Greetings all! It's been a bit of a hectic three weeks since Bronycon, but things are finally starting to calm down now. With that said let us jump right into the news!
As you can probably tell from the title of the journal, the project (that I'm a part of) known as Roan has just hit its funding goal of $15,000.00 as of this morning! I feel like I can't even begin to describe how excited I am. Not just because this marks the first ever Kickstarter (let alone a successful one) that I've been a part of in a major way, but because this marks a huge leap forward for my good friend For as long as I've known this guy he's told me of his dreams to break into game design, and all the bad luck he's seemed to have attracted along the way in that journey. He wanted to be a game designer so badly, he even went to college for it, and now it looks like all his hard work is finally starting to pay off/manifest.
I want to take a moment to thank all of the those who have put their faith in this project, and to all of you guys for even taking the time to read these plugs I've done for it. Shilling a project can be a major turnoff to many, so trust me when I say that all those who even so much as read and comment on these journals is much appreciated.
Now time for some updates!
The commissions are still coming along slowly but surely. As many of you have probably seen from the recent Shantae piece, this is the sort of stuff all of you lovely people can expect to get a hold of, except your's will be on 11 x 17 in. board. Something like that though is very time consuming due to the delicate nature of some of the media I'm working with. Mixed media images can be a bit tricky as one mistake can send you all the way back to the beginning if you screw up bad enough. I'm currently in the process of finalizing a lot of the sketches as a good deal of them I find are now satisfactory. I can only hope that you all find the wait worth it when these things are finally done and in your hands where they belong.
Once more I have to thank all of you guys for your help as you have managed to assist me in building the new computer that I am currently using. I've been neglecting taking pictures of this bad boy, but trust me when I say that it's one sick machine. I'm using it right now to type out this very journal, and it's everything I wanted it to be. It runs incredibly smooth, and I can certainly tell that this computer is going to help astronomically when it comes to the other projects I have in store. Only a few scant parts remain that I need to acquire (such as an 11 x 17 in. flatbed scanner) along with some minor audio/video hardware and software before the fun can really begin. Speaking of which...
Now that I have the big rig up and running, one of the many things I wanted to try my hand at is doing a podcast/webshow/webcast whatever you want to call them. Some very good friends of mine such as and a few others have all agreed to be a part of the show. We're still discussing the overall format of the show, but we know this for certain, it'll be us talking geek for about two hours. We'll maybe do one show a week (ideally) and there has even been some talk about possibly doing videos. They could be art streams, they could be gaming streams, it's all still rough ideas at this point. All of this stuff is still a bit of a ways away, but not really that far off. I'll keep you guys updated on the progress of this as it comes. It's all very exciting to say the least.
Now that Roan is funded, a lot more work is going to be coming down the pipe for me. I've got obligations to the project and deadlines to meet. Thankfully it's easy enough work to do, and I can only hope that we'll have books ready to sell by Bronycon next year. As for what is going to be done art-wise once my Roan work is complete? That is still up in the air. I'll hopefully be doing the webshow by then, plus I've got a few projects that I've been meaning to get off the back-burner. Of course with the new computer in my possession, my work output will hopefully increase substantially. I'm still in the talks with some artists to help me make some of my ideas a reality, but I don't want to promise too much too soon. If anything else I'm going to start putting more effort into completing some the smaller stories I've had in my note books (for years now) that take place within my big sandbox story called The Nexus. I've already posted some characters from that project up here on DA and so far people do seem to be digging the ideas. Only time will tell though how all these things will pan out, but I'm optimistic that things will go well.