Post by SpottedBlades on Jun 25, 2016 12:54:07 GMT
(Silyam): [...] I don't think anyone could be willing to read your huge paragraphsss about all detailsss. (Ferren): welL iF theY wanT tO knoW, they'D betteR reaD.
I think this dialogue represents what I think of my long paragraphs. I know they're long and boring, but they're the only way I have to tell the story, aside from art. They're the only way I have to make charas interact and evolve. So please, don't judge me for that. (Except for the Gallia: Resume events monologue, you can sip that one; it's mostly worldbuilding.)
By the way, the hyperlink provided on this page actually links to a fun Tumblr page I've found about Homestuck. I've put it on Dropbox for the context, but you really should check it out, it tells a lot about trolls in general.
I haven't changed the third page of this mini-arc yet, cause it's the heaviest. But I've found a system that makes BBcoding easier, so expect it later today.
Post by SpottedBlades on Jun 25, 2016 23:10:49 GMT
And now, the third part of this mini-arc. It's about 5 pages on Office, but it's a FUCKING SQUAD LOG WITH 11 PEOPLE TALKING AND THEY'RE NOT EVEN CHATTING AT THE SAME TIME so please do not complain you know what your skype logs look like
The art will be re-done too. Next in line is one of my favorite arcs; Gallia: Reveal plan, which is Ryudra's escape. I maybe won't re-do it, save for a few panels. And I will definitely change the way she's scribbling the code. Give her a piece of chalk or anything, but writing with her nails using her own blood, causing her feet to look like sliced meat, is a little too much.
I'll also change what she's writing. I'm thinking parts of the Book of the Dovahkin, in her red 'accent'. Yeah, it's quite the equivalent of Complacency of the Learned. But in, like, very awkward poetry. No correct rhythm, only rhymes, and simplistic verses. Kinda like how Karudar speaks, in fact.
Also, I've added a poll, so if you could please check it out...
Post by SpottedBlades on Jun 27, 2016 19:19:08 GMT
I realize I haven't updated the Tales of Mutinous and Royalists for a long time. (it's the trolls' ancestor stories.) That's because the 3rd act is a combination of two smaller acts: how the Mutinous came to meet and how the Mutiny took place, and that second part is hard to write. I'm writing it, don't worry, but it's not a top priority right now. By the way, each act corresponds to a part of Cascade. If you stretch your imagination hard enough, it does. The epilogue's theme would be Do you remem8er me, and marks a transition between the Tales and Zodiacstuck's present events.
Most of it is lore, and background information about Ryudra's fallen friends. But some parts of it tie into a plot device's timeline. Also it's something I wanted to do.
Post by SpottedBlades on Jun 30, 2016 20:35:03 GMT
Am I really going "too hard on the airbrush"? Yeah. I am. I think I have some kind of YandereDev syndrome: either you do it in a flashy and over-the-top way, either you don't do it. Go big or go home. I'm an artist. For me, every panel must be good. It must be perfect, to the point where they can be posted on Deviantart and no one would question it. Aliased lines, airbrushed shades, bright colors, bristled hair, ringed horns, textured clothes. That's my style, and I like it. And I think I'll keep it this way. But I'd like your opinion too. So don't hesitate to tell your thoughts.
Alright. The "no work week" has passed,dand now is time for a little recap.
-Most despicable panels have been re-made. The opening art is now acceptable. -Dialogues, text logs have been changed, and made interesting. Or at least, clearer. -Characters now have a defined personality. They have flaws, goals, interests and stories, and room for evolution. -Relationships are made a little more complex while not being in the spotlight. -Worldbuilding elements have been added, making Sotergan not "another Alternia". Kind of.
There are still some other points that need to be changed, such as: -More art. Nothing is ever "good enough". -Rewrite a couple parts they seem too bad. -Repurpose pages and work with pagination. -Change minor story elements. -And other stuff, I guess.
