Wednesday, September 16, 2020

What a pretty name - process

 


Sketch and line-art for my "What a pretty name" drawing. I really like the sketch.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

We have much to hope from the flowers -- Brand Zero emendation


 I recently finished watching a translated play-through of The Great Ace Attorney: the Adventure of Ryuunosuke Naruhodou, and there is so, so much to say. This will mostly have no spoilers; the spoilery part will be below a cut.

It drew together and clarified so much for me about stories, including a current problem that many have written about: corporate franchises ruining legacy story worlds, such as Star Wars, Marvel, DC, etc., turning them into degenerate, perverted, SJW Marxist sludge. There are Mistakes I made about the matter, there's a Solution that has been overlooked, and there's a looming Villain to be pointed at in accusation and condemnation.

To begin with, this game is in no way a ruining of this story world. Not at all, it is a deepening, and a wonderful one! The cases are fresh, dramatic, and cleverly interwoven; the new gameplay element of Deduction Theatre seemed very fun (sadly I can't comment on gameplay as much as I would like because of the necessity of watching rather than playing); the music is excellent; environments gorgeous and detailed in meaningful ways; and the characters! Never have they engaged emotional investment in new characters so fast! The concept of going back to the ancestors of the characters we know and love is a rich one; it gives the audience a reason to care from the get go; it makes us root for Ryuunosuke not only to triumph in the courtroom, but to find a wife so he can beget Phoenix's grandfather! (Or maybe great-grandfather? I think grandfather makes the most sense) It draws on the deep civilizational principles of parenthood and posterity, tradition and revering the past. Something the spirit of cultural Marxism hungers to destroy.

The wonderful themes of Friendship-Love and the pursuit of Truth, core to Ace Attorney, are strong in this one. And I was pleasantly surprised at a theme of Patriotism too! I'll talk more about these in the spoilery section below the cut, so if my opinion of the quality of this game is all you're interested in, you can stop here, or skip down to there, because next is a very long amount about the current problem with stories that I mentioned, and what this game revealed thereon.

First, the Mistakes I made about the issue of stories ruined by SJWism. This is going to get personal and a bit confessional now. Please forgive me for talking so much about myself.


Those who have known me on Deviantart for at least nine years may remember I absolutely loved the BBC series Sherlock. I wrote ecstatically about how transcendentally great was its expression of the heartbreaking glory of the pursuit of Truth and Friendship-Love. It kicked me out of the worst depressive episode of my life. I regarded it as the best show I had ever seen.

And then, with a Christmas special bloated and vomiting the vile bile of murderous feminism, it ruined itself.

I didn't watch any more after that, but what I've read about subsequent developments sounds likewise horrible. And so I just let it go and tried not to think about it, as I had done with Doctor Who and Legend of Korra when they ruined themselves, and Homestuck when its ruinous nature became undeniable.

Later, I read and witnessed how fandom is an idol for some people; they build their whole identity around it and all their emotional vulnerabilities are centered thereon, giving fandom the parts of one's heart that should be given to real life relationships, or even one's soul, that should be given to God. And I knew, there but for the grace of God would have gone I.

Around this time, I experienced a tiny bit of the incredible strenuousness and sweetness that goes with the mission of marriage/parenthood when I took a trip to help out with my nephews, and I overcorrected. I concluded that fun things like video games, comics, roleplaying, are meant to be for children and adolescents, and the best way for adults to enjoy them is in sharing them with their children. Those who make fandom their identity are misplacing the zeal for make-believe that is meant to enrich the bonds with the children they're not having, unnaturally extending their own mental and emotional adolescence instead.

There's certainly some truth to that, but it's not the whole truth, and then I went on to conclude: So all of us who do not marry should live like ascetic hermits, give all that up and live on prayer and penance alone. But I couldn't bring myself to give it all up, so I made a list of what stories I would still invest in. At the same time I proffered allegiance to independent stories, but that was actually kind of a separate matter. I was conflating the question of what to do about ruined stories with the question of giving up stories as an ascetic sacrifice, while attributing the wrong kind of essential significance to the distinction between corporate and independent, regardless of good or ruined status.

