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When Words Fail by 3Fangs
When Words Fail
Man, it has been AGES since I've drawn anything resembling a comic panel...! :o
This was a little comic, requested by that ol' stranger I occasionally draw for, me brudder Joe.
(He works at a hardware store these days, and this was a little something that was inspired after one of his co-workers used the word "plug" in place of "connector".)
Annnnnd, being somewhat out of practice with this whole thing, (and lazy to boot) I did just copy and paste the girl from the 2nd panel in the3rd. :XD:
I would say cut me some slack, it's been several years now, but...pffffft, don't encourage such behavior in me.
If I start doing that for actual comic pages, I give Joey permission to slap me and call me a hack. :lol:

Although, I must know it's been a while since anyone has seen a comic panel from you when your own sister has to ask: "YOU drew that??"
Don't sound so surprised. I do occasionally draw these days. I like to think I still remember how to use the rectangle select to stick boxes around things. Except word bubbles apparently elude me, as I just left little tails to point out who's talking. ;p

It felt incredibly good to sit down and FINISH something, even if it was a random, disconnected page.
I've been sitting on a couple projects for way too long now (one of them being A Roll of the Dice), and I really do owe it to Joey to sit down and work on them. They're honestly too good to be collecting dust on the shelf. They NEED to see the light of day. I won't give myself a deadline (yet), but I'm gonna try to give myself a couple goals, and I'm gonna try to stick with them.

The goals are:
Draw first issue of A Roll of the Dice.
Draw same number of pages of Joey's other webcomic. (Which is tentatively called "Skyworm" but that's only its working title, as I forget what he officially named it.)
Altogether, it's a daunting number of pages, which is why I won't think about it that way--take it in little chunks, that's what I'm gonna hafta do.
Don't bite off more than I can chew, eh? ;p

Oh yeah, tools used:
Mechanical pencil
Wacom Intuos4
Paint Tool SAI
Selene by 3Fangs
Old character. New design. =D

Selene belongs to my brother Joe.
(I'm pleased he was pleased with her new look.) :meow:
Drawn with a mechanical pencil.
Inked with Staedtler pigment liners.
Andrew (Profile) by 3Fangs
Andrew (Profile)
Eh, 'nother quickie of Andrew.
This one wasn't so hawt--got a little case of cyclops eye here.
I thought cyclops eye died with my art of 2008. :|
Still, it's not the worst profile shot I've ever drawn...:XD:

Tools Used:
Prismacolor Col-Erase blue pencil
Mechanical pencil
Wacom Intuos4
Paint Tool SAI
Madora the Monk by 3Fangs
Madora the Monk
One of my Labyrinth Lord characters--and as anyone who's played a retro-game clone knows, you need very particular stats to be able to play a monk. @_@
Out of like 72 stat blocks I rolled up (roll 3 six sided dice, six times, in order), only one of them was suitable for a monk. Annnnd she had pretty poor Charisma.
STR 14
DEX 15
CON 13
INT 12
WIS 16
So I had fun playing a surly tough chick who liked to solve problems with her feet and fists.
Her adventuring companions consisted of a human ranger, and SteelFanged's gnomish cleric, Yashir. (I don't know how to spell his name.)
The gnome was fairly charismatic, it's just that he was completely insane; believing his sole purpose in life was to become his god by his actions in life.
Also: his god was chaotic. This is important to mention; because after we killed a bunch of bandits and saved one for questioning...well, look, he healed the bandit, saving him from near death, so that we could get some information...And then he bashed his brains in again. Madora wasn't really upset per se, since she'd been bashing bandits left and right and was almost killed for her efforts, but I, as a player, was beating my head against the table at the realization that the healing spell would've served my character in much better stead, when I was the one who'd asked the cleric to heal the bandit. No good deed goes left unpunished.
It was tons of fun, though. And despite many close calls, we all managed to survive. And we were first level. And this is LABYRINTH LORD. Not overly kind to first level characters. (Well, I say that, but honestly? I've had very good luck in not dying. Most of my character deaths have been at the hands of my adventuring partners. Who blow me up with grenades.) *I wasn't bitter about that, though my space pilot, Mack Velo, was really bitchin' cool* ;p

Tools Used:
Prismacolor Col-Erase blue pencil
Wacom Intuos4
Paint Tool SAI


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Well, I thought it was time to write a new journal entry, since I'm trying to make something of a comeback around here...
Wow, dA sure has changed a little bit since last I wrote one of these! ^^;
So I figured I'd start with the list of books I'd read last year:

Books read in 2013

1 Changes—Jim Butcher
2 Neuromancer—William Gibson
3 Burning Chrome—William Gibson
4 Wicked—Gregory Maguire
5 Grunts—Mary Gentle
6 Bad News—Donald E. Westlake
7 The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat—Harry Harrison
(The Stainless Steel Rat)
(The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge)
(The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World)

