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Six weeks or so before my move and I'm doing some stuff behind the scenes, but at least a couple of changes will be evident now.  I'm using my real name as my user name and burying "Tonus" and any variants of that name (aside from the occasional video game character, I guess).  Better to build a brand around me than around a user name.  I also organized my gallery into folders, which I will continue to organize when I have time.

I will still not be posting any artwork until August at the earliest.  Writing-wise I am not sure what I will be posting, though I plan to do a lot of writing over the next 6-12 months.  But getting published is a fairly long road with its own pace and roadblocks and I have no idea how long it will take to complete any of the stages beyond creating work and contacting people who might help get it published.  Heck, just learning the industry is taking up a good bit of my time right now, but it's time well spent.
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Music
  • Reading: Lots of books
  • Watching: Time move too slowly
  • Eating: Less
  • Drinking: Coffee

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MiltonTeruel
Milton Teruel
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Six weeks or so before my move and I'm doing some stuff behind the scenes, but at least a couple of changes will be evident now.  I'm using my real name as my user name and burying "Tonus" and any variants of that name (aside from the occasional video game character, I guess).  Better to build a brand around me than around a user name.  I also organized my gallery into folders, which I will continue to organize when I have time.

I will still not be posting any artwork until August at the earliest.  Writing-wise I am not sure what I will be posting, though I plan to do a lot of writing over the next 6-12 months.  But getting published is a fairly long road with its own pace and roadblocks and I have no idea how long it will take to complete any of the stages beyond creating work and contacting people who might help get it published.  Heck, just learning the industry is taking up a good bit of my time right now, but it's time well spent.
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Music
  • Reading: Lots of books
  • Watching: Time move too slowly
  • Eating: Less
  • Drinking: Coffee
Jun 17, 2015
:iconmiltonteruel:MiltonTeruel has changed their username (formerly Tonuss)
First off: I might not post any artwork for the next 4-5 months.  Most of my stuff has been moved to my new home, including my drawing tables and my scanner.  It doesn't mean that I cannot draw or scan, but it's less likely.  And as busy as I am preparing for my move I might not have the time.

Barring the unforeseen, I will be living in Ohio starting in August.  I was born in New York City and have lived here all of my life, but I am looking forward to the quiet suburban (almost rural) life that I'll be living from then on.  I intend to seek a career as a comic-book creator and writer, though the fruits of those efforts will likely not be seen until mid-2016, at which point I should have more than a hundred pages of comic book stories and hopefully a few tens of thousands of words invested in short stories or a novel.  My plan is to post pages and stories here.  I want to preview my comics and writing, but I also intend to develop content specifically for the web, as a way of getting both practice and feedback.  The comic pages will likely be a bit incoherent, since I will probably use them as a way to let off some steam, which means lots of muscles and boobs and face-punching.  The writing will be better planned, though it may be rough at first.  I'm thinking of creating a new character and asking to join the Angel Falls group, to provide a pre-existing structure that he can fit into.  But that's still in the (near?) future.  There are several other goals I have, but those are personal and won't be discussed here, nor will they interfere with my work.

In the meantime I am still here and still checking dA almost every day, and trying not to go out of my mind as I wait for the next three months to pass.
  • Listening to: music
  • Reading: Self-improvement books
  • Watching: time move too slowly
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Less
  • Drinking: Coffee
Soviet Superwoman vs Schadenfreude, page 8 by MiltonTeruel
Soviet Superwoman vs Schadenfreude, page 8
I admit I am getting a bit lazy with the art on this one and forgetting details (SSW's logo, the blood on her face, etc).  But I think I got what I wanted out of these pages, which is to get comfortable with using Illustrator to create the panels and lettering.  I still have some things to learn about it, but I can letter a page pretty quickly now.  This might be the last of the series, though I still had a few more pages in mind.  This is the end result, though, with SSW winning her battle.  The next few pages would have been her realization that she's really much stronger than even her strongest foes; it's only her compassion and discipline that keep her from being as dangerous as her enemies.  I've always found this to be the essence of the Superman-type of hero-- his primary struggle is with the nature of being godlike, not with the machinations of some pathetically weak would-be world conqueror.

