IRONWOOD: Vincent 3

Check it out, everyone. I’ve had a couple of designs for Vincent Cannon (the protagonist of Ironwood) for a while now, and here they are.

The top-left version might be what he will look like in the Ironwood animated series (which isn’t real, but, y’know, there’s always hope). It was fun coloring Vincent in this relatively simple fashion, which I understand is necessary for this kind of animation. The three other designs are a little prettier, if only because I threw some paint on them in Adobe Sketch (rather than just doing blocks of color). You also get to see Vincent in various stages of undress–take that how you will.

These somewhat finalized Ironwood character designs take a while, but I hope to post more of them in the future… maybe even a full-body Vincent at some point!

Abraham Lincoln

Good evening, readers. If you really want to know this picture’s origins, everyone had to draw it in that class I had last year (yeah, it’s not a photo). I actually drew this one before trying that Chris Pratt one, and I think this one came out a little better, even if you can see the grid lines in the background. They give it some flavor. Oh, and this might be my best drawing, like, ever, so there’s that!

I’d planned to post this sometime near ol’ Abe’s birthday… but the picture gets to be topical instead. I guess all I want to say is: in light of whatever the heck is happening in our country, let us not forget what this man stood for. That’s it.

SURVIVAL MODE: Characters

Mornin’. There’s one week of summer left here in Utah, and it’s bumming me out.

On a slightly more positive note, you visitors to the site might have seen the new banner to your right (or on the very bottom on mobile). That’s right–my original pitch from a year ago is taking form! The series, a(n unofficial) realistic adaptation of Minecraft, will be called Survival Mode, and the first book will be called The Spawning Years.

I don’t want to spoil too much, but I have to get you interested, now don’t I? Very well. Clockwise from the top-left, this character roster features a villager, a zombie, a bearded Steve, Steve, Alex, and an armored Alex. I’m quite proud of these designs and this new style I’ve worked out, but I’ll have to warn you that not all of these characters even appear in the first book. Our protagonist (who remains nameless for the first book), is, after all, stranded in the wilderness after spontaneously “spawning”. However, each of these fine folk will be introduced in time; I just hope I can do the Minecraft mythos some justice, with all the thought I’ve put into this.

To know if I did any good, well, I’ll need your help! Chapter I is available here or on Tapastic–er, sorry, Tapas. Enjoy!

Fear of Failure

I feel like saying something depressing, but the artwork kind of does that by itself, so I won’t.

This is another piece from my drawing class; in this assignment, we were supposed to draw our greatest fear on scratchboard. For those who don’t know, scratchboard is paper covered in blank ink (at least I’m pretty sure that’s what it is) that must be scraped off to reveal the white stuff underneath. That means any mistakes you make are permanent, so yeah, this was one of the most interesting projects.

I’m afraid of heights–but being a perfectionist, I’m terrified of loneliness, rejection, and failure (ain’t we all?). So in this case, I think a little metaphor goes a long way. Don’t you?

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TIME-LAPSE: “11. Drawing”

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, 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

11. Dustlander

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.

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TIME-LAPSE: “9. Party”

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!