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Members Workshops / Re: SKETCH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!
« on: Today at 04:52:24 PM »
You know what, suuper? Ignore all my big talk. Definitely need to stick in my comfort zone if I'm to get anywhere

break Room / Re: Need cure to my plamo addiction
« on: December 03, 2019, 04:55:20 PM »
Man to be honest I'd love to see your plamo collection. If I had the cash (and passion) I wish I had a shelf full of mech'models and stuff. It'd be practical to reference at least

Members Workshops / Re: SKETCH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!
« on: December 03, 2019, 04:54:07 PM »
Comfort zones are the secret to a productive life. I think this sketch survival will only work (for me at least) if the drawings are typical and iterative.

I will most definitely 'cheat' by posting a doodle that I did in class or something... Just to make sure I get something in heheheh.

Thanks suuper.

We pierce the heavens.

Or at least our keyboards.

All shenanigans aside, is it possible to healthily implement learning into something as demanding as a 'sketch everyday' workshop? Ideally, I'd love to think that I could do my regimens by being forced to draw something every day, but I'm not sure.... What are your thoughts?

Members Workshops / Re: SKETCH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!
« on: December 03, 2019, 03:19:59 PM »
Holy heck suuper you hit that many days? Might as well join in the fun.

Maybe I should jump into the writing survival workshop too.

Oh gawd 5 years ago. Don't mention such figures to me, and to think we're entering 2020. Damn.

I really like Day 2. Your expressions are approaching the kawaii as heck continuum. Clothing as always is on point.

General Manga writer discussions / Re: Writer Discussion Table
« on: November 30, 2019, 09:14:52 AM »
I've found it better to just info dump whateever I can when I feel like it, otherwise I'm super lazy with my responses. It's what drives me crazy with instant-messaging: A simple 'Hi.' Doesn't cut it for me these days haha.

Comics and other Gallery / Re: Miscellaneous Arts and Sketchbook
« on: November 30, 2019, 09:12:36 AM »
Yeah it's the ultimate trap isn't it? It's just that Photoshop CS2 doesn't have a way to tweak that pressure curve. Frustrating, but I can deal with it. I'm not ready to try out GIMP, but if it gets too frustrating I might just go ahead. I really want to emulate dat ballpoint pen feeling. Feeling drawn to the medium again.


4K is coming soon! (To be honest will pretty much be there today.) And if I'm reliable then January 10 will be 5K. Wooot. Heck yes.

Thinking about thumbnails again. I might go for another 1,000 thumbnails after this regimen

Tips and Tutorials / Re: Legos How-tos
« on: November 23, 2019, 05:57:57 AM »
I'm the last person to be asking boss hahahaha! But here is my step by step process. Suuper is much more refined so look into his things, as for me it's always a question of 'feeling out' the image. I usually start with the head but it doesn't matter really, I add lines to the old lines and try to erase as much as possible so that it's not TOO messy.


Usually if I were with MS Paint I'd be screwed here, but thank goodness for rotate function in photoshop

It's still not refined as one would normally expect, but this is where I tend to stop.

The best way to know what works for you is to work on as many sketches as possible. You can make a 'sketch' folder full of say 10 sketches then forget about them, and work on them later with a fresh mind, adding what you like or don't like.

I've also heard that using large brushes first before smaller brushes helps you focus on motion and sketching rather than details. You should try that out.

Manga Creations / Re: MR War Arc: Fro: Part I
« on: November 23, 2019, 05:01:51 AM »

I'm almost there, Coryn. Almost there

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Legomaestro's Art Box
« on: November 22, 2019, 10:11:46 AM »
Exactly haha.

And yesss your friend. I love it when 'only video games' gives people tangible inspiration and stuff. Cool things.

And thanks suuper. I hope to stick to my guns and really do it. Drawing characters is such an old habit XD


So I snapped off two branches from an old tree on my way back home.


Then used them to draw a scene

I think I'll be doing this more often haha. What about spaceships out of my collection of pens or something? Dunno


Also a bird/lizard dude warrior with a funky coat

Members Workshops / Re: MR fanart
« on: November 22, 2019, 10:09:05 AM »

Old habits die hard! I immediately drew Lego and Coryn instead of any new Raiders. Also I had this epic idea of making a scene in the MR Pub where Cory and Hasith walk in and it's fun.

I really need to learn to start small, because this was quite stressful.

