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Woah, I had to update my ancient journal because bleah!

So, I'm currently doing volume 2 of Clockwork Sky plus some client work to pay the bills, yarrrhh.

And I'm working on a webcomic to be launched early in the second half of this year. Yah, I know, I said early this year. But the plan (and the story!) has changed a little. It's going to be launched as part of a small group of modern-fantasy style webcomics, and...I have said too much already. We're currently doing the nitty gritty back-end of building the site, and I'm busy designing the world and writing a story arc to suck you all in. The only keywords I can tell you for now are...'little red riding hood'...and 'ghosts'...

Also, I'll be at Kinokuniya's free comic book day in early May in Sydney. Come say hello!

Moo! :slow:
  • Listening to: SBS PopAsia
  • Reading: Ready Player One
  • Watching: My cat
  • Playing: Bioshock Infinite
  • Eating: Not my cat
  • Drinking: Warm diet coke
Sorry I haven't been on deviantART much...I have been busy working on something. Hee hee...you will like it, it's to do with some of the art marked 'Ghost Gears' in my gallery. That's the working title for a new free web-based project. Because I love you guys for all your support for Hollow Fields. I wish I could work faster to get it up sooner but I'm also doing Clockwork Sky vol 2 as well as some bread-and-butter projects for various clients. But stay tuned for news (and some art) from that. There's more about this that I can say but...ahhh....it is a secret....woooh...it's not set in the Hollow Fields universe, unlike Clockwork Sky. I thought it was about time I had two universes to explore, heh. Please look forward to it!
  • Listening to: OPPAN GANGNAM STYLE
  • Reading: The New Weird
  • Watching: My cat
  • Playing: With my cat
  • Eating: Not my cat
  • Drinking: Old diet coke
See a couple of pages from my new manga, The Clockwork Sky, or Tor's website!

Clicky here to go read!
  • Listening to: OPPAN GANGNAM STYLE
  • Reading: The New Weird
  • Watching: My cat
  • Playing: With my cat
  • Eating: Not my cat
  • Drinking: Old diet coke
The Clockwork Sky - book trailer by Clockwork7


Seriously, look at it, I learned After Effects just to give you folks something to look at while you eat your cereal.

Volume one gets released September 4! That's next month! What!
  • Listening to: Cockatoos
  • Reading: Unseen Academicals
  • Watching: Sir Digby Chicken Ceasar
  • Playing: Prof. Layton
  • Eating: Chocolate
  • Drinking: CHOCOLATE
Anybody going to SMASH tomorrow?! Come see me give a demonstration of my drawing style!

Aww, I should have posted this earlier...too busy. :p
  • Listening to: Cockatoos
  • Reading: Unseen Academicals
  • Watching: Sir Digby Chicken Ceasar
  • Playing: Prof. Layton
  • Eating: Chocolate
  • Drinking: CHOCOLATE
Getting some stuff ready for Supanova this weekend - I'll be in the artists' alley with copies of the omnibus, plus some prints for folks to buy. Come say hello!
  • Listening to: Cockatoos
  • Reading: Unseen Academicals
  • Watching: Sir Digby Chicken Ceasar
  • Playing: Prof. Layton
  • Eating: Chocolate
  • Drinking: CHOCOLATE
Hi peeps,

This saturday (May 5) I'll be at Kinokuniya in Sydney for Free Comic Book Day, along with Quuenie Chan, Sarah Ellerton and a bunch of other wonderful comic artists. Come down and have a chitchat and maybe buy some artwork (I will have postcards as well as A4 prints for sale!) and enjoy the mad cosplayers who will inevitably show up to party. I wonder if those Umbrella Corporation guys will be back this year...

:D
  • Listening to: Cockatoos
  • Reading: Unseen Academicals
  • Watching: Sir Digby Chicken Ceasar
  • Playing: Prof. Layton
  • Eating: Chocolate
  • Drinking: CHOCOLATE
Look at what :iconnikogeyer: did for mah birthday...

