I am currently working on a new game along the lines of the True or Hoowie game. I am calling it The Play Game. At present, it is very primitive, but I thought you might like to see what I am up to. You would not believe how long it took me to get this far. My brain is made for creativity, not technical mumbo jumbo!
A lot of bugs need to be worked out. Join me, as I stumble and fumble my way through the world of links, animation, and websites. As you can see from the screenshot above, there is a new tag called The Play Game. Click on the screenshot and give it a go! It is fully functional and ready for your perusal. I plan to have three levels of difficulty: Ridiculously Difficult, Normal, and Stable Genius (very easy). This first puzzle is Stable Genius and Normal to me, but to others it might be Ridiculously Difficult. Let’s call it Stable Normal. No. I am not saying that I am smart. I am saying that I am immersed in the world of science fiction, while others are not. So, of course this one would be easy for me!
The reasons for doing this are manifest. It’s entertaining, not only to others, but to myself. It is promotional. Each game is like a little ad for Skribbers. Also, the more I post The Play Game, the stronger my presence in the search engines like Google and Yahoo. It’s educational. We can all learn something new while having fun at the same time. It is sneaky because those who play will have no idea that they are being both solicited and educated. Stay tuned for more!
After the skeleton stage, I sketch using drawing pencils. Most of my artwork is 50% sketching and 50% erasing. When I am satisfied with the sketch, I trace it using a drawing pen. What you see above is the pen portion of this equation. At this point I am basically committing myself to my drawing and layout decisions. The only thing that changes after this is purely cosmetic. The outline, shading, shadowing, and color.
I imagine you are thinking, “What kind of crap is this, Bob? Are you trying to pull the shenanigans over our eyes, or something?” I don’t blame you. It is not very artistic. In fact, it looks like a bunch of scribbles. However, this is just another step in the process of creating a Chico and the Chupacabra comic strip. I call this, “the skeleton stage”.
Let me start from the beginning. The first thing that has to happen when creating the strip is the “spark”. This can be a funny word I heard, a funny sight I have seen, or a funny thought I have had. Second, that spark is translated into the Chico world. This was represented by the drawing in my last post (Chico Practice). I draw freely, while keeping the “spark” in the forefront of my mind. At this point, I am basically trying to determine if the spark can be melded with the characters and setting. If things are looking good, I move on to the third stage. This is the moment I believe that I might have a funny idea and I need to start planning how to present it to the public in the most logical, clear, and funny way. The skeleton stage is where I decide the positioning of characters, the dialogue, and just the general layout of the whole thing.
Stage four is too revealing, so you will see the finalized Chico and the Chupacabra before I post any more stages. I don’t want to ruin the surprise! See you next time. Have a good day.