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, 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... 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|
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;