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Because I honestly need to start keeping better track of where I've been, where I am, where I'm going, and More Importantly for my followers, what you guys want in regards to this gallery and if I'm providing it for you. After all, this is a service not a charity.
All right, Let's start with....

Daily Doodles.

I started doing daily doodles over my break to add some variety to my artistic portfolio, as well as generate content I could leverage for either a bigger fanbase online, or material to print for conventions. To a certain extent, that has worked; my doodles are the most popular things I've done all year, and people have started making requests for them. That being said, there's a few things that need improving:

-Scheduling: I thought I'd have enough time with the weekend and print compiling to buffer enough daily doodles to compensate for my day job. I was wrong, mostly because I overestimated the amount of time and energy I'd have when I left work, which resulted in my not working when I got home. The best work around is to readjust the buffer so I have as much backup as possible, rather than simply staying a few days ahead.

-Feedback: I'd love to start opening up the choice of daily doodle subject matter to patrons. I'm kinda hooked on this "4-5 disparate characters becomes a full composition" idea, though... What do you guys think? Should you have the option of suggesting the next series? Or just characters within a series I've selected? Let me know what kind of input you want to have on this.

Next?

The Crimson Fly.

The Crimson Fly animated webcomic was to be the cornerstone of SkipperWing Productions. From YouTube, to Instagram, to Twitch, everything centered around it. You can even see it in the tier levels. Sadly, the technological hurdles of adapting the comic to HTML 5 have basically shattered all my plans going forward. I've started making progress towards recovery, the most recent of which is finally creating/adapting a format for the fully animated version of the comic. That sample version will be available to patrons soon (as soon as I figure out how to handle to promos).

So, what's going on with the Crimson Fly?
Planning.

Now that I know that I can do what I want to do, I need to make sure that everything about it is as successful as possible, not just the art. To that end, I've started replanning the ongoing story for the Crimson Fly. You saw a little bit of that, with the expression concept art from yesterday. As time goes on, the stories for each individual episode get fleshed out, and characters are defined, you're going to see more of that.
Here's what I want from you guys: What aspects of the Crimson Fly do YOU want made available? Model sheets? Animated gifs? Workfiles (I can't guarantee that they'll work for you, because, unlike PSDs, FLA files aren't universally compatible with everything, but I'll make them available)?

Flybits was supposed to ease the amount of time I spent absent between trying to learn how to adapt the Crimson Fly for HTML and being away from the internet, and started to take on a life of its own when I started taking it seriously. To the point that I realized that I couldn't do it justice, and do the thing I'd created it to be able to do.
Where is Flybits now? On hiatus and buffering. In addition to creating new ideas for strips on the fly as part of my daily exercise (so I don't have to work as hard to create new ideas for strips on the daily), I'm also starting to adapt the old comics (all 75 of them currently) for HTML5 (in addition to the buffers I haven't actually drawn yet). Once that's done (and the Crimson Fly is prepped for launch) both The Crimson Fly AND The Crimson Fly: Flybits will return. Count on it.

Other Projects:


Sonic SSS was a fanimation I started working on last year in the wake of the animated content associated with Sonic Mania. Its mostly done; just have a few more money shots to take care of, and believe me, they are a PAIN. Once its done, though, please share it! I don't know when they'll be done, cuz cleanup takes a while, especially for 11 seconds of animation with two characters and moving backgrounds. But please be patient!
Once it's done, do you have any fanimation ideas you'd like to see me animate? I'm thinking of a Mario kart tale of revenge between two brothers, but that's just one idea! Let me know in the comments!

Streaming was supposed to be another way to interact with you guys, that also started lagging when Flybits did. Part of it was Flybits, but also part of it was my lack of growth as a streamer. A lot of that had to do with the nature of my content (art creation) and how that's not a growth industry on Twitch if you don't already have a base. I'd hoped to grow that base on Twitch, and I think I hit a ceiling with my current methodology.
To that end, if Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same result, then something needs to change. I want to do more game streams, and my best streams seem to be with games that are tough-but-fair, with lots of margin for hilarious error. The last two games like that, for me, were Super Mario Odyssey and Celeste. What do you guys think? What kinds of games do you want to see me stream (I have a Switch, a PS4 and a PC)?
And that's not to say I want to stop doing creative streams! I love sharing my process with you guys, and answering questions. Also, working on stream helped keep me focused on Flybits and the Crimson Fly, AND also provide speedpaint fodder for "SkipperWing draws a thing" So when that does come back, what sorts of things would you like me to draw on Stream? Or would you like me to do tutorials? Hit me up in the comments!

