Planning for stories and stuff.
note: this intro hasn't been thoroughly updated in a couple years
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, Lafayette, 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 really like drawing on lined paper! :V I used to really hate drawing on lined paper. And apparently, lined paper annoys some people... I know that now, but I didn't realize it until someone pointed it out. xD I wonder how many people get annoyed by lined paper. :M
But yeah, I liked lined paper because it doesn't fray (?) like my sketchbook paper does. .u.
Anyways, here's a couple sketches I did yesterday, instead of studying for my Psych exam.
Also, none of these sketches have people with two eyes.
After finally finishing a post for the MCC, I was in the mood to draw Vevila and Vittorio. Vittorio doesn't have a bottom half of his body in this picture because I am extremely skilled and intelligent.
I was listening to this while I was drawing, so that's what that scrawl of weirdo cursive is supposed to come from. o3o;;;
You know, Vevila's kind of fun to draw. I'd draw her more if, in the words of my grandma, she wasn't "TRYING TO LOOK NAKED!"
Oh yeah, and fun fact! I got Vittorio's first name from a guy named Vittorio Giannini, who composed a song I played in my 11th grade orchestra! :V ...Yeah. That song was really hard. orz
The other thing I drew is the most dramatic Stefan and Noland thing, because I'm boring. (???)
The middle text was supposed to say "We spent most of our relationship with our eyes closed." And then some more lyrics from that song up there because it was still in my head.
GUH sorry about this. I'm usually too embarrassed to post stuff like this since you already get too much SteGabe out of me, but I thought this came out pretty decent. >3>;;; Idk if I like how Noland came out in that top picture, though. His face looks too short to be Noland. :T
Stefan and Noland's pairing name would be Nofan. BECAUSE IT SOUNDS LIKE "NO FUN!" 8D ...I'm the only one entertained by that. "orz The pun is more like the pairing has "no fans" because most of the people that I've shown Noland to don't like him. 8D
...Still the only one entertained.
I draw angular butts. ._.
...yyyep, and there's that! :D I'mma go study now. :V
Hey guys! I almost had this post halfway typed last night, when my computer decided to lose internet connection. WHICH WAS WEIRD, because I didn't even switch pages or click on anything, so.... .____. But whatever, I'll try to retype everything.
While I was doodling yesterday, I wanted to compare some of the head shapes of my characters. My characters' faces still all look vaguely similar, but I think I'm starting to get somewhere. xD Most of them still don't have definitive head shapes (like Jo, Tim, Rick, TB...), but here's a couple that I'm working on.
This might not be interesting for you, but this is mostly for me so I have somewhere to put these notes without having to just remember them all the time. xD
Noland: As I sort of mentioned in the previous post, Noland was the first character I successfully (?) made an effort to give a different face shape. I had been sort of experimenting with Stefan and Gabe's heads for a little bit, but I hadn't been getting anywhere. :V
What makes Noland ~*~SPECIAL~*~ is that unlike most of my other characters, he doesn't have an upturned nose, and his head isn't triangular shaped. THIS WAS GROUNDBREAKING FOR ME! If you look at my fan art previous to this picture, everyone has really pointy chins. And I still tend to draw pointy chins, but I like to think that I'm getting better. ;u; ANYWAY, unlike a lot of my other characters, Noland's head is rectangular shaped at the root of things. Another notable thing is that he doesn't have a definite cheekbone. His jawline is also supposed to be more square or something, but........... hm.
I sometimes mess up, and his head ends up looking more like Gabe's. :V;;; I'm trying to be more consistent. xD;
Gabe: Gabe's head tends to be my default guy-in-his-20's head. ...which is kind of weird, because I get a little inconsistent with drawing his head. xD; Gabe's face is kind of like a combination of Stefan's pointy face and Noland's unpointy face. (??? IDK, THAT'S JUST HOW I THINK OF IT.) His nose is the most like how I used to draw noses on everyone, which is somewhat-up-turned-and-somewhat-pointy. (??? DON'T QUESTION ME.) Yeah, Gabe's just like the middle ground for some reason.
