Animating is hard

October 19th, 2020

So, every once in a blue moon I get the urge to animate something, and yesterday evening I got the urge to sketch out a little walk cycle, to prove a point. I chose Penny because Penny is just circles and therefore should be easy to draw over and over

I started out with the head, torso and legs, and once I was kinda happy with that, I added the arms, tail and skirt on using different coloured lines to stop myself getting too confused. I thusly ended up with this;

This took roughly 20 minutes, mostly of me guessing where the legs should be and making sure it looped. I could see several issues with it, notably the fact that the stride was stronger on one step than the other, and that her head is made of jelly, so afterwards I went back to edit it again.

Soon I had this;

Much better! Especially on the legs. Looks less like she’s tripping over with every step. This is a Penny walking with purpose,,,

I then went to bed and came back to it the next morning, where I then got the smart idea of lining it in Clip Studio rather than FireAlpaca, which I’d been using up to this point. This idea had pros and cons.

The pros being that I get to use my usual brushes instead of the FireAlpaca ones, which don’t agree with my touchscreen and glitch out occasionally. The cons being that I had to sorta guess if the lines weren’t awful and needed redoing, and therefore found myself constantly redrawing little bits, resaving and then shoving back into FireAlpaca to preview the animation.

But I managed! And I got this out of it;

Which is acceptable, I’d say. Still a little jagged but I only drew 6 frames so that’s to be expected. I’d draw more but that’d mean colouring more and I have better things to be doing.

On the subject of colouring… It was a surprisingly simple task, despite the fact I’ve added a bunch of new markings to Penny’s design a few months back. It’s where Penny’s simple shapes came in handy, I tried to use the lines to measure where to put each marking. Overall I think that worked, though it again took some tweaking.

Have the final product in both traditional GIF and also APNG because it looks nicer.

(Oh, and I flipped her around so more of the orange on her face would be visible, I could’ve done the other side but it was looking a bit flat for my tastes.)

So yeah, there ya go.

My general belief is that animating is one part figuring out how to animate something, how the weight and physics and timing and all that jazz should go, and five parts just drawing over and over.

I also think that the sketching part of animating gets easier the better your grasp of anatomy and 3d shape gets. This is because you’re basically using the same skills you develop to draw in order to animate. Easier to decide where the arm should go when… you know where the arm should go.

Starting an animation? Is fun. Finishing an animation? Super fun. But the bit in the middle is a chore, I tell you. If you’re in the zone and pumping lines and colours out, it’s fine, but if you’re not into it? It feels like a ridiculous amount of work.

Respect your animators, I tells ya.

Art Time Baybeyyy

October 14th, 2020

So, back in 2017 I created my first website art gallery, which was easy enough as I didn’t ever post my work elsewhere. As time wore on, I started posting my work elsewhere, and the usefulness of a separate art gallery weakened, until I rarely ever updated it.

Until I moved over here to Somnolescent.net, where I had a new idea. Why not restructure my Art Gallery to allow me to update monthly, along with little rambles with each entry, picking a few doodles that I hadn’t posted elsewhere for whatever reason. And thus, after pinching the HTML from an old DeviantART archive, my Art Gallery was reborn!

One issue though, the HTML was uh, kinda dense, and hard to read through, making updating kind of a chore, plus I had to create each page, move files around, and upload them all manually. Now this is fine normally, I enjoy making sites, but the repetitiveness of this task made updating the Art Gallery kind of a chore..

And thus I fell behind, again, and again, and again…. As of right now, the 14th of October, I am three months behind on entries. It’s ridiculous.

Cammy suggested to me that I should switch over to using a blog for this, as it’d be much easier to update, and while I liked the idea, I utterly hate all of the modern blog themes and I had zero idea how to change to something more,,, suitably aged.

After making the mistake of deleting the blog section (and trapping myself in waiting for Filezilla to chew through 30,000 files), I left it for a few months. Cammy very kindly fixed my HTML up to fit into Autosite, but that turned out to cause some strange glitches that made me afraid to touch the thing.

And now I’m here! Once more, Cammy has come to my rescue and found a treasure trove of old themes, plus explained to me how to install them. I am eternally grateful for him putting up with my dumbassery.

I shall now spend however long to move posts from my old Art Gallery to here. I’ve so far done one out of 22, yeehaw,,,

So, we’ll see how this goes…

Oh, and I might post other stuff as well? We’ll see.

September 2020

September 30th, 2020

I did a fun little challenge with friends where they gave me a character and a Neopets paintbrush, and I’d attempt to design a version of said lad in that colour. I was given Seb and the Royalboy paintbrush, and this was born. Seb looking all snooty in his royal, fluffy cape and his shiny crown. I also shifted his colours so he was more “royal blue”.

I also got a request for Lince and the electric blue brush, Polaris and the fire brush, and Sapphire and the cloud brush. I tried to keep as accurate as I could with them, sampling colours from official sprites and taking design cues from them too. I made Sapphire fluffier and replaced her scarf with a cloud, made Polaris a darker grey to compliment the flames, and kept the markings on Lince simple and striking. Twas a fun challenge to complete.


