Strange title? Hehe well, strange times!
So as most of you know I spent most of last year engaged in a very demanding Poser figure project
(and also TaB), and during that time, to keep Lali's story and naughtiness going and to keep myself from going insane, I ran two free online stories (Boat Trip
and Ero goes to the UK
) for well over a year almost!! But since I'm more-or-less in the clear now, I need to change things up a bit. Both stories haven't even come close to an ending, in fact they have both evolved from being mindless Lali antics to perhaps something with an actual plot haha. So Its time to take both stories to the next level. I've already started packaging it in actual comic format, and the subsequent scenes will most probably also contain some explicit shenanigans.
But I also need to start splitting up my time more wisely now, because there are a lot of people waiting for the Disco Dragon part 3
. So that will take priority over these two little comic series. I'll probably continue the UK trip for a little longer here until things will get raunchy. Regarding the DD3, I was initially planning on also doing a DD4 but I'm now going to cram it all into one comic because I think nobody will want to wait for a forth episode haha. It will be a LONG comic though, a lot of things will be happening... ahem... And of course Sen's comic. Some people have already seen the first part and they already loved it.
In the meanwhile, I've been nursing my mojo back to life, and its gradually working. Yep, you might not have noticed (which is why I kept the online series going for you
), but that shit was down. I struggled. I won't lie, PE completely drained me to the point that I now dread opening zBrush and/or Max, even Poser to some extent. I'm happy I made PE, Poser users now have something to play with, but its shown me a side of Poser that I am struggling with. I won't go into detail, but although I'm still ok with Poser itself, the whole circus around it has stopped being fun. CGI should serve the story, it should never take center stage... and that's what it did for the last few years it seems. I didn't release a comic last year and that screwed me up. I need to draw the curtains, switch off my phone, and do nothing else but work on my comics.
Another thing I've discovered is that life for a comic CGI artist is a little different than for other CGI artists. CGI is currently probably the fastest growing art sector, especially with the movie industry throwing out CGI spectacles every other months, and with so many indie games in development, and not a week goes by or something new has been developed, some new renderer, new software, new technique, and its basically VERY easy to be outdated if you don't keep up. The problem is if you keep going with all the trends, you'll never get anywhere because you'll never get anything done. Its endless and too distracting. One of the first things my 3DS Max tutor taught me was never to change your game to fit the latest tech into it. I've seen people entirely change their stories to accommodate for some new gadget. Stick with your guns for as long as you can, especially if they're ok for now.
Setting up base
Comics are an investment of a few months, perhaps even a year if you plan a whole series of comics. CGI comics are not like novels that require some planning and sitting down and writing, you also
need to build an inventory of figures, clothing, props too, and once that is done you're stuck with that inventory for the duration of production because you cannot just change your tools mid-production, or you'll risk affecting the continuity, or utterly slowing yourself down. I found this out the hard way with the Disco Dragon 3. With the development of Project Evolution, which in itself was the biggest distraction, I learned so much, and also kept updating the Erogirl. I think I might have swapped out the Erogirls in the scenes about 6 times by now... and that is a pain in the ass because Poser doesn't work with instanced figures. And that's not to forget her clothing and accessories, they all need updating too. So the last few months I've been building up my content base, scripts and refining the Erogirl to an acceptable standard so that I can camp down for the next year or more, and basically ignore anything going on in the world of CGI until the comics are done... which is hard because there's so much cool stuff happening
. Apparently Octane is releasing some kind of 'free' version of their renderer
, and the Unreal Engine is getting so freaking good that I'm seriously considering working with that in future. Its endless, and that was the advantage of living in Malawi, it was easier not to get distracted by everything because sometimes the internet just doesn't work. Here in the UK I've had to deliberately pull the internet cable to be able to focus on comics again.
This is my Poser script window btw (very tailored to my own needs btw)
So I've been shifting gears back to creative writing, I've been doing nothing else but writing stories, dialog, scripts, plots, ideas, watching movies, re-reading old comics in the last few weeks. I'm gradually getting back into proper story-mode again. Thankfully most of you guys here on DA are about the stories themselves, the way you guys react to Lali & Co is very fun. It really helps. Lali and storytelling, and you, are what has kept me going, and thankfully that thrives independently of CGI.
PS: my renders have found themselves into the latest issue of 3Dworld