D'Artagnan & Company: blogress in progress

ask me things   development blog for a webcomic that doesn't exist yet. mostly to keep this junk off my regular blog, which is here.

electronicmily:

"excuse me do you realize how early it is right now"

It was mostly unintentional but I realized that throughout the whole story Seamus is never once shown to have a full night’s sleep, ever, and this probably explains a lot about his personality.

electronicmily:

"excuse me do you realize how early it is right now"

It was mostly unintentional but I realized that throughout the whole story Seamus is never once shown to have a full night’s sleep, ever, and this probably explains a lot about his personality.

— 7 months ago with 3 notes
#sketch  #seamus  #self-reblog 
Seamus’s default facial expression: “I would rather be asleep right now”

Seamus’s default facial expression: “I would rather be asleep right now”

— 10 months ago with 3 notes
#seamus  #Character Sketches 
True facts: as soon as Seamus gets upset he abruptly loses about five years of age, I don’t do this on purpose, it’s just what happens the second he stops making that perpetually angry face.

True facts: as soon as Seamus gets upset he abruptly loses about five years of age, I don’t do this on purpose, it’s just what happens the second he stops making that perpetually angry face.

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#Seamus  #Character Sketches 
sketching out a little comic thing for Fun and Practice, having a day where I can’t draw Seamus at all but suddenly I can draw Vern better than ever before, hence the most accurate picture I have ever drawn

sketching out a little comic thing for Fun and Practice, having a day where I can’t draw Seamus at all but suddenly I can draw Vern better than ever before, hence the most accurate picture I have ever drawn

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#vernis  #dumb sketchy junk  #Practice Comics  #I am writing a story where everyone looks stupid all the time 

I am fortunate to have a friend who is awesome enough to read the Darts script and give me advice on “convincing people that the protagonists aren’t going to make out with each other” (a surprisingly tricky problem).

Luckily the overwhelming subtext of this scene is mostly augh blood, ow god don’t TOUCH it GROSSSSS

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#doodle time  #dumb sketchy junk  #preliminary  #Seamus  #guest starring Malley's tiny hand  #no romance 
Still fooling around with photoshop, trying to get the hang of this. The opacity setting terrifies me, so here is a really splashy picture of Seamus done with the brush at 100% the entire time.

Still fooling around with photoshop, trying to get the hang of this. The opacity setting terrifies me, so here is a really splashy picture of Seamus done with the brush at 100% the entire time.

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#seamus  #digital  #just for practice 
Every time I draw a picture of Seamus I go back and look at the last one and realize that I hate it. Someday I will hate this picture, but oh well. Here is another Seamus from the past. He’s about 21 in this one. As you can see he’s sporting a slightly sillier ancestor of his current haircut, as well as his signature angry face. 
Seamus went through a weird period around this age when all his close friends graduated and went to college, and he lost touch with them and ended up stuck with the slightly delinquent remainder friends. For a while he lived with a bunch of them, working at restaurants and generally being regarded as the odd mysterious figure on the fringe of this gang of obnoxious freewheeling kids. Taking things too seriously and getting in stupid fights. Eventually he got fed up with it and left to do his current thing. A step up, at least.

Every time I draw a picture of Seamus I go back and look at the last one and realize that I hate it. Someday I will hate this picture, but oh well. Here is another Seamus from the past. He’s about 21 in this one. As you can see he’s sporting a slightly sillier ancestor of his current haircut, as well as his signature angry face. 

Seamus went through a weird period around this age when all his close friends graduated and went to college, and he lost touch with them and ended up stuck with the slightly delinquent remainder friends. For a while he lived with a bunch of them, working at restaurants and generally being regarded as the odd mysterious figure on the fringe of this gang of obnoxious freewheeling kids. Taking things too seriously and getting in stupid fights. Eventually he got fed up with it and left to do his current thing. A step up, at least.

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#seamus  #timeskip  #someday I will hate this  #irrelevant 
Haha okay this is exceedingly silly but I’m going to post it anyway. Started out as photoshop practice and mostly turned into “can I make Vern and Seamus both into silly cartoons and still have them look sort of like themselves.”
Evidently if I had my way this whole comic might just be Vern bothering Seamus because I find it funny.
The best part of doing this was when I had sketched them both out and then thought “something’s not quite right here, what could it - oh right.” And then I selected Vern and dragged him all the way up next to Seamus. Sahn Vernis: #1 resident of Your Personal Space.