I remember writing early on that he would have high cheekbones, and HUZZAH. HE FINALLY DOES! I think. :T I mean, I think they look like high cheekbones... >3>
Dean: I included Dean here because I wanted to look at his face compared to Dare. :V My little sister always gets them confused whenever looking at my drawings. xD I-I THINK THEY LOOK QUITE DIFFERENT, ACTUALLY...
Dean's head and face are really similar to Stefan's. The main differences are that Dean's cheeks slope down more smoothly, and his chin comes to a definite point. (Stefan's chin kind of squares off at the end, a bit.) Another difference is that while Stefan and Dean both have long and pointy noses, Stefan's is more upturned while Dean's points down to some degree. I think Dean's nose is supposed to be smaller, too, and his cupids bow goes straight down instead of outward like Stefan. :m (NO ONE WILL NOTICE THESE THINGS GUH.)
I wrote that Dean's mouth is supposed to be farther from his nose than other characters, but idk if that'll stay true. TOO MUCH TO THINK ABOUT!
Dare: While I said that Noland was the first character I gave a different face shape, Dare was actually the first character I started thinking about faces with. But since I mostly drew his head like I drew my other characters' heads, nothing really changed. xD These days, I'm trying harder to make what I had attempted in the past actually work.
I always try to emphasize a sort of youthfulness with Dare, so his face is very baby-like with round cheeks. His facial features are all close together, and larger than how I draw facial features on other characters. Idk, the smooshed-ness of his face kind of makes it look like he's grinning all the time, which is the point I guess. (/weird vague sentence) I also draw him with the most round and upturned nose out of most of my characters. Alcott might have a more upturned nose than Dare, but I haven't drawn him in so long that I really don't know. xD
While most of his features are rounded, Dare's chin comes to a point. Because of this, I always imagine I'm drawing his head as a heart! 8D Haha.
And uh... YEAH, THERE'S THAT! 8D
By the way, did you ever wonder what Dare looked like before he got into emo fashion? WELL, WONDER NO LONGER!
THAT'S RIGHT, HE HAD SHORT HAIR. That's Dare in 8th grade (14 years old) on the left, and Dare in 9th-ish grade (15-ish years old) on the right. I've been trying to rethink some things about Dare's story for a couple days; specifically, I've been trying to figure out his reasons for the change in clothing. Originally, it was like this:
- He wants to defy "cliques"
- He wants to see how people react, as a sort of social experiment
- He likes these clothes
I really want to nix the first option, because I think cliques are SUPER exaggerated in fiction. Similar people tend to hang out together in high school, but that's just it: people tend to make friends with people who have similar interests, and don't mingle much because of differences in interests. I don't think there's as much ostracizing in high school as I was trying to portray, and I don't think "popular kids" really view themselves as popular. They may see themselves as having better interests than other people, but really I think a lot of people do that.
These days, I'm thinking Dare's reasons are more like this:
- He's very curious about how he looks in other people's eyes, and wants to explore that topic.
- He wants to know what clothes mean to guys.
- He likes these clothes.
Dare is someone who's really interested in his image and how he looks to other people. Questions that usually come to mind when he's around people are, "I wonder what someone will say/think if I say this?" and "I wonder what someone will say/think if I do this action?" It's important to note that Dare's not panicked by these questions; he's just curious about them, and wants to consider what will happen. (This is unlike Noland, who stresses about how other people view him.) Dare's also interested in adolescent-versus-adult perspective, and tries to be aware of what he says and does such that he's reasonably respectful to both adults and his peers. (This mostly applies to adults, though.) Oh, and he's also trying to figure out if clothing has an impact on how respectful you are seen to be, and how respected you are.
BUT OF COURSE, he never really says these things out loud or is even fully aware that this is what he's doing. (It's his natural thought process, so he doesn't think twice about it.) Basically, he's just a naturally self-aware person. In an old picture I drew of him, I included a quote that said "I act how I want to... I do put your perception into consideration, though." This is along the same vein, where Dare is aware of how people view him and wants to present himself positively, but still feels enough freedom to act how he wants to.
