Confidence

Well friends, it’s been a while. I got my hopes up when I posted Santa, believing that I could and would get back on top of things, even with a new comic. However, I’ve run into difficulties with OneNote on my iPad and I’m currently learning to adapt my style to Adobe Sketch. We’ll see how that goes.

Utah hasn’t been what I expected… and that’s a good thing! Things have definitely changed. There’s still snow down here, even with track about to start; I have some form of a social life now, even if classes aren’t much easier. That leaves less time to draw, but more time to reflect–especially on what I need and don’t need in my life. Dustlander Productions’ second birthday passed on the 17th, and I did nothing to commemorate it. So you could say I’ve decided I need drawing and comics and shenanigans back in my life again–but I don’t know when I’ll have time for them.

Today’s the two-year anniversary of the second comic “2. Homecoming”–one of my favorites. Guys, here’s the truth. I’m not always confident. If you’re confident 24/7, there’s something wrong with you. But where we lack confidence, we can have faith–hoping for something better and then doing everything in our power to make it happen. I do know that is possible. So don’t look down like Art here–there are better days ahead!

12. Moving

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Life changes. (The full-color version is on its way.)

It’s true; my family’s relocating to the state of Utah, and the trailer leaves this Monday. This is the main reason for the extended six-month comic hiatus and unexpected three-month sketch hiatus the site recently experienced. Had my junior year started as I’d hoped, I might have had more new content for you guys to enjoy. But being burdened by the new cross country season, difficult classes, and (especially) the move took its toll on me, and I wasn’t able to get anything done until fairly recently.

Unfortunately, ending my career at SHS also means turning in my nifty school-issued laptop/tablet–this time for good. That doesn’t mean the end of the strip, though. While you should expect another (short) hiatus while I’m finding and purchasing my next drawing tablet, I still have plans for “Shenanigans: A Life”, and Dustlander Productions isn’t going anywhere.

I can’t thank all of you readers enough for the support you’ve given me over the years. I don’t have much to show for it, but making these few webcomics has really changed me. Here’s to many more years of cartoony goodness. Oh, and check out my Patreon.

This is my real name.

– Andrew

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“11. Drawing” Time-Lapse!

With school having started a few weeks ago, I can’t tell y’all how good it feels to finally post something. That’s right–it’s the time-lapse of “11. Drawing” that’s been in development heck for the past four months! Hopefully it doesn’t jump around too fast for you (I might make an slower extended version to remedy that…).

I’ve also got an announcement to make. Time-lapses are a nice addition to the extensive amount of drawing I do, but they definitely take up a lot of my time (no pun intended). In this video, for example, I had to cut, paste, and speed up over twenty hours of footage–no joke! That’s why I’m deciding not to make any more time-lapses–at least not for the regular comics. I’d rather make higher-quality content for all of you to enjoy, like more comics and more animations, than spend time on this sort of novelty video. They’re neat, but that’s the extent of their value to me. (The soundtrack is legit too.)

Thanks all for your support in making these videos–I’m not through with YouTube just yet, but it’ll take time before I have anything new to post. Hopefully I’ll surprise you guys with some of my upcoming work, though!

A New Challenge

Yep, that special time of year has rolled around again–it’s the last day of school! I know I posted yesterday and all, but I still have to wrap things up before I turn my school-issued laptop in during seventh period today.

So, guys… it’s been an interesting year. I’d like to say that things went well–that I had a lot of fun learning how to drive, turning sixteen, and turning out another six installments in Shenanigans: A Life. And I did enjoy those things. But to forget the hard times–like almost getting in a car accident, having an awkward one-sided relationship (yes, it’s about time y’all knew about that), and failing to meet my goal of making a comic every month–to forget those hard times would be to forget half of the year itself.

I tend to mess around a lot on this blog, posting sporadically and really doing whatever my heart pleases. It might surprise a lot of you guys, but in real life, I’m very shy and I’m always very busy with piles of coursework. If I had the time to draw more, you guys know I would. But I never quite get everything done, this website included.

