Hey folks!

I haven’t animated in about 7 years, so I think I did a pretty good job with this all things considered.  It was super fun and really zen to work on - great for relieving all of the stress I’m under right now with a bunch of life stuff.  I hope you dig it!

UPDATE:  If the GIF doesn’t animate for some reason, you can see it here and it should work fine:  https://38.media.tumblr.com/f6fd8cd38c2cc1cb745db52a0f7a96db/tumblr_n9fre5pbYy1qgt3neo1_500.gif

Animated in Photoshop CS6.  It miiiiight be playing a little faster than I intended, but I had to fuss with it a lot just to get it to work properly, so it’s no big deal.

"Lotus For Help" (a webcomic, not a cartoon - sadly) debuts at the official site on August 20th.  That website is a tumblr blog, so you can either bookmark it or follow it on tumblr!  How convenient!

~Drew

Hey folks!

I haven’t animated in about 7 years, so I think I did a pretty good job with this all things considered.  It was super fun and really zen to work on - great for relieving all of the stress I’m under right now with a bunch of life stuff.  I hope you dig it!

UPDATE:  If the GIF doesn’t animate for some reason, you can see it here and it should work fine:  https://38.media.tumblr.com/f6fd8cd38c2cc1cb745db52a0f7a96db/tumblr_n9fre5pbYy1qgt3neo1_500.gif

Animated in Photoshop CS6.  It miiiiight be playing a little faster than I intended, but I had to fuss with it a lot just to get it to work properly, so it’s no big deal.

"Lotus For Help" (a webcomic, not a cartoon - sadly) debuts at the official site on August 20th.  That website is a tumblr blog, so you can either bookmark it or follow it on tumblr!  How convenient!

~Drew

Hey folks!

My comic will exist on the web only (at least at first), so I won’t have physical copies of “Lotus For Help” to sell at Dragon Con at the end of August/beginning of September here in Atlanta.  However, I’m trying to put together a neat sketchbook full of grayscale Lotus-related musings to sell for the show.  If I manage to put it all together in time, I’d also like to sell a digital version on Gumroad.

The comic itself takes priority, but man, doing these sketches have been super fun so far.  The image above of Nicki in her mech (a proposed concept, at least) is a great example of what will be in the sketchbook.

I hope you’re looking forward to it!  Remember, the comic will post on lotusforhelp.com which is also a tumblr blog, so you can bookmark and/or follow it in anticipation of the launch of the comic on August 20.

Enjoy!
~Drew

Hey folks!

My comic will exist on the web only (at least at first), so I won’t have physical copies of “Lotus For Help” to sell at Dragon Con at the end of August/beginning of September here in Atlanta.  However, I’m trying to put together a neat sketchbook full of grayscale Lotus-related musings to sell for the show.  If I manage to put it all together in time, I’d also like to sell a digital version on Gumroad.

The comic itself takes priority, but man, doing these sketches have been super fun so far.  The image above of Nicki in her mech (a proposed concept, at least) is a great example of what will be in the sketchbook.

I hope you’re looking forward to it!  Remember, the comic will post on lotusforhelp.com which is also a tumblr blog, so you can bookmark and/or follow it in anticipation of the launch of the comic on August 20.

Enjoy!

~Drew

Hey folks!

Can you believe that the only character I haven’t absolutely nailed down a final design for “Lotus For Help” is Ross?  Silly, considering he used to be the titular character in the original iteration of the comic.

Because Ross doesn’t appear until page eight, I’ve been focusing on Wayne and Nicki (among other side characters that appear with them).  I’ve found even the most recent drawings of him have been difficult to keep on-model;  I’ll have one fantastic, “perfect” drawing of him and then never be able to match it for whatever reason.  How frustrating!  So I’ve worked the past few nights to try and finalize him, and I think I’ve got it, or at least I’m close.

