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I Have Huge Gallery by Fishlover Jigglypuff Stamp by Fluffntuff

As if those weren't obvious enough. ^^;
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New page of Mission 7: Blinded by the Light! Co-drawn and published by SnowKuki 

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Goals for the New Year

Sun Jan 18, 2015, 9:47 PM


Happy New Year, everyone! Late, I know. XD But I've been saving this for until I had completed one of my goals: Finishing all 60 Harvest Moon comics! I have to admit, I didn't expect to come up with that many ideas for jokes (remember when I was only anticipating 19 of them? Hahahahahahaha--yeah, that totally didn't happen). But for a game that took months to play, I think it makes sense that I should be able to get so much enjoyment out of it, if only to even justify why I'd bother playing it for so long. XD

Anyway, what am I going to do now? Well, since I got a little impatient, I've decided to jump straight to working on not just one, but two original series! Well, that, and the fact that I'd have to watch that Diancie movie again if I wanted to attempt a rewrite now since I forgot so many of the little details, not to mention the fact that the motivation to write more than one part might have just slipped through my fingers. In fact, since the style of the Harvest Moon comics was so simple, I was able to stockpile like three week's worth of comics at once and work on the scripts and concept art sheets for both stories the whole time. Of course, since both of these are huge projects (even though one is just one book long and the other will take up at least five books), much work still remains to be done before I can start launching both at once. I'm hoping to see if I can get pages for them both ready to be published by the beginning or, if need be, the end of March. Hopefully that'll give me enough time to sort out all the necessary stuff for them both!

In the meantime, I do plan to do a Review Week of Awesome starting in the first week of February, in which I release a series of reviews that cover every single fanfiction/comic series that I've ever done that's been published either here or Fanfiction.net. Those of you who are longtime watchers of mine will know very well that I tend to finish a project fast and then move on fast too, rarely if ever looking back, so this was quite an opportunity for me to look back on everything I accomplished and how it contributed to where I am today. That should be fun to read~. 

I do also plan to open a Patreon account to see if it's at all possible for me to be able to make comics as a full time job of sorts. Yes, I know everyone else is doing it; yes, I know the chances of me making enough to even match my current job are quite slim, but I figure that hey, it's worth a shot. And if I don't even make enough by the time that I complete the last book, then I'll probably quit it and try looking for another actual job. But if I do, then that would make me very happy, and I could make more comics, which I'd be very excited about~.

And yes, some of you might have noticed that I have officially left Pokemon-of-Avalon. Most of the reasoning had to do with a certain few problematic people that we couldn't ban since only the founder had permission to do that, but also, I really don't have anything else particularly important that I need to release for it until like this May or June, so I figured that either I could be temporarily let back in to post those things or just have a friend help post those for me. And since I want to move onto original stuff instead of, say, making a new character, well, I'd just be taking up space and stuff.

In the meantime, I guess I can ask that if any of you guys know of any groups that would be interested in me submitting my art to them, well, be sure to let me know! I've been forgetful of that sort of thing lately. XD

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Journal History

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Galactic-Rainbow
Amy Wu Donovan
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Hi, I’m Amy, and I’m an extremely active member AND admin of the group Pokemon-of-Avalon. I’m a comic artist who has been practicing since the age of 14, and I didn’t achieve my current speed until I was about 19, though I have been drawing all my life. Although Pokémon is but one of my favorite things, the sheer diversity of creatures in it, as well as the number of groups here on dA that have been created with a focus on creative storytelling, have made it so that the vast majority of my submissions have been Pokémon comics, pictures, and stories. Other franchises I like primarily include those of the science fiction genre, especially the Metroid series, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Lilo and Stitch, Wall-E, Invader Zim, Ben 10, and other such things, though lately, I've also taken a liking to pretty much ANY good story, regardless of genre. But you rarely see art of those from me since it’s the Pokémon franchise that is by far the most suited to allowing you to create original characters in it. In particular, I like the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon style the best, not because of the mystery dungeon/guilds aspect of it, but because of the fact that Pokémon can talk and have personalities just as colorful and entertaining as people.

I actually have a crazy number of interests that aren't even begun to be listed, especially since I've started watching a lot of anime in recent years, so check out the "Interests" tab at the bottom of this spiel to see more. I also used to play video games a lot, but ever since I got into comic-making and storytelling, not so much anymore. Whenever my hands get tired, I either go running for 30 minutes to an hour at a time, or watch movies. I’m very much an introvert; whenever I’m by myself, I can concentrate for hours at a time and get stuff done.