I’m not going to drag on for forever, but you get the point. I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the comic (using their real names) once again: Gunnar, Caleb, Alexa, and Maslin, among many others (including everyone from the last hiatus announcement). Because that’s exactly what this post is–an announcement. With the start of the summer comes the start of the annual SaL hiatus, and this year I happen to be taking on a job as a swimming instructor to boot.

However, I implore you not to despair! As with Coming Soon!, I have a lot in store for you guys over the next few months (I’ve got more than ten new images primed and ready to upload, in fact!). Dustlander Productions will be stronger than ever this summer, and I welcome the challenge. No, I accept it.

Thanks all,

– Dustlander

11. Drawing

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Funny story: this exact scenario happened to me whilst drawing this comic. It took all of my dignity not to show the person the comic and the irony of the situation.

In other news: I met my goal of finishing the comic by the end of May, and DeviantArt is now blocked on my school computer! So the DA users will have to wait a bit before this one gets posted.

Technical/Emotional Difficulties

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Oh, and Dustlander Productions is officially one year old! (Yay…)

Sorry about the lack of a February comic. Y’all know I would try to draw everything in the world for you if I could. Maybe I’ll get one out this month. I might surprise myself, y’know?

UPDATE: This post sort of replaces the Sketch in my usual production cycle (which is Comic, Video, Commission, Sketch, if you haven’t noticed). I’ll get one up eventually.

10. Guest

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What better way to celebrate 10 “Shenanigans: A Life” comics, my own birthday and the website’s birthday (both of which to be celebrated next month) than with a guest comic? As you might imagine, Cal drew it this time around. Trust me, he is way better at drawing than this. He just doesn’t do it as much as me.

He wasn’t recording or anything, so unfortunately that means no time-lapse this time around. Be sure to watch the last one, though!

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“9. Party” Time-Lapse!

You never thought I’d get this done, did you? Well, as a young and foolish Jedi once put it: “You underestimate my power.”

You’ll notice a few things with this new addition to my YouTube channel–firstly, the song. This isn’t just any tune, but specifically “Ethic”, which was recently posted to Cal’s SoundCloud. (If you haven’t been there, I advise you to go there immediately.) It also might interest you that “Ethic” is an early version of a theme song (or motif) for our very own series, Ironwood! Hopefully the song will give you a better idea of what that’s all about…

The video’s quality might also catch your eye–it’s much better-looking than the last! Indeed, I’ve ditched Windows Movie Maker in favor of Adobe Premiere Pro. It took a slight learning curve, but I’m very happy with the result. (Also, the clock in the bottom right-hand corner that I mentioned in the last video’s description is now visible!)

January’s comic is nearly ready–I’ll get it up in the next few days. In the meantime, enjoy the video!

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We were a mere two months short of being ’90s kids…

Happy New Year, everyone! That’s all.

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“8. Faith” Time-Lapse!

There’s just no way getting around this first part: I’m on YouTube!

That’s right–the most famous video-sharing site on Earth couldn’t hide from me forever. Part of the reason “8. Faith” took so long to make, really, is because I was recording the whole time! Hopefully this lets y’all know how much time and effort goes into each and every panel. (Look at the clock in the lower right-hand corner… yikes.)

Of course such a cool, albeit shaky, video wouldn’t be complete with some rad beats. And thus Cal got involved. He seriously busted a gut getting this song done in time for the release, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. Thanks so much, bud! In return, I’ll redirect my readers straight to your SoundCloud.

In the meantime, I wouldn’t count on a new comic before 2015 is out. If I get one done, it’ll be pretty close… I’m pretty backed up on work right now, mostly because the caricatures have become a huge hit! Thanks for all of your commissions, pageviews, likes, etc. throughout the year–I really couldn’t have done it without you guys, even if there are only a few of you. Oh well. And with that, I’m off!