However, I'm happy that I sat down and tried to panel things. I'm still deciding what to use between an opacity pressure brush or just a general low opacity brush (blurry lines vs clear ones.)

I'm going to go 4koma at most, or just singular panels and hopefully churn out enough comics to get into the groove of drawing Raiders

I think Vio was working on how the Pub interior looks like? Would like to check that out again haha

Tips and Tutorials / Re: Legos How-tos
« on: November 21, 2019, 06:04:00 PM »
Woops I made a whoopsie so yeah the map was actually drawn haha.

And thanks suuper! I haven't gotten the chance to do this in a while so this was really fun to be honest. I want to try it out more. And I think I saw a character generator from you somewhere? I'll take it out for a spin. By the way, the timer program is working.

Comics and other Gallery / Re: Miscellaneous Arts and Sketchbook
« on: November 21, 2019, 05:11:57 PM »
Damn that's not even that huge of an amount of pages. Well I'm hoping I'll get do do closeups of feet, fists and swords to cut that down. Still, it's pretty humbling.

Mangaka are insane. I can't believe how much they pack into a chapter only for it to be read in seconds and then for the reader to complain about how slow the story is. I should really check myself on that sometimes haha.

Moar figures done. Using ballpoint is making me think I should switch my digital brush to something more pressure sensitive rather than fineliner like as it is now .



Tips and Tutorials / Legos How-tos
« on: November 21, 2019, 05:08:57 PM »
I'll be posting 'tutorials' or 'tips' from my side of doing art. Absolutely go to the greats on youtube and everything to see how things are done properly, but I hope that I can give some interesting insights of my own.

How To Build A Fantasy World With Cola, Pen and Paper

Ingredients: Coke (or any drink that stains. Wine works great I hear), Paper and Pen.

Step 0: Randomly generate the map name

I typed out adiohfou gob

and came up with  Adio - Land of Dead Gods

Step 1: Spill coke
Step 2: Use intuition to draw out major landmasses.

After it dries it looks like this

Step 3: Fill in details and add names as you wish

Step 4: Build lore

Now that I have this map before me the lore comes itself. I'll make my pitch now.

Adio - The Land of Dead Gods

The name actually commemorates the Creation Story of this land. In order to fight off A Grand Evil so beyond concepts of darkness and bad that  all the gods of the land sacrificed themselves to destroy It. Thus, the inhabitants of this land can live on. Adio is a prayer and a rememberance of this great deed.

Adio Magic System

After the gods left, spellcraft has been reduced to weaving mana from nature itself.

 There are various schools of thoughts as to how this works and which is more effective, but the canonical reason (As in I'm telling you) is that The Caterpillar God, an evil god decided he would lower himself so that his followers always had access to his power without any of the other gods knowing.

He sacrificed three quarters of his mana and weaved it into the fabric of the land unnoticed, which cursed some of the land when too strong but otherwise became the basis for mana in the whole land. Without this deed humans would have no way to tap into magic, as magic could only in ancient times be accessed by supplicating the many gods that roamed the land.


In Adio, there are 2 Major Kingdoms worth mentioning. 1. Akamonia and 2. Oruk  (The 3rd, Hopt was destroyed by an unknown disaster and is so haunted by ghosts, demons and other creatures no one knows exactly what happened there. Even Fineus failed to discover what happened there.)

1 Akamonians are a human race that uphold the values of The Dragon Goddess Akako. She was a dragon who breathed golden flame that burnt eternally - in fact the last flame still burns in a temple at the heart of the Akamonian kingdom.

Their domain is highly clerical and religious, with constant triple-check systems that enforce absolute discipline and forsight. Typically, there is the Main office, the Higher office and then the Shadow office. 

From Government to Church to School Systems this three-tiered system presents itself everywhere.

In all cases The Shadow Office is always staffed by two kingdom-trained assassins who deal solely in death or life-long imprisonment. If the Higher Offices in place cannot prevent corruption then the Shadow Office steps in.


Though now a highly aesthetic warrior race, Akamonians are travelling merchants and documenters at heart. Fineus is their national hero: He's the only man to have travelled the length of the continent to and fro without dying, circumventing the catepillar pass, the Ruins of Hopt and reaching even the Elf Gate before age and the importance of his carried documents prompted him to return with all the things he had seen and mapped. All future advancement owes itself to the pioneering states of Fineus.

