It was just a test, dammit…

tl;dr.fr : je m’essaie dernièrement en stream à m’habituer à dessiner sur tablette graphique et explorer les capacités de Clip Studio Paint pour voir si c’est mieux que Photoshop pour le dessin — j’ai voulu essayer une option sympa permettant de bouger une “poupée” en 3D pour faire une pose, et dessiner par dessus — le test a été bien plus loin que prévu, haha, même si je n’aime ni le face du persos, ni la pose (mais que fait donc balai-dans-le-***-man en plein désert ?) — j’ai appris pas mal de choses en le faisant, c’est au moins une satisfaction ^^’ et suis un peu plus à l’aise au stylet — je fais rarement de colorations, j’ai un peu improvisé et tatonné, j’aime relativement le rendu final...

Being mostly a “pen & paper” guy, I’ve been recently trying to get accustomed to draw on a graphic tablet, the Huion New 1060PLUS and exploring the capacities of Clip Studio Paint (brushes, shortcuts, etc), maybe a better way to draw in a comic art style than Photoshop ? I really struggle at the time to start a digital drawing from scratch, something is bothering me to do things that seems “natural” on paper, like placing the main elements of a piece, or do an anatomicaly correct human character, haha. Thankfully, CSP got a cool option : you have a human-like puppet, and you can modify its pose and view angle, all the articulation being movable in 3D, with shades. So, this particular drawing was a test at first to see if starting something from this “puppet” was viable.

But, I was streaming, and get caught in it for hours, and it went way too far than intended, haha. I’m not really satisfied with the pose which is too…tight-assed (in fact, WTF is he doing ?!), but I learned from it, and got a bit more familiar with the stylus. I also spent a rare time trying to colorize a drawing, trying new things. The background was done later, with the mouse, just to fill the blanks ! But it was also the occasion to test the blending functionnalities of CSP (in fact very similar to PS, only the menus are a different mess) and new brushes. His face is at the same time far from what I do usually, and similar to the style I want to get rid off, haha. I’m hating this drawing but also like what I was able to do in it. Artists are complicated.

It’s raining Kupos !

tl;dr.fr : Twitch a encore ajouté des trucs pour personnaliser, impliquer ou récompenser les spectateurs de nos streams – une sorte de monnaie spécifique à chaque chaîne je me suis creusé la tête pour trouver quelque chose d’original – je me suis inspiré des Kudos de Project Gotham Racing, mélangé au nom de mon toutou star : Kubo, alias Kupo – voici donc les Kupos et le visuel inspiré des ryōs japonais qui va avec !

Twitch was at first pretty straightforward for a streamer. You could pick an avatar, stream what you played, and read the chat. Only your personal page was more creatively free than now, because you could customise it with near full HTML code (which asked you some knowledge to do something impressive). Then arrived the simplified blocks on the profile ; the personal emote for partners ; the dashboard with zillions of statistics ; the Affiliation program ; the sub ranks and more… Now as a viewer, you can earn points exclusive to a channel, doing tasks as watching the stream, following, or clicking an icon when it appears regularly (we are all kinda like Desmond from Lost now, haha). You can spend these points to unlock various perks (random emote for 24 hours, highlight a message, even fulfill a goal defined by the streamer, etc) and indeed all of that is now vastly customizable on the Affiliate / Partner side, in term of naming and visuals. Of course, making tiny icons is not so easy ! So we got work to do, but first, what fun item could replace boring “points” ?

I tried after I became Affiliate to think of something relative to what I stream or I like, but with a constraint of “numbers”. Because my dog Kubo is a familiar face to the stream, I could have chosen “croquettes” something that you can count and that can go to high numbers to fill Scrooge McDuck‘s money bin, but my pal Mynthos already did that. I searched in the Yoshi or Okami universe for recognizable items (Yoshi eggs ? Kinda boring), maybe something relative to the Super Famicom controller, or why not stamps or stickers of something ? Finally, for unknown odd reasons, one day I was watching a lot of YouTube videos on racing games (I really like what Viperconcept do by the way) and pro-simracers, or by extension videos about great cars, haha (like my all time fav’ since the first PlayStation era : the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R), I remembered a kind of similar reward in the now extinct racing game series PGR (for Project Gotham Racing) from defunct Bizarre Creations (they did Geometry Wars and Blur before being trashbined by Activision for bizarre reasons).

