More wordcount spreadsheets for 2014

A little late to the party, but I made some more word count trackers, this time with Supernatural themes. There’s one each featuring Cas, Dean, and Sam, and also one featuring all three taking turns every month. So if you’re a SPN fan the boys will keep you company throughout the year while you write! Previews and download links are below – the previews are for the NaNo spreadsheets, but they look the same, I promise!


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Spreadsheets for 2014

There was supposed to be a whole thing where I write about Eirtakon and all the wonderful people who came by and recognised me and my art and actually bought quite a lot of it, but… here’s the thing. I came home from Eirtakon, and immediately got sick. And then I had to scramble to catch up on all the commissions and other work I’d neglected in favour of preparing for a con, attending a con, and coughing my lungs out. So I never got around to it. But it was a really great experience, I had a brilliant time, and everyone was amazingly wonderful.

That was in November. Exactly a month ago, actually. Wow, I’m slow. I also didn’t win NaNoWriMo, by the way. It turns out that convention prep and sickness don’t mix very well with NaNo. But on the plus side, November is over and we’re even past the whole solstice nonsense so now the days will get longer again. Whew.

Merry Christmas, or whatever you celebrate!

An alternate version of the SPN Christmas card I made.

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NaNo, bandwidth, and assorted weirdness

My webhosting provider sent me an email telling me I’m running out of bandwidth. I looked into it and wow, my spreadsheets have been seeing a lot of downloads. You people are crazy. And I’m crazy for uploading the damn things to my website instead of using a free filesharing service.

So I’ve changed the links. They’re still the same spreadsheets, they’re just hosted on Dropbox now because I’ve already upgraded for more bandwidth once now and it still went over the limit. They want more money from me now. Eep.

I got an offer for a sponsored blog post the other day, but I turned it down. The company, which shall remain nameless, wanted me to tell my readers that I’m using its service. I’m not using its service, though. And I’m not about to start lying to people for money.

I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo at the moment, in between working on art stuff. Some of it is commissions, some of it new personal work and prints for Eirtakon. Have an example!

Closeups from my WIP featuring, well, you know who.

Sammy, Cas and Dean from that one show I can’t stop watching. Read more »

NaNoWriMo 2013 word tracker spreadsheets

It’s that time of year again, where we all gear up for National Novel Writing Month. And like every year, I’m making spreadsheets instead of actually working on silly things like, oh, a plot maybe. Who needs a plot, anyway. Have some work tracking spreadsheets instead!


>> Updated: please click here for the 2014 trackers! <<

(I make new ones every year, so there’s no need to play around with the old ones or adapt the year-round ones, unless you want to. The new versions will always be up on here under Resources!)

Misha Collins portrait – process outline

It seems that people are actually interested in process outlines and work-in-progress shots and stuff like that, which surprises me even though I’m interested in other people’s process and WIPs. But my own? I know my own process. I’m the one doing it. It’s not interesting to me.

Sometimes, when trying to understand the world and its demands and preferences, it really helps to imagine you’re someone else.

I remembered to scan my Misha Collins drawing intermittently, so here’s a thing telling you how I did it. You might learn something! You might not! It’s all up in the air. You don’t even have to read it. It’s okay to just look at the pictures. Read more »

Nebula tutorial

This is another simple tutorial, for adding a nebula effect to a starfield. First, you need to generate your starfield – you’ll find the method explained here. Again, I’ve only done this in Photoshop so if you want to use a different program like GIMP, some of the filters might not work or have different names.

1. Make a new layer on top of your starfield layers, fill it with black, and set your background colour to whatever colour you want your nebula to be. Then go to Filter > Render > Difference Clouds.

1. Make a new layer on top of your starfield layers, fill it with black, and set your background colour to whatever colour you want your nebula to be. Then go to Filter > Render > Difference Clouds.

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Starfield tutorial

I’ve been meaning to post more tutorials on here, so here’s one. This is a pretty straightforward, simple method to generate a starfield in Photoshop. I haven’t tried it in other programs, so I don’t know if it’ll work, but you can always experiment. You don’t need any particular artistic talent, and you can use this kind of background for digital paintings, web design, book cover design… anything you can think of.

Clicking on the images will enlarge them, and you can click through them in the viewer too. That’s right, you get two options for viewing this tutorial! Exciting, isn’t it? … yeah, I know, get on with it. Let’s go!

1. Start with a new canvas, any size you like – in this tutorial I went for 500×500 pixels. At this point there’s only one layer. Fill it with black.

1. Start with a new canvas, any size you like – in this tutorial I went for 500x500 pixels. At this point there's only one layer. Fill it with black.

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Celebration Europe!

I spent last weekend in Germany, at Star Wars Celebration Europe. My first-ever Star Wars convention, and it was a blast. I got to hang out with some severely awesome folks and saw a ton of amazing costumes, and of course there were panels with some of the actors: Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and the inimitable Warwick Davies as host for every panel. Anthony Daniels is hilarious, Warwick Davies is hilarious, Ian McDiarmid is lovely but scary when he speaks German in his Emperor voice, Carrie Fisher is a little loopy but funny, and Mark Hamill is just plain nice. And really good at voices, surprise surprise. His Harrison Ford impression was spot-on, and it’s really funny to see Luke Skywalker talking in Obi-Wan Kenobi’s voice.

My favourite part of those panels was when they re-enacted scenes from the movies, with Warwick filling in various roles like Wicket, Yoda, Uncle Owen, and Vader. Most of them seem to have made it to YouTube, so you can look them up. I thought it was a great idea. And Warwick does a great Yoda voice, by the way. Read more »

ArcadeCon and other things

Once again, I’m overdue writing this, but that’s just life, and me, because I take a while to process things. Especially if they involve lots of people, which this did. Two weekends ago I took myself and my work to ArcadeCon‘s Artists Alley, not knowing what to expect but hoping for the best. It was my first proper convention as an artist – I did go to OctoCon last year, but as far as the Artists Alley was concerned it was pretty crap.

ArcadeCon was the exact opposite. Read more »