But acknowledging that might not make for great suspense in future issues. :)

The characters are, as ever, the property of the wordsmith :iconsoviet-superwoman:, who is busy setting worlds ablaze with her imagination.  Go and join her on her latest adventures!
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Interlude: the cutting room floor by MiltonTeruel
Interlude: the cutting room floor
NOTE: This page may not make sense if you don't read the description!

First, I know the next page is a bit late.  Although work has been busy, the real reason is that I stopped to play Diablo III for a week or so.  Gonna have to mind the video games once I'm doing this stuff full-time.  The next page should be along soon, though work will be much busier this coming week.  It'll be worth the wait, I promise.

This is the page that was initially going to replace page 2.  I scrapped it for a couple of reasons.  One, it would have presented two similar page layouts to start with and two full front shots of the main villain.  That's poor storytelling technique IMO.  Second, it made for bad page composition and word-balloon placement; the heavy black areas are all on the left and bottom of the second panel, and the text would have been scrunched in the upper-right corner, which would have been awkward.  The other option was to cover some of the art with the word balloons, but that would make it more confusing.  And neither option would work will with the long vertical panel to the right.  Forcing the reader's eyes through a page in a non-standard pattern breaks the immersion and is a major problem even with many professional comics.  Anything that pulls the reader out of the story will make them enjoy the story less.

That said, the poses were pretty good and the proportions were alright (Schadenfreude's arms are out-of-proportion but it's not easy to notice at a glance).  When the text flows properly even art that isn't perfect will suffice, but a poorly-laid out page like this one either forces the reader away from the art or gives them the time to look at it more closely than they would otherwise.  Bad balloon and caption placement hurt your work!

As for the text of the conversation, it's just whatever I happened to write down as I laid out the word balloons.  Why was I subconsciously thinking of donuts?  Well, it's early morning and I'm a bit hungry...

A few other notes:

- Since it's in color, you can see the non-photo blue borders.  This is actually drawn on a photocopied Blue Line Pro comic sheet, which I reduced to quarter-size.  I put two of them side-by-side on a standard 8.5 x 11 inch sheet so that I can use them for layouts.  But I'm actually kind of liking working this small.  I bought a 100-pack of BLP's print-sized sheets, which are 8.5 x 14 with the lines set at actual print dimensions.  I was thinking of using them for secondary comic book stories, but they may become my paper of choice in the future.  We'll see.

- You might be able to notice that some of my inking falls outside of the panel borders, and that the panel borders are not very sharp.  When I finish the page in Adobe Illustrator, I create a "panel mask" that is like a sheet of paper with the panels cut out of it.  That way, any stray ink marks are covered, and the panels are nice and straight and uniform.  In some cases I don't draw the panels in at all, or I ink them slightly larger than the final size.  Digital finishing of comic book pages has really changed the way I work.

- The word balloons have a transparent fill for this page, which I added just in case there was any overlapping.  Normally I set up my page with the artwork at the bottom, the word balloons above them, the lettering layer above that, and the panel layer at the top.  This way I don't need to modify the word balloons to avoid the panel edges (see panel two above).  The panel mask covers that, as well.
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saikyoDRAGON Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for watching
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Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave bud! :D
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Soviet-Superwoman Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Merry Christmas! :holly::hug:
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MiltonTeruel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  Same to you. :)
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EdGarcia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
I hope that your birthday was a nice one.CheersAhooooy Matey! Beer before Liquor; will get you sicker lolly and his coffee 
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MiltonTeruel Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was.  Thanks Ed. :)
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MiltonTeruel Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks! :D
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BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
an early happy b-day wish to u, my good man
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MiltonTeruel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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