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Welcome, Wastelander.

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 25, 2015, 7:48 AM

 Welcome to my deviantArt page, Fallout fans.  My name is angelenesdreams, and I also go by AlmostMichael.  I occasionally post artistic screenshots and other Fallout-related things, but I mostly work on my high-quality Fallout screenshot comic, Wasteland Diaries, with my partner MBlackwood.  You can read WD here, but I highly recommend you follow along on Tumblr.  It's much easier to navigate, there's a full index broken down by chapters, there's character info, and by golly it just looks better than deviantArt in general.  Also, it is  rated mature due to language, drug and alcohol use, violence, and adult situations, and pages posted here that contain mature content are only visible only to members of deviantArt.  You can get around that by following us on Tumblr.




WASTELAND DAIRIES ON TUMBLR



Wasteland Diaries follows the adventures of Michael Bigsley and his partner Mackenzie Grimmus across the Capital Wasteland. Roughly taking place about a year since the Lone Wanderer activated Project Purity, Bigs has since been banished from the Brotherhood of Steel and we find him struggling with life as a wastelander. No longer safe behind the Citadel's walls, the ex-scribe befriends Mack, a feisty damaged former-Regulator with alcohol addiction and a death-wish. The wasteland is caught in a bitter tug-of-war for control as the Enclave makes one last attempt to crush the Brotherhood and bring America back to its former glory...even if that means killing every mutant, ghoul, and irradiated man left.



Bigsley's tale begins with Broken Steel: Fallen Brother



 Broken Steel: Fallen Brother - INDEX by angelenesdreams


Bigs' & Mack's tale continues with Wasteland Diaries


 Wasteland Diaries: Chapter 1 Chasing Ghosts by angelenesdreams


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skoomoo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017
hey there I'm a big fan of your comics and I just had a few questions how do get all the animations and the facial expressions I'm trying to do a machima and it's quite hard trying to find the right tools too make the shots I want to play out. and I can barely any information online.
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Pino44io Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for donation, my friend!
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angelenesdreams Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You are always welcome!  :)
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MurphyParys Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the flava biiiigs ;D
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angelenesdreams Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, Spud!  ;)
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MurphyParys Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
spudoto
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angelenesdreams Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
spudinsky.  spudarino.
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Pino44io Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As always, thank you for donation pool!
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angelenesdreams Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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DasCheesenBorgir Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
I've a question for you, if you don't mind answering it-

-how do you effectively pace your comics? I realize that's a very wide and sweeping prompt that doesn't exactly have an easy answer, but I wouldn't be asking if it did. 

I'm asking because I recently started a really short, hand-drawn series of my own, and despite the fact that I've decided to make it entirely dialogue free I feel like it's... like there's something off with it. Whether the panes are moving the scenes along much too fast, or the perspective is jumping around without enough focus, y'know.

Granted, I am sort of putting it together as I go right now, but that's kinda what I'd like to fix by asking this XD

One reason I've always liked your comics is because they seem to be paced in a manner that emphasizes tension well, and... well, I'm just curious as to what sorts of "techniques", whether they be formal or informal you tend to apply to different scenarios to keep that deliberate pace.

Like, how you might visualize everything beforehand, get the perspective and angle on each image right to make sure not a single one is wasted and what might be more appropriate in different situations. 

Thanks for the watch by the way! :)
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angelenesdreams Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I really had to think about this question and had a helluva time answering it, sorry it took so long to reply and thank you for asking! :)

Most of my scenes on each page are short, but I feel they have a slow build, and the things I concentrate the most on is the body language and the facial expressions, which in my opinion carry all the tension.  The dialog is short and to the point, and the faces do the rest of the work.  It's all deliberately slow and cinematic, in my mind, and that's how I picture the story, like a movie.  That might not really explain how I pace my story, but that's the best answer I can give.  I feel like I want readers to be able to pick up some of Bigs' or Mack's personality by including odd awkward moments of silence, or an angry glare, or an eye-roll.  I think that stuff speaks volumes and is very effective.  So yeah, slow and steady is how I roll.