Don't expect new drawn panels, as I need time to get back to work. I might take a leisure week later this July, dates of which I will warn you about. I'll still be active via mobile, so I will precise details when I know them. Don't hesitate to suggest ideas. I might also slip in a couple updates to the Lomaf mini-arc, just 'cause I feel like it. Don't know if I' ll really do it, though. Keep zodiacin', friends.
Post by SpottedBlades on Jul 13, 2016 23:59:35 GMT
From Monday 18th to Friday 22nd, don't expect anything. I'll be taking a week off without my laptop, and I'm not even sure there'll be internet. Now, you might say, "But Carmine! Why bother taking days off if you're not even doing anything right now?". Well to that I can say that I have others projects than Zodiacstuck at the moment (do you know how much time it takes to write a chapter of my Skyrim gay Argonian friends-to-lovers fanfiction?), as well as the fact that I am a lazy fucker. I've passed the "Introduction arc" art milestone and I think it's alright for now. Of course, there are many things that still need polish, but for now they're mostly aesthetic so bear with them. Maybe I'll leave some of the old panels, but that'd be very inconsistent. That's why I need to re-do them all, and that takes time. After the Introduction Arc is what I call "Starting arc", going from Gallia: Reveal plan to End of Act 1, and is about 40 pages long. It includes the beginning of Sgrub and the first appearance of the Yalia. Then is the Intermission, which is paper-panelised and already had text corrections.You know I can't do much about paper panels, except maybe finding a scanner but I don't have one. Then there's another paper arc, simply named "Paper Arc", which goes until Ferren: Go fetch. (and in case you ask, no I'm not going to re-do it. You want to kill me or what? Watch it with subtitles on.) The page right after is the "Past friends arc", starting with Benkan's self-questioning, and then the "Players Arc" which starts with Nibber. Here's my current priority order:
Intro Arc: Done Starting Arc: Next on my list. Needs art correction and text modifs. Intermission: Done Paper Arc: Well, not like I can do much more about it. I mean I could, but this would be unnecessary work. Past Friends: Marks the level of what I deem "acceptable". Couple of paperised scenes could be remade. Players: In Progress, temporarily paused.
In short, all 46 pages from August 2013 to November 2013 need to be re-done. And that's a lot. Do you need to stop expecting new updates until then? I wouldn't say that. They're not my current priority, that's all. Zodiacstuck won't be put on hiatus, let's just call it 'maintenance work'. I like the term. I don't know how much time this will take. Probably months. With college starting in September, that might hinder my progress. I'll see once we get to that point.
Thank you, for following the development of Yandere Sim- I mean, of Zodiacstuck.
(and, because i know you'll be many to wanna peek at said fanfiction: it's over there.)
Sorry, I guess it's a thing I do. I guess I need to say what's going on, so you know I'm still doing it. I wouldn't want people thinking I've quit or anything like that. I know I haven't updated my Tumblr in a long while, or anything at all for that matter. It's a gloomy life period for me, plagued with depressive thoughts of "Why bother? They'll stink think it's unoriginal" or "Changing the art won't change the level of crappiness" that stop me from progressing. I need to find the motivation to work, and it isn't easy at all. I feel that, on break or not, I don't do any progress. My main goal to change #FromDoodlesToRealArt is 90% done, and I often look at it and say "meh, that'll go" even though my work still sucks so bad. (worst is, i know it's alright and people like it, but my depressed ass keeps coming back smacking me over points nobody cares about, pushed by a constant YandereDev syndrome and a need for mind-blowing perfection that I'll know i'll never achieve but try to strive for anyway. don't ask.)
Also, I have other projects at the moment, including Forumstuck, which will likely take most of my time. That and life going on, I think I might stop updating this thread altogether. Sometimes, works come to a point where they're more of a hassle than anything, and you wanna do something about it but can't find the energy. Now if you excuse me, i have to go. It's half past crying in a corner time and i don't want to miss it.
