I am currently in the process of creating new models for Alex and Cruz. I did this painting to see where I could push the character. I painted over a render of the older model. The original model I had created was difficult to animate. I had a load of trouble with getting expressions on the face to read accurately. Alex’s white skin made it difficult to stand out in many scenes. It was also very boring color for a dragon. I changed it to yellow. I love frills on a dragon, so I finally put them on Alex’s model, something I wanted to do in the first place. The face is more blunt and pointed, this is done so his expressions a more readable. I removed the horns on the artwork but added them back on the model. I thought little wings would be cool, but then realized how dorky they look. So I didn’t add them.
I didn’t make concept art for Cruz. JD was at my house the other day, he basically watched me for 3 hours creating the model’s face, giving me input on what he wanted (A very bad way to design I must admit, its better to do concept art and sketches first)
The new WIP versions of Alex and Cruz are good enough to began using in the comic. Also I will be uploading my first lip sync animation that was animated by hand.
As I mentioned, Alex and Cruz is a big project and is constantly evolving.
I don’t know where those wings came from either – Alex the Dragon
You ever have the feeling that things in your life are pointless but you do them anyways, but it’s fun. Then you find out there is better things you can do with your life. – Cruz the cheetah
Thanks Cruz for that depressing comment, it filled my heart with endless joy. – Alex the dragon
ROARRRRRR! – Godzilla
After 3 attempts to scare me, he finally succeed. But I was playing Dark Souls II, so it doesn’t count :P. Speaking about DkS2 it feels different then the first game. I’m addicted to it but I’m not sure it lives up to the last game. We will see. My apologies for putting a gamer on a couch. I said I would never do that… I lied. I have followed a Penny Arcade covenant. FORGIVE ME. – Alex the dragon
It was amusing to make a small dragon fit on a couch. I can be a little more artistic with single panel comics, but it’s not always the best way to tell a joke. It works well with this one though. – Alex the dragon
I basically made this comic solely for the third panel. Since this is a ‘gag a week’ comic Alex and Cruz, stand around a lot. It was nice to give it some movement – Alex the Dragon
I wish I had something witty and clever to stay but my small reptilian cranium cant think of anything at the moment . – Alex the dragon
Alex should pay more attention >:-) .. – Alex the Dragon
Hello everyone. Hopefully your week is going well. The moral of this story is to never put carpet in your house :D. My partner in crime and I are working on some short stories for our characters. So ‘eventually you will see story comics on certain days of the week. But we will continue to do single gag comics on sun/mon like always. We are excited to put these characters in amusing situations 😀 You will see concept art being uploaded to the blog in the coming month.
The irony of this comic is…. how would a dragon be able to wear a hat?
In our own glorious stupidity.. we forgot to do a comic last week. So with my brilliant wisdom (I was hit in the head) we decided to do four comics ahead of time and then the next week we will do four more, rinse and repeat. -Alex the dragon