Been playing a lot, and I mean a lot, of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled since its release. The first Grand Prix was fun, but this one is a blast! I have always been keen on Fake Crash so this Grand Prix hit the sweet spot!
I remember playing the original back on Playstation 1, racing against my mates, cup after cup in split-screen. I have some really fond memories of the original and Beenox has made a fantastic job on this remaster, filling it to the brim with content. I kinda hope that they will be responsible for future Crash Bandicoot games because Twilight Tour and Prehistoric Playground are some of my favorite tracks and really nail what is fun with the whole franchise.
I hope to see you in an online race or two, just do not beat me too badly.
So, it looks like the website actually survived most of the updates and reconstructions. The whole site should be responsive for most browsers and devices now, the comic should be easier to read on cellphones and other stuff that I actually do not understand. Hey, I am as a code monkey as I am a mechanic. Whatever is going on under the hood I have no idea about, but I am happy as long as it works!
There will still be a few more changes to the site during our rainy summer weeks, but the comic will come back next week from its involuntary hiatus. I got the pages, but I wanted to wait until the comic area was readable again. So I apologize to my three readers for leaving you out in the cold. Here is a nice little image of Curly and Kaz in front of a classy custom 1971 Hemi Cuda as compensation!
Over the summer, Drawmoore Pictures.com (this very here website if you are confused, aghast or even confuzzled) will see some much needed updates and configurations. This will of course cause some commotion and mishaps, I am sure. So if the site looks weird, some pages aren’t working correctly or the likes, do not fret! It just a part of the process.
As a side note I do not write that these maintenance thingys “probably” will cause some malfunction or another. Because, let’s get real – when something can go wrong it will.
So in the meantime, get out there and enjoy your summer! Just do not forget to check in on Curly once in a while.
Got a nice little art update on Project Sunshine (working title) over at ArtStation. Nothing to fancy and some of you might have seen much of it on my Instagram account already. Mr. K is still hard at work with much of the models and doing some really cool stuff with the first level.
Me, on the other hand, cobble together the odd 3D model from time to time, while also working on the manuscript and with my webcomic. It is a lot of work but tremendously fun. Hopefully, we will have a playable demo before we die of old age!
Got another piece of concept art done the other day, you might have caught over on my Instagram or Twitter already. Did it while learning Unity 3D from the ground up over at Udemy.com since my good mate Mr. K is frolicking and lollygagging over in Japan. The process of the demo is going slowly at the moment, but a lot of things are happening behind the scenes. We are using Substance Painter for most of the textures and using PBL makes it all just look so lovely. Also, the manuscript is coming along fine, reaching far longer than the demo. Will update in the future how everything is going, however, it might be a while before we have more to share about the Project Sunshine demo.
Ps. For those confused over what the hell I am talking about, I and my best mate and colleague Mr. K are working on an indie horror game demo on our sparse spare time. Most of the updates have before been over at my Instagram and in the portfolio.
Is Curly my Mary-Sue? Or rather, Gary – Stu? If I was to answer that question honestly, I would say both yes and no. He does hold some characteristics that I would want to see in myself, however, there is also a lot that I would prefer to stay away from. When I started this webcomic, I drew it for years at home, never flinging any of it online. It was, as I mentioned before, a form of therapy to regain my fine motor skills and reclaim my childhood dreams. I decided early on that Curly is not unfairly the victim of a gypsy curse, no sir, he deserved it, or at least part of it. He is a flawed character that runs his mouth and embraces his Irish roots to the point of parody. Have I succeeded in portraying him this way? I really hope so, however, in the end, it is for the readers to decide.
As for now, I am in the middle of redrawing old comics and revising old manuscripts and trying to up the quality as much as possible. My chosen art style is evolving and I am still in the process to find the right balance and visual composition. That is why the “colouring,” if you can call the grays that, looks different from chapter to chapter.
I am still learning a lot and studying the works of others to improve myself. I know that I lack backgrounds many times, however, at this moment that does not bother me as much as it maybe should.
Then we have the lately irregular updates, yes, I have been sloppy and does not update every week right now. I can own that fact since… well, it is a fact. Why does this happen? In short, life. I have two wonderful wee kids at home and I do love spending time with my family instead of planting myself in front of the computer when I get home from work. And when I say work, I do work and train (measuring how many percents I am able to work) right now after years of physical and mental rehabilitating. I also am on my way to claim my college degree in Creative Computer Graphics (3D generalist and digital effects) that I missed when I had the TIA-stroke. On top of that, I and a mate are working on an indie game demo, just for the heck of it to maintain our 3D skill sets and perhaps even evolve them.
So, am I sloppy to not update Curly regularly as promised? Sadly yes. Do I see Curly more as a hobby than something I could make money from? Actually, again yes. It started out as a hobby and remain a hobby, dear to my heart. And while I do hope the updates will flow more regularly in the future, I still have to live in the present and take care of whatever is on my plate for the moment. All while I hope you readers continue to enjoy Curly and Kaz misadventures!