Edit: And because my schedule is as much as a mess as my mental state, here's a panel to prove myself I'm not a wreck.
Sorry, should of made more clear i was joking. Anyway, i think you should be proud of your work! There are a lot of people, myself included that you're much better at drawing than. Sure you arent perfect, but no one is. Youve made something really cool and you should be proud of that!
-- eastersRecollection is calling scytherFuryball -- Nibber: (//(OuO) Ferren? Ferren: yeaH? Nibber: (//(OuO) So….what exactly am i supposed to do now? Nibber: (//(OnO) I'm in a weird place that's quite giving me the creeps Nibber: (//(OnO) My Sprite has disappeared somewhere else and i hear weird noises Nibber: (//(OnO) Are you even listening? Ferren: yeaH Ferren: jusT doinG mY thinG righT therE Ferren: haviN fuN Ferren: likE neveR beforE! Ferren: telL yoU whaT, brO, I lovE thiS gamE. Ferren: it'S whaT i'vE needeD alL mY lifE! Nibber: (//(OuO) Glad for you, miele Nibber: (//(OnO) But can you just help me? Ferren: witH whaT? Ferren: hanG oN- moonspritE, geT thaT onE! Ferren: geT iT! don'T leT iT escapE! Nibber: (//(OnO) Ferren? Nibber: (//(OnO) Is...everything alright? Ferren: makE iT eaT itS clawS! kilL iT! Nibber: (//(OnO) What's going on? Ferren: looK, I gottA gO. Ferren: trY tO staY alivE iN thE meanwhilE Ferren: anD telL mE wheN galliA arriveS, I wannA shoW heR mY lanD. Nibber: (//(OnO) But aren't we supposed to be advers- -- scytherFuryball has ended call -- Nibber: (//(>n<) Mierda!
Okay, my only problem is that the end of Act 1 hit, and suddenly everyone was in the Medium and I had no idea what half of the stuff that was happening had relevance to, meant, or had been set up by. It feels like a big chunk of the story got skipped.
One last final hurrah, like the final defiant scream of a dying man.
Post by SpottedBlades on Sept 9, 2016 20:59:31 GMT
Only some of the guys did enter. There've been entrances way after.
For the rest, it's because I haven't finished polishing the story. I might entirely re-do some pages so the story is a bit clearer, so please be patient. But, as I've explained up somewhere, the rush can't eventually be slowed down, because of technical difficulties. That's why I'll ask you to look at the pretty graphics and be distracted while I keep on the maintenance work.
Post by SpottedBlades on Sept 24, 2016 23:14:57 GMT
Mspfanventures being done, I don't think I'll do much progress.
What I plan for this scene is a different atmosphere than the old version. I want to put the emphasis on Ryudra's delusional side: the book she has written, now engraved everywhere in reach around her, in a less disgusting way. (This text she's writing also keeps the spirit of the original "genetic code you know will be relevant later" but 1. makes it more subtle, and 2. gives more relevance to a plot item that will be introduced later in the story.) This scene is a big moment for Ryudra's character. As the story went on, I rethought her chara basis, and she went from a pitiable Anti-Sue to someone with a more defined personality. "She could destroy you in an instant if she wanted to, but you're lucky she has other things to do." is what could define her somehow. She's someone with a heavy past who just wishes for atonement, and had waited for the day of her rebirth to come.
So yeah. I want the scene to change from "I needed you, best friend, cause I couldn't do it on my own" to "Thanks for coming, pal, but could you be a lil faster next time? I was starting to get hungry.". I want Ryudra to show her more independent side, while keeping her relationship with Gallia to a similar level as before. Maybe some demonstration of her fire powers as well? I don't know.
Ryudra is definitely one of my most favorite Zodiacstuck characters, and she deserves a fleshed out personality. I still have troubles "grasping" the perfect character for her, but I know where to start from.
(and if I were to compare her to a Gem, I'd say Garnet. Cool and distant, but can either be your best friend or kick your butt into infinity.)