Saturday, January 6, 2018

Older Sketches

My Art: A Chronological Journey

In 1991, my right hand got caught in a door. The pain in my middle finger was so great, I could not write with it for a week.

That summer, I started to draw. At first, I just had 2 Year Trek magazines given to me. I started to make sketches of the portraits.

When The X-Files came along, I was working odd hours. So I taped every episode. I started to draw from the freeze frames.

By the time, I started work in the animation industry, a colleague chose a few of my drawings for my portfolio. At this time, I was buying more magazines with my paycheck. A couple years later, I even sold 2 drawings.

That was not enough to make it as an artist. Even though I did take art classes, I couldn't handle the rejection.

Fast forward to 2003, I am still making a living in animation. I would buy sketchbooks and pencils (medium of choice) to fuel my hobby. A few summers later, I would be invited to paint a decoration on canvas walls.

Sure I can draw. I might even display my drawings from time to time, but I am never going to make money from it any more.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

How They Got There

I've been thinking about writing one for 2 whole years. Watching the only show I've ever taped whenever I was in between jobs, and once in reverse order, it was just always on my mind.

Doggett and Reyes being left out of The X-Files post season 9, made me wonder even more about them. I had originally wanted to do a 'where are they now' story, but that's already been done. It took a re-watch of the 5 episodes that gave us their shared history, including their penultimate episode Release that really inspired me to write a prequel just for them.

Come What May
Author: loneguppy
English, Rated: K
Characters: J. Doggett, M. Reyes
Chapters: 1, Words: 865, Reviews: 0, Rated: K, Complete
Before the X-Files, Monica and John had a casual night out together in New York.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

That Time David Hewlett Made Us All Cry

I imagined our courtship so many times...
 ... it's as if it really happened. [Awww!]

Spoilers for those who have not caught up to season 11 of Murdoch Mysteries.

Beginnings of a Serial

This coin was just the start of the mystery
The first of many. In this story, I present Sally 'Minor' Descoine. First introduced in the Remington Steele season two episode Elegy in Steele. I am planning to have a deeper look into her past and what is in her agenda for the Steele's. It remains one of my current projects for time being.

Steele Here, To Keep You Warm
Author: loneguppy
Remington Steele
English, Rated: K
Chapters: 3, Words: 3,374, Reviews: 7, Rated: K, Complete
Vacation plans gone awry. Not everything is as it seems, when the Steele's tried to take a break from work.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 in Review

2017 Year end review in photographs. Beginning of the year was busy with work. That all tapered out in May. After dealing with some family health matters, I was able to enjoy more time outdoors with friends.
Building paper models again
Learning about origami

The Comic Strip

My first ever comic strip.

So here is the comic strip. All the artwork was scanned in at 75 dpi. (Not very big and without the added dimension by a directed light source.)

I found the drawing program GIMP was lacking. I used to create the border around each individual image and then add a text layer. Then lined up each panel. I used Paint to add in free hand lines. It allowed me more control.

As for the drawings. The medium close-ups were more difficult. If I didn't get the angle of the baseball caps just right, the whole drawing would have to be scrapped.

Filters have very little affect on the scanned images. The drawings were already simplified little posters.

Although it's a free form creation, I find it more of a challenge to getting it right. I can't wait to try it on Star Trek and The X-Files, which I have also drawn in the past.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Comic Strip Fan Art

When you are stuck for words as I sometimes am, I doodle. I looked into Remington Steele episode Second Base Steele for inspiration. With twentyish still frames, I am planning a comic strip.
  1. Well done, Mickey!
  2. You think so?
  3. Why don't you try and hit one next time, St. James?
  4. What? Deprive me a chance to steal first base?