Hollow Fields by nikogeyer

It's beootiful... T_T
  • Listening to: Computer hum
  • Reading: Supermarket docket
  • Watching: Nyan cat
  • Playing: Pokemon Emerald
  • Eating: Toast
  • Drinking: Water?!
Check out the press release for my new manga series, written by John Scalzi!

--> www.tor.com/blogs/2012/04/cove…

:slow:

EDIT: Bawoooo!!! I feel bad. It is Tor's April Fools Joke! Did anyone guess?!

Because of my guilt, I will give you all something concrete about my REAL series which will be out in September, in the next few days...
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Computer hum
  • Reading: Supermarket docket
  • Watching: Nyan cat
  • Playing: Pokemon Emerald
  • Eating: Toast
  • Drinking: Water?!
I started a tumblr for random sketches and whatnot. It doesn't look like much now, but hopefully it will age well with time:

madeleinerosca.tumblr.com/

Also, a new Hollow Fields fanflash! Thanks Jax!!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUd0YT…
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Astro using litter box
  • Reading: The City and The City
  • Watching: Skyrim
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Tikka Masala
  • Drinking: Coke zero
For those interested, Yen Press has a talent search for unpublished manga artists running right now.

Details here...! --> www.yenpress.com/nts-11-12/?ut…

Also, I am thinking of becoming more organised by starting a Tumblr account on January 1st next year. Good/bad idea?

:slow:
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Astro using litter box
  • Reading: The City and The City
  • Watching: Skyrim
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Tikka Masala
  • Drinking: Coke zero
Hi peeps,

Well, I completed a manga volume plus a cover, and Tor has told me - they want to sit on it for a few months so that all three volumes can be released closer together (presumably). Blarrrgh!! So, I don't get to see it in print for a while. Tough, but them's the breaks. So I'll be moving on to the second volume and trying to get a big chunk of that done.

Also, I'll be relocating from Hobart to Sydney in the next two months. Looking forward to being closer to Kinokuniya and not having to pay air freight on my manga paper!

In the meantime, I have also been working on some T-Shirt designs to make a little money. Go check out two of my designs which are currently up for voting at Threadless (you need to sign up first, but hey - it's free! And hey - you can order cool t-shirts...).

Vote for a design to increase its chances of being printed! And in the comments here, why not suggest some designs you'd like to see from me in future...

Watery Grave - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

Tetris Castle - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Astro using litter box
  • Reading: The City and The City
  • Watching: Skyrim
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Tikka Masala
  • Drinking: Coke zero
Hi all,

Well, the deadline of my next manga is in three weeks. So I'm putting in some long hours to get all the tones done, and hopefully it'll get there. What? No I don't have any information yet...waah. Here, look at this cute photo montage of my cat instead:

Super Awesome Astro Montage by Clockwork7

Yes, you are looking at him and forgetting all your prying questions about Croach's older brother.

Who may or may not be in the next manga.
Hi all,

Sorry I haven't been around. Sleeping Forest, my pet Inspiron laptop, tragically died in late March and I have been waiting since then for Dell to deliver my new system. They lost my order once already, then changed it and...graaahhh Dell!! Hopefully I will be back online soon (?).

Anyway, good news if you are Australian and particularly if you live in Sydney! I will be at Kinokuniya on the 7th of May for World Comics Day, signing things and drawing pages and whatnot. So come and visit me and check out the other guests, including Queenie Chan and Nicola Scott. Should be fun! All the info is on Facebook!

www.facebook.com/event.php?eid…

Hope to see you there!

:sushi::sushi::sushi:


EDIT: I am back online after too long! Curse you Dell, and your Indian call-centres! five working days, my butt! It took over a month. :p
Hi all!

Wonder how I coloured this artwork?

Drone Rider Claude by Clockwork7

Well, wonder no more because I wrote a tutorial for the process, and it's now up at Computer Arts!

www.computerarts.co.uk/tutoria…

This is a technical tutorial, not really suited to new Photoshop users. I was using CS3 for this, before my computer died (yaarghh!!). The most important step is putting the lineart on a separate alpha channel...if you can do that, you can colour anything in Pshop!

Enjoy!

