So, in order to get J to keep updating on a normal basis, I’m not updating until he does. So I just wanted to set that straight, in case the updates don’t move on a consistent basis from now on. Last week J updated but he made the update coincide with my update for the week before that, or something like that… at any rate, two updates today to make up.
The first is obviously comic 500. Except for the fact that it’s comic 500, there’s nothing terribly special about it. You can see the art in the form which it’ll basically take up through the end of the story. It’s taken a long time to reach this level of consistency, but here we are. Whoo.
So this was actually begun almost a month ago now, celebrating the announcement of ToV on the PS3 and ultimately for 8k pageviews on my DeviantART. Obviously I got distracted, both with work and Transport Tycoon, but I eventually got it done this week.
I’ve been meaning a long time now to rant about why I hate consoles. Everyone says that console gaming is cheaper than PC gaming. On a console by console basis, sure thing, but not in the big picture. I only want to play a few select games, but they’re all made for fucking different consoles. Had to buy a DS to play Pokemon 4th gen. Had to have a PS2 to play ToTA. Had to have a Gamecube to play ToS. Had to have an XBOX to play ToV. And now you’ll have to have an XBOX or a PS3, but that doesn’t really make things much better.
All that shit adds up. $100 for a DS, maybe $100 for a PS2, a fortune for an XBOX and a fortune for a PS3. And the cost of the games themselves on top of that. My desktop at home cost about the same as a PS3 at retail, and a decent GPU would only add about a $100 overhead. And of course, your PC can double as whatever the hell else you want it to do, while your consoles are just that. If you got a notebook, it’s also portable.
This doesn’t sound very angry because this is not fall of 2008 when ToV was released exclusively for 360, so I’m over it for now. But in general, for people like me, consoles suck.
Anyways, the illustration itself is pretty typical of what I can turn out these days. That’s fine and kinda bleh at the same time. The lineart is fairly good but it’s still got some quirks. I feel like I really could have put a linear increase in quality with the whole piece with an exponential amount of time spent, but I obviously didn’t do that and I feel bad about it. I feel like I could actually push the envelope on several of these pieces, and just don’t do it, which makes me feel bad.
This piece in particularly was finicky going through color adjustment. Essentially my E6400 and TC4200 display colors a bit differently, and while it isn’t really a problem usually, the extreme black and extreme white here seems to have done something such that this one looks significantly different on both screens. So depending on how your display is calibrated, you should see this one fairly differently.
In the interest of time, that’s it for now. Have a nice day.