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!
Happy Monday, everyone! :M Woo yeah. Here's some stuff from the past week-ish.
Some outfits I drew last night during my stream. :V I wanted to practice girly outfits, but then I drew Noland and wanted to draw more guys. So I drew Tomato.
I want to draw Tomato more often. ;0;
I like drawing Kasey in tacky make-up. :V I'd be lying if I said Nicki Minaj wasn't an influence on Kasey's fashion taste. xD Kasey's kind of like a combination of Gyaru and Nicki Minaj here, or something. :V
The Noland outfit is something I sketched in a notebook one time, but didn't have colors for it. I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT I THINK POLKA DOTS REALLY SUIT NOLAND...
Some random Danny. Still not really sure if I want to make his hair brown or ashen. It looks too much like Stefan's hair color here... not that that's really a problem, but IT FEELS LIKE IT'S A PROBLEM.
I love drawing Danny's buck teeth. :B
IT'S ALMOST SUMMER, SO I DREW SOME SUMMER CLOTHES! I think I don't like Stefan's head in this picture. Gabe's head was also annoying to draw. WAH. I do kind of like this, though, even though their heads are weird. Maybe I'll finish this, and draw a ~*~BACKGROUND~*~, too. 8D
Muic = music, because I can't spell.
Noland and his coworker/superior Prudence/Prue having a conversation. :V I haven't decided if that's her final design yet, or exactly how I want her personality to be. SHE'S JUST A MYSTERY!
And yeah, Noland and music. Yep. He's like that guy you knew in high school who could tell you everything about every Led Zeppelin song. Or maybe you didn't know that guy. I didn't know that guy.
Noland mostly listens to 60's rock and classic punk. LITTLE DID YOU KNOW. Interestingly, that's not the kind of music I listen to when I draw him. Usually I listen to music that I think the character might listen to when I draw them, but not for Noland! I usually listen to more emotionally-dramatic music when I draw him, because he's an emotional boyo at heart.
I was going to delete that shirtless Dare, but I forgot.
Here's some doodles of the A Life Like This trio! :V i'm trying to figure out how I should draw Rick and Tim's faces. I think Tim should stay the closes to what I originally draw him as, but idk about Rick. WHOOOO KNOOOOWS.
That's all I've got for now! :M Have a nice day, and all that. :D
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!
Yeah. I have a lot of old sketches and doodles on SAI. I can't show you all of them since I can only post like 10 pictures in one post, but here's a couple of them. Hooray! 8D
I posted this on my DA, so this might look familiar. This is Stefan's boss! She's the head of the New York branch of the modelling agency that Stefan and Tomato belong to. :D She probably won't appear in the comic, but she appears from time to time in Tomato's backstory. So if I ever draw that, you'll know who she is.
She doesn't have a name yet. :m Any suggestions?
I totally thought I posted this on theOtaku, but... idk, I can't find it. xD; This is a mock sticker sheet of the main characters from OFAV! :D I actually did make stickers out of these using my sticker machine, and stuck them on my physics binder. (why? xD;) I like how Stefan and Dean's came out, but my least favorite is Kasey... Kasey's always my least favorite. Her hairstyle just looks so weird to me... I want to restyle it, but it's already too late, I think. xD;
I also thought I posted this on theO, but... ONCE AGAIN, I GUESS NOT! If you were looking closely, you could see it in his "character development meme" I posted several months ago. This is actually really old, from November of last year. This was probably when I realized that I really enjoy drawing Gabe. :D;
This is REEEAAALLY old, from last year or something. Just some random stuff on alcohol and drinks, I guess.
I think Gabe looks hilarious here, for some reason.
I drew this last month, I think. I was drawing pictures to the song I was listening to. Drawing something in less than 5 minutes is really hard! ;u; And no girls, because I'm a buttox.
I don't remember what song I was drawing to in the last picture, but I think it was Motorcycle Drive By.