I’m shortening his sleeves and putting him in shorts because I think it makes more sense for him to wear something that could be perceived as more comfortable, even if he’s somewhat overdressed.  Plus, it allowed me to cut out a few unnecessary details out.  Also, it’s just cute.  :)

Perfectly round or oval eyes can be difficult to get right without the help of shape tools and paths, so I’m considering giving Ross the more “football” shaped eyes that Nicki and Wayne have.  I’ve found them to be plenty expressive with the other two characters, and it will make drawing Ross a lot easier.  I’ll have to draw him a few more times to see if this is really working for me, but I’m optimistic.

As you can see, I might be changing his blue accessories (bowtie, shoes, belt) to pink, to match the design identity of the project, and because Ross is the sort of person who dresses for the job he wants and it stands to reason that he’d wear a color inspired by the lotus tree outside of the Lotus For Help headquarters.  I also think it’s more “special” than the blue, but maybe I’m crazy.  Maybe I’ll change it back.  Not quite sure yet.  What do you think?

As a side note, I’ve always had this thing where I associate characters with a specific color, even if it’s not a color they prominently wear.  In this case, I associate Nicki with light blue, Wayne with dark blue, and Ross formerly with this (frankly unprintable) electric blue color.  Perhaps the warm pink color will help differentiate him.

Anyway, I need to be in bed.  I’m up entirely too late.

~Drew

Hey folks!

Can you believe that the only character I haven’t absolutely nailed down a final design for “Lotus For Help” is Ross?  Silly, considering he used to be the titular character in the original iteration of the comic.

Because Ross doesn’t appear until page eight, I’ve been focusing on Wayne and Nicki (among other side characters that appear with them).  I’ve found even the most recent drawings of him have been difficult to keep on-model;  I’ll have one fantastic, “perfect” drawing of him and then never be able to match it for whatever reason.  How frustrating!  So I’ve worked the past few nights to try and finalize him, and I think I’ve got it, or at least I’m close.

I’m shortening his sleeves and putting him in shorts because I think it makes more sense for him to wear something that could be perceived as more comfortable, even if he’s somewhat overdressed.  Plus, it allowed me to cut out a few unnecessary details out.  Also, it’s just cute.  :)

Perfectly round or oval eyes can be difficult to get right without the help of shape tools and paths, so I’m considering giving Ross the more “football” shaped eyes that Nicki and Wayne have.  I’ve found them to be plenty expressive with the other two characters, and it will make drawing Ross a lot easier.  I’ll have to draw him a few more times to see if this is really working for me, but I’m optimistic.

As you can see, I might be changing his blue accessories (bowtie, shoes, belt) to pink, to match the design identity of the project, and because Ross is the sort of person who dresses for the job he wants and it stands to reason that he’d wear a color inspired by the lotus tree outside of the Lotus For Help headquarters.  I also think it’s more “special” than the blue, but maybe I’m crazy.  Maybe I’ll change it back.  Not quite sure yet.  What do you think?

As a side note, I’ve always had this thing where I associate characters with a specific color, even if it’s not a color they prominently wear.  In this case, I associate Nicki with light blue, Wayne with dark blue, and Ross formerly with this (frankly unprintable) electric blue color.  Perhaps the warm pink color will help differentiate him.

Anyway, I need to be in bed.  I’m up entirely too late.

~Drew

Hey folks!

Nicki Noelle and Ross Boston are the two main characters of my upcoming webcomic, “Lotus For Help.”  I wanted to try a very simple, cel-shaded painting method and I’ve really wanted to focus my creative efforts on comic-related things.  I was up entirely too late working on this, but it felt great and I’m happy with the method.  Definitely doing this again.

Enjoy!
~Drew

Hey folks!

Nicki Noelle and Ross Boston are the two main characters of my upcoming webcomic, “Lotus For Help.”  I wanted to try a very simple, cel-shaded painting method and I’ve really wanted to focus my creative efforts on comic-related things.  I was up entirely too late working on this, but it felt great and I’m happy with the method.  Definitely doing this again.

Enjoy!

~Drew