There are several more vids still kept 'private' on that channel, Craig. Planning to make public a BBC ghost story not seen by many since '78 soon.
I've just sent you a private preview of something else as sort of token of whatever after my outrageous silences. (Though, seriously, what would my hovering about the site achieve?)
Very annoyed about the block on Mad Love. Tempted to post lengthy extracts from it for purposes of review. Block the internet, don't screen it on telly and limit the DVDs: something unhealthy about that.
Fairly good morning's work, and it feels like I found the answer to one long-lasting problem which has been a total pain for weeks, i.e. the cover. I had to abandon the previous simpler colouring technique and fall back on pixel-by-pixel colouring in Photoshop. Not quite as painful as it sounds, I suppose I got a result in just over three hours this morning. It still needed that touch of... something... and then I thought of putting it through the Picasa editor. That was fun! Feels like the first time I smiled in ages.
Craig's had a preview of something else. That was something I'd wanted to do for a long time. The only other drawing I'd ever done for a Craig Herbertson story was years back, and that drawing had a sort of sketchiness suggested by the subject matter. I liked it or I wouldn't have used it - that was for Strange Fruit in FC 3.
I suppose there are 5 illustrations near as dammit ready for posting though as usual I'll fuss with them a while. Oh, that doesn't include the colour job I mentioned before.
Re: the movie posts. Suggest you just enjoy them (or not as the feeling takes you). I suppose I've been getting two or three subscribers a day to the YouTube site since I started uploading them - which was the idea in the first place. Raising the various sites profiles.
I'm trying to be careful about the films I use. YouTube tells me almost immediately if there's a copyright problem and it seems I can't even share them privately if they put a block on them. The copyright laws are complicated and I don't pretend to understand them. To give you some idea, there's a Vin Diesel film, The Fast and the Dozy (something like that) which no-one bothered re-newing the copyright on, so it's become public domain though fairly new. On the other hand, someone renewed the copyright on the film music for The Long Hair of Death so that one got blocked.
I did upload another one since the Bank Holiday so I might post that one here later, the seldom seen Werewolf of London. And I have a piece of Alan Garner BBC weirdness for later, probably something else the BBC wiped to make storage space (which of course they really did, years back, and have regretted it ever since). I think there's a FaceBook page where Garner reads his story To Kill a King, but so far I haven't found any trace of it on DVD.
Anyway, enough waffling, time to eat then get back to it.
Last night when I got home I carried on with the illustration (actually the second illustration - might not use the first one) for Colin Leslie's Melting. It has similar elements to the one for Charles Galloway's Shapeshifter (already seen in video, of course). Both illustrations show human figures 'interacting' with a world in abnormal ways, moving through an environment normally solid to them.
The Melting illustration presented weird problems. I kept wanting to make the concrete show signs of movement, like a sea. But of course it doesn't do that. It's just featureless. The only real features are the people and their constructions moving there. As it nears completion it strikes me as a more sadistic drawing than usual. Every figure in the drawing seems one of abject misery!
While I was drawing I felt something wet on my neck. Some time ago I'd noticed some of the ceiling's paper was becoming loose, but it never seemed damp so I put it down to the paste just becoming 'old'. This time I explored more thoroughly and found my finger went straight through the ceiling! Out comes the stepladder, but couldn't find any trace of damp in the attic.
Today, after replying to James' query (as best I could), went up there again and this time found the damp area - but still no clue where it's getting in...
Anyway, last night kept drawing while drinking nothing stronger than a mug of tea (hooray!) and finally fell asleep before midnight.
Just posted the link to To Kill a King. I know, I know, it's supposed to be a writer's workshop, but I explained that, and at least the YouTube stuff practically takes care of itself.
Ghostly damp - always a worrying sign, unless you're a horror writer.
It's still a worrying sign for this horror writer. It's in my bleedin' ceiling!
Really, Craig, I've come to expect better than such slips from you. Humph! (etc.)
Just been doing my morning round of the mailboxes, and the YouTube box has resulted in my doing a search following someone's query, then ordering a BBC M R James DVD with two old TV adaptations that I didn't even know existed! You see, there is life on YT.
Last night sent another sketch to two site members for comment.
Will be returning to drawing/editing for most of the day, so don't expect much activity from me here until much later. Though I did almost complete details of another movie upload yesterday so that'll be made public probably this evening. Right now though, must get back to it.
Um, I was just taking the piss by pretending to be cross, Craig!
I'm just about at the stage where I can scan the illustration for Colin's story Melting. With the coloured cover (David A Riley's Sendings) and a drawing of Craig's Dr Pelaris, that should be enough for a short promo video.
Bear in mind that all 3 of these drawings need final touches - which may or may not be apparent. If I'm to get that vid uploaded today, I'll need to do those touches afterwords.
It could be an hour or two yet - and that'll be pushing it!
Have spent most of the day sorting files on computer as I got the two magazine files down to manageable size.
Most of the formatting had already been done, but when I started trying to move some of it around (from one page of magazine to another, I mean) I found the cursor kept giving a 'busy' signal and basically it sort of hung up.
Usually if I leave it, it sorts itself out, but I had a shave and made a cup of tea and ... I realised I'd pushed the 4 Gigabytes of memory past its limit. Eventually it dawned on me the problem was with the utterly colossal picture files generated by Picasa. I mean they all look the same size in an editor until you read the information at one side. Then you start wondering what the hell they were thinking of. Computer screens just aren't that big!
All this is boring to read and write, but a sort out was definitely needed.
Gradually the two magazines are getting smaller, more manageable, in terms of megabytes if not pages. I'm tempted to scrap this post because I'm boring myself, but I haven't actually been bored doing it because naturally I've been studying afresh the contributions, and that's been inspiring.