John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Merrily We Roll Along...

Started doing the "real work" on the SJ site redesign last night; so far my beta viewers have had mixed reactions to the very rough bits and pieces that I've sent around to them. I do like the way the design concept I'm working on highlights Tiffany; I think she's kinda gotten shafted by the way the story keeps wandering away from her for months at a time. With the new design, Tiffany is always the star, even if today's, this week's, or this month's strips are about somebody else.

I've been thinking about Dragon*Con and plans therefor (is that a proper use of that?); I was originally not planning to take art materials, on the grounds that I didn't know how much use I'd have for them. And I still don't know ... but I find myself wanting more and more to some art for its own sake, rather than directly related to SJ, and I haven't been able to do as much of that as I'd like. In particular, I'd like to do some stuff outside of the furry genre ... I don't want my skills to become so specialized that I can't do anything else!

Unfortunately, space to carry stuff is at a big premium for D*C ... gotta go on the plane, and don't really want to take anything that can't go in a carry-on. Unfortunately, that includes clothes, any incidentals, and space to bring stuff back, such as the various Mage Knight figs or anime goodies that I might want to get. That right there blows the markers out of the water (I love my markers with a passion that would make my counselor nervous, but they definitely take up a lot of space); I can take a sketchbook and some pens without too much difficulty, and might do that as a compromise. But I wanna do some more finished pieces! *pout*

On a vaguely-related note, there is a movement afoot in the SJ forum to recruit _litho_ to do the art for NeverNever ... whether he wants to or not. FWIW, Litho has his own comic and has officially stated that he doesn't want to do NN, and his style, while very nice, isn't really what I'm looking for with it anyhow. So hopefully the jungloids will let that drop.

-The Gneech

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