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inktober 2019 is here

inktober 2019. day one. ring

jake parker’s inktober 2019 is here!

and i’m pretty excited because i’m adding a few wrinkles to make the challenge of doing an inked drawing every day even more challenging for me

here’s the deal, coming at you in 4 parts:

inktober 2019 part 1: the theme

if you’ve been following the blog the past few days, you’ll have noted that i’ve been playing the super nintendo game, ‘link to the past’ for a few minutes before bed

i decided that this year my inktober theme would be zelda, so that i could count playing video games as research:)

once again, i’m using jake parker’s official prompt list as my jumping off point. this time in the world of zelda. Day 1 is ‘ring.’

part 2: 4 panels

to further raise the stakes in 2019, i’ve decided to do a 4 panel inked comic every day

part 3: color

and to raise the stakes even further i’ve decided to clean the comics up digitally, add a little color, and post them so you can read them straight through.

i’m calling this year’s legend of zelda themed inktober: Linktober

inktober 2019 part 4: shop

I’ll be selling the original strips in the store. They’re done on 9 inch x 12 inch bristol board.

Free inkstains with every drawing.

buy it now

And if that’s not enough inktobering for you, feel free to visitinktobers of years past.

2018 metal gear solid themed inktober

2017 sherlock holmes themed inktober

itching to play some zelda

itching to play some zelda

ignited by recent reviews of the link’s awakening remake i’ve been itching to play a zelda game

i found a list of the best zeldas and decided on a link to the past, originally on snes

right before bed i’ve been getting a few minutes of gameplay on an online emulator

i really should be doing other things, but there’s something about the zelda games celebration of exploration that i must be craving now

the opening of the game is fantastic. it takes place in the rain – so moody. i wish there was more weather in video games. and movies. more weather in everything really

my only complaint is the enemies. wish i could remove them all from the game. i’d just wander hyrule collecting treasure, discovering hidden passages, and solving puzzles. (i’d only draw my sword to mow down bushes)

previously on screentone: video games

drooling – inktober 2018 day 6

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Today’s inktober 2018 prompt, drooling.

If you’re not familiar with the Metal Gear video games, one of the ways you can bypass enemy guards is to drop magazines as a distraction, allowing Snake to sneak by undetected.

(I don’t remember any magazines in the original Metal Gear Solid, but the guards also had full face masks, but how would I show him drooling through his mask? So liberties have been taken. Liberties!)

(Also, you can catch a glimpse of one of the previous versions I did towards the bottom of the photo. You can also see a light drawing of another previous version with a close up of the guard still there on the wall.

 

screennotes 3


since screennotes 2 went out a little less than a month ago, i’ve spent more time reading, and also reading, than drawing, however a few things have managed to get done:

 

 

  • i posted an experiment in interactive fiction, built in twine, and adapted from a short story i wrote a few years ago that i (rightly so) was hiding in a drawer. twine is a great tool for making simple games and you don’t need to know how to code in order to use it. (and having to click through the short story somehow made it better than simply reading it.)

 

  • and i knocked out little guy’s birthday party invitation (that i’d been procrastinating for at least a month on). here it is:

until next time,

tone

tone@screentone.org

p.s. most days it feels like i rarely get past the rough ideas stage with anything; that i’m all ideas and little execution. nothing ever feels finished. maybe everybody feels that way?

MGS 2, MGS 3, MGS 4, and Me

Why I haven’t been updating; told in a single image:

I picked it up the day after my birthday, but, to be fair, I haven’t been playing it very much. What I have been playing are MGS 2 and 3, and I’m glad I did, because I didn’t remember half of the story. (You can download the Metal Gear Database onto your PS3 to catch you up, story-wise, and I did, and it’s well done, but it’s been a lot of fun going back into these games.)

I breezed through MGS 2 in about 15 hours, but I’ve been taking my time going through Metal Gear 3, which is simply a flawless game. It’s so immersive; the sounds of the jungle, the slow deliberate gait of the KGB soldiers scattered throughout the game, the rustle of movement from nearby jungle creatures, and that’s even playing it on my old RCA (so old I needed to buy a video converter to plug the PS3 into it) with just the one little buit-in speaker in the corner. I can only imagine playing on a system with surround sound.

The reason I’ve been taking my time with MGS 3 is that, with the help of 3 guides from gamefaqs, I’m attempting to capture all of the food items, snipe all of the Kerotan Frogs, and make it through the entire game without raising an alert. As such, it’s been taking awhile, and I’ve been keeping copious notes, so that I don’t lose track of what I need to do. Here’s a look at a typical page:

Once again, my geekdom knows no bounds. (There’s a T-shirt there, somewhere.)

So, I’ve had the Metal Gear 4 PS3 Bundle Pack for a month now and haven’t even touched MGS4. My friends are astonished.

Unfortunately, taking such intense care with MGS3 has made it seem a little like work of late, so I’ve been distracted this past week with another birthday present, “The Pixar Touch” by David A. Price.

It’s terrific. As a Pixar wannabe, I’ve gleaned a lot about Pixar’s process from watching the DVDs (which at their best are loaded with extras and therefore kind of a home film school, and at their worst, they’re the Cars DVD), but a lot, and I mean a lot of it, I didn’t know;particularly about Pixar’s early days (Ed Catmull is an extraordinary genius), the circumstances which led to Lasseter’s hiring (Lasseter is a staggering blend of talent and ambition), and the copyright infringement trials surrounding Monster’s, Inc. (I was completey unaware of the two separate trials at the time).

But ignoring my web log posting duties has been just a byproduct of the real procrastination at hand. There’s another big art show coming up on 8/8/08: The Crazy Eights and the Eighty-Eight Lesser Themes. My theme is one of the Crazy Eights, “Peanut People.”

That’s right, peanut people. You know, like the monocled, top-hatted Planters mascot. And I’ve decided to draw a lot of peanut people, so I’ve got a lot of work to do.

Better get to it.
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