I kinda do a story board, but it's more like a script with details on the facial expressions.  I'll visualize each panel in my head, thinking about which poses I'll use, and pencil those in as notes.  When I actually get into the game, I'll set everyone up for a panel, make adjustments, and then fly the camera all around them and find what looks the most visually pleasing.  I also have to take into account leaving room for thought-boxes and dialog bubbles.  So yeah, when you talk about making making sure nothing is wasted, you aren't kidding LOL!

I think that you have an added challenge with a silent comic, because that means you are relying purely on body language, action, and emotion to carry the story along.  I think that if I were doing a silent story, the pace would be more deliberate.  I'm going to agree with you that it's possible your pace is moving too quickly on page one, but then you find a good pace (in my opinion) through pages 2 - 4.

I hope that helps some, and please feel free to keep the conversation going, I might just be a little slow to reply due to work and family and stuff! :)
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DasCheesenBorgir Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
Yeah, I think the mistake I made was deciding that this was gonna be a pure action scene one-off, kind of as a break from the melancholy and melodrama from the actual written thing lol

I'm thinking for thematic purposes I'm going to break the silence at the very very end when once specific character's finally introduced, just with a single word- I wanted to make the whole comic silent and not even put in simple sound effects for action just to... try and get across almost a sort of underlying bleakness to everything despite the fact that this fully armored protagonist who has no facial expression is casually blowing through some shambly spooky skeletons.

Which is probably why I'm thinking everything feels so meh right now, since the action itself is kinda inconsequential on its own. And the 'bleakness' doesn't really manifest itself too well when I'm doing action shot angles all over the place LOL

I guess the action itself was meant to come off as a lot more routine than anything, emotionless and seemingly void of consequence as per the perspective I'm using. 

Maybe if I'd instead began in the long, dark walk leading up to the bombastic action I would had some time to play off the atmosphere more and take some environmental cues here and there, but unfortunately on reflection I think I really did just start this with the intention of making some inconsequential action prologue shiz - and then there's this natural guilt manifesting about not cramming enough trippy hallucinatory images in because the protagonist is unfortunately still pretty sure of himself at this point...

Maybe I should try switching the perspective to focus more of the very temporary antagonist? Seeing how he does have the benefit of facial expression and most importantly those organic eyes... And then present the action through short glancing shots rather than glorified and panned out pages? And then slowly play off of their growing anxiety, developing it from minor irritation to full blown panic once he had to face this armored behemoth by himself?

Yeah, I have noticed that the majority of what you've been dealing with is a lot of subtle... Not action scene stuff ai guess, and the bits of action there are are carried out by decidedly normal people so I guess a lot of the specifics are more difficult for me to consider.

Though I would like to hear your thoughts on why the pace felt alright from 2 onwards but not so much the first? First one I can understand pretty easily that it begins quite suddenly, perspective shifts really quickly and there's this closing, weird shot of one of those more hallucinatory images-

But what'd you think was better about the next couple? Perhaps since I found a sort of focus on this conflict between humanity and its ever existent fear of spooky scary skeletons and began to set up a sort of standoff in 2 and 3? A little more focus on the rich facial expressions of... Err... a static helmet faceplate and a buncha skulls? lol

But thanks for replying at all to begin with, I dunno if I'll keep chugging along as I do for the time being or maybe distance myself from this for a bit... In the end I prolly won't take drastic action like redo the first several pages or add a buncha 'walking' bits in though, since this was SUPPOSED to be a more casual experiment rather than something to fuss over. I guess some things will never change though. :)
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angelenesdreams Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sorry, I've been on vacation and I will be settled back in tomorrow and will reply!  I didn't forget you!
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Pino44io Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for donation again, my friend!
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JoeSlucher Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave!
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