Words from the Creator
Tues Oct 13 2020 Updates; Tribute; Lore; Adaptation; Thanks
Oct 13 11:53am –
Guest: Voice Actor – Xth’raddon
I have been entertaining a special visitor for a couple days, a voice actor (and martial arts student, I have taught advanced gung-fu , powerlifting, bodyguard self defense; and trained in firearms: assault rifles), that I had begun scripting/recording audio for Xth’raddon ( as a Diablo 3 sounding boss; low guttural bass, monster sound); and trying in various roles: Lord Thezrog, Tyndul, Cuj Wikkoth.
It’s been a year of remarkable events (covid, social/racial/class ect protests and activism), and the upcoming once every 4 year presidential election in my country ( which, hopefully, will decisively conclude around Nov 3rd).
I set up* my guest with my gaming pc ( large screen monitor), to play FPS games**, while I return to studio work – today.
*entailing, accident proofing my vintage comics ‘museum’ (a.k.a., the living room/ den) – and setting up my inking ( light table; CSP tablet) equipment in the Eastroom Studio***.
*** FPS: first person shooter.
Tour of Museum/Studio
** I have three main locations, on the property, where I do studio work:
a) Vintage comic ‘Museum’: where the large PC monitor/ gaming (GPU) scanner and 6th scale models are displayed [a large den/living room]
b) East room: the inking room, with architect’s ‘Lightbox’ ( low/long coffee table), stacks of organized pencillings (WIP), to detail, ink, and redraw [a masterbedroom, on the east side of the property].
c) screen porch: to do study drawings, outdoor easel work ( during rainy season) a long, tiled, outdoor gym, with cinder block desks, for seated access to drawing surfaces; laptop, ethernet cable access; script writing, in fresh air.
After entertaining guests, (including visitors to see our voice actor) – playing board games, card games, discussing the state of the world, encouraging each other to work out, or sharing stories, in a break during the busy work schedule – I have completed the bulk of my duties, in effort to be the best host I can*.
*ordering “Ultimate Werewolf: Deluxe; One-Night; and a Yellow Mountain Import Champion sized Mah- Jong set, this morning.
I have a schedule that seems to be productive, ( day trading stocks every so often: I set alerts, and make trades, when they fluctuate up) – most days, I don’t have to check them at all ( thanks to the alerts, by txt). The volatile market, and recently bankrupt companies, are unique opportunities to buy low, and sell high. I am totally new to it. Thus far, it has enabled me to increase the budget for the Lurid max project. Which, can result in access to study from 3-d statues, and rare, vintage pre code covers. I am really excited, about the quality of art that is becoming possible.
My plans are to work on concept art, sequences, and perhaps study new references. However, the visiting voice actor, is a rare opportunity; to brainstorm new dialogue, and get some audio recorded; an energetic person, with a powerful presence, that is willing to put in hours of sessions, waiving the standard voice-actor per word fee*.
*Planning to stay approx 2 weeks ( currently)
The voice actor got multiple covid tests, before arriving, and tested negative. Nonetheless, wears a mask most of the time, when in close proximity.
I really want to continue practicing coloring digitally on CSP ( Clip Studio Paint); following the remaining section of the tutorial pdf ( I was up to coloring: highlights). Thus far, I have set up some inked files, to color on CSP. Now, that I’ve moved my equipment to the Eastroom, so my guest can use the gaming PC ( where I previously had the Huion graphic tablet connected by hdmi cable), it’s a matter of getting a copy of CSP installed on my laptop, and then connecting the Huion tablet ( touchscreen: Kamvas) to laptop. Once I arrange the desk space, and accomplish the aforementioned, I look forward to developing the digital coloring.
Museum Upgrade: Humidifiers/ Air purifier
The Blue air 211 air purifier, seems to have improved the quality of air, indoors significantly. 2 dehumidifiers ( for the vintage museum ) have been delivered, and are awaiting set up ( as are the 2 hygrometers: for which I need to order batteries).
I created the framework for the statue display case ( over 28″ x 26″ ); when I setup the interior wall ( color: possibly taping bristol , matt, or foam core to the framework), then I can adhere the led strip; unbox, and insert statues* ( currently: delivered: Huntress, Batgirl)
*4 Sideshow Collectibles Premium/Exclusive format statutes: Huntress, Batgirl, – enroute: Poison Ivy, Cheetah ( all DC characters: chosen, for ideal physical pose; physique, expression – applicable to drawing from live observation, with various lighting; useful for application to lurid illustrations, paintings).
The idea with vintage, and statues of popular mainstream characters, is that fan-art, is more searched; thus, it opens a larger audience to the work – as both a frame of reference and standard of skill.
