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Been a while since the last blog update, but I don't really like to post unless something major has happened, or there's something noteworthy to talk about.
Basically wanted to give an update on Episode 2 of Living with Lolly as well as plans for the series beyond that.
I've been working on Episode 2 for a while now, which has been a pretty long learning process, I relied on photoshop so much for Episode 1, but this time I've tried to cut back and get more experienced with Flash. Hopefully over time it will help improve the quality, whilst cutting back on how long they take to make.
The main thing that slowed me down early on was just the fact I tried to take on too much at once, I set up a Patreon account and offered a monthly raffle thing; on top of that there was also smaller animations I had in mind, and figure/gesture drawing practice. I realized that all of these things were eating into what time I did get to animate, so in the end I decided to cut out as much as possible and put all of my focus into Episode 2 (With some casual drawing studies whenever I could fit them in)
The good news however is I'm finally getting a decent amount of hours at work, before it was a week to week uncertainty, I'd never quiet know the number of days I'd be in. My schedule is a lot more stable now and there's a pretty good balance between work and how much time I'm getting to draw.
I really do miss being able to do the monthly drawing raffles and sketches, it was fun having something to vary up the type of drawings I was doing, but LWL is what's really important right now, once Episode 2 is finished (which probably will take another few months) I want to make sure there isn't another situation where there's a +1 year gap between Episodes.
I've noticed that my work flow has been a lot quicker lately, especially compared to earlier on in Episode 2's development, watching tutorials and animations has been a great way to pick up some tips and ideas, especially going through the submissions to Newgrounds, some of the movies that get submitted are so inspiring (If not a little intimidating) but having something to strive for is a huge motivation boost.
Anyway I've rambled long enough, thanks for reading, I'll leave you with an image of how things are developing, I'm actively trying to shift away from the chibi-esque style that popped up in Episode 1, so there's a few shots that are being redrawn in Episode 2. Here's one of a new character Dynamite Lee :3
You can find me on Twitter and Tumblr, I post frequent smaller updates and random sketches/info there
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