Speaking of getting stuff done, I tend to submit a LOT of deviations in a very short time period compared to a lot of other people on this site, because I’m fast at art and tend to get a ton of story ideas at once. Only during those idea floods, though; all other times, there's no flood of art. You should also read ALL of the artist’s comments that I write on every deviation—though I tend to write a lot, they’re all full of useful factual information that reveals what usually goes on in my head when I’m writing and drawing these comics, pictures, and stories.

My current career goals right now include getting a job (any job that pays the bills that my skills are well-suited for, really) while continuing to do comics on the side as a hobby. Maybe later, I might consider graduate school in order to obtain some sort of job in graphic design. But if I can somehow obtain an actual job doing comics, that would be even better!

My storytelling style includes several prominent themes:

:bulletpink: Being suitable for all ages. For the most part. Originally starting out as a backlash against all the stuff that I realized that I didn’t like when I turned 13, the fact that making stories suitable for all ages will allow anyone to easily access it proved to be a powerful motivating factor, as well as allowing my work to stand out. And it's just a force of habit now, more or less. :lol: True, “all-ages” is a subjective term, but in general, you won’t see any blood, gore, or even any cuss words in my stories. Or if there are “cuss words”, they’re always either bleeped out like “@!#?$%” or with such euphemisms as “ZZZT”. (Note that since I've been testing out the romance genre as of late, there may be slight hints of adult themes now and again, but I strive to keep those as subtle as possible for the audience's sake.)

:bulletpink: Colorful characters. Now of course, ALL series have characters, but I like to make characters who have very diverse personalities, and if possible, have distinct speech patterns. This is an area which has drastically improved over my career as a storyteller; before, many of my characters pretty much acted like myself. Not so true today.

:bulletpink: Humor. My brain has a tendency to exaggerate story situations and character reactions to make situations hilarious, as well as looking into the personalities of the characters and figuring out what kinds of interactions are entertaining. Short stories and stories that don’t have any emotional or powerful themes in them tend to have such humor in sheer abundance to compensate.

:bulletpink: Emotional and powerful storylines. I might like comedy, but that’s not all my brain can dish out. My stories can be very, very dramatic, too. But I never, ever make my characters suffer true physical and emotional pain for no reason at all. Behind the pain, there is always a lesson behind it, and my stories, above all, serve to show everyone that, no matter how painful things get, it is possible to face the adversity, overcome it, and come out of it as a better person, stronger than you were before. I don’t know how many people facing difficulties in their lives who read my comics gain the courage to face them better, but if I can help even ONE person, then I’ll be happy.

:bulletpink: Diversity. While this might not have seemed as true in the past, nowadays, I don't like to limit myself to just being pigeonholed as being proficient in only the genre of "sci-fi manga aimed towards kids ages 8-12", at least in terms of what I am capable of. I like to experiment with as many story genres, inking styles, coloring styles, and if possible, pencilling styles to see what the effect of going with a new style has on conveying a story. However, I don't just strive for diversity in terms of stories and art; I also try to do my best to include diverse characters and/or species as possible, depending on the genre.



I now feel confident from all my experience in Pokemon RP groups to once again start creating original series! :D Though I still perform admin duties for Pokemon-of-Avalon, at least, until a certain mission I helped to write. I look forward to improving my skills and seeing just how far I can go!

And though my financial situation is currently adequate, I can also take commissions from time to time for extra cash, just in case. An important point to know is that I only take payment in actual dollars; no points allowed (except for friends, as any and all points I receive will automatically go towards maintaining Pokemon-of-Avalon's super group status). Be sure to note me with exactly what you want, and wait for me to approve it before you send me the payment via Paypal.

More commission info here: fav.me/d7w4h5u

Stuff I despise: Any and all trollfaces, flagrant amounts of cursing, jerks, inappropriate material, inappropriate jokes, etc. I'll add more to this growing list of things to avoid whenever talking to me.

Oh, and one more thing... 日本語を分かりますよ。日本語もタイプすれば、自由に話しましょう!(I can understand Japanese, so if you can type it too, feel free to do so with me!)

