NaNoWriMo 2014 word tracker spreadsheets

A little late this year, but I’m getting in just under the wire – word tracking spreadsheets for National Novel Writing Month.

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They’ll help you keep track of your word count for November, and there are additional sheets for plotting, character development, and keeping track of your progress, chapters, characters, and as much of everything else as I could fit in. Read more »


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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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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Digital Colouring Tutorial

One day, I’m going to get into a proper routine, and update my site regularly. One day. I don’t know when, but it’s going to be amazing.

I’ve been making things. None of them were blog posts, but some of them were pretty good anyway. One of them was a tutorial. Ever since I posted the coloured version of Jack Sparrow, folks on deviantART have been asking me about the colouring technique I used, so I made a tutorial for it. It’s fairly straightforward, I think. If you want to see it in action, check out the time-lapse video I made. Read more »