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Dark Horse Updates Returning!

by BlueDragon

Hey everyone! 

I am so sorry for the loooong delay. I've been going through a lot of stuff which took me away from working on this, as well as not having Internet access. I have finally gotten moved and will begin completing Act 4 as soon as I can. The good news is that I do have some new pages scanned and saved: so I'll be able to tone them and post them. I am hoping to have my desk and scanner soon so I can get to work on finishing the rest of Act 4. 

 

Again, I apologize for being away so long! I have missed being here and look forward to catching up on all the fantastic comics I'm subscibed to, and updating for my readers!!!

 

Here's a picture I did while I was house sitting: I need to fix the eyes before I ink it. This is no one in particular, just a drawing. 

 

Thank you for your patience!!

 

~Blue Dragon

 

Revamping Act One

by BlueDragon

Greetings readers! And visitors! And anyone who accidentally stumbled upon my blog!

 

So I've been meaning to revamp Act One for a while now...it's sooooooo old! And it really is kinda an embarassment. I was experimenting and still trying to improve my drawing. I still am, but I feel my proportions have improved, and definitely my screentoning, so it was time to begin this project. 

 

Now I'm going to go very slooooooow with this, because with all the stuff I'm involved in, school and unionizing (we get certified Oct. 6!!!! YAY! We did it) I don't want to get bogged down and mess up my regular updates with this (anymore than it already gets messed up from all the crap I'm doing.) So I'll give you a sample of what I've been working on here, and just work on this here and there when I have time. 

 

So Oisin in Act One doesn't look like someone who's been fighting a demoness overlady in a post-apocolyptic Northwest. So I gave his clothes a little change and added holes and stuff, which would be a little more realistic. Here's an idea of what he'll look like: 

 

And the following are some of the old pages that I've started sketching out:

 

 

 

 

 

I hope these will end up looking good :) And I hope everyone is enjoying the comic thus far.

 

Thanks and have a super great evening!!!

 

~The Blue Dragon~

Ashleen

What's to come

by BlueDragon

Okay, I haven't done a bloggy thing in a while...particularly since I have an actual art blog on WordPress. But I thought I would just update that there are a few more site tweeks coming in the future. I discovered you can change the progression arrows!! So I fully intend to utilize this little perk by making some arrow buttons. But, I'm not sure when I will have a chance to do this, since I'm dog-sitting (no 2005 MAC...though in hind site, I could have brought it) and knee deep in a commission I need to finish. I HATE not having time to art (it's a verb now!) But summer's coming, and I'll be on a 3 day weekend soon. So maybe sometime in June expect that change :D

I plan on cleaning up somethings on site, too. Like...the home page...yeah...junking that or uploading something else there. What do you all think? Is there something you'd personally like to see the 'home" page be? Something to muse over. I am open to suggestions!

Okay...and Act 3 is the last of the kinda older drawings, but not so old? Not as new as Act 4 which I'm working on now :D 

That's something else. Sometime in the future I intend to redo some of Act 1...not right now, but in the future. They were too experimental and I really didn't know what I was doing. As in, the trees look TERRIBLE and I have a lot of awkward "toning" because I didn't have any screentones at the time. I just did grayscale...really. I mean, I seriously colored some of the things, then gray scaled it. 

But those changes are kind of stewing in my mind right now, and I'm pre-occupied with many other things at the moment. It might not really effect up-to-date readers, but new people will see the difference. I'll make an announcement when those changes come, but they won't be part of any updates: I'm just going to exchange images. Whatever act I'm on will still be uploaded regularly :D 

So, I ripped ya'll off last blog! No image! What!? I'm sorry! So here's a finished Odysseus.

He could never dream of being so smarvelous (channelling some Palahniuk there.)

As always, thanks for visiting!

And in the words of my favorite Beatle, Ringo Starr, "Peace and Love!"

~*The Blue Dragon*~

Some Exciting Updates!

by BlueDragon

First and foremost, again, I can't thank you guys enough for subscribing :) It really helps to boost the self esteem, plus,  it raises expectancy for me. That is to say...it makes me have a motivation to get my butt in gear!!!

And on this subject, I've been working on this comic since 2008. And I've only gotten up to Act 2 up online. This is insane. Soooooo.....I've finally started working a little more hard core on this.

Over the week, I got the all of Act 3 inked!!!! And  mostly scanned in! I am nearly finished screentoning Act 2, so I'll be starting on Act 3 fairly soon. Because I'm finally beginning to get ahead of the game, and because of the progress in drawing readers, I'm going to start updating twice a week. 

So, from now on, please expect updates on both Sunday at 12:00am and Wednesday at 12:00am (I'm sure you'll all be up at midnight...well, maybe if you do overnights or are overseas...so maybe.)

The site layout is nearly complete! I'm trying to fix the banner. I will hopefully have that done this weekend. I want the banner to be bigger, and will take the title "Dark Horse" out if I can get that to work.

I'm turning my attention to the Extras page, and combining it maybe with Web Shorts (I've got a couple more I can post soon...just waiting to get to an appropriate time in the story :D ) Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions you have. If something is realy distracting or just looks terrible, please let me know! I'll see if there's something I can do to fix it. 

Lastly, I finally put a link up to my actual blog. Feel free to stop by if you like my style. I've got a lot of different art projects I have (am) working on there. I also have some manga reviews (I'd like to pick that up again...but haven't had a lot of time) and some other random stuff. 

Thanks again everyone! Have a nice weekend!!!

~*Blue Dragon*~

Please Bear with the Site Layout!

by BlueDragon

I am working on changing my site layout, but it's going to take me time to find something tasteful. Please forgive me if it looks a little messy, or tacky! I'm want to stay up later and work on it, but alas! We are all slaves to the wage.

As a token of my gratitude for everyone's patience, please take this updated Work in Progress :D

Look! More colors!!!! It's almost complete :D

Thanks so much for your patience with me!!!!

 

~Blue Dragon~

 

 

Extra Page This Morning!

by BlueDragon

Well, I was super productive this week somehow, and I got a couple extra pages done. So, I thought I'd go ahead and post TWO pages this week! Mwha ha ha ha! How awesome is that? 

I have a lot more work to do...I need to start inking pages :O But it takes a bit of time to get everything pulled together...and I have to make space for my light box when I ink (but...I am working on a commission, so I SHOULD be getting it set up anyway, right? 

I also whipped up a quick drawing for the forum, so you can check that out on the "Extras" page :D

I don't like posting blogs without putting some kind of art in them...so let me see what I can find to share....

 

Ah, here's something I haven't posted here :D Some of these characters haven't been introduced yet. Enjoy!

~Blue Dragon~

Finally Up and Running!

by BlueDragon

Wow! Well, it took most of the weekend, but I finally got all the old pages to Dark Horse up on this site. I will continue to have a new page every week. If things ever let up at my job, I will try to update more days...but right now it's a bit to hectic, with me working a lot of overtime. I got quite a few pages done this weekend, so I'm ahead of schedule right now (which doesn't happen happen enough!)


Dark Horse will be updated every Sunday at 12:00am. I hope you enjoy the story and characters, and I will continue to try to improve my storytelling and artwork. Please feel free to ask questions or comment, and please subscribe!

Thanks for visiting!

 

~Blue Dragon

Here's a little bonus image for visiting: it's a work in progress :)


 

 

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