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:iconsakura-araragi:
Sakura-Araragi Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
:iconkittyglompplz: Thanks so much for faving my Fireworks Tutorial~! :+fav:
Fireworks Tutorial by Sakura-Araragi
I hope it helps!
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:icongalactic-rainbow:
Galactic-Rainbow Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure thing! I figure it would be useful to know in case I decide to draw something like them~.
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:iconsakura-araragi:
Sakura-Araragi Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
They're really fun to draw and super easy~! ^^ So, I agree, it's always good to have or find a tutorial on hand that'll help for when you want to draw something like that ^^
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xXunovianXx Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello Amy! 
I really love not only your art style and your stories, but I have huge respect for you for drawing so many good comics and drawings. As a budding comic artist, I'd like to ask a few questions if you don't mind:

1. How long does it normally take for you to make a comic page, depending on the style? An estimate is fine.
2. How much time do you reserve per day/week to draw or work on comics?
3. What do you like to do when it comes to planning your comics? Comic script, story outline, etc.? 
4. Any other advice for being able to keep on working on comics, or just getting the initiative, or making the process faster?

Thank you so much! You'd done a lot for your communities over the years. 

~Nova 
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:icongalactic-rainbow:
Galactic-Rainbow Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Unovian! Thanks for the questions~.

1. At the very least four hours (when drawing one of the Harvest Moon comics), but can get closer to 8 hours when doing a full color and rendered manga-sized page, I believe. As for those super tall pages? Then it's closer to like 12 hours. Honestly, there is a lot of variation depending on how big the page is, how detailed the rendering style is, and most especially, just how complicated the characters and especially backgrounds are to draw out.

2. It really depends on if I'm currently working on a comic or not. If I'm not, I usually either draw other important things, write out scripts for stories, or even just watch a lot of anime for enjoyment and more importantly story inspiration. While you could say I watch anime to check out art styles or improve my Japanese listening skills, it's their amazing stories and how much they inspire me that I've really been getting a lot out of lately. (I'm also starting to check out some live action dramas as well.)

Anyway, if I do work on a comic, then virtually ALL of my free time is spent drawing comics, and I don't stop for a breather until the current storyline or chapter is finished. It can be as many as 60 hours per week or as little as 25, depending on how many shifts my part time job assigns me. That's definitely the biggest factor, and part of the reason why, if I can use Patreon to help fund my efforts and earn the same amount of money that I usually get per month from my job, I'd quit it so that I can work on comics full time.

3. Oh, I do it all! I'm a pretty hardcore planner, in a sense. I first write out the general outline of the story, or if I happen to be really impatient, I just jump right into the script and only ever write down the characters' dialogue as well as the things that happen in the story. But I'm not so insane as to describe things in ridiculous amounts of detail such as specify camera angles and facial expressions, or even exact page numbers, since I can already see them in my mind's eye and I'm confident that I can ad lib all of those things really well when I get around to drawing the rough sketches and panel layouts. And even the dialogue often changes a little!

Now that you mention it, I did once think about publishing the entire script for Rallen and Jody, as it's the first and only script that I didn't write from beginning to end linearly and instead wrote all of the most exciting scenes in the middle first and figured out the rest from there. Though I'm not too sure if I would now, since there are lots of points (especially in the dialogue) that got totally changed in the final product, but we'll see if I change my mind.

4. Advice! Hmm...let's see...

Okay, first off: Initiative. You cannot work on a comic unless you have a kick-butt story idea to begin with! (Or if a writer gives you a script and says, "Here's my story, go draw it" or something. But I never do that. XD) Part of the reason why I haven't been able to start on Galactic Rainbow (now known as Intergalactic Fusion) until now was because the story just didn't live up to what I knew I was capable of, and more importantly, didn't really excite me as much as this new concept does now. Also part of the reason why I can create comics so fast is because of the thrill I get to just get a story I'm really excited about out there for everyone to read.

Of course, from what I've seen, a lot of people are content to rely on other groups to set prompts and stuff for them to write/draw stuff to, but from my experience here, that seems to have hindered me way more than it helped me, except maybe in terms of character development. So it's your call.

As for keeping on working on comics: Well, for me, if just sitting down and finishing each page doesn't excite you and instead feels like a chore, then there's something wrong. Maybe you shouldn't be focusing on that story! That's the big reason why I dropped out of Auroris-OCT; I was finding that it was sooooo hard to focus on doing all that work for a story I losing interest in. And really, comics eat up a whole lot of time! Why bother wasting all your time on a story that doesn't energize you?

And as for making the process faster, well, the best way I've been able to do that is simply to write the entire story ahead of time, then do all the layouts ahead of time, and then pencil/ink/color each page one by one. (Doing everything in each stage is honestly the better choice, but I'm not sure if I'd be patient enough to do that for this upcoming storyline, hahaha). Other than that, there's really not too much you can do other than just give each page your 100% focus and keep going page after page without stopping so you get used to the whole thing.

Anyway, I know that's a lot, but I hope all that helped!
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