It wasn't selfishness, however, that made me hold onto the ones on the list, especially the first two. Before I'd made this overcorrection, I was given the realization, at Mass, in Lent, during a terrible time under serious attack from multiple fronts, that there was an astonishing piece of Eucharistic imagery in Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle's Mystery-Solving File. That led directly and immediately to my discovery of the devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament as "Prisoner of Love." Suffice it to say, this was never a mistake: I know no devotion more wonderful.


That should have tipped me off that stories have purposes in addition to sharing with one's children, but at this point I only felt justified still caring about those stories which had undeniably brought me closer to Christ, while implicitly rejecting all others. I felt vindicated in this when DC Comics, particularly with Young Justice and Batman, went on to make complete its ruination of itself.

Do you see the problem here? It may have been fine if I had kept this to myself, as indeed, a real hermit or contemplative would have! But in publishing this online and telling it to others, I was implying that only the stories that had brought me closer to Christ were capable of doing so at all, to anyone! I was making myself the standard.

I also thought and indicated that stories, once ruined by SJWism, were irredeemable, or at least that at best, you could cut them off at a certain point and keep the past, but that no further new good fruit was possible after the ruination had happened.

I am sorry for these mistakes; I know they hurt at least one person, my sister and best friend, Anna. The Great Ace Attorney showed me my mistakes in this as it pointed to the Solution to ruination of stories.

We return to Sherlock. Obviously, the BBC show is an adaptation and everyone knows the distinction between it and the original Conan Doyle stories.

But there is a question of what is canon and what isn't, which isn't always clear-cut. Sherlock Holmes fans have been an inventive lot from the beginning. One could ask, what is meant when you say, "I love Sherlock Holmes"? Presumably, the Conan Doyle stories, but probably also for many nowadays, the Benedict Cumberbatch or Robert Downey Jr. portrayal. Similarly, what is meant when you say, "I love Batman"? Comics, from what era? The Animated Series and the Christopher Nolan movies are likely. The Joel Schumacher movies are unlikely. With things that have many people adding onto a story and making adaptations, some of it is going to be awful and even contrary to what it is that people love when they love that character. Especially when you have SJWs who want to use every franchise as a cudgel to beat straight white Christian men. Then you get the ruination of which I speak.

I submit that what is canon is what is true to the soul of the story. The true soul of the story may not be fully known even to the original author, but the better the author, the more the story conveys it. The soul of the story is its unique reflection and refraction of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

Jon Del Arroz pointed out that the ruination of comic book heroes is just as much fanfic as any fujoshi's filthy fantasy, it just has a corporate stamp of approval. It isn't by the original creators and isn't true to the soul of the story, so it isn't canon and should be ignored. But, what do you do when such ruiners have a monopoly on the story you love?

The solution to stories being ruined by SJWism, especially corporate SJWism, is the public domain. That is where fictional worlds and characters belong once the original authors have finished their work with them, earned their due, and gone to their reward. That is what allowed The Great Ace Attorney to reconsecrate Sherlock Holmes to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty after the BBC had desecrated him. No, he wasn't exactly like Conan Doyle's Holmes. But it was an adaptation made with love, not deconstruction or pandering, and was true indeed to the meanings of Love and the pursuit of Truth that are core to Sherlock Holmes, as Sherlock was before they ruined it. More particulars in the spoilery part!

If Star Wars, Marvel, and DC characters were in the public domain, imagine what wonderful, restorative works people who love their true souls would make! Yes, there would be lots of rubbish, but there already is, and the cream will float to the top.

So, I don't know enough to have a firm opinion about how long copyright should last exactly, but I know the current terms in the USA, 90 years for a work owned by an individual, and a repugnantly inequitable 120 years for a work owned by a corporation, is too long.

And you know it's wrong when you look at who is responsible, the Villain that exerted riches and influence upon the very Law of this nation in order to satisfy its verminous greed. The same who has been promoting sodomy in its theme parks for decades. The same who has been sowing self-will and rebellion in little girls from Little Mermaid to Frozen. The same who ruined Star Wars and Marvel. Disney.

The Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 expanded copyright to these lengths. Disney was its main pressurer, along with Warner and the Estate of Sonny Bono. It was exactly timed to prevent the entrance into public domain of Mickey Mouse.

The good news is, due to people abandoning Disney's ruins and to the Corona scare, Disney is losing billions upon billions and may collapse.

In light of all this, my new take on what one who loves stories should do is as follows.