Idk when I drew this, but it's pretty old. I had a sudden urge to draw HMNNNHIIIO and Dare, since HMNNNHIIIO is technically Dare's Pokemon. Idk, I thought it was kind of cute despite its sloppiness. xD;
Stefan and Gabe doodles in comic form. I actually doodle stuff like this all the time in my doodle notebooks........
along with, y'know, actual stuff like OFAV comic strip plans and stuff. *cough cough*
Timmeroo! Tim. I had a sudden urge to draw Tim some weeks ago. I keep drawing that head angle, but idk if I'm even drawing that head perspective right. :M;;; OH WELL, WORKS FOR ME I GUESS...
And more Tim! I've missed Tim. I think I drew this the same day or the previous day as the previous one. My handwriting's even worse with a tablet, so if you can't read it, sorry. xD;
By "Gabe idiots", I mean people who are "idiotic" in a similar way that Gabe is. DOES THAT MAKE ANY MORE SENSE? NO! 8D
Luli doodle from yesterday. Woo! I haven't drawn her in forever. I made a Luli outfit in Animal Crossing, though! 8D It looks weird! But oh well.
This is a grapefruit gijinka I did for someone on Gaiaonline. I do a lot of freebies on Gaiaonline, but I don't bother posting them because they're pretty lazy. xD; This one came out cute enough, though. I like a grapefruit color scheme. :V
And yeah! I should probably work on other more important stuff, now...
Since I put comic sketches in the title first, I guess I'll post the comic sketches first. :m I'm working on a comic-thing for Christmas (since I never upload Christmas-themed pictures) of Dare, Rick, and Tim. These are just the 1st two pages. Yeahhhh. It takes place in 11th grade, so it's pre-Something Impossible.
Akioh, I have no idea what you're talking about because I forgot everything in relation to A Life Like This and your Rock Band comic because you haven't updated either in several months
Me too, mysterious reader. Me too.
Maybe I should update those some time.............
Aw, yeah. Master of dialogue here. ... COMICS WITH FLOWING DIALOGUE ARE TOO HARD. ;w; Maybe that's why I like 4-panel strips so much.
Whoa, Akioh, who the heck is that guy with the hat-- OH, IT'S RICK! I really wanted to draw Rick in a new hat... xD
And yep. Sorry for the handwriting, as usual.
Oh, and here's the song Dare was singing in the beginning. Not relevant at all. xD
Anyways, on with the other non-comic stuff! :m While we're on the topic of Tim, here's a picture of him and his mom.
Yes, Cassidy looks freakish. :M Who cares about bodies making sense! Answer: everyone.
The weird thing about these drawings is that I drew the picture of Tim and the picture of Cassidy on two separate papers at two different times. So it was kind of weird that they kind of matched when I put them together like this... Even the quotes seem kind of consecutive. xD;
But yeah. Akioh draws weird stuff sometimes.
I hardly draw Loyal, but I felt like drawing her the other day. :o No, that's not a beard... it's some weird shading... ;u; I remember reading a chapter of Yu Yu Hakusho once where a guy's chin was shaded like that, and I thought it was a beard. xD; I was wondering why it vanished in the next panel...
What I like about Loyal is that I don't feel compelled to draw her in a girly pose like certain individuals. :V
The rest of the stuff is OFAV related. I was talking to Takara the other day about how Gabe's pretty different from how he used to be. I think his appearance changes are on behalf of my drawing style changing. I can't seem to decide if I want him to have light brown or dark brown hair, though... I want it to be light brown, but it always comes out dark in marker. ;A;
This is the first thing I've colored in marker since... Hm. Apparently, I still think it's summertime.
Gabe's hair color is incorrect. BAH.
I think this is the first time I've uploaded a picture that actually shows Stefan crushing on Tomato. xD
Stefan, I think you have to be crushing on someone 12 and under to be considered a pedophile. I think you're in the clear. Although, when Tomato was 17 and Stefan was 26, those could be plausible ages for a teacher crushing on a student. Which is what the song Don't Stand So Close To Me is about. YEAH, CONNECTIONS!