I want to focus on developing ideas, concepts, and working toward detailed, pencils, inks, and colored images. I would like to have completed a comic ( for the brands I’ve been developing), a visual novel ( in various stages). So I can script, more precise dialogue, and put together the art and the audio. Then, launch campaigns on social media for them. When that is done, for the 1st round of ideas, I plan to do more martial arts, and business; while I enjoy the brands I created – making issues, and art variations ( of covers, characters, stories, games, scenes ect). It’s like Todd Macfarlane said, it’s not that anyone couldn’t have thought of, or done this before. But from what I have seen of lurid art/games, there is rarely the production value, organization, or effort, that is seen in mainstream art/games.
The tentative current itinerary is: studio art: concepts, costume, character; titles, stories, dialogue, names. Sequences: ideas. Detail: wip – (aforementioned). Ink, detail. Trace redraw, variations; ink. Scan. Set brightness as opacity in CSP, layers, prepared to color. Complete CSP tutorial ( color highlights). Color an Apocrypha piece; color new inked scans. Use CSP, to cut, paste, draw in with tablet ( digital touchscreen, stylus), to make ‘templates’ of combo poses, with face, physique, sequence variations ( 4 characters x 6 facial expression x 4 facial structures x 3 physiques x 3 size/scale x 3 views x 4 media x 6 background x 3 cast x 4costume/nude x 3 gore variations x 8 lurid scenes x 12 sequence panels x 3 color scheme x 5 combo(multiple) x 3 logo x 3 logo color variations x 5 captions =
4 x 6 x 4 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 4 x 6 x 3 x 4 x 3 x 8 x 12 x 3 x 5 x 3 x 3 x 5 =
That’s what I was planning*, to make possible, with CSP, variations. But before, I spend that kind of time interfacing with the computer; I wanted to developing the drawing quality ; through searching for quality references to study, and develop.
*I got this idea, from video games; seeing how NPC’s, and body sliders, can create thousands upon thousands of variations, for every related aspect of the visuals, from every perspective, and pose of 3-d Animation.
Some new art reference books that arrived: Koreko Press ” The Art of Sex and horror” Fernando Carcupino; Bridgeman ” Constructive Anatomy” ; Burne Hogarth ” Dynamic,…”, ” How to draw the human head”,
I think, in the time since I started the Lurid Max project, – with the interest and support of subscribers like you; I have represented some key historically iconic lurid/horror topics, with: a) Witchfynder: Thermidor ( French Revolution; steam punk) b) Zaydimar: The executioner ( Scheherazade’s Paradigm: middle eastern ) c) Umbreed* ( Dullahan, aliens, space, body horror; hentai) d) Gor-Max* ( Terminator, Robotech, Mech Warrior, Cyber punk, military) e) Congo Jongo* ( Jungle Girl, Sheena, Rulah, Conan, Barbarian, tribal; Men’s Adventure, Fumetti)
*pending development: Biresan, Dreksun, Drinna, Gor-Max,
The many art projects, each concept can spawn, is exciting, and creates many opportunities, to present various genres, in styles, that I have studied; in both vintage, and my own styles.
As I have discussed with a couple attorneys, and colleagues, the details, of writing’ scripts’, privacy policies, designing brands, back stories, characters, game design, is the bulk of the intellectual property ‘heavy lifting’* – so to speak.
*The big script for broadcast, that I have ordered, and waiting to be edited for submission, ( for Zaydimar) will be the first major social campaign, material, that I can pair with art, to present to a larger audience. When I do studio art for this and next week ( hopefully, inking and coloring something from apocrypha, and/or a new piece, or page, illus or sequence; possibly variations, nude, costume, expression ect), I will then be in a position, to concentrate on writing. Possibly, working on a new script/story, while visiting voice actor is in residence. Some ideal projects I am looking forward to making panels, illus, and scripting, for a visual novel ( game): Gor-Max, and warrior combat scenes ( whether in the form of Athuli Warriors, Biresan, Congo Jongo, or pirates).
I wanted to have art, that can reach an audience with stories, while making a living ( inspired by Macfarlane, saying, its the best time to be an owner creator, and to do the very best art work you can, and the money will come). Thanks for making it possible!
Have a great day! Stay Safe.
Lurid Max, was a decision, to stand up, with a voice, and present a different face; and if the only thing that it cost, was no longer being on the sideline, and able to disavow; to be vilified by the ignorant/hypocrites/liars and trolls – in typed comments, I have no obligation to read. Then there was really no excuse* Not to.
*Since I am an artist, and better than some ( naturally gifted- I am told; and can train to work harder than most) – I do care about some of the irresponsible presentations I see, and how it might impact the impressionable youth;
I feel, it’s like overhearing a rant from a bigot, or someone who is presuming to be the expert on a field of study, that I have a strongly different opinion on.
I feel a growing imperative, to interject – to Say: ” I disagree. I know otherwise. “
“This is what I think”.