- Don't give money to ruiners, but you don't have to lose hope for the ruined.
Because someday, those characters will be freed into the public domain, and a version of them never approved by corporate diversity and inclusion cultists may stand tallest in people's imaginations.

- Pray for the collapse of corporate villains and the extension of public domain, patronize good works including independent ones, and make good fanworks!
I no longer consider myself restricted to the Brand Zero list I earlier espoused, as I did so for mistaken reasons. Neither am I denouncing the Brand Zero movement, but taking another path, hopefully toward the same goal of Good, True, and Beautiful popular culture.

- And if possible, marry, have as many children as feasible, and love and care for them the best you can.
I was wrong in thinking only children and their parents together have a right to share the gift of stories, but it is true that the role of fiction in forming young ideals of heroism is tremendously important!

If you do not marry, still do what you can for the God-ordered benefit of your kin's descendants, whether by active/creative work or contemplative prayer (or best of all, if you don't marry because you have a priestly vocation, sacrificial worship). Let us live Goodness, fight for Truth, and build Beauty, so that someday, they will be inspired by the stories of their great ancestors.


 And now for the spoilery part where I further detail what I loved in this game:

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Holy Name of Mary coloring page


Today is the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, commemoration of the victory over the Muslim Turks at Vienna in 1683!



The above coloring page may be downloaded for free in high resolution as part of The Little Flower Activity Book edited by Aleksandra Gieralt, which you may find here.

Monday, September 7, 2020

What a pretty name


Quick pretty Ace Attorney fanart piece of Iris Hawthorne and Iris Watson among the irises.

Done with Faber-Castell brush-pens and Caran D'Arche watersoluble crayons.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika on Webtoons


This first chapter of my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, is now up on Webtoons here!

Further chapters should be there soon. The uploading interface is very easy to use, but it tends to freeze, probably because of my slow internet connection. Also, each page requires the addition of a border to fit the format. I really hope the text isn't too small on mobile, because that would require more difficult reformatting, and the main reason to post on Webtoons is for the sake of telephone readers; my own site doesn't work too well thereon.

Of course the comic will remain and update first on said website, that being also the place to find bonus material and animated panels, which I won't be able to do on Webtoons.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Adventurers' Guild exceeding limits

Today is my younger brother's birthday! On this day, I salute his accomplishment with his webcomic, Adventurers' Guild.


Art is often strengthened by limitations. I admit, however, that at first I thought he had limited himself too much with the medium of sprite-based pixel art.


But as it went on, he has found method after method of pushing the boundaries and exceeding the ostensible limits of this medium. Which makes for heightened intensity at those moments!




Check it out on the Adventurers' Guild website or on Webtoons!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Another Hungry Kitten coloring page


Author Elizabeth Fust had me convert another illustration of The Hungry Kitten's Tale into a coloring page! You can download it on her website.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Bl. Imelda coloring page preview


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, Volume 2, which contains saints for every single day of July through December. It's available here or from Amazon.

Volume 1, which has January-June, is available here.

Blessed Imelda Lambertini was a figure I particularly wanted included in the book, which is why therein she's given the alternate date of December 20; her usual day is May 12, but that's an observed day, of St. Pancras. She was a young religious oblate who dearly wanted to receive the Blessed Sacrament but wasn't going to be allowed to until she was 13 years old. When she was 11, the Sacred Host levitated over to her, so the superiors relented in the face of the miracle and she was given Communion. She died of ecstasy.

It's beautiful, and it goes to show how thoroughly, damnably stupid it is to forbid Mass and Communion because of  the possibility of contraction of a virus that might cause some people to die. If we truly understood in our hearts what is happening whenever we receive Communion, WE WOULD DIE. Like Blessed Imelda. So I suppose according to the people who think possible death must be avoided at all costs, we should ALWAYS forbid Communion!

Obviously, I am not saying that we should not take reasonable care to preserve human lives, but I am saying that death is by far not the worst thing in reality, and that many things are far more important than avoiding the possibility of death. The Blessed Sacrament primary among them.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Villains of Bovodar and the Bears


Promotional art of the villain characters from the Bovodar and the Bears upcoming comic, written by Jack Mikkelson a.k.a. Laramie Hirsch, art and lettering by me.

If you want to know who all these dastardly creatures are, check out Mr. Hirsch's post!

You can preview the first seven pages of the comic here. I am excited to say that the work on Issue One is complete, so now we are preparing to approach a prospective publisher!