Closing thoughts!

Wow. I wasn't expecting to have so many thoughts about where I am, and what I'm doing! I was gonna close this out with plans for next week, but this post is way too long for that, so I think I'm going to make a separate post about that tomorrow. Sound good? Yes? No? Let me know in the comments below!
Streaming! Working on comic stuff (Spoiler: Its The Crimson Fly​ #56!) Swing on by and drop a thought! Link: www.picarto.tv/skipperwing
Streaming! Still working on that cover! Come check me out and drop a thought in the chatbox!
www.picarto.tv/skipperwing
Hey Everyone! Its been a long time coming, but WE FINALLY A STORE! Do you like the Crimson Fly, but wish you weren't dependent on the internet? Do you want your own copy? Would you like to support the artist (Financially), but never had a venue with which to do so? 

WONDER NO MORE: THE CRIMSON FLY/SKIPPERWING GUMROAD STORE IS HERE! Check out the individual comics, compilations, PDFs, and animated applications of the Crimson Fly! Pay what you want (above a specified minimum), and support the creative endeavors of Colin "SkipperWing" Byrd!

Plus, coming soon: Ever wonder how we make those wonderful comics? Would you like to dissect our work files? Or maybe you just want to own the file in the same way people buy original comic pages? Coming soon: the Flash files of the Crimson Fly animated Comic (CS6+ compatible, unfortunately)!

gumroad.com/skipperwing
Hey Everyone! Its been a long time coming, but WE FINALLY A STORE! Do you like the Crimson Fly, but wish you weren't dependent on the internet? Do you want your own copy? Would you like to support the artist (Financially), but never had a venue with which to do so? 

WONDER NO MORE: THE CRIMSON FLY/SKIPPERWING GUMROAD STORE IS HERE! Check out the individual comics, compilations, PDFs, and animated applications of the Crimson Fly! Pay what you want (above a specified minimum), and support the creative endeavors of Colin "SkipperWing" Byrd!

Plus, coming soon: Ever wonder how we make those wonderful comics? Would you like to dissect our work files? Or maybe you just want to own the file in the same way people buy original comic pages? Coming soon: the Flash files of the Crimson Fly animated Comic (CS6+ compatible, unfortunately)!

gumroad.com/skipperwing
A new Crimson Fly strip is available for viewing at: thecrimsonflycomics.blogspot.c…
You can also view it as a static strip: tapastic.com/series/The-Crimso…
Or as a Youtube playlist here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Last week's update can be viewed on Deviantart here:
UPDATE- The Crimson Fly #41 by SkipperWing

Enjoy, and Have a good week, everybody!
A new Crimson Fly strip is available for viewing at: thecrimsonflycomics.blogspot.c…
You can also view it as a static strip: thecrimsonflycomics.tumblr.com
Or as a Youtube playlist here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Last week's update can be viewed on Deviantart here:
The Crimson Fly #36 by SkipperWing

Enjoy, and Have a good week, everybody!
Hey everybody!

I don't know if this was ever made clear, but Commissions are open! Note this is not the same thing as a "project;" If you were looking for an artist to draw for your comic, or design your logo, or anything fully commercial, that's more of a "freelance" thing, and you would have to email me. As it stands, here's the blurb from the commission info poster:

Skipperwing Commission Chart by SkipperWing

"Its exactly as you see it: I'm opening commissions.  If you want one, message me either here, or shoot me an email at skipperwing@gmail.com com so we can discuss things!  Preferred method of payment is currently paypal, though that is subject to change.


When messaging, please include a description of what you want:
-dimensions (ex: 11 in x 17 in for a poster)
-Character, or Characters (ex: Mario)
-Character action (ex: Mario standing like a badass)
-Location (ex: Blank-I mean, "Void between worlds)

EDIT (thanks to my buddy :iconrambozus:, for asking for clarification)
Just to be clear, You get a maximum of four characters under the base cost. Any more adds on an extra amount detailed under the type of illustration.  So, for example, a 5th character in a pencil sketch would be an extra $10, a 6th character would be an extra $10 on top of that ($20 extra for those of you keeping track at home), and so on and so forth.  Hope that's clear!

