For this ENDLESS WAR contest comic I accidentally bit off more than I could chew, I’m reaching its minimum viable product stage. I have one more panel remaining, then I’ll go back through, do major remaining detailing, and call it good enough. For something like the picture below, I could add more details, but I spent two hours and 40 minutes coloring and texturing this picture from its first draft, which was maybe a twenty-minute drawing?
I spent two hours and 48 minutes going from the first draft to the second draft of the image below for this six-part comic I’m making for an ENDLESS WAR contest. I had a blast! While listening to a podcast, I filled in the lines with basic colors. I may go back in for a third – and final draft – later on to fill in some details, but I also don’t want to spend much longer coloring.
For this ENDLESS WAR contest, I’m making a six-panel comic showing how players can access an in-game area. This is the first time I’ve made a comic. While I was working on the second drafts for the first two panels, I listened to two podcasts. During a Pro Crastinators Podcast episode, I realized something significant: I don’t have to limit my storytelling to just writing. Although I prefer writing novels, I can draw comics too.
I’m in a bookclub where we read classic literature, more modern literature, and anything that might strike the popular vote’s fancy. During the call, where we talked about the Lovecraft stories we read, I noticed I was enjoying myself, hanging out, joking, and laughing. I wonder, will “The Story,” in whatever media it finds itself in, to whatever degree it becomes, ever be a monthly bookclub entry? It seems like that would be the goal…
Spoilers?: Minor [comparing literature, perhaps]
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Around every two weeks, there’s an art contest in ENDLESS WAR. I [co-]won the last one, which was featuring characters as they might appear on the leaderboards, with bonus points given for using the leaderboard in-game. This contest is about food and food vendors. What people liked about my entries is that they added to the lore through emic additions of new elements. Why not add in new lore related to possibly new Ghost/Staydead vendors?
After winning the contest in ENDLESS WAR, I gained some degree of social respect and recognition within the community, as might be expected from contributing art and culture to a community that has deep amounts of lore. It’s a wonderful feeling to be part of a group of people that are all talented in their own right, whether in art, the gameplay itself, or even just being good people, and being accepted within that community.
I ended up making five entries to the leaderboard contest in ENDLESS WAR. I drew one so quickly that I had actually forgotten I submitted it, even though it received plenty of positive reaction. I missed it during the livestream, so when I watched it later, although there were parts I wish I would have commented on, overall, I’m happy enough that it got a good reaction because I’m learning to follow my amusements more.
In ENDLESS WAR, when you join a team, Killer or Rowdy, you have a communicator channel to strategize where you’re going to do this or that. When you abstain from those as a Ghost/Staydead, well, we still have a communicator channel, but ours is called The Losers Club. For a contest about the leaderboard, I imagined it as a breakroom one might have in an office where those of us who’ve abstained instead hang out.
We tend to think of the arts as disparate industries because their results are different. When I write essays, I use words. When I draw, I use colorful pixels on a screen. The same could be said for any industry – programming, music, or even mathematics – but once you can think about what you want to have happen in your media of choice, it’s a matter of spending the time plotting the way to get there.
In ENDLESS WAR, the highest honor is winning a princep, an item that you can have custom-made for your use. It gives you status buffs and never leaves your inventory. You win a princep by contributing a winning contest entry. I accidentally won five times. I’ve been through some difficult times recently, so I want to remember these good vibes. I want to capture, as best I can, my feelings while watching the livestream results.