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Seems like people are going to Tumblr or whatever other cesspool is out there.  This cesspool seems to have turned into MLP garbage and tits.

Shopping around for a computer newer than the one I have and a scanner.  Once I get that I'll add stuff here.  Though I've mainly done face sketches for various projects.  Been taking a break away from everything lately and doing things around the house that need to be done.

Life is busy, but boring.  Bleh.
  • Listening to: A cricket outside my window
  • Reading: Your mind
  • Eating: A bagel
  • Drinking: Water
I like to ink things by hand, but don't care much for the lack of line differences you get with fine liner pens and with brushes I have a hard time getting thin lines, as I have a heavy hand when drawing.  And so, I decided to go back to using nibs.  Whee.  When I did use them years ago I used the Hunt 102 for the most part and then the Hunt 107 for the finer lines and small details.  The problem with the crow quill nibs, though, is they are a pain to get any flow of ink from them.  The two 102 nibs I have gave me problems, but then when I pulled them out yesterday to use they worked fine.  I don't get it.  But because of the hard time they gave me I wanted a nib that was a 102 equivalent and did some research on various cartooning sites and artists journals.  And since I have a heavy hand I was looking for a finer lined and stiffer nib.  People mentioned several types they used and loved, so I wrote them down.  I then went to www.paperinkarts.com/ and found everything on my list, ordering a total of 12 different nibs.  Yesterday I got them and had fun inking with them all.  If anyone cares, I will list what I got and what I thought of them.

Hunt 101 - This nib gave me a good variation of line widths, flexible enough to get nice thicker lines, but not so flexible that I had to really try to get thin lines.  It had good ink flow and I had no problem getting it to write.  The ink also seemed to last a nice while before I had to dip it again.

Hunt 108 - A crow quill nib, I had trouble getting it to write.  Only after I burned the outer coating of whatever they put on it did it work, which is sometimes the case with nibs that refuse to work right off.  I found this nib to be too flexible for me, having to remind myself not to press down as hard as I normally would to get the nice thin lines.  It was also very scratchy on the paper I use for comics, which is just multiuse copy paper.

Brause 66ef - This is a nice nib that is not too stiff and able to give you nice finer line variations.  I had no problem to get it to start, but found with the paper it was much too scratchy and would catch.  If not for that I would have used this a lot, as it's a nice nib.

Brause Steno 361 - A nice stiff nib that gives you thin to medium lines.  This is a large nib which seems like it wouldn't give you such a fine line, but it does.  Pressed harder it will give you thick lines, but I felt I was kind of pushing the tines a bit.  The ink flowed very nice and there was very little scratching on the copy paper.

Brause 511 - A stiff nib with some flex.  This gave me a nice variety of medium to thin lines.  I had a hard time getting this one to start, but it eventually did without me having to do anything to it.  This had a little bit of scratchyness on the copy paper.

Brause 513 - A stiff nib for fine lines.  I had a hard time getting it to start, so had to burn off the coating before it would work.  It scratched a lot on the copy paper, but otherwise gave nice consistent fine lines.

Gillott 1950 - This nib is pretty small, so I was expecting a fine line nib, but in my hand it was very flexible and gave me thick lines.  I had a hard time getting it to start, but once it did it ran smooth over the paper and gave me medium to thick lines.

Gillott 303 - This was a very nice nib that gave me a good variety of lines, from thick to really thin.  It had nice ink flow and isn't too stiff, nor too flexible.  I had no problems getting it to start.  I really liked it, but found it too scratchy on the copy paper.

Gillott 404 - A nice stiff nib that gave me thick, medium and thin lines.  I was easily able to get consistant horizontal and vertical lines with it.  It was smooth on the copy paper and a very nice nib to use.

Leonardt Principal - The most expensive nib I got and a very nice nib if you need thick lines.  It's very flexible and I found it hard for me to get thin lines.  It ran very smooth on the copy paper.  I also had no problems getting it to start.

Leonardt Manuscript G - The cheapest nib I got.  This was also very flexible and gave me nice thick lines, while making me work to get a thin line or even a medium one.  It worked right off, but was a little scratchy on the copy paper.

Nikko G - I read that this was the stiffest G nib out of the three comic/manga G nibs that the site carries, so I got it over the Tachikawa and Zebra nibs.  It's a nice stiff nib that worked right off, giving me consistant thin lines.  I had to really press down for thicker lines, which is nice for me.  It could be a good nib for fine details.