2ND EDIT: These prices reflect single pages/compositions. If you want more characters on separate pages, those are separate commissions.  For example: 4 character sketches on a single page = $20 USD. 4 characters on 4 separate pages = $80. Hope that clears up any more confusion.

3RD EDIT: This is simply for illustration commissions. For Full Projects (comics, storyboards, narrative illustration), Graphic Designs and Animations/Animation-related projects, please email me.

Anything else I missed? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks! Let's make this fun for everybody!
A new Crimson Fly strip is available for viewing at: thecrimsonflycomics.blogspot.c…
You can also view it as a static strip: thecrimsonflycomics.tumblr.com
Or as a Youtube playlist here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Last week's update can be viewed on Deviantart here:
The Crimson Fly #32 by SkipperWing

Enjoy, and Have a good week, everybody!
A new Crimson Fly strip is available for viewing at: thecrimsonflycomics.blogspot.c…
You can also view it as a static strip: thecrimsonflycomics.tumblr.com
Or as a Youtube playlist here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Last week's update can be viewed on Deviantart here:
The Crimson Fly #31 by SkipperWing

Enjoy, and Have a good week, everybody!
A new Crimson Fly strip is available for viewing at: thecrimsonflycomics.blogspot.c…
You can also view it as a static strip: thecrimsonflycomics.tumblr.com
Or as a Youtube playlist here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Last week's update can be viewed on Deviantart here:
The Crimson Fly #30 by SkipperWing

Enjoy, and Have a good week, everybody!
A new Crimson Fly strip is available for viewing at: thecrimsonflycomics.blogspot.c…
You can also view it as a static strip: thecrimsonflycomics.tumblr.com
Or as a Youtube playlist here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Last week's update can be viewed on Deviantart here:
The Crimson Fly #29 by SkipperWing

Enjoy, and Have a good week, everybody!
So, apparently, I have 500 subscribers on YouTube. WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?! How do people plan for these milestones? Should I do some sort of celebratory thing?! What should I do? Aside from keep making stuff, of course....

Oh, my Youtube Channel, btw:
www.youtube.com/user/skipperwi…

See ya soon!
A new Crimson Fly strip is available for viewing at: thecrimsonflycomics.blogspot.c…
You can also view it as a static strip: thecrimsonflycomics.tumblr.com
Or as a Youtube playlist here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Last week's update can be viewed on Deviantart here:
The Crimson Fly #28 by SkipperWing

Enjoy, and Have a good week, everybody!
A new Crimson Fly strip is available for viewing at: thecrimsonflycomics.blogspot.c…
You can also view it as a static strip: thecrimsonflycomics.tumblr.com
Or as a Youtube playlist here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Last week's update can be viewed on Deviantart here:
The Crimson Fly #26 by SkipperWing

Enjoy, and Have a good week, everybody!
A new Crimson Fly strip is available for viewing at: thecrimsonflycomics.blogspot.c…
You can also view it as a static strip: thecrimsonflycomics.tumblr.com
Or as a Youtube playlist here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Last week's update can be viewed on Deviantart here:
The Crimson Fly #27 by SkipperWing

Enjoy, and Have a good week, everybody!
A new Crimson Fly strip is available for viewing at: thecrimsonflycomics.blogspot.c…
You can also view it as a static strip: thecrimsonflycomics.tumblr.com
Or as a Youtube playlist here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Last week's update can be viewed on Deviantart here:
The Crimson Fly #26 by SkipperWing

Enjoy, and Have a good week, everybody!
A new Crimson Fly strip is available for viewing at: thecrimsonflycomics.blogspot.c…
You can also view it as a static strip: thecrimsonflycomics.tumblr.com
Or as a Youtube playlist here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Last week's update can be viewed on Deviantart here:
The Crimson Fly #25 by SkipperWing

Enjoy, and Have a good week, everybody!
A new Crimson Fly strip is available for viewing at: thecrimsonflycomics.blogspot.c…
You can also view it as a static strip: thecrimsonflycomics.tumblr.com
Or as a Youtube playlist here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Last week's update can be viewed on Deviantart here:
The Crimson Fly #24 by SkipperWing

Enjoy, and Have a good week, everybody!
A new Crimson Fly strip is available for viewing at: thecrimsonflycomics.blogspot.c…
You can also view it as a static strip: thecrimsonflycomics.tumblr.com
Or as a Youtube playlist here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Last week's update can be viewed on Deviantart here:
The Crimson Fly #23 by SkipperWing

Enjoy, and Have a good week, everybody!