I think I'm on track to get the next small chapter of Here We Are (HWA) out. Here are some previews that I've been posting to masto (I even made my own hashtag huhuhu)...

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Partway through I also got really into thinking about what they're going to wear during the different seasons.

Jake mainly wears b/w or neutrals, primarily no patterns and clean lines (minimalist).

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Austin mainly wears button-up shirts, tshirts, and belted pants. His style is primarily influenced by fuctional/durable workwear and cozy cabin/camping looks.

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Truth be told, the biggest motivation for posting is because I wanted to share today's music post (one of the strangely fun parts of blogging): Yussef Dayes X Alfa Mist - Love Is The Message (Live @ Abbey Road) ft.Mansur Brown & Rocco Palladino. Seeing musicians jam like this is really incredible...

I managed to finish OCeptember 2018, a prompt for original characters! It's compiled in a birdsite memory here, but I'm also posting it below to add TL;DR.

Day 1. Favourite OC(s)

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The loggersports crew. Not necessarily my favourites (I still haven't nailed the look/design of some of them) but most top of mind because of upcoming webcomic!

Day 2. Least loved OC(s)

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The detective crew. Least loved only relative to how little I draw them. Some of these characters are from 2003 or even earlier.

Day 3. Best buds

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Fake is originally from the detective stuff, while Jake is from the loggersport stuff. They were created in complete isolation, but at some point I made a decision to make them good friends (because they play MMORPGs and go to cons together).

Took a break from drawing some other stuff to draw more stuff, aka Fung from my visual novel game, Come For A Drink (CFAD).

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WIP below This sketch's face really doesn't get pulled through haha Image description Image description Image description

Fung's draft outfits...most of these got pulled through to some extent. I looked at a lot of modern wuxia/hanfu outfits for inspiration.

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And these are some dev notes for CFAD...lots of potential spoilers? Image description

Today's music post: Stay Tuned by Suchmos.

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The game is out at https://dirchansky.itch.io/come-for-a-drink It's a visual novel game where u try to become friends w/ older men (and more) for potentially unsavoury reasons. Includes:

  • Relationship building/romance
  • Animals + weirdness
  • Voice acting (not levelled in v1)
  • 9 differen't endings
  • Background/sounds

It was a lot of hard work to do in 2 months for YaoiJam 2018. I am shocked I got anything done, so there is some level of pride in the work that I put into it, even if it's a really short game! There was so much scope creep, and I am grateful for all the support and contributions from people in my social network. I am truly humbled that people were willing to contribute to this silly game of mine! The people participating/following the jam were also very positive and supportive. It was a great feeling.

I hadn't coloured on computer in so long, but there was so much drawing/colouring to be done for this game. I learned a lot about asset making, writing management, programming (where indentation matters a lot), and all that jazz. I would love to share all of that some day, maybe after I recover from this jam!! I am really impressed at how powerful Renpy is as a tool, so much potential!

I'm excited to go back to comics though; I think I'm more comfortable telling singular narratives, rather than branching ones.

It's a milestone! Today I was born, and I also birthed a game. Cool!

It has been a while since I last freetalked. I wasn't at home much during May.TCAF came and went, and I flew around for work. Overall TCAF was great, and if you weren't able to go yourself, everything can also be found online at store.lovelovehill.com!

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Next big item is that I'm going tro try to make a game for yaoijam 2018 (good timing with June pride month!)! You can peep some early details on itch.

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All the characters are past comic characters recycled into AU. Fung and Sunny are from Tied (in Martial Spirit), Ceilic is from Are you a Knight? and Struggle, and Alain is from Expired Seafood 1.

There was a part of me that is excited to dabble in a bit of everything (programming, ui/ux, logo design, etc.) but as I got into it, it's all proving to be A LOT OF WORK especially in the narrow timeframe of the actual jam itself. If I am anti-social for a while, you will understand why...I'm actually still unsure as to what the plot will be, but I have some ideas for mechanics that might be beyond my abilities. The game is just suppose to be thirsty and trashy, but I can't always bring myself to go full on PWP. I will do my best to insert some fun bendy animal secrets into it as well, EHEHEHEHEHE (my true interest).

After the game, I hope to get back into working on my webcomic.

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I got really into looking at hanfu-inspired modern fashion this week... which led me back to drawing these wuxia characters again from Martial Spirit!

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Suen Hong Sun and Li Fung

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I accidentally scanned the watercoloured version in BITMAP mode, and it... maybe looks better than the final versions...??

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My only regret is not having good enough calligraphy skills to put some text on the righthand side. There's also a timelapse video here!

Today's music post: Big Marvel's cover of Africa by Toto. His videos always make me laugh because they're ridiculous but his face is so deadpan. This video also has a bonus chicken in it, on top of the usual rubber chicken. He is actually very talented (vocals and instruments), so check his other videos out too