Haha okay this is exceedingly silly but I’m going to post it anyway. Started out as photoshop practice and mostly turned into “can I make Vern and Seamus both into silly cartoons and still have them look sort of like themselves.”

Evidently if I had my way this whole comic might just be Vern bothering Seamus because I find it funny.

The best part of doing this was when I had sketched them both out and then thought “something’s not quite right here, what could it - oh right.” And then I selected Vern and dragged him all the way up next to Seamus. Sahn Vernis: #1 resident of Your Personal Space.

— 2 years ago with 1 note
#seamus  #vernis  #doodle time  #weird stylistic junk  #digital 
In other other news, Vernis instigates a photo opportunity.
(Haha good lord I don’t know why I drew this, but that may be the best Seamus face thus far.)

In other other news, Vernis instigates a photo opportunity.

(Haha good lord I don’t know why I drew this, but that may be the best Seamus face thus far.)

— 2 years ago
#irrelevant  #this is stupid  #seamus  #vernis 
In other news, sixteen-year-old Laska is revealed to be a tiny witchy gothbaby, surprising no one.

In other news, sixteen-year-old Laska is revealed to be a tiny witchy gothbaby, surprising no one.

— 2 years ago
#irrelevant  #timeskip  #Laska  #Character Sketches 
Oh hey I haven’t put anything up here in a while, whoops. Here’s a fairly sketchy picture of Laska, who I guess you haven’t seen yet? I’m still working on her design a little because I can’t decide what to do with her hair. She’s got kind of a Hime cut in this one but sometimes I just give her plain old bangs, I don’t know.
Several of my pens died a sudden collective death as I was drawing this, which you may be able to tell by looking.
Trivia: Laska is the youngest (human) member of the cast at 22.

Oh hey I haven’t put anything up here in a while, whoops. Here’s a fairly sketchy picture of Laska, who I guess you haven’t seen yet? I’m still working on her design a little because I can’t decide what to do with her hair. She’s got kind of a Hime cut in this one but sometimes I just give her plain old bangs, I don’t know.

Several of my pens died a sudden collective death as I was drawing this, which you may be able to tell by looking.

Trivia: Laska is the youngest (human) member of the cast at 22.

— 2 years ago
#Laska  #Character Sketches  #drawings  #preliminary work 
exit wounds, bang bang right in the sanity.
This is kind of wonked in a lot of ways (anatomically, color- and composition-wise), but it’s a thing that I did, start to finish, so I decided it goes up here. At least I know I can get a little thing done without being assigned to do so, that’s reassuring even if I’m not entirely happy with it.

exit wounds, bang bang right in the sanity.

This is kind of wonked in a lot of ways (anatomically, color- and composition-wise), but it’s a thing that I did, start to finish, so I decided it goes up here. At least I know I can get a little thing done without being assigned to do so, that’s reassuring even if I’m not entirely happy with it.

— 2 years ago
#Character Sketches  #art  #color  #halo fixation  #vernis  #watercolor  #bad photos of okay drawings 
Trivia that will never come up in the story: Vernis wears a very thin layer of magic on him at all times, projecting a slightly healthier version of himself. If he took it off he’d look a little more like this - Vern doesn’t eat as often or sleep as well as he should. It’s mostly for his own benefit, as it’s weak enough that any faerie would see through it pretty easily, but he just doesn’t like seeing his reflection looking like that.
After Darts finishes and he and Seamus start spending a bit more time together Seamus starts to suspect a bit, mainly because he’ll sometimes spend a few days with Vernis and only see him eat once or twice.

Trivia that will never come up in the story: Vernis wears a very thin layer of magic on him at all times, projecting a slightly healthier version of himself. If he took it off he’d look a little more like this - Vern doesn’t eat as often or sleep as well as he should. It’s mostly for his own benefit, as it’s weak enough that any faerie would see through it pretty easily, but he just doesn’t like seeing his reflection looking like that.