The second bullet point isn't really as important, and I haven't really thought about it much. It's just this thing that came to mind when he was talking to his aunt about what clothes mean to girls (who tend to dress to look nice), which got him thinking about what clothes mean to guys (who tend to dress for comfort).
I'm also thinking that Dare meets some sort of instigator, who gets him interested in emo fashion in particular. Haven't really thought that through, yet. I want to go in the direction that Dare's way of dressing doesn't have really anything to do with "rebellion," be it rebelling against cliques (which was my initial goal) or rebelling against adult ideals (which is what teenagers may actually tend to do when getting piercings and dying their hair).
BUT YEAH, THAT'S SOME STUFF ABOUT DARE THAT I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT!
Since that above picture of Dare is so dramatic, let me show you a lovely drawing to remind you of Dare's actual personality.
Keepin' it fly, Dare. I think Dare would make a fantastic rapper. ZACK, MICHKA, LOYAL! GIVE DARE A RAP PART IN ONE OF SOMETHING IMPOSSIBLE'S SONGS! 8D
but not really
That's all the stuff about Dare for today. :V ...This post is getting really long. But I have a couple more doodles, so TOO BAD.
For some reason, I really felt the need to make a colored picture of Gaelnis from my fantasy story, My Dear Princess. I don't work on this story because there are just TOO MANY CHARACTERS TO THINK ABOUT and I'll just lose track. ""orz Once I get to a point with OFAV and A Life Like This, I might give it some more consideration. The story's actually got some cool aspects to it.
not that you know, because I NEVER POST ANYTHING ABOUT IT
Anyway, I thought it might be cool if Gaelnis was darker skinned. Idk what ethnicity this is supposed to be. :U I ROCK! I'm pretty please with his color scheme, though. For some reason, I tend to favor dull color schemes over highly saturated color schemes.
Okay, last one!
This isn't any character of mine, but he ended up looking like Gabe's old friend William. xD NOT MY INTENTION...
Anyway, last night I was streaming on dA some outfit designs for a friend's trap character. :V (You may already know this, but a "trap" is a guy character who looks good as a girl in girl clothes. I didn't know this for a while, so I thought I'd mention.) These kind of characters tend to look like girls minus the chest, so I ended up saying something along the line of, "I'd like to see a masculine guy pull off a dress." As a result, I thought I'd give a shot at drawing it! I think he looks pretty decent, but idk. what do you think? :V My main intention was to make him look natural.
Cross dressing characters aren't usually my thing, but that's mostly because I get confused on what's actually considered cross dressing. xD; Even with Tomato, who by most standards would probably be considered a trap character, I don't really consider him to be cross dressing. I think it's because he's not really trying to say "I'm a boy in girls clothes," but "I'm wearing fashionable clothes."
Also, something I haven't really mentioned before that's more or less always been true: Tomato also has a very "I'm whatever you say I am" view on gender; so while most people call him male and he tends to identify as male, he also identifies as female when someone calls him female. I personally will only refer to him as male, as it's what he tends to lean more toward. I also won't be referring to this stuff very much in the comics, because gender identity isn't a topic I'm particularly interested it. On a side note, Tomato's gender identity is partially influenced on being an XXY person (? I think that's the correct term), as he has the chromosomes to be a boy (xy) and a girl (xx).
Even though I say cross dressing isn't really my thing, I've always been more or less interested in finding out what it'd look like for a guy to wear a dress and not be cross dressing. Guys can't really pull off dresses cut for girls because they're for a different body type, so I think the first place to start would be with tank top-like dresses, loose fitting dresses, and straight cut dresses. I have a feeling guys in dresses will be a pretty normal fashion subset in some decades. :V (Similar to how girls in suits and pants isn't considered cross dressing, while it would've been cross dressing in the 50's.) But that's just my prediction, I don't really know. xD
Anyway, there's all that. I hope I wasn't controversial in any way, as gender identity and cross dressing can be a sensitive topic for some people. Just thought I'd share some thoughts on the topic.
So yeah!! Thanks for reading this super long post, if you did, and I hope I didn't bore you too much. xD THANKS FOR ALWAYS PUTTING UP WITH MY LONG TALKING!