The novel on which this is based is available in both e-book and paperback!

Friday, August 14, 2020

Bl. Thomas Ochia Jihyo coloring page preview


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, Volume 2, which contains saints for every single day of July through December. It's available here or from Amazon.

Blessed Thomas Ochia Jihyo was a Japanese Augustinian priest who ministered under the persecutions of the 17th century. Known as Kinstuba, he used subterfuge and disguise. After six years, he was captured and martyred. His day is November 6.

Volume 1, which has January-June, is available here.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Trapped me in your Lies


Symbolic Ace Attorney fanart of Dahlia Hawthorne putting on Phoenix Wright's mask.

Heck yes it's meant to be topical.


The title is from the first theme song of the second season of the anime.
Done in gouache and marker.

Friday, August 7, 2020

St. Lucian coloring page preview



This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, Volume 2, which contains saints for every single day of July through December. It's available here or from Amazon.

This scene shows St. Lucian before his conversion, at the incident which triggered his repentance. You see, Lucian was a sorcerer, a devil-worshiping practitioner of Satanic magic. When he tried to cast a spell on a Christian maiden, she made the Sign of the Cross, and the black magic failed. Astounded by this, Lucian repented, converted, and was later martyred. Nowadays, with Satanism resurgent in our culture, we could really use St. Lucian's prayers. His day is October 26.

Volume 1, which has January-June, is available here.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika addition


It has to be admitted that in the past couple of months, I haven't been working too much on all the Paper Doll Veronika interim extra material that I listed in this post. First there was my sister's wedding and the attendant family visits, and since then I've been working on collaborative projects, mainly Jon Del Arroz's Clockwork Dancer and Jack Mikkelson's Bovodar and the Bears. I am close to done with my portion of Issue Two and Issue One of those respectively, so I want to push through to the end!

But I did do one of the Paper Doll Veronika things in my spare moments: I added an additional ornamentation to each chapter cover, which has some relation to what the chapter contains. So if you haven't yet caught up on this webcomic, or you were thinking of rereading it sometime now that Part I is complete, this is great time to do so!

And I forgot to mention in my earlier post, another thing I plan to do with Paper Doll Veronika is post it also on Webtoons!

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Conscientious Objection

Whereas:

Masks do not protect against viruses whatsoever;

The novel corona virus has a relatively low fatality rate anyway;

I believe mask mandates are nothing but psychological conditioning operations to prime the public to accept forthcoming vaccines unquestioningly.

And since I believe forthcoming vaccines are very likely to contain sterilizers,

I conclude acquiescence to mask mandates to be immediate material cooperation with evil and my conscience will not allow me to comply.

Now, on the individual level, it is remote, not proximate cooperation. Your circumstances may be such that the harm that would befall your family if you do not comply would outweigh the good of your individual resistance. But I encourage everyone who can to resist. It is not enforceable if enough of us resist.

The one exception I am making for myself is if a face covering is demanded to enter a church for Mass. I will be deeply saddened by such obeisance on the part of the clergy, but the good of Mass attendance outweighs the evil of such a momentary cooperation by far.

By the way, I think it is perfectly acceptable to make use of medical exemptions. The medical condition of oxygen deprivation under nose and mouth restriction is one we all have.

Pray for me and for our nation.

Monday, July 13, 2020

St. Bega coloring page preview - with St. Oswald


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, Volume 2, which contains saints for every single day of July through December. It's available here or from Amazon.

This fairy-tale-like scene is the page for St. Bega, an Irish hermitess. Her hermitage was so remote nobody but the birds knew she was there, until St. Oswald, King of Northumbria, came across her when he was out hunting bandits. He persuaded her to join a nunnery under the authority of St. Aidan. Her day is September 6.

Volume 1, which has January-June, is available here.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

St. Agricola coloring page preview


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, Volume 2, which contains saints for every single day of July through December. It's available here or from Amazon.

St. Agricola was bishop of Avignon. Once he warded off a swarm of cranes which would've ruined the crops.

Volume 1, which has January-June, is available here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

St. Melchizedek coloring page preview


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, Volume 2, which contains saints for every single day of July through December. It's available here or from Amazon.

Melcizedek, Priest-King of Salem, offered bread and wine in a prefigurement of the Eucharist. Today is the Feast of the Precious Blood of Jesus! St. Melchizedek's day is August 26.

