Listening to: Video game OSTs
Reading: One Piece, A Game of Thrones, The Way of Kings
Watching: The Big Bang Theory
Playing: Devil Survivor, One Piece Unlimited Adventure
Well it has been a long while since I've posted a journal entry here on deviantart and its also been awhile since I've uploaded anything as well, so I thought I'd just share what's going on and some things I have planned for the future, both here on deviantart and beyond.
Recently most of my time has been focused on going to work and working on my cosplay for this year's ACEN, as well as helping others with their cosplay. This year I will be going as Sanji (time skip) from One Piece. For the most part I am all done with it, as I am writing this basically all I am really doing in growing out my facial hair (a full beard for now) so I can shave my face in the correct way for my cosplay and then I'd consider it 100% complete, but otherwise I have all the pieces of the outfit and all the things I for things like drawing on an eyebrow. So far I am very pleased with my cosplay and think it may be my best yet, and that is saying a lot because I am rarely a fan of anything I make. I will be uploading a few pictures of it in about a week after I post this so all of you guys can check it out and see that I've been doing something and not just sitting around doing nothing constructive. (I've been doing a lot of that too -_-; )
Anyway, concerning my drawing activity here on deviantart, I've sort of stopped making Into Thin Erik comics as you can see though it's not because I don't want to do them anymore or I've ran out of ideas, I've just been not feeling motivated enough to start writing more out and posting them online. I do have a few still stuck in my head and lots more coming into being, so all I really need to do is just sit down and just write them out and hey maybe they will be entertaining. Though something that I have not done in a long time, and I plan to change that very soon, is that I have not worked on my manga In Space in a long time. I had started the new chapter and I'd say I'm about 4 pages into it but something happened where I just stopped for a bit and then got distracted with life and started making my Into Thin Erik comics and it just fell on the wayside, making me totally lose focus in what I should be doing with my time. That said I think that this chapter will probably be the last one I post here on deviantart. I have bigger plans for this series. I wanted to try to rewrite it from the beginning and try to get it published. Initially I had just intended for it to be just some random mess of drawings, characters, and jokes, but my mind kinda took off and I came up with so many characters, plot points, and ideas that I have found this series (at least as far as I've come up with it in my head) as being one of the best series that I've written (again, in my head) and I'd like to try to get it published and if I can maybe I'll be better at my craft and be able to create my more favorite series I came up with when I finish this one. So the plan is to just finish the chapter and see what more I can learn about drawing, paneling, what have you and just wrap it up (it wont be an end to the series, it'll just stop) and then I plan on refining my style a but so my drawings look good enough to be published (I hope). What I want to do at first is to do a few of my characters in the different styles of some of my favorite mangaka and see what I can learn from them to see if I can improve my drawings. I don't want to rip off anyone's style, I want to have my own original style so I hope that even if I do improve it wont start looking a lot like a certain artists known style. I will probably post these pictures here on deviantart depending on how much I like or dislike them. Anywho, once I feel at least somewhat comfortable with having art that I am going to be attempting to show the public I will write out the first chapter and see if I can get it published somewhere. I don't really know what publishers ask for when judging to publish something but if they need a whole first volume I'll do that. The first few chapters are in dire need of being rewritten though my more recent chapters have been more or less what I've been going for, its just that the art and flow of them needs to be improved upon and I'm expecting that by the time I reach that point again I'll be good enough to do that. I also plan on changing the name of the series on account that I hate the name of the series and only went with it because it was the only name I could come up with. I haven't decided on a new title yet but I have some ideas rolling around in my head, I also may be changing the names of some of my characters depending on how I feel about them (though I am horrible at coming up with names if you couldn't tell). If somehow I can't get it published I plan on just making my own website and just have people come and visit that site to read it, because I plan on writing it regardless if its published or not. So yeah, I have a bit of an ambition but this is what I want to do with myself and I think that this series is good enough to be published if I can convey it right/the way I want to.
I also have a few non-deviantart projects I have in my head too but I'm not sure if I want to do them or not and I don't want to be like "hey I'm going to do this" and then I don't do it, I've done enough of that, haha. So, look forward to possible new Into Thin Erik comics, the new chapter of my manga, some cosplay, and maybe in the future the publication of some of my work, oh and some other possible things as well, haha. Also, I may try to post more journal entries depending on what's going on in my life. Have a great day!