I post so many useless things and doodles in this world. orz
Not really a true "Draw This Again" meme, but DO I EVER TRULY DO THEM? No.
Anyways, these are commissions I did of random bunny people, for some reason. The left was for shinshou on tinierme, while the right was for snow-rabbit148 on gaia.
Things that have changed for me as far as drawing goes is digital line art (which is thinner and colored), digital shading (which is usually cell shading + airbrush), and ~*~FACES~*~! Here's a long blob of footnotes from deviantART because I'm not cool enough to type something new.
I've always been really frustrated by the way I draw faces on people, because I never used to draw them with logical sense. I was aware I drew them weirdly, but I didn't bother to try to change them because... I just was lazy.... o3o;;;; But sometime last year something helped me figure out how to draw faces better. Weirdly enough, I think it was a drawing of my Physics teacher I did back in May of last year that indirectly helped me figure out faces. (IT WAS A GIFT, OKAY) Drawing my Physics teacher made me want to make a character with short hair and a different chin... which is how Noland came into existence! 8D Partially. I had been thinking about Noland's personality for about a month or less, but I didn't know what he should look like. He actually does kind of resemble my Physics teacher in the first sketches I drew of him, but that's mostly because of the dark shaded hair.
Anyway, I've somehow figured out a way to draw heads and faces that makes at least more sense to me than it did, so that's good... I really do want to get better at face shapes. :M;;; So far, I can only draw 3-ish vaguely different face shapes. xD; AHA... but I'll get better.
Also, something else about Noland relevant to that large blob of text! My friend from real life commented on this asking if I modeled Noland after a her physics teacher from my high school. I didn't (I had a different physics teacher), but Noland actually is a lot like her teacher from what I've heard. xD; I even found this perfect quote from his "rate my teacher" profile that easily could be applied to Noland:
"No idea what on earth he is doing.. It is truly saddening because you can see that he is extremely smart, and genuinely wants us to understand [English], and he is so passionate about it. BUT, he is terrified of high schoolers."
I actually didn't post that for you guys, I posted it here so I can remember it. THIS IS MY WORLD, I'LL DO WHAT I WANT.
STEFAN BEING ALL EMBARRASSED. I like drawing random blushing dudes, okay... ;U;
I have so much less to say about this compared to the previous picture. .___.
I call this, "Gabe Gesturing at Nothing, Forever."
I wanted to do a quick animation of something, but animating takes so long. ""orz This took longer than I thought, and it's only 7 frames...! xD;; I could've added more frames to make it less choppy, but meeehhhhh... animating is hard. BUT SERIOUSLY, It's really difficult because you have to make everything the same size as it was in the previous slide, and make sure every part of the person makes sense relative to the previous slide... I don't feel like going back and fixing Gabe's sleeves. I KNOW THEY WOBBLE. ;A; Bububububuh. I didn't even give him a tattoo because I know I would mess it up somehow. xD;;;;
As lazy as this animation came out, it's actually more detailed than any of the animations I did in that English project last school year. -u-b
I'm going to get back to studying now. :V HAPPY ALMOST FRIDAY!
MORE POINTLESS DOODLES! 8D Well, this one's actually an idea for this challenge. I wanted to genderbend someone I don't normally draw, so here's genderbent Danny!
And here's her theme song. (Actually, Danny intentionally acts like a ditz. BUT THE VOICE IS SO FITTING I CAN SEE IT COMING OUT OF FEMALE DANNY'S MOUTH.)
Female Danny (who I guess would still be called Danny) was actually really fun to design! 8D I like how she came out. Danny's always had this sort of "nerd-but-not-really" sort of appeal to him, so I tried to go with that for the design. I thought scene hair would go well with the thick glasses... but scene hair confuses me because I keep seeing it as a mullet. orz
SPEAKING OF HAIR, I've been drawing Danny's hair as brown for a while now. I think I'm going to change it to black, or a sort of ashen color. ...this will only increase his likeness to Christian Siriano...;;;
Idk what sort of differences there are between Male Danny and Female Danny as far as personality goes. Everything feels like it translates over exactly the same. .u. I'LL GIVE IT SOME THOUGHT, I GUESS.