Volume 1, which has January-June, is available here.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

St. Lydia coloring page preview


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, Volume 2, which contains saints for every single day of July through December. It's available here or from Amazon.

St. Lydia was a cloth merchant who gave shelter to St. Paul, whose feast it is today! Her day is August 3. 

Volume 1, which has January-June, is available here.

Monday, June 29, 2020

St. Hedwig/Jadwiga coloring page preview


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, Volume 2, which contains saints for every single day of July through December. It's available here or from Amazon.

St. Hedwig, or Jadwiga, was king of Poland. That's right, she was officially "king" even though she was a woman, or girl rather, at her coronation she was 12 years old! Her day is July 17.

Volume 1, which has January-June, is available here.

Friday, June 26, 2020

The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, Volume Two


Happy octave day of the Sacred Heart! I was happy to hear that Jesus with His Sacred Heart exposed would be the central figure on the cover of the second volume of The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, which is now available here or on Amazon!

(It's actually been available for a while now, but I missed posting because I've been offline for the past couple weeks for my sister's wedding!)

It has illustrations by me and text by Anna Maria Mendell, and includes saints for every single day of July, August, September, October, November, and December.

I'll be sharing samples of a few of the pages over the next few days, and Volume One, which has January-June, may be bought here or here.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika plans


My webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, has just reached its first milestone, the conclusion of Part I - Forest! If you've been reading it, thank you very much! If you haven't, you can do so here.

There will be an interim before I start posting Part II, but I will not be spending that time not working on Paper Doll Veronika, nosiree! (As well as all my collaborative projects, thank you for your patience) Here are my plans to expand it during this time:

Firstly, I will build up a buffer of prepared comics for Part II. As you may have been able to tell, I was frequently riding last minute with the updates.

I will go back and add unique ornamentation to each chapter cover;

I will prepare bonus materials, some of which will be for all to see:

- More chapter bonus art
- More character profiles
- Character portraits

And some will be for Paper Doll Club members (I'll also put together some graphics to describe and promote membership):

- The first of seven short "Animal Story" comics, about what the creatures are doing back at the mansion;
- Printable paper dolls of special characters Rosila and Burton;
- Printable outfits that have been featured in the comic, plus others;
- Complete gallery of backgrounds;
- Outfit-themed bonus art; and
- An ongoing map of Veronika's journey.

And that's what I want to do with that. By the way, I stumbled across a little sort-of review of Paper Doll Veronika! Very exciting to see!

I readily admit the criticism has legs, especially when it comes to being unclear what was happening with the tree. Clarity of movement is definitely something for me to concentrate on improving! And I'm so glad they enjoyed it overall!

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 24, "For want of the odious mountain" is posted, and this concludes Part I, "Forest".
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

There will be an interim between this and Part II, with many expansive plans for that time. I'll post more information about those plans shortly!

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Friday, May 29, 2020

A glimpse of a world of bears and wolves


Writer Jack Mikkelson a.k.a. Laramie Hirsch has posted some fascinating background on these bears and the world in which they dwell:
Taking a break from the world’s insanity, let’s escape to that favorite world of mine—the one where an ancient wolf was given power by the very angels, shortly before their eternal imprisonment and Man’s expulsion from the Garden. Let’s return to a world that serves as a prison for this being, who endowed with powers beyond our reach, is both demigod and emperor of his corner of the universe. We return to this place, locked away and kept from men, but ruled by animals and all manner of beasts who, unnaturally ensouled and endowed with speech, go about their lives oblivious to whatever cataclysms may shape our Earth.
Read more here.

Honestly, it truly reminds me of Tolkien, but a more earthy, frontier milieu. The first novel of this world, Bovodar and the Bears, is available in both paperback and for Kindle, and the graphic novel adaptation is underway!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Dandar Farles Tapperbear


Another character introduction panel from the in-progress graphic novel adaptation of Bovodar and the Bears by Jack Mikkelson, this is Dandar, grandson of Urgor, and his symbolic background is storm clouds.

The novel on which this comic is based is available in both paperback and ebook!

To get updates on our progress, sign up for the newsletter here!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Urgor Tapperbear


This is Urgor Tapperbear, from Bovodar and the Bears by Jack Mikkelson. For this character introduction panel I was told to use artistic freedom, so I gave it a background of oak leaves, which I think make a good symbol for this bear.