After Darts finishes and he and Seamus start spending a bit more time together Seamus starts to suspect a bit, mainly because he’ll sometimes spend a few days with Vernis and only see him eat once or twice.

— 2 years ago
#Vernis  #character sketches  #irrelevant  #Vern's story's pretty depressing if you look at it too closely 
Hey instead of thinking about things that actually happen in the story, let’s fixate on characters from past storylines who never actually show up!
This is Borsu, Vern’s “handler” when he was a musician for the fey court. He was pretty young at the time, so Borsu’s job was to make sure he got where he was supposed to be and didn’t do anything stupid or get himself killed. Most people think Borsu is just about the most boring person out there, but she’s really very sweet and she and Vern got very attached to each other. She’s only a few years older than him (she lied about her age to get the job, and she’s so serious and restrained nobody’s ever seen through it). She used to knit him things for his birthdays.
"Borsu" means "Wintergrass," i.e. grass that has turned dead and yellowish from being covered with snow all winter. It’s what they call that really nondescript not-quite-blond hair color. Not a particularly flattering name to have, but tact isn’t really part of the naming equation for them. Another secondary character in Darts has a name that translates to "Stickboy."

Hey instead of thinking about things that actually happen in the story, let’s fixate on characters from past storylines who never actually show up!

This is Borsu, Vern’s “handler” when he was a musician for the fey court. He was pretty young at the time, so Borsu’s job was to make sure he got where he was supposed to be and didn’t do anything stupid or get himself killed. Most people think Borsu is just about the most boring person out there, but she’s really very sweet and she and Vern got very attached to each other. She’s only a few years older than him (she lied about her age to get the job, and she’s so serious and restrained nobody’s ever seen through it). She used to knit him things for his birthdays.

"Borsu" means "Wintergrass," i.e. grass that has turned dead and yellowish from being covered with snow all winter. It’s what they call that really nondescript not-quite-blond hair color. Not a particularly flattering name to have, but tact isn’t really part of the naming equation for them. Another secondary character in Darts has a name that translates to "Stickboy."

— 2 years ago
#Borsu  #irrelevant  #character sketches  #fey  #timeskip 
electronicmily:

Oh hey, here is something I forgot I drew.
It’s Vernis again, but this time drawn as he would draw himself! I don’t know, I just thought it would be neat to draw something in the style of a fictional character. Vern can’t really draw anything realistic, but his habitual style of drawing absorbed a lot from really, really old books his family had lying around when he was young.
I’m really pleased with that hand I think.

Just more Vern. I actually really like how this turned out because I’ve been drawing so long that it’s actually difficult to try to imitate that awkward quality that you get when you draw without really knowing what you’re doing. Like not even “I know what I want but not really how to get there,” I mean like “I want to draw a hand but I’m not even entirely sure what a hand looks like, maybe it’s like this.”
My favorite, though, is when I did a “Malley draws Malley” picture once - Malley cannot draw to save her life. It’s one of those hilariously terrifying over-detailed things like something done by a seventh-grader who’s just taken a really intense art class. If I ever find it I’ll put it up here.

electronicmily:

Oh hey, here is something I forgot I drew.

It’s Vernis again, but this time drawn as he would draw himself! I don’t know, I just thought it would be neat to draw something in the style of a fictional character. Vern can’t really draw anything realistic, but his habitual style of drawing absorbed a lot from really, really old books his family had lying around when he was young.

I’m really pleased with that hand I think.

Just more Vern. I actually really like how this turned out because I’ve been drawing so long that it’s actually difficult to try to imitate that awkward quality that you get when you draw without really knowing what you’re doing. Like not even “I know what I want but not really how to get there,” I mean like “I want to draw a hand but I’m not even entirely sure what a hand looks like, maybe it’s like this.”

My favorite, though, is when I did a “Malley draws Malley” picture once - Malley cannot draw to save her life. It’s one of those hilariously terrifying over-detailed things like something done by a seventh-grader who’s just taken a really intense art class. If I ever find it I’ll put it up here.

— 2 years ago with 5 notes
#Vernis  #character sketches  #old  #X draws X