Posts by Craig Gunderson:
I’m putting this here so I don’t lose it, but also because Google Keep doesn’t let me embed a video.
This is an approach I’d already come to myself, but Jake makes some amazing points. I’ve been baby-stepping my way up the complexity ladder and getting my “sea legs” under me for a while. I also think that this can be achieved with a longer story if it is broken up into scenes.
Idea Capture – Spark of an idea. First impressions of what this could be.
Validation – Something presentable: character designs, concept art, something that captures the essence of the idea. Plus brief synopsis.
Development – Start plotting. Nail down conflict and resolution. Story beats. Character arcs. World-building purely based on the needs of the story. Write your story. Some concept art. Designs.
Creation – Start knocking out finished pages. Save some world-building for this step so it remains fresh. Finished story by end of this stage.
Shipping – Get your finished story out there.
Post Mortem – Evaluate how things went. How will you improve for the next one?
Rinse and repeat for bigger, more involved stories.
I Finished the Art Table!
I’m calling her Rolling Art Monster and she is a thing of beauty! I can’t even begin to guess what she weighs, but she’s a very functional beast. She’s so heavy, the black caster wheels leave a mark on the floor whenever I move it.
After a year, the home office is finally complete: standing desk, Art Monster, all the books, all the supplies which have laid dormant and unused, even the art I’ve bought that hasn’t seen light in years – all in my tiny little office.
Frequently Asked Questions About The Rolling Art Monster
Why is she so big?
I wanted to be able to use these old wood flat files I inherited from my father. I think I remember that he saved them from being discarded from a building downtown many decades ago. Each drawer is one unit and they interlock with each other. All the weight of the stack is supported in each frame and I continued that in stacking it all up. But yeah, she takes up some serious square footage.
Are you going to stain her? Why is she so many shades of wood?
No. I like her the way she is. I did varnish the work surfaces and shelves with several coats of satin polyurethane to make them usable and avoid splinters.
The drawing surface is something I found on Amazon. The angle of the board is adjustable and I worked the base of it into the top so it sits flush with the other surfaces when it is laying flat.
Are you going to put cabinet doors on her?
No, I don’t have the space in my office for them to swing open.
Did I FAIL to create 31 drawings in October? Yes.
Am I beating myself up about it? I’m not.
It’s tough to draw every day and my hat is off to everyone who pulled it off. I learned a lot about just letting go and doing something in my sketchbook for the sake of doing it and had a lot of fun. I definitely got out of my comfort zone, which is what I really wanted to get out of it.
Let’s just start by saying that I absolutely LOVE September. I love the transition to long pants. I love the moderate temperatures. I love walking the dog in the shade and pulling in deep, full lungful of air and exhaling slowly. I love pumpkin beers and Märzens and barrel-aged everything. Bring it on, Autumn.
Comics and HCK
Comics have come with some difficulty to me lately.
I have three longer stories completely written and it has been challenging to me to create the visuals for them.
- 7-page Savory Snack Squad story
- 10-page Minute Man story complete with Grey Burger tie-in ad
- A serialized, “made-to-be-delivered-in-bite-sizes” long-form story in ten episodes
All completely fleshed-out in script form.
When I picked back up drawing for Hard Cheap Knock, I found myself fearless and, honestly, giving zero shits, and it made me powerful. Now, I want to tell long, serious stories and that fearlessness is not serving me as well.
For example, I can’t “cast” a character to save my life. I have ideas of what aspects of characters ought to be, but applying visuals to them has been tough. Fearless Me would have just put something on paper, deemed it good enough, and moved forward. Storyteller me is just not up to the task.
I’m also complete shit without reference material and the idea of sourcing all of my panels is totally paralyzing. To say nothing of how slow that way of working is.
I’m the only member of Hard Cheap Knock with ideas and free time to be posting regularly and I’ve really been dragging ass. It’s shameful and I honestly have no excuses. I need to create some “non-epic” posts and get some fresh content up.
Also, it’s been nearly a year since I wrote this, which seems like only yesterday.
And then there’s the table…
I’ve been working on making this design a reality for over a year:
Those dark brown bits are all-wood flat for drawers I inherited from my father. Everything about this design follows their dimensions and they are big! I plan to use the open space for all manner of storage and the top is a pre-made, Amazon-bought hinged art surface. And yes, it will all be on WHEELS!
