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!
I'm participating in some Character Drawcember challenge that's going on on tumblr, so here's the stuff I drew for this past week! :M I didn't draw everything that was requred, but oh well.
WEEK ONE (Dec 1-7)
I chose Noland for this, even though he's not really a true protagonist. :V
And these are the buttlong footnotes I included:
I’m not really sure if Noland’s a protagonist because his story doesn’t really have a hero or enemy or anything like that, but he is the main character of the story about him and Chrystal, called Teach Me Something Good. I wanted to split the main character role between him and Chrystal evenly, but… I’m just… I don’t know what to do with high school characters. orz Right now, I want at least a 60%-40% split between Noland and Chrystal, as far as the main character role goes. Not that I even do anything with these characters because I don’t WRITE OR DRAW COMICS OFTEN ENOUGH GAH.
BUT YEP. Noland Strong. That one puffy-haired blushy English teacher dude that I always draw. I’m not too sure how popular these kinds of characters are, but I’m usually pretty interested in these sort of delicate male characters. I don’t think he’s a particularly “weak” male character, but he’s much more focused on his emotions and personal things than… idk, a guy character like Gabe, for instance. And then in contrast, Prue is someone who doesn’t often focus on her own emotions and own experiences. In some ways, I’m aiming for a sort of gender role reversal when it comes to Noland and Prue as characters; but at the same time, it’s supposed to be subtle and natural, rather than be a jarring opposite characterization. (? idk. I’m usually not very successful in my attempts at BEING A COOL CHARACTER PERSON, but there you go.)
Noland’s storyline in Teach Me Something Good is something like his difficulty coping with an adult lifestyle, and difficulty understanding/handling the boundaries between childhood and adulthood—most of this shown through his friendship with Chrystal. Even though it takes place in 2013 (when he’s 33 years old), there’s also a lot of reference to his college life and relationship with Stefan. I intend to use Noland as a “coming of age” character in Teach Me Something Good, even though he’s already technically an adult.
There’s actually a separate story that comes afterTeach Me Something Good that I haven’t named, which is about Noland and Prue. After Teach Me Something Good (which takes place over the span of Chrystal’s senior year in high school), Noland more or less stops being the protagonist, and the point of view then switches to Prue. This story would also expand a little bit on Noland’s childhood in Georgia, but it would be heard from Prue’s perspective when said by Noland. Or something like that.
And yep. By the way, I hate drawing legs. WILL I KEEP DOING FULL BODY SKETCHES FOR THIS DRAWCEMBER THING? STAY TUNED AND FIND OUT.
…an old character you don’t use anymore, and then redesign them.
I didn't have time to do an antagonist, but since Falorin is both an old character and an antagonist, I guess she counts for both. :^D; Might still try to do the antagonist drawing I wanted, though!
And the footnotes (I'm calling Falorin "he" in these because I wasn't too sure about the gender change at that point. I also mentioned some of this in the drawing I posted of her, too. xD;):
CRAZY POSE! This might have to count as my “antagonist” drawing, too, if I don’t get around to drawing it. :V
Anyway, this is my old character, Falorin Halloway. I have an old profile of his here. For Falorin’s new outfit, I wanted to do something less Fire Emblem-y, so I googled 16th century clothing for inspiration or whatever. The only thing that came out 16th century-ish is the collar, but… OH WELL…
I used to draw Falorin for a story I had called My Dear Princess, which was a Fire Emblem-esque fantasy about a princess, her servant, their friends/group of fighters, and the mystery surrounding the emergence of a new country from nowhere. (??? Idk, it never made much sense to me, either.)
Falorin here was the antagonist of the story, and the prince of the “mysterious new country” called Endergia, The Phantom Country. Faloring was really one of the only characters I liked from that story… Just everything surrounding him and his country was really cool, to me! *U* He and his country were summoned by someone (??? SUMMONED FROM THE ~*~DARKNESS~*~ OR SOMETHING), so Falorin literally doesn’t have a past. He’s just. POOF. He’s there, and he’s “born” knowing he’s the prince/ruler of this new. But what’s interesting about his country is that it can only be populated by ghosts (??? idk why, that’s just… yeah, this story has a lot of holes), so he spends a lot of time going around and killing people to “recruit ghosts” into his country.