8 The Deathworld Trilogy—Harry Harrison
(Deathworld 2)
(Deathworld 3)
9 Mountain Riders—Max Brand
10 Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers—Harry Harrison
11 Silvertip's Chase—Max Brand
12 The Gun Seller—Hugh Laurie
13 Homeworld—Harry Harrison
14 Wheelworld—Harry Harrison
15 Starworld—Harry Harrison
16 Copp On Fire—Don Pendleton
17 The Executioner #1: War Against The Mafia—Don Pendleton
18 The Twisted Thing—Mickey Spillane
19 The Executioner #2: Death Squad—Don Pendleton
20 The Deep—Mickey Spillane
21 The Executioner #3: Battle Mask—Don Pendleton
22 The Hunter—Donald E. Westlake
23 The Executioner #4: Miami Massacre—Don Pendleton
24 The Big Kill—Mickey Spillane
25 The Executioner #5: Continental Contract—Don Pendleton
26 The Mourner—Donald E. Westlake
27 The Executioner #6: Assault On Soho—Don Pendleton
28 Callahan's Crosstime Saloon—Spider Robinson
29 Little Women—Louisa May Alcott
30 Bardic Voices Book I: The Lark and the Wren—Mercedes Lackey
31 Too Many Women—Rex Stout
32 I, The Jury—Mickey Spillane
33 Snuff—Terry Pratchett
34 Bardic Voices Book II: The Robin and the Kestrel—Mercedes Lackey
35 Spirits White As Lightning—Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill
36 Mind Light—Margaret Davis
37 The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You!—Harry Harrison
38 The Stainless Steel Rat For President—Harry Harrison
39 The Stainless Steel Rat Goes To Hell—Harry Harrison
40 The Man From Mustang—Max Brand
41 Double Star—Robert A. Heinlein
42 Echoes In Time—Andre Norton & Sherwood Smith
43 O Pioneer!—Frederik Pohl
44 Silver Spire—Robert Goldsborough
45 Time Travelers Strictly Cash—Spider Robinson
46 Starship Troopers—Robert A. Heinlein
47 The Voices of Heaven—Frederik Pohl
48 The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues—Harry Harrison
49 Stranger In A Strange Land—Robert A. Heinlein

There was a lot more science fiction on the list...=D
I can't believe it was only a year ago I read William Gibson's Neuromancer!
I also read quite a few by Harry Harrison--I really fell in love with his writing...Pulp sci/fi adventure. Nothing hardcore there, really easy to just pick up and read. Adventurous, humorous, and well-paced. His Stainless Steel Rat books are absolute favorites! Although I found the last one, The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell to be somewhat lackluster. It was missing something in its comedic tone. The characters lacked a lot of the zest they had previously. It was especially noticeable when I had just read The Stainless Steel Rat For President before.
I also started in on Don Pendleton's original books in the Executioner series. Probably the best title (certainly the most successful) in men's action adventure novels. The first book, War Against the Mafia, was certainly different in comparison to the modern novels, (veeeerrry 70s) although it laid down the core of Mack Bolan's character, and he has stayed true to that ever since.
Spider Robinson quickly became a favorite as well, and I ended up starting off this year by reading the rest of the novels we have by him. He writes very believable and compelling characters. I think everyone would benefit greatly from reading the Callahan series. (A lot of empathy in there--really feel good stories.) Like so many good sci/fi novels, it really makes the reader stop to think a bit...
Robert A. Heinlein is of course one of the classic names in sci-fi literature...Stranger in a Strange Land was very though-provoking. Kinda makes me look at things a little differently now.
The Voices of Heaven, by Frederik Pohl was interesting because the main character had a psychosis and it wasn't like the main focus although it was of major concern for the character. (He ends up worlds away from his home without any medication and little hope of getting back to the life he once knew.) It was quite compelling even though there wasn't a whole lot of action going on. Very character driven, with believable portrayals of people in their situation.
Mind Light, by Margaret Davis, was another compelling read...
Echoes In Time, by Andre Norton & Sherwood Smith was rather disappointing. There wasn't a whole lot of action, which wouldn't have been so bad if they hadn't built up with the initial bad-assery of the characters. Making a big deal about how tough and competent they were and then not having them do a damn thing.
The Gun Seller, by Hugh Laurie was really excellent. It would make an AWESOME movie. (I also wish he'd finish writing a sequel.)
I'd forgotten I'd read Copp on Fire last year...I think I enjoyed it a little more than the first book: Copp for Hire.

Overall it was a good year of reading!
And so far I've started off this year well with 24 new books read. (Though now I'm taking a slight break.)