This is my first venture into pocket hole joinery which I am enjoying immensely! I mean, I’m a butt joiner at heart, so I guess I’m operating with less butt.
Naturally, I can find all sort of excuses for not making art until this is complete, but TBH, I’ve still carved out creative time away from the wood shop.
Yes, I will be participating! This will be my first. Link
I totally wish it was Inktember. I really need the pressure of a monthly challenge to A) shelve the projects I have a lot of anxiety about and B) just do daily focus exercises on. The sheer joy of being told what to draw every day would be delightful.
I have maintained a schedule with the beer site of one post every two weeks for the entirety of the year and I’d be lying if I said it was not htouroughly exhausting.
I am doing my best to maintain a balance between artist interviews (easy and cheap) and informational posts (expensive and time-consuming) and I think that has been going well.
I am hung up right now with a couple of info posts where I have decided to create the “featured” image as an illustration by myself. Josh was able to give me some good ideas for how they should go, but execution has been creatively challenging.
Currently reading Jeff Smith’s RASL. I’m astounded that this has eluded me until now. I mean, yes it took hitting ComiXology Unlimited for me to jump on board, but… wow! It’s spectacular.
If you like gritty, Tesla-influenced sci-fi grounded in real history, with a touch of romance, you’d dig it too.
I’m considering digging into Bone after this. Yes, I’m a Jeff Smith newbie.
I’ve got ingredients for five fucking home brews. Jesus.
- Get Fearless Again – This may require finding some quick victories with art, and I’m fine with that.
- Pick a story and commit to it. I keep coming back to the multi-episode epic because it is built to be episodic and thereby, delivered in small chunks.
- Fearless = dumb, short posts that don’t require a lot of original art. Make it happen.
- Keep in mind, Inktober is close. I think that means I should do a shorty for HCK and get clear for October.
- Create Featured Images for “Gluten Free Beers” and “Collaboration Beers” posts.
- Finish that goddamn table
- Brew two batches of beer, minimum
“That’s all I am, I’m just a simple guy who talks when
You put a microphone in front of him”
– “Little Girl”, Sparklehorse
What credentials do I have? A mouth.
You can give it a listen here or wherever fine pods are regularly casted.
I’ve spent the better part of this week wrangling my WordPress sites around with the different hosting companies I use. It’s insane how inconsistent the service offerings can be between different web host companies. What’s even more insane is how much time you can spend trying to get support.
The New Trend in Hosting Support
The new trend is to bypass the ticket system in favor of phone or live chat support. In the old days, you created a ticket explaining your situation. No more. You need to wait on the phone or in your browser for a support agent to respond to you in real time. I’m not sure why this is considered better, but let me tell you, it is not.
My favorite culprit is Hostgator. As a WordPress hosting customer, you will have to fill in your issue specifics at least twice using their online forms only to be greeted with a meaningless progress bar suggesting your wait time. Once an agent responds to your chat request (average wait time for me is 20 minutes), you’ll have to answer more questions to prove you are a customer.
My Web Hosting Company Situation
I have one site on Site5, two sites on Bluehost, one customer using GoDaddy hosting, and one site on Hostgator. I’ve been systematically moving my client’s sites to Hawkhost. So far, Hawkhost has been the winner by far. As mentioned previously, these are all WordPress sites.
My issues in detail are:
- Speed – My sites are slow
- Incompatibility – Mostly with plugins. I pay for the WPMU Dev service. They have a slew of plugins that are integral to maintaining a WordPress site. I love it when I log into my admin panel after a few days to find that WPMU Defender, Wordfence, or ManageWP have been disabled by the host. Thanks for having my back, guys.
- PHP – I had a support issue with Bluehost and their solution was to downgrade my PHP to 5.2. I had an issue with Hostgator and their solution was to upgrade my PHP to 7.0.
The EIG Debate
In case you did not know, small independent web hosting companies are being bought up by a company called Endurance International Group or EIG. I’ve personally seen each non-EIG company I use get bought and then turn to shit thanks to them. I’ve been a Site5 customer for a decade. As soon as EIG took over, my sites started to have problems.
I am currently switching my sites (as well as my clients’) to Hawkhost thanks to the research I’ve read. If you are considering a new web host company, give them a look. Yes, that is an affiliate link.