Sunday, March 15, 2009

keep on Dancin!

Dont give up hope, kids... the party is still ON.

okay, so, theres not actually a real party, that was an admittedly weak metaphor.

I just wanted to post an update to inform everyone (as if there is an "everyone" to inform) that new updates and new art is coming soon. i've been busy lately and havent really had time to finish anything yet... BUT hopefully i'll have new art to share this week.

though, in non-drawing related news, i've been thinking about my storylines alot lately...i've always had a problem writing a story and then sticking to it. I have my scripts and i have my sketches and i have my visions of what to accomplish. but now i'm worried that things are boredering on lame internet fanboy kind of stories.

like, there are sooo many people out there who create their own characters. but very few of them actually make anything of themselves. granted, alot of the art i've seen by these types of people isnt very good, and therefore, never gets published...but, even though i can draw well, what really spearates me from these people?

thats been the weekly question.

because, lets face facts. yes..i have talent (thats not arrogance by the way) however, i lack alot of motivation. i'm easily destracted and i get bored very easily. i'm the type of person that has an idea, starts working on it, then walks away with every intention of finishing but never does as such.

fluph has been one of those projects for a while. i start working on parts of it...then get bored, then think of a whole new way to go with it and the cycle begins again.

i'm feeling bad for not having something new to show right now because this blog was created to HOPEFULLY teach me motivation. i want it to be the reason i keep producing new art never know..after long enough, i'll be able to number one: learn to finish what i start; number tow: get fast at it so i can finish things well before i have time to get bored of them; and finally: get through all the crappy ideas and narrow things down into something that i am extremely proud of that also happens to be likeable and sell-able.

anyway. sorry if this entry is a gramatical nightmare, i've just been thinking alot and needed to put something down in words.



Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Who's That Girl?

This is Pumonika. She's not the only female in the series, but she is the one that shows up the most often.

Pumonika and i have a bit of history. She's one of my oldest characters. I've been drawing her in sketchbooks and comics since i was in highschool. I know its kindof lame to keep using a character for that long and the ones you make up while in highschool are usually pretty lacking in substance. Pumonika is no different.

she's materialistic and abrasive. she's very fickle and very demanding. Essentially she's me in girl form...yeah, mothers, dont let your kids grow up to be online role players...

(the drawing to the left is actually my first character design page of Pumonika from 1999)

I added her to Fluph because there wasnt enough estrogen in the mix...i needed the guys to have at least one girl to interact with on a regular they could at least meet a girl.

that and i love drawing her. I definitely needed an excuse to incorporate alittle more fashion into the storyline....granted, its trashy "Rock of Love 2: Tour Bus" inspired all the way down until her shoes, then its pure me.

And yes, i totally used the girls from "rock of love" with brett michaels as inspiration for pumonika's new look. I wanted a very trashy cock-teasing rock-slut kindof look.

not too femme, but not too butch.

Anyway...thats pumonika. And now you know!

Stay Tuned Next Week! For the rise and fall of Joseph Hyde!


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

This aint no Planet of The Apes!

Meet Zaus...YES, he's a monkey....NO i'm NOT a furry.

he just so happens to be a monkey...and one of Tempest's best friends, as well as the drummer of the band and all around comedy relief.

He was developed as a means to an end...Here, let me explain.

my first "Fluph" comic, was actually the final project for intro to sequential art class in gawd, 2001...for the project, we were given various things that the comic had to include. among them was the sentance "a band plays a song" and with that the band was born. it gave me an excuse to make up a wacky mutant rock band... Zaus, was the bass player in the band. Because, lets face it, who plays bass better than a ska-loving monkey?

Over the years, the band evolved, the line up changed, new characters came in and out of the storyline as i tried to refine the formula into something interesting....yeah, its been a good seven-eight years for me to really refine things...but better late than never, right?

a couple days ago, i got the idea of doing a "history" of Fluph post to give a better idea of how the characters as well as my artistic style have evolved.

I guess this post is kind of the beginning of that. My original plan was to go through the affore-mentioned sketchbooks and scan in never before seen doodles and page layouts, and costume designs and just sort of dump them out. But i think i'll just start doing it alittle at a time. As the novel contains bits and pieces of scripts and stories that have never actually been finished. so i guess as i go along with finishing current pages, i'll include little pieces of the past that've inspired the current work.

make sense?...not really..? Good!

In going through my old sketchbooks, I've also been remembering alot of things from my past...good, bad, indifferent--still things.

Its made me very nostalgic, slightly depressed, and even happy. Though, no matter the sketchbook or time period in my life, One thing has remained constant, Fluph. They've been there for years, and hopefully for years to come.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fluphy Puffy Preview

I toldja it was coming.


I've got the logo finalized and will begin making banners and bumpers and crap to A) advertize this space more and B) DECORATE this space more.

this blank black blog blob (haha..alliteration is fun!) is totally aggravating me.

BUT IN THE MEANWHILE! i just finished this drawing of Tempest looking o so sassy, as per usual.

In case you were wondering--and even if you werent--Tempest is the main character of FLUPH aaand yes, essentially a representation of myself..or...a part of myself rather.

the snarky, occasionally angsty, disenchanted youth part of me...well, okay, theres more to him than that. its just how he comes off.

At any rate, i'm off again to continiue making crap...or perhaps even to go to bed. I was asleep earlier and couldnt stay that way, HENCE--yeah hence--i'm awake at 5:30 am.


Monday, March 2, 2009

To Hell With Poverty!

So, never fear, things are very much IN PROGRESS...its just that, unlike "professional" artists i have a day job. which takes up alot more time than i'd prefer...

speaking of taking up time, today, i doodled this during a bit of down time.

and note to you: highlighters dont scan well.

special thanks to photoshop for supplementing the horrible retina burning color.