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2011: OCT Invasion Year by AlfaFilly 2011: OCT Invasion Year by AlfaFilly
Could also be considered the "Chordata wants to take over my gallery because she is a selfish goat lady" year. But that won't fit...

Since 2011 has passed and 2012 has begun, I found it a good a time as any to submit this!

I have mixed feelings on my art of 2011. I do feel I improved a heck of a lot, but in different ways than just my techniques. I have learned GREATLY in how to better tell stories through comics (and even literature for that matter), how to better develop characters, how to better do comics in general, how to manage my time with deadlines, and just all around how to have the patience and determination to stay on a single project for so long. While I did improve on anatomy a good deal, I don't think I improved in my digital techniques all that well since the majority of my comics were done traditionally. In a way I think they made me lose a bit of patience in digital work (I can barely tolerate digitally lining things like I used to) but I suppose I just have been thrown off my groove and need to work my way back in.

I have also learned from my mistakes of story telling and will use those to better myself. I don't regret anything I have done this past year with #Tapestry-of-Horror, and even if I didn't win, I take great pride in managing second place. Heck, I didn't even know I would make it past Round 1! And making it to the end gave me the best challenge I've ever experienced, and I'd never take it back. There were many things I should have changed, but it was all a learning process and one I really enjoyed.

Honestly the only big regret I have from this past year is my lack of work on The Selection. I really pray that my muse for it hasn't been drained from not working on it for so long. I hope to take all I learned from my ToH work and put it into TS in order to improve even more and making it the best I can. Hopefully with learning deadline management I can stick to something for once. Though with school I dunno how well that'll do. Either way, I hope this year brings more TS and more stuff with my new character Linda and #DiabolusAdventures as I really enjoy working on that too. Chordata won't be forgotten, though, and I do still have those last few things for ToH to complete. I also hope I can practice more on variety this year, but we'll just see how that goes. I'll keep doing what I enjoy and take a step from there~

So into the new year with art we go! :dummy:

Since I didn't have many individual pieces this year (or ones that I considered any good or my best) many of these are panels from my comics:

March I always loved this one panel. I dunno why, I think it's Nippy's pose.
June Ach'M and his sexy shirt. Of course this was gonna be in here.
July I think this round, particularly this sequence, was a big challenge in placing darker moods in story telling.
September Dat Linda.
October Actually my entire film as a whole, but the picture is specifically from a single animated sequence of Hoatzin that I loved the most.

All characters not belonging to myself are as follows:
Bane *AlfaShampoo-Artemis
Nippy, Ach'M ~Chilun
Lork ~chocobo591
Hoatzin ~Larkpaw
Jeeves ~AmiliaLongTail

Blank meme: [link]

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Karbik Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, the end of the year. The time when you get to look back and think why is this world going so fast. What do you MEAN the Arab spring was this year?!?

Tapestry of Horror, the flavour of the year. I'll be curious to see what further adventures the antelope/goat lady has.

I'm still unsure about the blackorite madness that *NuclearLoop started and then caught on so quickly. Whilst the more freeform (as opposed to structured) world isn't inherently bad, it is suffering from...ehm, software development has this term "feature creep" which I'm trying to think of a writing equivalent of. It's when the adding of new features to a piece of software becomes rampant, almost cancerous. I find the haphazard addition of characters curious, especially since I'm not seeing much else to go along with it.

On another blackorite-related note, until your December piece I never realized that Jeeves's "shirt" was part of his markings. I kept wondering why his shirt had such strange-acting fabric on everybody's images.

"I can barely tolerate digitally lining things like I used to."
Hah. Welcome to the main reason I stick to painting stuff.

Oh, oh, oh. I had this little thought about "Peahen in a pear tree", but didn't wanna throw it out because it was such a tiny thing (there's a joke about men and genitalia size in there, but I'm not going to be the one make that joke): you drew the fir like it has fur. Fir tends to not have its branches in layers but rather in chaotically placed planes. Like a bunch of coins would be if you made a sloppy, pile-ish tower out of them.
AlfaFilly Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So fast, with so many things. At the time they feel like they last forever but after it's all done it's like it barely existed. What does it mean?!

Hopefully we will see our lovely Goat Lady again soon~

Haha, I'm sure there will be a lot of stories for the blacos in the future. Hopefully enough to match up with the abundance of characters (Thankfully I only have Linda to keep up with!). In fact, a few are in the works right now~ But sssh.

A lot of people assume that. xD Such smooth, natural markings are hard to notice at first. On the bright side, least he can go to a party without dressing up!

oh pffff *lol'd*
Yeah, that's a very good point! I never noticed that before. I always just kinda drew them that way cause it was easy and looked nice. Though realistic it certainly is not, now that I connect the two! I must experiment with this~
SassyRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
You definitely improved over the course of the year - I liked that you toyed around with several different coloring and lining styles. :D
AlfaFilly Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you noticed and think it worked out nicely :D
SassyRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
No problem! ^^
GothWolf111 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student
:icondatassplz: June and December
AlfaFilly Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh yeeeeah :iconicameplz:
GothWolf111 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student
Grassy-Aggron Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Lol. Ach'M is STILL bringing sexy back, apparently XD

Glad to see you improve! I don't understand what is so bad about traditional, though. If you like doing that more, that's great! Although the paper can really start to pile up, I suppose XP

You tell great stories, and I hope to see more. "The Selection" is still a bit confusing to me, mostly about the funky tails, but I'll re read it and maybe get some things explained XD
AlfaFilly Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
He totes is, man. xD

Well I always draw the majority of my things on paper first then scan them in. Rarely do I draw directly in photoshop (everything in this was drawn traditionally first except for September through December. Those were drawn all in photoshop). But most pieces I do, or used to do, involved scanning it in and lining over everything digitally. All my TS pages are done that way. But I got to the point now I prefer just coloring under the sketch but that doesn't work all the time for some pieces. xD

Haha, Ambivians as a whole are confusing xD If you ever get stuck just question and I'll answer.
Grassy-Aggron Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Coloring under the sketch...Never heard that term. I'm an author, not a drawer. At least, I can draw cartoon dragons with a hint of realism and tornadoes. Don't judge on that Paint picture - drawing with a touchpad is hard and I prefer drawing by hand XD

Yeah XD
AlfaFilly Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Basically its just you sketch it out on paper and just color the sketch without lining over it in photoshop first. xD
Grassy-Aggron Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oooooh. Of course, from what I've heard, lining is the hardest part. I can't draw very well, and I can't put it on the computer, so I don't have that problem ;D
tbolt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Or it could be called the Year of the Tapestry of Horror! =^^=

But at least the Blacarites got a chance to play, and no harassment suits were filed! :D
AlfaFilly Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Indeed, it quite could! ^^

Indeed, they got a chance to take the spotlight once the OCTness died away :D
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