The comic book is in progress, and the novel on which it's based is available in both paperback and ebook!

To get updates on our progress, sign up for the newsletter here!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 23, "The Standard of Defeat", is posted!
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

It updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

This year's pysanky



I'm getting better at it. This year I switched from a plastic kistka to a traditional one, and that made it a lot easier to keep the lines smooth. I'd like to make them year round!

Happy Ascension!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 21, "Battle of the Branches", is complete!
The update starts here.
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

It updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika update


Some suspicious characters appear!

Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 22, "Battle of the Branches" has begun!
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

It's a rather small update, I'm afraid. I'm very behind on things and disorganized right now. I'll try to catch up in the beginning of next week and make a buffer, as well as get up to speed on other projects before I have to go away for a while.

Paper Doll Veronika updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika second animated page


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 21, "It all comes down to a jumping contest", is complete!
The update starts here.
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

I said there would be more animated pages!

It updates every Friday. I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Frog Alley Submersion


Bonus art for my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika.

I've been planning this one for a long time, as it's directly inspired by and modeled after a lake nearby where I swim in summer. I'm very happy with how it turned out. I wasn't sure at first whether to have Sibyl or Veronika, and went with Sibyl mostly because her color scheme fits in more, but since she lives nearby, she may have gone a-swimming there. It's all watercolored paper from which I then cut out the pieces.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 21, "It all comes down to a jumping contest", has begun!
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

It updates every Friday. I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter

An antique Easter card from my collection.


The crocuses are finally up. 
It's been a very difficult winter and Lent, but here's hope things are turning around. 
Jesus, Risen Lord, have mercy on us!

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Perpetual Vigil II process

The process for my Perpetual Vigil II picture:

The sketch. The altar is more detailed in the actual anime, but I had limited references.

I first laid down the lighting in Prismacolour and Mexpy markers.

For the local color, I wanted to use these Caran D'Arche watersoluble crayons my grandmother recently gave me. I'd only used them once before.

I lightly colored with the crayons in mixed layers...
And then went over it with a waterbrush. It was a bit nerve-wracking but satisfying to see how it blended! 
And then I shaded a bit more with black India ink and went over the outlines in brown marker for the final result.

Happy Holy Saturday! Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, Prisoner of Love, have mercy on us.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 20, "Unexpected Attack", is complete.
The update starts here.
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

Paper Doll Veronika returns to regular updates today; no irreverence is intended. That gold and silver one is by no means the most noble tree.

It updates every Friday. I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Perpetual Vigil II


I needed to draw another picture of Marina in the cathedral because everything I said on the picture I did last year is exponentially more applicable now.

I wanted this one to be able to be seen, if not fully understood, by those who haven't yet watched all of Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle's Mystery-Solving File, so if you have watched it, or you don't mind knowing its revelations ahead of time, last year's picture, with an extensive explanation of the Eucharistic parallel, is here and I'll keep the description on this one spoiler-free, and just say I use the love between Marina and her husband as a reflection to help one understand the relation of the soul and Christ in the Eucharist.

It's obvious that what I said there about Jesus in the Eucharist as the Prisoner of Love has all the more relevance now, when the lay faithful are cut off from being with Him in His Sacrifice, with the suspension of public Mass in several countries. I have to say I disagree strongly with this decision. I am not one of those who thinks Corona is no big deal, but even if it be the worst plague in history, the Mass is more essential than anything in the world.

I do acknowledge this is a matter of prudence, something on which Catholics can disagree in good faith, but I am firm in my stance on the matter: I do not think it is a good decision. It would be far better to do as the bishops of Poland said: increase the number of Masses so that the congregations will be smaller; and to emphasize that the sick, infirm, and their caretakers are exempted, and that it is not necessary for everyone, or in fact anyone except the priest, who attends to receive Holy Communion.

In many places, fortunately, there is still Eucharistic exposition and adoration. (I would like to draw an additional picture for the places where it is prevented.) We may not be with Him in His Sacrifice, we may not receive Him, but we can be as close as we can to Him where He is contained, and love Him in silence until He is no longer imprisoned.

Pray that God bring the maximum good out of this situation, and please pray for my sister, that she not be put in a situation like Marina's--not analogously, but literally--please pray that her wedding, planned for June, is not obstructed.