I need you guys to boost this video

Here’s a video rundown of a bunch of different drawings I’ve done over the last few years. Some good, some less so, and critiques for all.

Somehow this video was set to “unlisted” when it went live, so most of my subscribers didn’t see it. Really annoying. It’s killed my momentum for the week on my channel.

The YouTube algo is a cruel mistress. That’s why UmbrellaGuy is STILL posting videos about Amber Heard. I’m not gonna do that, but I am gonna vary up the content.

Anyway, watch and share, if you’re so inclined.

THE HERO NEXT DOOR Update

Some of you bought print copies of HND from me recently, and I’m just getting them out in the mail this week. Thanks for your patience.

If you still want one, I have three copies left at $10. That’s cheaper than Amazon, and I’ll draw something in the front for you. Send me a message at dreadpennies [at] g mail dot com.

Man…I really wish I was a full-time writer. So many books I want to get to, including the eventual THE HERO UPSTAIRS.

Nick’s gonna have a pretty wild ride in college.

I got my Battle Brick Road package

Dropped a new video last week about this comic that I backed on IndieGogo. It launched in 2020 and the campaign just cleared $100,000 gross.

Cool concept, very cool artwork, all around great effort by the creators. What have I been saying? You’ve got to love your work if you want others to love it too, and these guys clearly loved this project.

Because of how IndieGogo works compared to Kickstarter, you can still buy a copy of this even though the campaign is multiple years old.

Not sponsored or anything, I just want teams like this to keep winning.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/battle-brick-road#/

State of the Dread: May 2022

For the final week of April I was on vacation. It was nice to stay up late and sleep in and do more of what I want to. Considering retirement now.

Writing

I wrote 16,000 words in HOWLING WILDERNESS. It’s coming together. It’s a predictable hot mess, but yeah, it’s coming together. Not going to put a deadline on this one. I’m tired of deadlines. I’m tired of not controlling enough in my own life and my own schedule so I’m just going to do as much of it as I can, as quickly as I can, and go from there.

Maybe if I actually sold books once in a while I wouldn’t have to make all my money off of trucking 50+ hours a week. Whatever.

Reading

4 books total, 2 print, 2 audio. I didn’t read as much in April. Spent a lot of time listening to podcasts. I also tried a manga that I’ve heard of and the very first page was the protagonist male plowing some chick who turned out to be a huge demon monster, so yeah, I bailed on that. I’m back into some good stuff this month, including more Tolkien. Why is there so much bad writing out there?

Art

I finished this really cool drawing of me with my Durango as an Autobot. My next project is for a YouTube video.

Audio

Radcracker Podcast posts every week, except for this last week. Didn’t record while I was on vacation. EofL audio podcasts are coming eventually. Don’t know when, don’t care.

Video

Latest video is here, I talk about some Sanderson books. Managed to add 10 more subscribers this month. Thanks you guys.

Fitness

Didn’t exercise and I ate like garbage. I’m going full Nazi on it this month and I’ll report back on Memorial Day. I don’t care, I DO NOT CARE.

Other

GET BACK TO WORK

Howling Wilderness aesthetics

I’ve had an idea for the Radcracker Podcast that I want to discuss, I just haven’t sat down to organize my thoughts on it. Short version is that part of the worldbuilding/prewriting for a story involves an aesthetics check.

What does the world of the story look like? What do people wear? In a visual medium, what would the color pallet be? In an audio medium, what kind of music would fit the scenery? Things like that.

Anyway, as I’ve been working on the visuals for the characters, here’s some cool stuff I’ve developed for the two main characters.

ANDREW HARTFORD REEVES, JUNIOR–aka GRAVEHEART

Graveheart’s jacket will be a little rougher than this, and in cooler colors, but it’s got the general vibe.
He rides a manticore mimic. I’m working on how to make it mechanical.
The mimic isn’t a hoverbike, but this particular design conveys the bulk of his machine. The general larger front half, the sleeker back half–this artist got it right.
And he carries revolvers. A couple of them. The hammers are shaved so they can’t actually hit the back of the bullet in the chamber. Curious…very curious…
While he isn’t bandaged like Joshua Graham, he does cover his entire body at all times, and he is devoutly religious. I had once thought of designing him this way but I didn’t want to draw bandages every time I did a picture of him. This led to the eventual rendering of a man in a mask, coat, and gloves regardless of the time of year.

The other focal character is MARY KATHERINE LITTLETON–aka STORMCUTTER. But I haven’t found all of the pics I want to use for her just yet. I’ll save her for next week.

State of the Dread: March 2022

Writing

Last month I finished the pre-draft work for HOWLING WILDERNESS, a new Engines tale. This month I will get at least 2 of 8 segments drafted. I started the first chapter and I’m dealing more or less with three perspectives (two protags who will team up, and an antagonist who cheats.)

Reading

I read 9 books, including a re-read of Witchy Winter. I added another book to the best-of-year list, too. I’ve got two more big re-reads on deck for March, too.
Also, screw it, Quixote is a slog. I’m putting it on deck for audio. I committed to reading it in print but I just don’t care. Neither do you. Between that, Witchy Kingdom, and The Two Towers, I’ve got some big reads on deck. I will probably punt on Two Towers until I finish Quixote.

Audio

Sheriff Porter went live on Adventure Hour, and I post about 3 times per week on Radcracker. Subscribe, subscribe, subscribe.

anchor.fm/dreadpennies

anchor.fm/radcracker

Video


I did a video on YouTube and I’m going to refine my method on that going forward. I really want to make better-quality stuff and that might include scripted reviews of things, which isn’t bad. It just takes longer. I tried a few short reviews and they didn’t accomplish much.


Art


HAVEN’T DRAWN ANYTHING, HAHAHA. I’m working on a cover for Sheriff Porter.

Fitness


DIDN’T WORK OUT, I’M STILL OVERWORKED. GET A JOB GUYS, I NEED HELP. That said, intermittent fasting has me down about three pounds. Ever downward, lol.

Get back to work. Bye.

GEA Cover Progress

Been chipping at this when time permits, here are the first three phases. What comes next is just gonna take a while because rendering is a slow process.

First I do all the poses and stuff in rough underlines.

Then I finalize and refine that stuff with inks. I changed one pose (top left) and made the two middle figures a little bigger.

And then I get the flat colors in place.

Ten years since this one.

Shoot, I still remember drawing Optimus v Godzilla/Kong/Cthulhu during the Super Bowl in 2011. I finished a modest pencil drawing AND got to watch the Steelers lose, so that was pretty cool.

I’d digitize this and draw it better and then put it on a shirt for money, but I don’t want to get slapped into oblivion by copyright strikes from three different major corporations, so this one will stay in the past.

Future drawings will end up on merch though. Bet.

Introducing the Next Podcast Adventure! #GEA

It’s not much, but the title text is set up, and I like how it came out. Might do some final tweaks before the cover art hits the world. Still drafting the latter half of the chapter list (7 in total) but they’ll hit the airwaves soon.

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