Books so far read in 2014

1 Callahan's Secret—Spider Robinson
2 Callahan's Lady—Spider Robinson
3 The Callahan Touch—Spider Robinson
4 The Fugitive Pigeon—Donald E. Westlake
5 The Busy Body—Donald E. Westlake
6 Somebody Owes Me Money—Donald E. Westlake
7 The Black Bird—Donald E. Westlake
8 Cops And Robbers—Donald E. Westlake
9 Bank Shot—Donald E. Westlake
10 Jimmy the Kid—Donald E. Westlake
11 Don't Ask—Donald E. Westlake
12 Dancing Aztecs—Donald E. Westlake
13 Beyond the Pale—Mark Anthony
14 The Keep of Fire—Mark Anthony
15 The Dark Remains—Mark Anthony
16 Blood of Mystery—Mark Anthony
17 The Gates of Winter—Mark Anthony
18 The First Stone—Mark Anthony
19 Dragon and Salve—Timothy Zahn
20 Dragon and Herdsman—Timothy Zahn
21 The Turing Option—Harry Harrison & Marvin Minsky
22 Temeraire: In The Service Of The King—Naomi Novik
(His Majesty's Dragon)
(Throne of Jade)
(Black Powder War)
23 Werewolf Smackdown—Mario Avecedo
24 Catspaw—Joan D. Vinge
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Black Sabbath: Mob Rules
  • Reading: Through Wolf's Eyes (Jane Lindskold)

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wr515 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
thank you for the lama
3Fangs Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
No problemo--thank YOU for the favs! :thanks:
(Normally I'm the fav-er; it was rather surprising to have the tables turned.) :lol:
wr515 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
You're very welcome, I to spend a lot of my time adding the many great works of others to my many faviorte galleries too.

However unlike like you, I am not a skilled artist, I've written a few fanfictions, i've recently my own add colours to my recent request.

but really other than that all the good stuff in my gallery is the Time and hard work of other mucs more better skilled people that I simply either pay or if I'm lucky just ask do draw for me, and therefore is the stuff most likely to get added to favourites

but anyway it was a pleasure to turn the tables

I hope you have a nice day hope to see you again soon!
3Fangs Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
That's one of the great things about dA--it's never just about a person's drawing ability! I've read numerous complaints about the quality of "community" around here, but I never understood people avoiding deviantArt for the sake of a few bad eggs. I've run into so many cool people, whether they be creators or not, I think in the long run it balances out any jerks. And I hate to see people complaining about those deviants who mostly fav work, as if they're somehow less important than the people making art. My older brother, who, sadly, is no longer an active member here, can't draw worth beans, but the comments he'd leave were appreciated for the thought and time put into them. And I still find it hugely irksome to have dA add the "don't forget to leave a message!" thingy pop up after fav-ing something. I can't understand how people are so adamant about hating to get favs without comments. A fav IS a comment. A way of saying "hey, I think this piece of art is cool" without words. (A lot of people have a hard time coming up with words to express the enjoyment they get out of a certain piece of art, or they figure "why bother?" because many artists don't have time to respond in the first place.) There was an artist I was following who kept asking for comments rather than favs, but I don't think I ever saw her respond to more than a handful...

Ugh, and don't get me started on the people who complain about receiving thank yous.
"Please don't leave thanks on my profile page, I'll only hide them." :wtf:
As if being polite is a crime. :XD:
(I was brought up to say please and thank you. And you're welcome.) :giggle:
Ahhhh, dA. It's crazy here, but I love it.

Sorry for the mini-rant, I forget how much I miss leaving comments and interacting with other people. :la:
DeviantArt is home to creators and appreciators alike.

And don't be too quick to dismiss your own importance in the grand scheme of things...
By commissioning other deviants, you're playing a crucial role in supporting an artist. That's an admirable quality right there.
Plus there can never be too many writers or colorists! :D
As one who draws, in the past I've found it a little easier to have a bit of "direction" in my artistic endeavors. I primarily drew for my brother, since he can't. I like working with him, since his sense of humor matches my own and he's already corrupted my mind to think along similar lines to his. Although...well, I don't really draw much these days. (Still trying to get over a long artblock that left me wiped out.) But I hope to make a strong come-back and work with him on comics again!
...Considering he has something like 14 or 15 issues written of a comic he's been working on since 2011. *writhes in guilt for lack of art*

But I'm just making this comment into a wall of text here--sorry 'bout that! ^^;

Again, you have my thanks, and hope that you have a good day as well!
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leazonz Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your art is so awesome!
3Fangs Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Aw, shucks, you're too kind. :blush:
Thank you so very much! :hug:
leazonz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
Chisaku Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh, thank you so much for all the lovely comments and faves! ;______; I don't know how I'll reply to all of them, I'll try to - but thank you so much, I appreciate it a lot! :dummy: :la:
3Fangs Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Aww, you're so welcome! :woohoo:
I had a really great time going through your gallery--I believe there's more I want to comment on, but getting that big chunk out of the way sure felt good.
You've got some awesome art and it was about time I got around to telling you so!
And don't worry about replying to every single thing, after all, commenting shouldn't be too much work! =p
(And I have a bad habit of turning it into that by leaving a spam-load of comments--seriously, after a raid like that, dA doesn't let me submit anymore comments because it thinks I'm a bot. I don't know what the official "limit" is, but it's not the first time I've reached it...) :XD:
I just wanted to let you know I like what you're doing and hope you keep doing it! :dummy:
Chisaku Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D'aww, hearing this is so nice! Thank you! ;____________________;
I didn't know there was a limit to commenting - how peculiar! :XD:
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