Holly Dae Comics

Will you join me on my crazy journey?

Ava and May p. 1 — February 24, 2016

Ava and May p. 1

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It isn’t much but I wanted to put up what I finished today. I have more to clean and make pretty for you all ( I may just edit this post later when those are done). I would adore any thoughts or feedback on these characters. Thanks guys!

Comics Tomorrow Then… —

Comics Tomorrow Then…

I drew a comic for you all, but it’s not ready and I have to go to bed now. Boo.

Long story short, I had to get my computer to communicate with my scanner and that was harder than I anticipated, lol.

But I got the first of three pages scanned and tomorrow I will finish scanning and cleaning. I will get it posted as soon as I can, so look forward to that!

Just a fair warning, this is not a super polished comic. My art is still amateur and I’ve got a long way to go, so I hope what I post tomorrow doesn’t disappoint anyone. On the other hand, if I downplay it then maybe I will surprise you? A little? Idk, lol.

Anyway, comics tomorrow. Goodnight for now internet world! ❤

My Dreams — February 23, 2016

My Dreams

Lately I’ve been drawn to a lot of encouraging talk. Things like “you can achieve anything that you dream” and “don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today”. I don’t think this is a coincidence seeing as how I’m trying to push myself to do something I haven’t done before with this blog and my comics.

These messages keep finding their way to me and make me wonder if there is something to this dream of mine. I keep finding examples of people who have found relative success doing similar things (we’re not talking mansions in Hollywood here, but doing what they love for a living, meager though it may be).

It’s all adding up to the fact that I can do this. I can make this happen, and I can make this work. It’s not about luck, it’s not about innate ability, it is about hard work and determination.

I know that I can draw comics, I’ve done it many times. I’ve gotten people to laugh and even to become a bit emotional with comics I’ve done in the past. And those weren’t even comics that I’m proud of, I just wanted to draw something. Anything.

There’s a Chinese proverb, and forgive me if I paraphrase, that goes something like “the man who rises before six am, 360 days a year, never fails to make his family rich.” The idea being that anyone who puts that much time and effort into a thing is unlikely to fail.

Can you still fail if you wake up at six am every day for a year? Of course, but I think the idea here is a mindset change, not a magic number for when you happen to get out of bed. Our comfort zones are our biggest enemies and more often than not they are the thing keeping us from the life we really want.

I’m ready for a change.

Goals — February 22, 2016

Goals

Goals for this week: blog every day; brainstorm comic ideas; put up two “test” comics

I haven’t decided what I want my core comic to be about. I’m juggling a couple of ideas in my head and I need to decide what I want to do. On the one hand I want to draw about something I know so I will have a lot of content to put out, but on the other hand I want it to be something I’m excited about so I’ll look forward to working on it.

I have an idea about a group of robots, that would be really fun. I also have an idea about a little girl and her funny little life. The girl’s story would probably be more accessible, but I also worry that it could be too average. The robots would be different, but they might not be as easy to write.

I think I’ll try a little of both and see how I like each one. My two test comics this week will be one from each story. If anyone is reading, at any point, I hope I can get some feedback to decide which story to develop. I’ll probably hold on to the other idea and put that out at a later date.

Or maybe I’ll just keep writing both. Who knows? I’m not going to make any concrete decisions at this point, I just want to get drawing. Technically I have a few comics about the robots drawn already, but I think I want to redo the way they are formatted.

Either way look forward to comics very soon! (I’d feel bad that I keep promising that and not delivering if I thought anyone was reading this blog yet ^^;)

 

Comics Are Go — February 20, 2016

Comics Are Go

Ah sweet harmony! Everything works and I can finally use my tablet effectively! I have something to work on today, but I hope to get something posted here soon.

I know that it’s too early for anyone to be paying much attention to my baby blog here, but I figure if you build it, they will come? Idk, that’s what I’m going for anyway.

Goals: blog every day; work on comics/drawing every day; try not to obsess over site stats that are meaningless at this point anyway.

That last bit. That might kill me.

Uh-huh, So Convenient… — February 19, 2016

Uh-huh, So Convenient…

I know everything will be fine once I get everything set up properly, but I need to vent my frustrations right now while updates for my art program are downloading.

I’ve been trying most of the evening to draw in Manga Studio using my spiffy new WACOM Intros tablet and having little to no luck. The controls are floaty and laggy, despite my best efforts to correct the problem. I feel like I’ve checked everything I know to check and I’ve even consulted the almighty Google, with little success.

Sigh.

But, then I discovered that there is a newer version of Manga Studio that I need to upgrade to. So with that and a few other tips I haven’t tried yet, I’m hoping to solve all these issues relatively soon.

That does not alleviate the aggravation of having wasted almost an entire evening trying to get my digital setup functioning properly. It will be amazing once all of my components are speaking harmoniously to each other in a heavenly chorus of artistic joy…

But right now… I wait.AngryWaiting

— February 18, 2016

I realize that I’m talking about comics, so I really should put something comic-y up here soon. I don’t have anything that I want to share here yet, but I also don’t want this blog to lack that visual element so here we go:

 

These are just a couple of doodles that I’ve done recently. I’m trying to learn more about shading and coloring, as well as anatomy. I’m still in a very experimental place so I haven’t found my style yet. I have a lot of work to do, but I’m enjoying the process.

These were both done with a Wacom tablet in the program Manga Studio.

I’ll try to doodle some comics to put up here soon. I’m not sure what they’ll be about at this point, but everything here is a step toward growth.

So It Begins… —

So It Begins…

Sometimes you just have to get the first one out of the way, you know?

It case it isn’t obvious, my name is Holly Dae. Yes that’s my real name. I’m starting a new blog and it’s about my journey into the world of comics. Online comics and self-published comics to be specific, so don’t go thinking you will find Marvel/DC-esque illustrations here.

Uh, lol. No.

I hope to learn more and get better at my art, but I don’t anticipate drawing people in spandex any time soon.

My comics will have humor, regular people, and everyday situations. Unless of course they’re about robots. Then who knows. Robots are crazy.

My current plan is to just draw whatever comes to mind and post it in convenient places where people might see it. I just need to get some drawing under my belt and maybe some experience storytelling as well. I hope I can find a few people that my work will resonate with and start to build a little audience, but nothing happens overnight.

Thus I start here and write posts that are likely never to be seen.