I ended up keeping five nibs out for me to use.  Those were the Hunt 101, Brause Steno 361, Brause 511, Gillott 404, and Nikko G nibs.  The ones I liked the most for the paper I was using are the Hunt 101 and the Gillott 404, which was the smoothest nib out of the bunch and one I can see being the main nib that I use for inking.

The ink I use is Speedball Super Black, which works great with the copy paper and doesn't bleed through or feather while using the nibs.  I also find that it doesn't fade when erasing over it.
  • Listening to: Creeper Lagoon
  • Drinking: Tea
Some people might be saying "Twonk, you are a soulless bastard who doesn't deserve to have good years."  And that's fine.  I don't care.  Whatever.  I would actually laugh if someone told me that.  xD

But, for a year that started off so good, it just went to crap so fast.  And then began to improve at the very end of it.  December hasn't been that bad.  My mind sucks too bad for me to remember previous months, but I will say they were so-so.  I foresee 2015 being a good year for me.

So, here's to a good 2015 for all who read this.  =D

Lately I've been reading comics that are heavy on the story and dialog.  Some have long chapters that pull you in so they don't seem like you've just had to trudge through fifty chapters where nothing has happened.  I've read comics like that and they annoy me, but I continue reading in the hopes they get better.  These comics, the good ones, are the sort of thing I pictured Cowardly Valiant being, like an adventure fantasy drama.  When reading comics, ones that have been published, I get stuck in that world of rules where comics must between so many pages and have so many words per page and so many panels per page and must be a certain size.  It's a good mindset to have, I guess, if you wish to work with a big comic book publisher.  I don't think I'd last long in that job for a variety of reasons.  And even though I have so far followed those rules with the Lupin Grail comic, I never wanted to with CV, yet the chapters I've written so far are short, light on dialog, and seem to get right to the point rather quickly.  And the outline, although formulaic, isn't horrible.  I just need to toss out the rules and write it like I would a story.  So, I'm going to start on that soon, writing stuff and telling myself that I can work on it as I draw the thing, which I found really easy to do while thumbnailing the first Lupin Grail chapter.  And oddly fun.  xD

I'm also planning on getting a husky sometime next year, so that'll be fun.  Huskies are always good.  I'd also like to get more cats.  Can't be a crazy cat lady without the cats.  Other than that, don't know.  I guess I'll just continue on with the soullessless.
  • Listening to: Royal Blood
  • Watching: The Walking Dead
  • Playing: Max Payne 3
  • Eating: Cookies
  • Drinking: Hot Tea
I went to some site and they mentioned that Extra Life thing or whatever (I have no clue what it is other than some "Play games to help the children!" gimmick or something?) and it made me think back to all these similar things I have heard about over the years.

They all make me laugh.  It's like "Donating money to help kids?  Boring!  Ooh, but I can play games and donate or help this organization get donations? Squee~!"  Is all of that really necessary?  And does it really help pull in more donations than if there wasn't some lame gimmick?  Am I not getting something here?

I guess my uncaring soul just doesn't understand the means other people need to take to make themselves feel special and make them feel as though they did something to help people.

I also don't understand how, after all the years the same old boring and overused slogan of "Do it for the children!" or any variety of that same thinking has been used, it's still effective and people still clamor to it like it means something.  Children are one of the most used group of people and it's amazing people still fall for that crap.

I always wonder how much of the money actually goes to helping children.  But, hey, you might have helped some guy get that yacht he's always wanted, so there's that, I guess.
  • Playing: GTA V
  • Eating: Chickeny things
  • Drinking: Tea

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Twonk
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I go by Twonk and I live in a confusing and backwards place where the only positive is the weather. I am lazy and sometimes draw, sometimes posting those sometimes drawings here. I am a hermit, but sadly don't live in an awesome cave. Someday I'll have my cave and the world will gaze upon me in jealousy. That is my goal in life.
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InsaneAsylum123 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Hey
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SmexyPieceOfManCake Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Hello.
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InsaneAsylum123 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
I really love the Lupin III artworks you've done especially the fan webcomics you've made as well
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SmexyPieceOfManCake Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Thank you.  :3
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rubymooniii Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dawww thanks Twonk :3 for that nice comment and your awesome wishes
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rubymooniii Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;D tadaaaaaah its me ruby
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Thanks for the watch~ : D
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CrownePrince Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Professional Filmographer
I started laughing when I read the name.
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X-Cross Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
Thank you for the watch.
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Jheda Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
lmao.



<3.
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