Last one! :m Quote on the side is from Wounded by Third Eye Blind. Inconspicuous quote on the bottom is irrelevant.
I like drawing Stefan, yo. :U
It's weird that it's almost 2013! ;A; I feel like I haven't done much on my "things to improve on" list. I guess you could say I've been working on action poses...
Well anyways, that's all for now. 8D YEAH...
I doodled a picture of high school-aged Gabe on my math homework, and didn't feel like erasing it because I kind of liked it... ;u; EHE. So I scanned it and now I'm going to erase it. YEAH!
By the way, here it is.
Woo, angry man! His hand is kind of big, now that I look at it. xD; Floating youthful Gabe... Gabe's hairstyle in high school pretty much looks exactly like Jo's current hairstyle except with Gabe's color scheme. WOO! Idk, I'm having trouble with hairstyles these days. .u.
Also, I found some original concept sketches and other old things of my characters. 8D I figured I'd show them to you all. I already uploaded most of them when I originally drew them, but here's some stuff that I missed. I'VE JUST BEEN GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE LATELY... Sorry for all the "before-after"-themed posts. xD Hope you find this interesting or something! :D
This is actually a pretty recent pic, and it's also the only decent picture of Jamie that I've drawn. Jamie is Rick's little brother. I haven't talked about him much, but he has his fair share of appearances in A Life Like This compared to the rest of Rick's siblings. xD By the way, he's talking to Tim in this pic. He asked Tim if he likes Rick. So uh.. Spoiler? xDD Idk. BAH. This stuff is so idk. :I
Woo, that basketball looks like a giant lumpy round object and not a basketball... ._________.;
This isn't the first picture of Tim that I've drawn, but what's monumental about this piece of paper is I figure out an easy way to draw Tim's bangs. 8D If you look at the part in his bangs, the left bang used to flip to the left, but then I started drawing it flipping to the right. FOR SOME REASON, THAT MADE IT SO MUCH EASIER TO DRAW HIM...! Once I could draw him, I started drawing him a lot more. So thanks to that one little change, Tim's now one of my favorite characters of mine. xD AND YOU THOUGHT LITTLE THINGS LIKE THAT DIDN'T MATTER...
Or maybe you never thought that. :I
This was drawn before the previous doodles. It was another (failed) attempt at trying to figure out how to draw Tim's hair. xD Tim, you gave me so much trouble... but you were worth it. ;u;
This is the first time I ever drew Damian! He still looks about the same. :D I originally spelled his name "Dameon", but that apparently means "DEMON CHILD"... so I changed it to Damian. 8D;
Damian's actually 20, I think. Yep. Idk why I wrote that beard comment, though.
NO ONE'S TALKING ABOUT YOUR BEARD I think I've become more tolerant of beards, because of Gabe. xD I used to really not like beards at all. Now I'm kind of indifferent. I like drawing Gabe's beard, even though it's the tiniest beard in the world.
...My dad has a mustache! 8D
Here's Jamal's original design. There's a colored version somewhere in my portfolio, too. :m (Compare with this: [click]) Takara wrote his name on there! 8D Because I didn't want to name him Jamal at first... Haha. I'm used to his name now.
Lastly, here's what I planned to be the "default" outfits for the OFAV cast. These are also the outfits I used here. The only one that's remained the same is Dean's. xD I hadn't learned how to draw suits until this summer, so Stefan's only changed recently. I draw Kasey, Tomato, and Jo in random things that I feel like drawing. Gabe usually wears that skull shirt or tank top. TB always wears the same outfit of a green t-shirt and rolled-up jeans, which is why I didn't put him on here. :m
Gabe's shirt just makes me laugh in agony and embarassment... orz
And yeah! That's that. 8D I'll try to upload some recent stuff in my next post.