The first Project Gotham Racing on Xbox ! Tik-tik-ti-ti-ti-tik…

In PGR, your performance behind the wheel, earned you Kudos, with a caracteristic sound. I love this word, it is the kind of word I like to pronounce for the sake of it. Like “blouse”, haha. I though it was a cool idea. But Kudos are immaterial, and I have to create a visual. Plus, I don’t play PGR on stream. So Kudos… transposed (why not) to my four pawed friend, it could be Kubos or… Kupos ? I could do a coin with his face ? Yes, but it is so mainstream, haha. But, I had the idea previously when searching in the Okamiverse to use a former japanese currency, ryos, and their weird long coins. So, melting all that, I present to you, the Kupos !

It’s raining Kupos !

Cool story bro. But your visual must fit in a 28×28 pixels window, and in fact reduced to a 20 pixel-sided square, haha. Even with glasses on, it ends up to be a blurry mess. Contrary to my first emote, I didn’t made a too complex and high detailed drawing (still with the mouse), but my first tries made the relief on the coin totally flat and the Kubo face unrecognizable. So I tried to apply more shading and light reflection effects, and… voilà ! I really like the result in 28² pixels, but the shrinking to a 20 pixel square, if not ideal, is at least decipherable, haha.

So if you’re wandering the web someday, ending up reaching my live stream, you can ask me now to play with only my left hand, or give me an advice if I’m stuck on a game with your Kupos (something you can’t do usually). Or spend them to watch me play a particular game in the near future ! Not a bad feature ^^

myTwitch emote #1 “Kupo !”

tl;dr.fr : étant désormais affilié sur Twitch, j’ai droit à 3 emotes personnelles – je peux faire mon propre FrankerZ qu’on pourra spammer partout (ou pas) – j’ai donc dessiné mon toutou Kubo, pour faire muxerzKupo (en référence au langage des Mogs de Final Fantasy) – il faut que cela soit expressif sur un carré de 28 pixels – j’avais déjà fait des emotes, mais j’ai utilisé une autre méthode, avec un très grand fichier de base… qui devenait illisible après réduction – j’ai dû modifier chaque taille à soumettre requise, épaissir les traits principaux et jouer sur les ombrages – au final je suis assez content, mais je ferai mieux à l’avenir et surtout plus pratique à réduire, haha (dessin plus épuré, ou travailler sur une taille de fichier proche du format visé).

Now that I’m a Twitch Affiliate, I have three emote slots to fill. If you are not familiar with Twitch, it was in the beginning one of the main caracteristics of the plateform, you could add “smileys” to your chat messages, but not the usual yellow ones : faces of real people (in the beginning Twitch staff or some well known streamers), or animals (the famous FrankerZ, which inspired my actual pseudo), doing funny expressions, that you can insert typing a particular “word association” (BibleThump, PogChamp, TriHard…). So, this is how I made the first one, and also how I lost time for nothing, haha.

The main problem is that it must be expressive with only a square of 28 pixels on 28. You can enlarge them while hovering the emote, but most people will only see your emote in its tiny version. I already did some face emote for mv in ancient time, when they were often only expressive faces of streamers, and not very clean. But now you have really great and inspiring sets of emote, with cool and colorful drawings, know streamers having dozens of emote slots to use. I’m for example admirative of Kenket‘s emotes (a skillful animal drawing artist), and I tried to get inspiration from her work, without falling into the mimic side of the force…

I also made an emote months ago, with good ‘ol Windows Paint and the mouse (maybe weird, but I’m practicing this since I’m 12 years old, haha), which turned out to be pretty cool for something I did in one hour. I just draw directly in the maximum size of the emote (112×112). For the curious, this is Chuchu from Xenogears, my girlfriend is an absolute fan of the game and this character ^^. It ended on the “poverty streamer emote service” (and much more), the excellent FrankerFaceZ you have to install the extension in your browser to see all these emotes, including this muxChu or use it in my Twitch chat.

muxChu

For my first “real emote” named muxerzKupo, where my dog is doing his cute begging face, I used Photoshop on a gigantic square of 2200×2200 pixels, and draw with the graphic tablet of my girlfriend (the top tier Huion NEW 1060PLUS). I like the result, the drawing is OK and the coloration satisfying at my actual level. But reducing it made it an inexpressive garble of pixels, haha. I tried many alternative to reduce it with the highest fidelity to the original drawing… But finally took the decision to tweek it at each size of the image to strengthen the main lines, and accentuate or correct the shadings.

