This day has been a long time coming, but... I am proud to present to you "Rose Festival," an anime style board game. Fill the Garden with roses!
I've had the thumbnail on the homepage for quite a long time, but the page wasn't ready. Now it's at a good enough place to show the world. For those of you familiar with my old Kickstarter project, "The Heart of Dorian-Gray," you'll notice the artwork is from there. You can sometimes find gold in the ashes of failure.
This Anime, Board Game is not yet published. I'll let you know when it is. With the release of "Cyan Chase" and "Butterfly Kisses EP01" this month, this isn't my top priority to finish right now. Thank you in advance for the patience!
Boy, has it been a productive week. All 5 short stories I've been working on this month, including "Cyan Chase," have been sent off for developmental edits. So, in total, that will be I've written 9 short stories at a professional level. I feel like my writing has improved by leaps and bounds and I feel confident to take the next steps towards greatness.
By the way, "Cyan Chase" will be the final story in the Chase series. I may revisit these short stories again, but right now, I've got to move onto the next project.
Last week, I announced work on Butterfly Kisses. Being a webtoon manga, it's drawing intensive. After I finish this first episode, my speed to produce art should increase greatly. There really is no way to produce great art faster other than practicing like heck. This will be the most time consuming part but the good news is everything else is done. Writing, storyboarding, paneling, webpage creation, marketing materials - done. So if I'm quiet for a while, I do apologize. It's really just me cranking out manga panels at this point.
Oh, random note, but I got a Ko-Fi account. Basically, it's a simpler way to support creatives by simply giving them enough money to buy a coffee. It's a one time payment and the money goes directly to the creative. Here's mine (this whole paragraph is basically a long link).
Lastly, I forgot to finish my train of thought with the Chase series. I wanted to have some toys / promotional items for the main character, Alexander's Succubus and Incubus clones. I've been working on the artwork for some mini dakimakura, or body pillows. There will be six in total, but right now, I've only finished the Azure and Crimson ones. Take a look at the artwork.
The fabric is on its way to being printed. I'll know in a week or so how the printing went. In the mean time, I have to finish the other 4.
Okay, I'm tired. Talk to you all later.
I can't believe that today is the day that I FINALLY release the series page to "Butterfly Kisses," a heartwarming, josei manga series. For the past 6 months, I've worked on this project behind the scenes. Man, it took so long to create that much artwork... and even refining the text took a long time. Still need to finish the house painting...
Anyways, enough gab. Take a look at this new series's page. I'll let you know when episode 1 comes out through the blog and on the series page.
Now, if you'll excuse me. I'm going to take a victory lap.
This short story also has a couple of quick illustrations that will be updated over time. Once again, thank you all for your support.
Glorious day to you all! It's been a while since the last update.
So, to catch you guys up to speed on the behind the scenes, I've been working on "Crimson Chase" which was going to be a book with chapters. Each chapter was going to be a fully fleshed out short story that told a little bit more of the character's arcs. For instance, the chapter titled "Arachnophobia" was themed around spiders. The original goal was that each chapter would not be more than 2,000 words. There would be 7 chapters like this, so that would be a minimum of 14,000 words. I nicknamed these chapters "Mask Horror" stories. However, my estimation was WAY off, I realized "Crimson Chase" is turning more into a novel. I can't work on a longer story right now because I want to get to "Butterfly Kisses" and "A Long Journey VN" before my time runs out (my deadline was November). What I will do for now is finish off those seven chapters and submit them to online zines, and in the future, years from now, I may come back and finish "Crimson Chase."
Speaking of "A Long Journey VN..." I've been working on some designs for the reboot this year! Here's some of my WIP environmental models.
I just need to add some paint, some props, some resin for the pond, and then decorate the pond, and it's done! You'll notice the crystals sticking out of the ground -- that's because this is the Quartz region that ALJ VN takes place in. Doing some sculptures like these really jogged my creative juices. I can base my 2D art off of these.
As for "Butterfly Kisses," let's just say doing all these "Chase" short stories first had really paid off in the end. I've learned so much about feeling and good storytelling. Donald Maass's book "The Emotional Craft of Fiction," has really been a game changer for me. I'm really proud (for the first time) how well this manga's story is going to turn out.
Well, "Azure Chase" is being released at the end of this month. I gotta get back to work. Enjoy your weekend, internet.
Thanks to everyone who helped with this work and for those of you who support my work. I've learned a lot from taking writing seriously and finishing so many short stories. Going forth, the writing quality in my work is going to be of a much higher level.
Well, for me, I am taking a break from working on these creative endeavors for this universe for a month. Partly because I'm burnt out from deadlines and also because I need to look for a good job now. I saved up a lot of money and gave myself a 4 month break to make content/improve skills and to see if I could make a living off of this. I did make a bit of a profit, but it's not sustainable to live like this at this moment, so these creative endeavors are returning to being a side hobby. I'm very grateful that I had this opportunity to do something like this as not everyone does. I'm also glad that I took this opportunity and not let it slip away.
I'll most likely see you guys back on December 1st. Until then, I hope you all have a good month. Stay warm. Have good food.
Thanks to everyone who helped with this work and for those of you who support my work.