Okay, so killing people isn’t really interesting. But anyway, because Falorin can talk to and see ghosts, he can’t conceptualize death in any way besides “dead = person ‘lives’ in Endergia.” He gets the idea that he’s doing something that makes people upset, but he can’t grasp the full weight of his actions. He’s also poor at empathizing, but knows how to mimic behaviors/act in order to appear to have a certain disposition. Yeah. his natural disposition is extremely apathetic.
I feel like I’m not saying anything of value, here, so I’ll just stop. xD; I’M SORRY I’M SO DISORGANIZED…
Also, I’m strangely tempted to make Falorin a girl. Hm, hm… hm.
Finish one of these into a full-color piece.
I posted that here! 8D Yep.
Well, that's what I've done for week 1 of Drawcember. Hopefully I can get some of the week 2 stuff done in between my finals stuff. ;u;/
I... mostly did these because I wanted to
draw Gabe in stupid swim shorts PRACTICE DRAWING GABE'S BODILY PROPORTIONS.... and then I threw some other people in there for the sake of a fun swimsuit time. :^D
I DON'T REALLY MENTION IT, but Kasey and Gabe are actually total bros! 8D Or bro and sis. Or besties. IDK, I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO SAY BESTIES, SO I WENT WITH BROS EVEN THOUGH KASEY'S A GIRL. They like to geek out over hot celebs and sing trashy pop music together. (???) Yeah, idk.
I actually have a comic idea about Jo, Gabe, and Kasey living together when they first move to France, and how Kasey and Gabe become friends. Gabe's actually a pretty big butthole in that story, but I think it'd be an interesting thing for me to draw, someday. :V
Kasey always wears fun clothes. I should design stuff for her more often. :m
I have no idea what this dialogue is, or even how I was supposed to write it. I-I DON'T REALLY TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE. HOW IS IT DONE? WHAT IS CONSIDERED ETHICAL AND UNETHICAL? ENLIGHTEN ME.....
As Kasey and Gabe are pretty close, Stefan and Jo are actually decent friends, as well. He considers her more or less the most level headed person out of the OFAV group, excluding maybe Dean. Jo was actually the one who got Kasey and Gabe their jobs with Tomato and Stefan, by the way. :^D
Idk how to draw Jo's face anymore. -u-b And I don't really have anything else to say about this doodle. Meh. :^D
I MEAN, WHY NOT DRAW NOLAND IN STUPID SHORTS, TOO... Aha, yeah. While I do think Gabe would seriously wear stupidly short swim shorts, Noland would probably wear knee-ish length swim trunks and some sort of swim shirt or jacket. (Do swimming jackets exist? ...??? Idk.)
On a side note, Prue is so hard for me to draw without thinking of her as secretly Stefan...!!! ;m; I do have some fairly concrete differences between them in that she's 100x more honest/open than Stefan, and is far less cynical. But they both have this cold, intellectual air to them that I don't really know what to do with. (Not that it's even noticeable in the above doodle, but;;;) I guess Stefan's coldness is more or less intentionally put up on his own will, while Prue's coldness is something she doesn't really realize she's doing. Idk. I'LL FIGURE THIS CHICK OUT, ONE DAY.
You may have noticed that I degraded into my usual draw-one-eye-only syndrome. IT'S JUST... TOO HARD TO DRAW TWO EYES AND KEEP THE EXPRESSION I WANT AT THE SAME TIME. ;U;
So yeah. Happy almost winter break, guys! Hang in there, yo. ;o
Hey, guys! Happy couple days after thanksgiving, for you American people! :^D And happy Sunday for everyone else, I guess. It's weekly-ish sketch and stuff dump time! 8D
I'm still going through a Gabe crisis. Idk what's up with his face, it just all feels all off balance. ;u; I think I've been drawing his chin too big, or something. I had that problem last year, too... so maybe if I work on fixing his chin, everything else will be okay. -u-;
Stefan thinks he's so cool, and he's so wrong.
