I thought I was going to have a less busy season work-wise, but more things got piled on to me than I expected! Every year I tend to destroy a bit of myself for the months of March-April to finish all my comic submissions.Every year I try to stay on top of it so it doesn't get too bad!

I finished my Plant Fever 2 pages in January. The pages are in colour for this issue! It's going to debut at TCAF 2018 in May 12-13. The same garbagey autobio drawings and stories you expect from Life on the Hill, but with added garbagey colour!

A bunch of random panels, in no particular order. My mom's artwork will also be debuting in this zine, which I'm very excited for!

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Last week I also did work on some other comics for medical education purposes. Drawing in this kind of squashed style makes it more challenging to stay consistent with proportions, so I find that it takes a lot longer to ink; likely because I'm redrawing/deviating from my sketches a more. These were inked in Adobe Animate because they'll be coloured/animated for the web.

A bunch of random panels, in no particular order (again)

A bunch of random panels, in no particular order

Today I worked on my thumbnails for the 2018 Love Love Hill anthology. The theme is something along the lines of "cooking and crying" and I'm really hitting the CRYING part hard! I have so many pages of crying, haha!

These are the thumbnails in my sketchbook for the first 6 pages. The whole story is ~12 pages!

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These are the digital sketches of the same thumbnails

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It's always funny to see where I deviated. This time they're pretty similar!

I feel more at ease now that I actually have a story and sketches to go with it. The story will feature some familiar(?) faces if you read my other anthology comics.

I can't remember if I actually talked about this here or not, but I changed my home computer desk to be a stand desk by propping my monitor on top of books (sketchy) and my keyboard/tablet/mouse on top of a bed tray that stands on my original desk. The actual heights are all still a couple inches off to be ergonomic, but I have to say, my wrist numbness has decreased drastically! I suppose the pain is now felt in my feet...

Today's music post: Hopopono by GoGo Penguin!

I occassionally participate in an improv comic where I'm assigned to draw 1 page based on 1 other page (that either comes before or after my assigned page), so it's always pretty interesting to see what you have to work with!

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The page I was given starred Neil DeGrasse Tyson, so here he is. hanging out with a good lamb named Yarnball (my creation). Also check out David Goodsell's paintings if you're not familiar with them.

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I wonder if this turned into rabbit x human doujinshi? I felt sad drawing sad rabbit clutching teddy bear plush!!!!!!!!

I actually haven't seen the full books with my page(s) inserted into them, but they're always fun to draw because it makes me draw/explore things I would normally never draw on my own.

Today's music post: PrimeTime (Janelle Monae feat. Miguel). I once attempted to karaoke of this and it was an epic failure. I got to see her live as a part of the PanAm games in Toronto. Janelle Monae is so talented cool amazing fashionable ETC. ETC. I wish I could be more like her!

Been drawing OCs in firealpaca with lazy colouring! Why do I love glasses but am not very good at drawing them (cry).

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After doing the first couple, I realized I had an overabundance of male characters, so I gotta work on fleshing out the non-male characters more and try to carve out roles for them that occupy a larger piece of the pie. I don't know why I ended up with so many dude characters. I also want to do more research/reading on different cultural backgrounds to better capture their upbringings! This is why it's going to take me forever to draw a comic, haha. How do you balance the notion of "just make a thing" vs "take time to research the thing but get really deep into research"?

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Today's music post: Hey You by Cyndi Seui. Always get energy and positive vibes from his music!

Did another comic jam with Ben! We have coined our comic jams to be called JUJAMIN because it merges both of our names, haha.

These comics got really weird really fast, as... expected?

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I will always insert animals into comics... raccoons are so cute. Pumpkin is one of my favourite raccoons to follow!

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Hello Kitty is still really popular but I never really got into her as a character. I was more into Pochacco, but in hindsight, I'm not sure what the appeal of Pochacco was either. Apparently there are some truths to this story in relation to Ben's wife. The specific snacks drawn in one of the panels are fish strips and fish sausage.

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This story came about because we were chatting about the cross-canada train ride (aka the scenic route across Canada). Then it turned dark and violent, and of course, shameless insertion and plug for Super Life on the Hill.

I spent a bunch of time redoing my website at dirchansky.com! I took down a lot of my old drawings but put up some old comics. I'm still keeping this freetalk blog here though hehe. I've also been working on an OC page for myself and drawing profile pics for that.

Today's music post: Finesse (Remix) by Bruno Mars Feat. Cardi B. There's a part of my musical tastes that loves 90s sounding music, so this is such a great throwback!

It has been a while since my last post. I recently had the pleasure of hanging out with fellow comic artist and game maker Ben Rivers to chat about comic creation process, as well as to do a quick comic jam! It was interesting to see his process and working documents (script writing, thumbnailing, etc.) and how regimented his process was. Something that I can definitely aspire to! Check out his games Alone With You and Home, both of which I've played and enjoyed, as well as his comic Snow! Honestly too prolific...

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One thing that I flagged about my own process is that I should probably slow down, do more research, and take more time to think through character actions, personalities, motivations, voices, etc. I think this is especially true for longer form comics that are primarily character driven. I'm starting to build those frameworks now, but it's nice to have starting points from the internet! I recently retook a personality test and got ISTP-A (Virtuoso), which is different from my INTJ result from a couple of years ago.

Since I changed my home desk to be a stand desk, I have been very unmotivated to stay on the computer (haha) and have been doing a lot more analog writing in a Leuchtturm1917. Today I just finished writing the first drafts of 8 chapters of Here We Are, half with a wine coloured felt tip pen, and half with a TWSBI Eco with stub nib in Absolute Brown Waterman ink. Such an enjoyable experience!

Although this comic will have zero readership, I'm stil feeling pretty excited about getting started on it! I'm also feeling jazzed that I can start to link all my modern-day OCs together in a world, even if they're all living individual lives.

Oh, and Love Love Hill got into Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2018, so looking forward to seeing all you comic lover/readers on May 12-13 2018!

Today's music post: Show You the Way by Thundercat (feat. Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins). There is also a live version here. I am a big fan of Kenny and Michael's previous collaboration This Is It, so I am delighted to hear their voices tripleted up with Thundercat's voice and instrumentals!!!

I wanted to draw a holiday picture for Love Love Hill, so I drew a CHOW CHOW because 2018 is year of the dog! I follow chows online and everytime I see their photos come up on my feed, my heart swells up to 2x its original size. I've seen a lot of chows wear bibs too, and it is just TOO PERFECT!

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Here is the final version! I haven't tried this salt-in-watercolour trick since elementary school, ha!

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Here are some good chows to follow:

Today's music post: Monkey Bath by Floex

Today I'm feeling a little bit sad because I perhaps had the ability to change a situation, but now it's too late. Whatever was there, is now lost. I know that beating myself up over it isn't going to help in the long run, but hopefully the self-reflection can help prevent losses from happening in the future.