have I mentioned this alread? xD;) Yeah, he doesn't really look like Gabe... It's fun to draw him like this in a puffy hoodie, thouogh. 8D
I wanted to draw Noland sleeping under a kotatsu... I THINK... HAVING A KOTATSU WOULD BE NICE. They look so warm and snuggly, and I could do my homework while being warm and snuggly, and probably just fall asleep, but............
Idk how to end this post. *u* SKOOBALOODOOBOODOO!
YO. Kasa's been trying to convince me to do this tumblr The World Ends With You role play when it comes up, so I thought I should try to make a character for it. :V SO YEAH!
NEW CHARACTER, WOOOOAH! It's been a while since I designed a character. The last time was for the Nerdy and Jock kids, and I feel like that doesn't really count 'cause they all wear normal clothing. xD
ANYWAY, HERE HE IS......;;;;
Yeah, I really don't know what happened with this character. I tried designing someone along the lines of "pastel punk" (which I don't think actually exists), and he turned into this... *u*; ORIGINALLY, HE HAD A SHIRT... but I thought he would look more like I'm imagining if he only wore a vest. >3> Yeah.
This dude's name is O. J., for now. He's a pop star/rapper along the vein of Nicki Minaj or Psy. So yeah, more of an entertainer and performer than a music artist, with a lot of his popularity coming from the ridiculousness (?) of his image. :M
I haven't thought of what his real name is yet, maybe something like Jun Oomiya because that'd be O. J. as his initials. HAHA, IDK... Also, I know he doesn't really look Japanese... BUT NEITHER DOES NEKU, OKAY, SO THERE.
As far as his personality, what I've got so far is that he's got a huge ego, and talks down to people in too loud a voice. I have no idea what his good qualities are, yet......;; CONFIDENCE, HE'S GOT THAT.
I want him to be a sarcastic (?) character, but yo my sarcasm is so bad that I don't think I can handle it. AHA... I also want him to sometimes break into spontaneous raps because that's cool right. ...but I can't rap, so....
I'm not sure about his weapon-y thing yet, but I'm guessing like a microphone or something. Idk.
There's some other stuff about him that I don't want to reveal, which is related to his price for playing the reapers game... SO I GUESS I'LL STOP HERE FOR NOW! This post feels so vague, aha;;;
I'll end this post with some other drawings I did of him when I was trying to get a handle on his design. :V
I drew these two at the same time, which is why they look so similar.
I wanted to see what he looked like without the vest. :M Idk, I didn't like the tank top on its own.
Some doodles I did to try to understand how I wanted to draw his body. :V Idk, he's not really pear shaped so much as Big Butt shaped. -u-
Noland is the next closest body typed character I have, so I drew him next to O.J. to make sure they didn't end up looking too similar. :m
OKAY YEP I'M GONNA GO EAT NOW! Thanks for viewing this slightly haphazardly-made post! :V