TRYING TO PRACTICE GABE'S HAIR! I figured out some stuff on how to draw his normal hairstyle, which is good... and then I drew him in his short hairstyle, because why not. I sometimes feel bad for Gabe, because the short hairstyle is probably what I was actually going for when I first designed him, but just didn't know how to draw it. And now he's stuck with this hilarious spiky-fwoosh hairstyle, instead. OH WELL, GABE, OH WELL...
There are times when I actually like Gabe's hairstyle, but now is not one of those times. :V
I haven't drawn Noland in a while, so here's a doodle thing. Noland sometimes reads during his lunch break. :m I also kind of imagine the high school he works at to look like my high school, because it's the only high school I know. -u-b Fun Fact!: Don't smoke on school grounds, Noland, it's against the rules.
/not actually a fun fact
I always want to do a full drawing of Noland, but every time I start one, I end up hating it. orz Noland is really fun for me to doodle, but doing detailed drawings of him just doesn't work for me. ;u;
My sis bought the new Smash Bros game, so I got to play that this weekend. *u* Little Mac is really fun to play
(a-and I just think muscle boys in shorts are cool, okay), but his recovery is SO BAD HHGHH. Horrible. I try to avoid edges as much as possible with Mac. orz
I feel like I draw his face cuter than it is in the game, though. Nintendo gave him like the WACKIEST EXPRESSIONS POSSIBLE... OR SOMETHING.
Still sad that Roy's not back in the game, though I knew they wouldn't bring him back. "orz ROY... MY BOY... IF THEY'RE BRINGING BACK MEWTWO AS DLC, THEY SHOULD DO THE SAME FOR ROY AAAAAGHGHGHDKLSKFJAF yeah.
...SO YEAH, gotta go do work now. Thanks for reading, bro! :V
No introduction, this time. ART DUMP A-GO.
This is actually from several weeks ago! :V I was trying to get better at drawing Kotetsu. Yep.
This is related to O. J.'s backstory/etc, and since I want to use him for role play stuff, I don't really want to give too much away... ;u; But uh. This is what he dresses like when he's not performing on stage and stuff. Yeah.
Some head stuff. I wanted mainly to practice drawing Prue's face. I have trouble drawing her. "orz For some reason, she looks really different with her hair down. :V
I stuck Stefan in there so I could compare his and Prue's faces, sine I used to draw them really similar.
(Sorry about Gabe's gesture, I can remove it if you need me to! :V)
These were some redraws from this thing! Yeah. Expressions are like my favorite thing to draw! 8^D I wanted to see if I've gotten better at drawing them and stuff. Angry expressions used to be really difficult for me to draw, but I think I'm getting better. Serious-angry is still pretty difficult, though. Idk. I'll figure it out eventually. :V
O. J. doesn't believe in shirts, or something.
I keep drawing O. J. in basically the same clothes, but with different patters. orz WHATEVER, IT'S FUN.
This is also the first time I lined something traditionally in a long while. Lining can be fun, but my pens don't really like drawing over the pencil sketch. 8D;
Some Vanity Fanfare expressions. :V I still don't know anything about her backstory. I thought drawing her would help me think of something, but EH...
More Gabe. I HAVE SO MUCH TROUBLE DRAWING HIS HAIR!!! It just doesn't look like how I want it to. D: I have a pretty easy time drawing his short hairstyle for when he's older, but idk... for some reason, his current hairstyle has to be so PRECISE. And if I draw something a little incorrectly, it just makes him look weird. orz Idk what's up.
And yep, that's what I've got for you today. :V Thanks for viewing, as alwayzzzzz.
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|