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-20. february 2017-
Heya Guys 'n' Gals,
I’ve forgotten something last time. I wanted to share with you the most important poll of this decade. About two weeks ago I asked on Facebook and other social media what’s your favorite classic Abesome Life page.
“Classic” means every page from 1 to 20. The page with the most votes will be colored and re-posted. At the moment there aren’t many votes so you still have a chance to change the outcome if the top voted page isn’t the one you like. And since I forgot to share this with you earlier here’s a little secret. You can vote up your favorite each day again once! Also if you like more than one page you can leave multiple votes. The poll will run until the end of this month.
My Pen broke because I draw too hard
Some of you might have seen it on my social media pages but my drawing tablet pen broke. I don’t know why. Maybe over the years, I applied to much pressure on the pen and eventually, it gave in or it just too old. Anyway, over the past weeks, I really draw a lot. Mostly on Abesome Life content. At the moment, besides drawing new pages, I realized that I need to have fix designs for my main characters at least. Redesigning and reimagine the main Cast is my task I gave me for the last and coming weeks.
Basically, I start sketching out some looks for them on paper and then translate it into digital designs. At the moment I have mostly pencil drawings of the female cast since I feel like the guys are fleshed out enough to work in the coming pages, but I never thought about a fix look for the girls. Also, I don’t show you every sketch I did so far, because they may contain spoilers.
I started with MJ and went to some characters which were never seen before in my comics. Because of that, I made a list of appearance and relevance for the cast. I’ll try to follow it as well as I can so I have the designs ready when they appear in the comic. But I think if I work like I feel I’m faster done with everyone as if I follow some fixed order. For some, I feel I need to put in more work. Those are more fun to me to do. For example MJ. She only appeared in the Christmas Special so far and I never had a fixed design for her. If you look closely she changes over the course of the story. But I don’t have any comic pages coming where she is appearing. As much as I like her to be in the comic I can’t think of a situation where she could be a part of. At least not in the One-Off series. She’s supposed to appear in the AL: Continue Comic, but that’s far from happening. After all the comic is loosely base of my life and at the moment she isn’t in my life. More to that later.
I actually don’t like to talk about the other Characters I sketched since they didn’t appear in the comic yet. But you don’t have to wait long. Around March, you will learn to know one of them. To keep track of every character change I redraw them in the first Panel of “Hair in the Wind”. At the moment it looks like that.
I haven’t changed MJ yet because I’m unsure of her outfit, but I have something in mind and will test it out the coming days. You’ll see very obvious changes but I did slight changes and maybe you’ll find then. These are only some ideas I had and liked which I wanted to include to the respective character.
Overall I’m really excited for the character to have grounded and convincing designs.
The MJ Situation
Since I redesign my characters, I think about the person which inspired them. Some characters are combinations out of multiple friends or persons I know. But some are based completely one the one person. For example Abe, T, Tian, Empty. These are the main cast of the Comic and are base on my 3 bros and me. So are some of the girls too. MJ was the first girl I added to Abesome Life and is also based on one of my closest friends. But she lives far away and we haven’t talked in a while what makes it hard to include her in a slice of life comic. It is a normal way of life. Some people come into your life and some go. But I never was good at letting go, to be honest. So I texted her and I was shocked what she replied. She had to remove me from her friend lists and contacts on every platform because her boyfriend thinks I’m her Ex…
That’s the reason why I haven’t heard from her for so long. I wished her a happy new year but back then the didn’t reply. I just thought she saw it late in the morning, wanted to reply the next day and forgot. But this is the actual reason. That makes me very sad. She is one of my best friends I one of hers and she is forced to never talk or see me again? On the one hand, I don’t understand why she is doing this to herself, but she is like that, unfortunately. On the other hand, what is this for a simple minded, jealous and none trusting guy to force another person like that? I really like to punch this guy in the face. I’m not a violent person but some things are going to far and word would reach such a person in my opinion.
And MJ if you are reading, you are a perfectly good person. If you think you need to suffer or punish yourself for something, it is wrong! Nobody, no living person and not even yourself have the right to judge you. Just think what makes you happy or when you were happy and go there. Don’t think “I deserve this.” but think “I deserve better!”. There are people who love you and expect nothing from you. Keep them close and don’t push them away.
Sorry, everyone to end on such emotional note but this bothers me a lot. I hope for everyone out there to be happy and KNOW you deserve to be happy. After all Abesome Life is all about Happiness and fun. :)
Keep your desks clean