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2 Year Blog Anniversary!

Hey Everybody!

Today is the 2nd year this blog has been up, woo so exciting!

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So it’s been another week of Animal Crossing sketches.

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I was trying to explore some different subject matter with a few of these, just messing around.

Also last Sunday I went sketching with https://www.facebook.com/PeiweiLiArts, it was a good sketch jam at Silver Snail (Black Canary is their coffee shop)

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And then just other sketches over the week.

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The drawing album suggestion this week is Get Behind Me Satan – The White Stripes.

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Also we had a cool double length podcast last Sunday on Over The Garden Wall and then we chatted about memorable games from our youth, it was fun. Tomorrow we will be posting a new episode so stay tuned for that www.comics-that-exist.com/podcast

So hopefully everybody has a good week and we’ll meet back here next week for some good drawing adventure stuff.

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Animal Crossing challenge continues…

Hey Everybody,

Hope everyone had a good week. Today will be a bunch of updates on the animal crossing challenge thing I’ve been doing as well as some cool stuff I got from TCAF last weekend.

First off the Art shtufffffff

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So lots of mixed materials this week, still my standard stuff like microns for some inking, sometimes copic multiliners depending on the paper (The moleskins I usually use the microns). Then copic sketch markers for colour and Prowhite for the highlights. I’ve been trying to experiment with different inking techniques trying to find something I like, the art challenges are good for stuff like that I find. The slime monster thing is just a little test I was doing with some of the markers I had, like going over a colour with the same colour after it has dried to darken it, yay for experiments.

Also last weekend TCAF happened, I went both days and got my hands on a lot of cool books.

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Cynthia Liu put out a few new books for the show so I was really excited to get those.

and I stumbled upon Ben Sears book Double+ which was a great find for me because I’m a huge fan of his work on tumblr and instagram, and his comic turned out to be amazing.

Seconds Helping was a really cool book about the process of being an assistant on a gigantic project, very interesting story from Jason Fischer.

I did not expect to find something like Die Homer but I’m so glad I did. Tyler Hutchison’s amazing retelling of Die Hard using cartoon characters from his memory, amazing project.

The rest I’m in the process of reading so I will talk about them in the future possibly (maybe on a podcast I don’t know)

Hopefully you’ve been checking out my podcast (which updates on Sundays) http://www.comics-that-exist.com/podcast we appreciate any feedback and topic ideas so feel free to give us a shout in the comments.

Also as many of you know I’m pretty into music so I decided with each blog post I’m going to give an album suggestion, feel free to take it, or don’t, it’s still a free country. I’m going to do it in a really basic way of just listing the album and you can go check it out if you want. I’m going to talk about the album less than this description telling you about telling you about the album itself.

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One of the good drawing albums I’ve been listening to is Set Your Goals – This Will Be The Death of Us

So hopefully everybody has a good week and we’ll meet back here next week for some good drawing adventure stuff.

You can follow me at these places:

https://www.facebook.com/JamesMarontateArt

https://instagram.com/jamesmarontate/

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/jamesmarontate

https://twitter.com/JamesMarontate

and of course at the mothership

www.comics-that-exist.com

Age of Sketchtron

Hey everybody!

It’s been a fun exciting week of daily doodles and all that good stuff.

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So the first two daily doodles were just some ska and punk characters I was messing around with. Then I did a couple characters from Final Fantasy IX (My favourite of the series). There was also an announcement that there will be a new Dragon Ball series starting this summer so I made a Chiaotzu. Another announcement this week was that the people behind Banjo Kazooie are making a new game Yooka Laylee so I had to draw the main characters for that. And then last but not least I went to see Age of Ultron so I had to make a noodly Iron Man.

I also went to the Taafi Job Market on Saturday to meet up with some old friends, make some new ones, and see what the various studios are up to, it was an amazing day.

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Also (Finally) my podcast with Kris will begin posting tonight, so exciting links to come.

Have a good week everybody!

Weekly Drawings, Game Zine 2 begin

Hey everybody,

Another week down and another chunk of dailies. I started off with a copic doodle for Splatoon, did some digital stuff in the middle, and finished off with some ink sketches.

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I started using small Moleskin sketchbooks for when I’m out and about as most of my harcover sketchbooks are too large to be conveniently transported.

Also for those of you that have swung by my booths at various cons since the Summer Windsor Comicon last year have probably seen my Game Item Zine, it was the first volume in a series dedicated to games I grew up with and still enjoy today. Volume 1 was all about Items, weapons and things your characters would use within various games. Volume 2 will be all about enemy monsters. I’m really excited to be working on this one and will be going for a full colour book this time vs the previous black and white. Each page within the book will be a specific monster from a specific game, the overall size of the zine has not been decided because I’m still trying to figure out the complete roster.

I will post some mock up pages in the future to give you the idea but here are some of the images I’ve been working on.

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Over the next few months I’ll be posting a lot of progress works from the zine so get ready for that.

And now less art stuff (kinda art stuff)

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I was working on a way to try and organize my copics rather than have them just sitting all over the place, I know they make clear grid cases for them but haven’t been able to find any yet. Yesterday I got this Art of Final Fantasy collection in the mail. It’s awesome, covering games I-X. Yoshitaka Amano has amazing ink work, it’s really cool to see the monster designs for the first few games and how they became staples for the entire series.

Anyways, that’s all for now.

See you next week!