So yeah. There's my post on Danny as Avril Lavigne.
Edit: I did one of Jo, too, because it'd be fun to draw them together. 8D This took like 10 minutes to draw, so SORRY IT'S SO SLOPPY.
This one kind of weirds me out because this just looks like Jo's head on a man's body, to me. He does have different hair and a bigger nose, though...! 8D;
I didn't really know how to translate "stereotypical-looking floozy" into male form, so I just made him look like a stereotypical jerk. (??? HE JUST LOOKS LIKE GABE!) You can't tell from this picture, but Male Jo is wearing the kind of baggy pants that always fall off and reveal BOXERS AGH.
Personality-wise, mostly the same. Probably a smidge more masculine, as Female Danny would be a smidge more feminine. He's still a make-up artist, because WHY NOT.
Also, he is doing the exact same pose as Gabe is in the previous post. Oops.
I ACTUALLY HAVE TO DO MORE HOMEWORK NOW, so there's the end of that. xD;
I didn't know what to title this. Just thought I'd post that I changed Gabe's chest tattoo! 8D I changed it from this monstrosity to this different monstrosity:
Yep. AGH, SHIRTLESS. I mean...
Colored tattoos are too difficult for me to work with, so... yeah. Black tattoo for you, Gabe. :V I think black design-ish tattoos look cooler anyway, in my opinion. BUT WHAT DO I KNOW ABOUT TATTOOS. Nothing, is the answer. .3.
GABE, STOP PRETENDING TO LOOK BASHFUL, WE ALL KNOW YOU WANT TO DO THIS:
Weird anatomy, wooooo! :D I think I drew this like a month ago, and was like, "HAHA. GABE....;;;" when I finished it.
SPEAKING OF GABE,
which I guess I have been this whole time... Here's a random comic thing with Gabe, Kasey, and Jo! This takes place 4-ish years before the current OFAV timeline, when Gabe and Jo just moved to France. For the first year or so, the three of them all lived together in an apartment.
Also, kind of PG-13 warning for swearing, and weird conversation topic.
I posted this on dA just now to get it the right size, so here's the long footnotes I put with it:
Kasey and Gabe's relationship initially is like how it is in this comic. They have some problems because
- Gabe's never had many female friends and consequently isn't very good at interacting with them as a whole
- Kasey gets crushes on almost every guy she meets (including Gabe, for a while)
- Kasey prematurely thinks that since Gabe's gay, she can treat him like a girl/assume gay stereotypes on him. (this one's not really pictured in the comic.)
That third reason Gabe and Kasey don't get along is kind of weird, because Kasey kind of simultaneously holds two (incorrect) images of Gabe: Gabe acts "straight," so he probably likes girls even though he says he's gay; and Gabe says he's gay, so he probably has good fashion sense/watches musicals/etc according to gay stereotypes. They contradict each other to some degree, but... it's Kasey. :V SHE THINKS WHAT SHE WANTS, I GUESS.
ALSO, sorry about the borderline sexist comments from Gabe. HE'S NOT BEING SPITEFUL... and panel 3's "this" means "this action," not "this person." By the way, speaking of Gabe! In the third panel, I'd like to mention that Gabe does flirt with straight guys, but he usually does so to get a reaction out of the other person than to pursue romantic action with the person. (? weird sentence.)
UM. WELL, I HOPE THAT ENTERTAINED YOU TO SOME DEGREE. Slightly regretting posting this. xD;;; I actually have this little story (?) in mind about Jo, Kasey, and Gabe all living together, and how Gabe and Kasey end up coming to terms with each other. (WOW, KASEY IN THE LIMELIGHT?!?!?!?! Or sort of. It'll probably be mostly Gabe. "orz)
AND SO THERE'S THAT, I GUESS.
Note: If you're straight, you probably shouldn't flirt with your gay friends. Same with vise versa. And if you're bi, flirt with people compatible with you, I guess. DON'T FOLLOW KASEY'S EXAMPLE, BASICALLY...
....The end of this post. WOW, SO MUCH GABE!