I’m terrible at interior design but I wanted to show Cameron how I imagined Riley’s studio/apartment. He converted a large showroom on the top floor so that he could make full use of the sunlight coming in from the large, angled windows, both for his potted plants and for his painting. It’s only a simple sketch but that’s all I needed, really.


On the wait up until Spooky month! To celebrate, I doodle my spookiest lad, Candy Corn. He’s a mysterious being but a kind soul deep down… I attempted a sort of retro print look with the colours, discovered a fun way to make papery, earthy textures in Clip Studio, I think I pulled it off okay.


A mystical, peaceful spirit peers at you through kind eyes… I felt the urge to draw forest spirit Caby again, which is always welcome~ Was in a sort of retro cartoon/anime mood, enjoying the painterly, colourful backgrounds and thin lines on the character themselves. A fun contrast. Other than that, always fun to draw Caby~


I got the prompt “purple and blue siamese. it wears louboutin heels. it wears crocs.” from a fursona generator, and immediately envisioned a dumbass cat wearing completely mismatched shoes. It was so endearing that I had to draw them. And thus, whatever this is was born…


Cammy and I were talking about species in Pinede, and we ended up peeking at jerboas for a moment, and decided that they’d make good messengers, especially in the deserts around Murad. Soooo I doodled one. No name as of right now, but adorable nonetheless~


August 2020

August 31st, 2020

August was a very weak month for art, I just kinda didn’t draw. So apologies about slim pickings, I was tired…

A simple little doodle of a goofy badger boy. The ink-like brush I used and the greyscale colours make it look kinda 90s, which while not my original intention, is pretty neat.


And then suddenly, setter Cammy returns! I fiddled with his colourscheme a bit, making his hair a lighter, reddish colour and the white of his fur more grey. Pink, circular glasses and doofy, floppy ears to complete the adorable look~


So, imagine for one moment, a sea slug mixed with a ferret. From space. That’s what a slerret is. And I love them so damn much. They’re gonna nibble on bread in your kitchen and leave tiny little glowing blue pawprints as they make their escape…


A tiny little doodly Bunny I drew absent-mindedly, before deciding it was nice enough to colour…. Then I thought “why not shade it?”.. And then I thought “might as well add a background…”
And now we’re here.. It’s aight.


Another case of me doodling aimlessly, this time turning into some white cat-like creature with big, blue eyes and very fluffy hair. It sort of reminds me of how I used to doodle in my 3ds notes. Good times…


Now last but certainly not least, a new character joins the fray! Cameron and I have been busy at work with Pinede, and this girl right here is one of the lads we’ve created. She’s a jeweler down in Caerpinwyd, shy but passionate for her craft. Also she’s adorable..

July 2020

July 31st, 2020

Sooooo uh, I didn’t update this for 3 months, apologies about that. I rejigged my whole Art Gallery set up, so hopefully things work out this time. But less blabbering from me, on with the drawings,,,

Also, sidenote, absolutely destroyed myself with Art Fight this month, meaning most of what I drew this month was attacks (101, to be exact, yes I am insane.) and thusly this offering is meager and the next few months are me just lying in a deflated heap and watching animal videos.

A caby I drew after I realised I hadn’t drawn a normal version of her in ages. Missed dressing her more like me irl really, so I did just that. The return of her classic wine red jumper, even though I still can’t find the real counterpart of it anywhere,,,, Quite like how it turned out, especially the hair. So fluffy~


I drew this adorable lil Wyn and then just didn’t post him anywhere. Well, that’s not entirely true, I did post him somewhere, but then I deleted my account because the site sucked, so now he’s here, safe and sound~


Sooo there’s this thing I found while I was still on Neocities, called the Kiarrcats of Ryll, and I always thought it was super cool. I’ve been trying to create an OC for it for years now and I’ve never managed it. This is one of those attempts. They’re an Air Kiarrcat and I wanted to go for a sorta dark reddish colour palette, so I slapped a starfield I thought looked neat over it and then forgot about it. Oh well, I’ll come back to it >:3c


Kapy returns! I missed drawing her. My aim here was to redesign her face markings, because I thought I had a good, consistent set down but then Art Fight 2019 happened and absolutely no one but me knew how to draw them. So I’ve sorta been thrown into flux with them since then. This set I think works quite well though. We’ll see for next Art Fight though…


Have an Art Fight attack I did this year, experimenting with both painting and perspective. Mixed results in both, but overall I’m pleased with it. Saw these two apple-themed lads and knew exactly what I had to draw. Note this new, fancy, oil-esque brush I found for Clip Studio, it’s lovelyyy


One more Art Fight attack, this time on borb’s lad, Sophius. She wrote a short story about him exploring a cave not too long ago and I was definitely inspired by that. Had a lot of fun with this, even though it was totally out of my comfort zone. I have a lot of practice painting trees and grass, but rocky cliffs are another story. I think it came out alright overall though.