Akamonians are olive skinned, but their dominion is so great there are other colours within their races. Of note is when albinos' appear, they are revered as holy clerics and typically scouted by the religious sides of kingdom.

Akamonian warriors are knights that depend on steelwork embued with 'holy' runes.

Akamonians have precise language and speak very fast.

Akamonians believe strongly in prayer despite the knowledge that the gods are gone. It is in every aspect of their daily life and part of their orientation in the world.

2. Orukians

I got lazy. Sue me they're orcs. Basically.

Orukians have a caste-based system that shuffles every 4 years where a great battle royale takes place and new blood rises to the top. Only special outsiders such as wise men, craftsmen and honoured heroes are left alone. Otherwise every man, woman and child is forced to fight or yield to another, with the severity of servitude wholly dependent on the victor.

Gladrider was an Orukian who fell in love with an elf and left the land. His whole family was massacred and eternally shamed, until he returned with a glowing sun-stone that grew an entire forest on the once rocky plans of the land of Oruk.

The Orukoru forest is a sacred land full of beasts that the Orukians hunt for sport and for food. Their diet had mainly consisted of cannibalism and fish at first until then.

Gladrider also constructed the Babylon pass (it's in perfect alignment with a magical leyline that passes through the Elf Gate that crosses the continent up to Fineus's arm. While Fineus's arm is on the right place, it's constructed with the wrong alignment, an unfortunate fact as this leyline is a magical defence barrier if constructed properly.)


They are basically orcs in appearance and clothing style. They speak the same tounghe as the whole land, but just deeper. Their art expresses itself in silent dance and stone-craft. Their martial arts focuses on good armour and guantlets spiked elbows, knees and feet for killing strikes and blows. They can jump 10 times their height and are hell to fight against, but their exposive energy exhausts them if they overdo it.

Orukians praise all the dead evil gods, but know that they are not around.

Orukians equate honour to life. Even words can injure someones' honour.

Some places

The Witchery, The Wizards' Catacomb and The Wizards' Tower all refer to a singular Hermit of the name Hyl. Hyl is the first trained wizard who comes close to the nature of spellcraft and magic on the world. He also investigated the reason why there are no elves on the world, and went as far as building a Twoer near the Elf harbour, the famed place full of strange magicks and dangerous technologies - its greatest feature being a port build for gigantic ships that obviously sailed away.

The Wizard travelled far through the land and Fineus met him once during their journey. The two were very friendly on a scholarly basis, but neither truly understood the other.

In his old age The Wizard left clues around the continent that lead all those intelligent enough or skilled in spellcraft to find his gigantic home and library at The Witchery. There, a group of witches have taken it upon themselves to teach the magic arts and use the library for good.

The Wizard is said to have left north to build a necropolis for himself (Canon explanation: He's been messing around with magic so much when he dies he'll unleash a curse in the area. The Catacombs are now full of demons and wraiths.)

The Devils' Mouth

A Volcano and a strong source of mana

Tower of Insight
Tower is a misnomer, because it goes underground to a chamber lighted with dull crystals and a brackish shallow lake. Here, the acoustics and smell are enough to trigger 'eye opening' hallucinations as reported by several travellers. However, not so bad enough that one cannot leave when they wish.

Not many people visit the place, as the nearby Ruins of Hopt are too dangerous to circumvent.

Elf Gate

Canon: The Elf Gate was built by the Elves to seal off the Adio continent in the East from any massive invasion. It's connected to the reason they built the massive ships and left the continent altogether.

And I've made my pitch. It goes on and on and on. The more I think about things the more details come up in my mind, and I haven't even really labelled that much in the story, let alone started working on the characters. Don't bother too much reading what I've written down, but with this simple method you can have a map and a world ready to go. Maps are powerful things

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Suuper's manga (+digital and 3D)
« on: November 21, 2019, 06:52:23 AM »
Dude come on how many programs can a man make hahahahaha! My word I want to install one of them for fun in case they can help me somehow. Just legendary.

Also make iiiit. Even if I don't learn Morse code, I like learning about how to learn so I could use your methods there on something else I want to do.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Dragon of Acadia concept art
« on: November 21, 2019, 06:49:50 AM »
Gawd those clothing folds ar to die for, and the sword really works well. Dope stuff Spartan! Really love your characters haha. For now I want to steal your shading techniques *pilfers and flees*

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