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I acquired a bunch of moleskine cahiers for free. I have a lot of assorted field notes and other things as well. I have so many unused/half used notebooks and sketchbooks in my place.

I've always struggled to find a note keeping system that works for me. I struggle primarily because I often capture my thoughts electronically and on paper, so the lack of crosstalk/consolidation across these channels makes it hard for there to be "one place for everything". Aside from that, I also have a desire to keep work-related things physically separate from my personal notes, yet I want to be able to access and write in both categories of notes, iregardless of where I am.

Inspired by some of my staionery-loving friends and the Midori traveler's notebooks, I thought about make a DIY cover that could fit at least 2 booklets. One booklet could be for work-related matters, while another could be for personal matters. Then I can swap them in/out when one gets full, or really, whenever I want.

This is a prototype! I bought a scrap piece of leather for $3, and the elastic cord was 69 cents a yard at Designer Fabrics. The leather piece I bought can make at least 3 covers total, so definitely affordable. The only thing that I didn't have that would be nice, was a leather punch or some way to make nice round holes in the leather piece. I ended up just cutting crosshairs in the leather to get the thread through.

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Many lessons learned! I've already started on the next journal cover, and hopefully that will be a bit more polished. Overall it was a very simple project. I left a fold-over edge on mine to keep the paper edges "extra" protected, but it also doubled as a pen holder!

Tutorials that I found helpful are listed below:

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Love Love Hill's next zine is the older lady counterpart of Expired Seafood! I'm drawing a quick short story for it, featuring the characters below. Big thanks to Papermaiden for planting the seed and inspired this story.

One of the characters above originally appeared in the Expired Seafood 1 anthology...!!!!!

We are going to debut it at Lake's International Comic Festival happening October 13-15 in Kendal (UK)!

Stay tuned!!

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We had a 1-hour watercolour session over lunch. Here's an unplanned bugslu illustration! You can learn more about Bugslu if you read the Around the Bend zine :).

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Through discussion with my colleagues, we found out many interesting new facts about Bugslu, such as:

  • It uses an echoing microphone to amplify its voice
  • It can speak english...
  • It is very wise and long-lived
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These are not particularly exciting drawings, but I wanted to practice mixing skin tones with my travel watercolour palette. One thing that I noticed was that my brush is very powerful at soaking up water/pigment, while the metal palette is super hydrophobic. What this means for me is that it makes it very hard to do light washes because any/all colour pigment/water gets sucked up from the palette, into my brush. Anything liquid on the palette just globs into droplets because of surface tension. I might have to use a plastic palette to mix skin tone in the future, or pour water directly into the metal palette.

It's Austin and Jake again, this time in logger sports uniform in the locker room. This picture would make more sense after you read Motivation, Concentration oneshot comic. The theme was more or less, "passing the baton" to the next generation.

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Materials

  • Col-erase 20066 scarlet red
  • Canson XL mixed media paper (7"x 10")
  • Various from Pentel watercolour and SHINHAN SWC Premium Professional Artist Grade

Insider details

  • I find ballcap bills to be extremely hard to draw, so I took photo reference of myself for these paintings
  • The captain hat's mascot is a reindeer, inspired by a reindeer plush I got from Tokyu Hands in Tokyo ~2012.
  • Their sense of organization is different
  • Jake is overall not really into wearing hats, but will wear it for tradition's sake, during public competition only (it gives him hat hair)

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The skintone here is a mix of red and ochre yellow from the pentel set. I put a bit more brown/blue in Austin's tone, and a bit more red undertone for Jake's.

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My scanner freaked out when I scanned the pictures. I was applying pressure on the scan bed to flatten out the ripples. When I didn't apply pressure to the scan bed, it scanned as normal.

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More recently I've been drawing character sheets for my own reference. It's nice to be able to look back at something for consistency sake. Just the act of drawing through a character sheet helps me problem solve and go into greater depth/build-up the character to have a bit more substance. Needing to consciously think about the fit and style of clothing, etc. makes me put myself into the characters mindset.

I enjoy making these, but the reality is that a lot of details will not necessarily bubble up to the surface in any story/comic... but it's a nice to have.

Here are some recent ones for Jake, Austin, and Ceilic, all drawn in Fire Alpaca! I like the animals parts the most, as you would expect...

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IDK why but I'm always calling Austin Jake, instead of Austin. Maybe there's something very Jake about Austin's look? But conversely, Jake looks nothing like an Austin.

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I originally wrote Ceilic's name as "Celic" in this picture, and wondered why it looked strange. I had to reread my own comic to find out the correct spelling. Amazing! I also found these amazing plush bears in armor while looking up scabbard reference to draw Ceilic. WORTH IT!

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Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire expansion is coming out later this month. I haven't been playing it much, aside from when new episodes/stories are released. I've really struggled to keep up with all the game updates and am a really BAD player (bad as in, just button mash and don't play with much strategy or thought).

I do however, LOVE playing dressup and makeovers with my characters.

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Ceilic was originally from Knight Life and now has a doppelganger in GW2. Pandr and Man started in GW2, but then influenced the creation of characters that now live in the same city as Ceilic.

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The universe that these characters live in is a pretty generic "fantasy" world set in the past (e.g., before electricity and machines), and includes a lot of other characters. Some of them will never interact, but I like to think about what they're do if they did. Below are Emanon, Lateroc, and Edon, who are in a more high-fantasy european inspired part of the fantasy world.

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And a southeast asia-inspired part as well, which is where the wuxia-influenced characters reside.

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I have two other universes as well; one is a plain modern day world, and the other is the animal/creature world! Though I think that the animal/creatures do mix with the humans in the plain modern day world. More on that, perhaps another time!