I wanted a better way to organize my stories as I was writing them, so I sat down and made a set of features that I’d like to see in a website, and then I made it. It’s called Pathfork, and it’s free, and it’s here. You can write and organize your chapters, notes, settings, and characters, and tag characters and settings in and out of sections and works like you would tags or categories on a blog post.
It’s free to use, so if you’re interested, by all means take a look. Happy writing!
(Chapter 1 can be read beginninghere.)
There were a lot of things about the world of Against Stupidity that I didn’t really know when I started, like the exact layout of the house. I was getting tired of keeping it all in my head so I drew a map.
This has rendered some of the drawings from chapter one inaccurate, but that’s just the way it goes. Specifically, the scenes at the staircase would be in the Northeast there, and that’s a little off. Then the hallway scenes above that on the second floor have an inaccurate placement of the balcony. But otherwise it’s good.
And this is just something that I knew was going to happen, since I started posting these before everything was fully formed, and I’m fine with that.
By the time I had drawn the cover, I was really itching to start publicizing this…
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This is the last strip in chapter one, Over The River and Through The Woods. I’ll have some thoughts on it to share for next week’s update, and then chapter two will start. It will be part one of a three-part arc.
The arc is named Unheimlichkeit. It’s about getting settled into a new town and learning stuff like what the regional stores are called, and all the other things that can be just slightly off about a new place. Jesse will also have to deal with a new way of looking at the world, since that’s what happens when you get settled in to a big university for the first time, or find out you’ve inherited centuries of magical tradition, duties, and incipient powers.
Because things can be just a little off sometimes in life, and part of growing up is learning how to integrate that into a healthy routine.
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New strip is up, a few hours early on accident! (If you aren’t reading my comic Against Stupidity, you should be–you can start here at the introduction.)
In the course of my duties writing & drawing strips for my webcomic Against Stupidity, I needed some paintings for a hallway that might show the progression of the seasons. So I made them of some tarot cards, inspired by the Rider-Waite deck. That particular deck is associated with Hermeticism and Hermetic Qabalah, the wellspring of much of the symbolism and whatnot you’ll be seeing relating to Grandma Clarita, if you decide to read the comic.
Anyway, I decided to make some individual images for the cards, so, here you go!
Share and enjoy, as they say.
A little over a month ago my wonderful mother got me a drawing tablet for my birthday, and since then I’ve been brushing up on my skills and working on a new webcomic. More on that some other time!
The comic’s main character lives near a park with a lake, so I’ve started doing some work on that front since it’s been a while since I’ve drawn outdoorsy stuff. (In ‘analog’ painting, trees are, in fact, my nemesis.)
So I was tooling around the Internet trying to find information on how to draw a tree. There’s a lot of good stuff out there! And a lot of bad stuff. But I was surprised, I guess, to find so many talented artists writing up freely available tutorials. This wasn’t something you would’ve found when I was last seriously Doing Art in my teens and early 20s.
I say I guess I was surprised because lots of people are doing lots of high-quality hobbyist writing out there nowadays. Some folks write about areas of interest, some folks write about a their profession, the lucky ones find little gap between the two. So of course there’s going to be a lot of good content about drawing. It just wasn’t something that I had available to me when I was younger, and I’m jealous of people who do. Which is stupid, since obviously I have access to this as well, but I’m not slightly younger than myself, so, jealousy. Being human is hilarious.