The original, before tweaks to render it better in tiny versions.

Concerning the naming, why I chose “Kupo” instead of “Kubo”, which is the name of my doggo that is represented in my emote ? Well I plan to make other Kubo emotes, so I can’t name all of them “Kubo”, haha. “Kupo” is related to one of the reason we gave his name to our little friend (or… son ? Haha), the way the Moogles are talking in Final Fantasy (especially the IX, where the french translation says “Coubo !”). Kupo ! Kupo !

Voilà !

For the next one, I think I will proceed quite differently, begining with a much smaller base size like two or four times the largest submitable size. I also could make a “simpler” drawing, with clear lines and plain color spaces, more like an anime style. But first I should find ideas for these emotes, haha. Knowing that the two remaining slots concers higher and more expensive “tiers” of sub (meaning no one will use it except me… Kappa).

June ’19 collab with my bro !

tl;dr.fr : je suis allé voir mon bro Kévin pendant mes dernières vacances, qui dessine trop bien mais en pause Papa ! (et League of Legends… lol) on a dessiné ensemble sur sa tablette écran sur le thème des clodos intenses (ne jugez pas !)on s’est bien marré et passé plus de temps que prévu, mais pour un résultat bien plus chiadé que j’imaginaisj’ai créé Stiv Lou ! un mec simple qui vit à l’essentielKep a repris son vieux perso Felapool ou Hingus pour les intimes, avec toujours ses petites coucougnettes sous le bec !pas habitué à dessiner direct sur un écran mais avec l’exemple de Kéké j’ai progressé plus vite que si j’avais été seulj’ai essayé de m’inspirer et coller à son style pour un résultat harmonieuxplutôt content du résultat, même si c’est pour ma partie trop proche de mon style trop plat que je veux changerj’espère que mon bro va reprendre ses projets suite à ce dessin fun !

During my long awaited last vacation, I went to the far east of France to see my bro Kévin, a much more talented artist than I am, but not very productive since he is a young dad ! Because of my renewed interest in drawing and to show me his new Huion graphic tablet, so I could try it, we started to do a joint piece together, with a theme about, huh… intense bums, the “clodos” as we say vulgarly in France. We spent much more time on it than intended, but the result go beyond my expectation and we had great fun !

So for that – kind of – friendly duo, probably once more inspired by my dog Kubo, I created Stiv Lou (“Steve Wolf” phonetically, haha) who likes to mix energy drinks with vodka – don’t do that – directly in his mouth ! The guy has a huge left arm, because his favorite activity is to do arm-wrestling with his one-armed best friend, so he doesn’t need to work on his right arm…

Kep re-used a character he created for one of his first comics, Felapool (“do the chicken”, haha), or Hingus for the intimates, a badass street veteran, who was not welcome by life as we can attest ; also with huge creepy “assets” under his beak, haha. He is friend with Stiv because he can’t roll these funny cigs he likes with only one arm… (The running gag was “but how can he even *do this or that* ?”)

Drawing directly on the screen is strange at first, yet more intuitive than a classic tablet, but with Kep as an exemple, I think the adaptation period was much quicker than if I was alone, as I also tried to mimic his “inking” style to bring a more harmonious look to the piece. Kéké also showed me his colorisation technique, that I tried to follow, I really like the “glow” lines which bring more volume and atmosphere to the picture.

I think Stiv is an example of the manner I don’t want to draw again, haha, too static or I don’t know… but the global result is still pleasant because it match the style of his chicken pal… Well, I hope Kep felt motivated to continue his sleepy projects after that, for my part it boosted my need to draw again, and better !