:sushi::sushi::sushi:
Hey people,

I have been very busy so I haven't been around. Anyway, the cat condo! We had a winner! But...guess what. The pet shop, uh, sold out in the meantime. :slow:

Anyway, I decided to show you our kitty. We will get him a condo soon enough. We sort of have to, because he has taken a liking to scratching our couches. *twitch*...

Astro by Clockwork7

Meet Astro, my new little assistant! He keeps me company on my long manga drawing hours. Okay so right now he's already tried to destroy part of my studio, but hey, I'm sure he'll get used to his duties. He's currently almost 4 months old, and he's a colourpoint exotic shorthair, for anyone who's interested. Say hello!

(He looks sleepy in these photographs because that's the only time he'd stay still long enough to have his picture taken.)

In other news, I'm just about at the halfway mark for my new book, but that doesn't include tones. Wheew, these things are a lot of work. Stay tuned!

:sushi::sushi::sushi:
Hi all,

I thought I'd update as I haven't done so in a while. Sorry I haven't been on here much and haven't been good at answering comments lately. I am busy working on a new manga which I should finish by mid-year. No details yet because it is still early, but I'm working mainly in nib pens instead of fineliners on this one, and I'm doing the toning myself, so it will have a somewhat different look to Hollow Fields. And it will be steampunk once more, perhaps even more so, hint hint.

Anyway, I will shortly be getting myself a little 'studio assistant' in the form of a kitty. He will keep me company and stop me from going crazy on my 8-hour-long manga drawing benders. The thing is, he needs a place to sit. In my drawing studio. So I shall be getting him...a kitty condo!

Problem is, I can't decide. Which one of these would look the most insane next to my drawing desk?

Kitty condooooos by Clockwork7
Help me out by voting for A, B or C in this journal entry's comment section and hopefully I'll be picking up the winner later this week before the little guy arrives!

I promise to stick photos of him playing on his condo when he's here!

As for artwork from the new book, it depends on the publisher. Who is also new. I'll see if I can wrangle the editor into letting me post something in a month or two, maybe as a teaser...

Mew!
:sushi::sushi::sushi:
Hi all,

You can now read a 37 page short manga I submitted to Yen Plus online at their website:

www.yenpress.com/yenplus/

It's called Haunted Housecall. You just need to sign up for the free first issue of Yen Plus online, and you'll have access to all of their manga, including mine. Enjoy! :la:
I have an announcement, or I sort of would if the publisher wasn't on holiday but they are. So the announcement is that an announcement is pending and that stuff and things have been agreed to. That's about it right now. Just waiting on things to be signed and money to be paid and whatnot. But stuff is underway. That's all I can say right now. 'Stuff'.

Anyway, my team got knocked out of the world cup. :( We almost got through too, but Germany knocked us out twice, first by beating us, then by not doing well enough against Ghana for us to go through on points. Waah. I am drinking yoghurt, it is melted and gross...where am I going with this? I don't know. I have a lot of work to do but I've started playing Oblivion again, damn it! My 'type' with RPGs is always the rogue/thief, so I'm being different and I'm playing a spellcaster, but she's already broken and entered into several people's houses and stolen stuff.

:la:
  • Listening to: Fan heater
  • Reading: When Fangirls Attack
  • Watching: Ninja Assassin
  • Playing: Oblivion - AGAIN!!!
  • Eating: Doritos
  • Drinking: Gross melted yoghurt
Must be getting old or something...a few days back I was like, WHAT HAPPENED TO MY ICON, I AM OUTRAGED!!! Took me a few minutes to realise it was April Fools Day. Sigh!

Things are still happening behind the scenes in regards to more manga stuff, but very slowly. I am working hard, though. Working working working. I'm using a new technique which combines 3D elements with traditional inking and so far it looks pretty good. We'll see how that turns out.

Have a Happy Easter, and drive safely! :la:
  • Listening to: Fan heater
  • Reading: Whitechapel Gods
  • Watching: Let The Right One In
  • Playing: Castle Crashers
  • Eating: Sultana Bran
  • Drinking: Earl Grey Tea