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2009-05-07 12:28 pm
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State of the Bird, Thursday Edition

Recipe: Lazy Enchiladas
Dinner last night was what I call Lazy Enchiladas. Instead of rolling the meat and cheese up in neat little tortilla rolls, I put down layers: tortillas, meat, cheese, sauce, tortillas, etc. until the 9x12 dish is almost full; then I finish it up with a last layer of tortillas, sauce and LOTS of cheese. Cover with foil, then bake at 350 for 40 minutes, then uncover and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes until the top starts to get crispy.

It's basically an enchilada casserole. I can make it with beans, or make my own enchilada sauce, and spice it up however I want. It's always tasty. :)

Thanks to my new light box, I have completely redrawn the first page of Nameless. In the process, I fixed some anatomy things that were bugging me, and made some updates to character design -- in particular, Pau's hair and Feinne's costume. I'm much better-pleased with how it looks now.

I'm still wrestling with two things: one is how long it takes for me to get anything done with this, and another is debating how stylized I want it to be. Granted, the more I stylize things, the faster I'll be able to work. It's possible to stylize something and still pay attention to anatomy, and I need to figure out a balance that works for me.

The real point is this: last night my husband commented to me that if I'm going to be serious about this project, I have to make more than one page every four months. He's right! To do that, I have several options: 1) Be less picky about the art, 2) Stylize the characters more, 3) Find a way to increase the work time, 4) Work faster and more efficiently.
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2009-05-06 10:56 pm
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Yay Lightbox!

I love my light box. D: It has made my job much easier.

Some things I need to remember for the next time I use it:

1. I need to draw lighter. No, I can't really see my lines when I'm drawing them, but checking my lines is what the dimmer light is for.

2. I need to go back over the lines to soften them up and make them look more natural, but that's easily enough done.

3. Photo references are my friend.

Also, I need to draw up some character sheets. With expressions and facial proportions.
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2009-05-06 03:15 pm
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I moved furniture today.

We live in a tiny space. (By tiny, I mean we have two rooms of living space, and share a kitchen and living room with the in-laws. My husband and I sleep on a futon that serves as a couch in the TV room during the day, and our sons have a bunk-bed in a 10x12 bedroom of their own.) We're always trying to shift things around to see if we can maximize the space we have. It's a challenge.

I moved a toybox and dresser into the boys' room. At first Sprout was traumatized. (I moved the toybox!) But I think this will work better for everyone in the long run.

We have peas, shallots and sunflowers planted, and today I dug some compost in and planted onions and bush beans. There's still lots of space, and we'll add tomatoes as soon as we're sure it won't frost anymore.

My work time has been dedicated to other projects for the past couple weeks, but tonight I'm free from other obligations, and I will be putting my light box to use for my Nameless project. :) I AM SO EXCITED!!