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Moto Mugi by fredrin
Moto Mugi
Pencil drawing was done for a friend who just recently purchased a Honda CBR-650R… - and yes, i had to color it :)  A bit of a challenge really, coloring something like this, just what would her outfit look like, her helmet, the bike color, etc.  I'm not really happy with the bike color, it didn't come out as well as i would like, but Mugi's outfit, especially her helmet, i think came out pretty decent.  I expermented a bit with using watercolor to wash in some of the background (a real challenge on a non-stretched sheet of paper).  Pencil was a gift, but the original color is available in the MegaGear store…
That Escalated Quickly by fredrin
That Escalated Quickly
This one evolved rather quickly from the idea of Erika giving Largo a spider-like hug of some sort into, well, a bit of chaos and a very fun illustration.  Amazing how quickly anything with Largo and Erika in it can get out of hand. Even without the background it's a fun illiustration, but then came Kimiko chasing after them yelling and waving Erika's top, and then her fan horde, and the zombie rangers, and the TPCD and a Zilla and... well, it escalated quite quickly.  Original pencil was a gift for someone, but the Color original of this is availible in the MegaGear store…
Grilling Tounomto-san by fredrin
Grilling Tounomto-san
This turned out to be a fun drawing - one thing that came out of a recent illustration (another one i have to post - damn, i missed posting a lot of them here to Deviant Art) Tounomoto-san (the girl with the poofy pigtails) seems to have an admirer, and this young man got hurt pretty badly recently, but out of it all somehow his private crush on Tounomot-san has come out, and she has no idea how to deal with it.  Of course, her friends, Junko, Ayanakouji, Ninamori and Ping-chan are gonna grill her on it - poor Tounomoto has no defenses against Ping and her photographic memory.  A very fun drawing, came out not too bad, my color density is getting better.  The Pencil drawing was a gift for a friend, but the orignial color art shown here is available in the MegaGear store -…
Cave of Evil - Dollgirl by fredrin
Cave of Evil - Dollgirl
I've been doing a lot of illustrations of various Megatokyo characters, including seemingly minor characters that just appear in the background.  Me being me, i don't believe in the idea of 'main characters' and 'background characters', i believe that every character in your story is a person who has a life and just because you dont see it in the main story doesn't mean its there.  This is a drawing of a character that you can indeed spot in some of the Cave of Evil scenes in Megatokyo (most recently you will find her operating a jackhammer :P) This illustration really... came together out of im not sure where, and it says a lot about her, and is surprisingly metaphysical and creepy in how it came together.  She has a prosthetic arm and has a bit of a doll fetish (cough).  I'm glad i pulled this one out and finished it, its one of my better illustrations recently - all for a girl who does not have a name yet.
Chaotic Megatokyo by fredrin
Chaotic Megatokyo
This is the finished color illustration I pulled together for the cover of the 2nd Megatokyo Omnibus which collects volumes 4, 5 and 6 into one volume.  I went with the same sort of 'looking up at a bunch of characters surrounding the lens' approach i used with the Volume 1 cover… - one big difference between this cover and the last one is this one I have colored using COPIC markers in what has sort of developed as my coloring style, while the 1st cover is done in the digital coloring technique i have been using up till now (which i've never really be satisfied with).  The Color original of this is actually now available in the MegaGear store if you would like to have the rare opportunity to own one of the Megatoko book covers (all the others have been mostly digital, with no original like this) -…
Ugh.  2011 was not what i'd call a particularly good year.  Figures that it was the 10 year aniversairy of MT and stuff, too. ^^;;  One casualty of the year was a lot of BS with my host and the loss of the server containing the Fredart and Sarah's Origami websites.  I have backups, so i can put things back together, i just haven't had the time yet... that and the fact that i really want to change fredart itself into a site i actually use to post and organize stuff rather than an older, rarely used repository of my older work.  

When i built the site back in 2000, non-static websites were kind of the new thing, sites that built themselves, parsing themselves server side when someone visited them.  Up till then, updating a site was usually a manual task, editing the code to add stuff, tweak things, break things ^^;;  Of course, the kind of interconnected social platforms like DA and Pixiv and Facebook and Twitter and stuff were not something to really worry about integrating.  I was proud of the fact that i had a little codebit on fredart that allowed TINAMI to index any new art i posted.  Back then, your homepage WAS where your work went, and the goal was getting people to your page to look at your stuff.

Today, things are kinda different.  The weird thing is, most of what i do and post and share can be (and often is) shared via the various active social network style 'enclaves' and in the case of Fredart, having the site be offline for several months is barely noticed.  I post art here on DA and on Pixiv, something things on Tumblr, i link things in Twitter and Facebook, and (way too rarely) on the Megatokyo page itself.  In what was a very disorganized and messed up year, it probably helped that all of this was plugged into neetworks (<-- that was totally a typo, but i think i'll leave it) so a lot more people saw stuff i was able to post and share than would if they just got tired of visiting my cricket-infested webpages.  

There are two kinda negative sides to all this, i think.  The first is that while each of these social networks (Facebook, Deviant Art, Tumblr, etc) are quite large, they are in a way like a gated community.  People have their favorite haunts that they tend to spend most of their time.  It sorta feels like it has compartmentalized the internet a little bit too much, imho.  The second thing has to do with what you have to do to reach everyone in this compartmentalized social networking age - you can't just post stuff to your homepage and know that people looking for your stuff will find it there.  You have to set up shop in each of the various social networking enclaves you have readers/fans/followers.  If i was a more organized person, i'd have a much better system for posting things cross-enclave.  As it is now, i post some stuff here, some stuff there, the result being that people often miss some things i post.  Since people usually hang out in several enclaves, you have to worry about spamming them too (i don't like the idea of bothering people too much).  When done well, you can reach a lot of people and keep people pretty happy.  If you flub it (which i am prone to doing) you will miss out on sharing your stuff with everyone.

I dunno, back in the 90s when i first got on the internet, i think the thing that was exciting was the idea that things could be in one place and everyone could find it there.  That idea is a bit fractured these days, but i guess it was inevitable in a lot of ways.  The net is vast, as they say, and content is not the problem - finding it is.  Fredart was a PHP coded website that i did myself that was remarkably archaic - all of the data was handled with flat text files (no databases for me, hacking around with PHP was hard enough to get my head around) and it was a massive pain to update (i had to create a txt file with the data all in the right places, and the site would count the number of files in the directory to determine how many elements were in the gallery, for instance).  It was kinda cool, but nothing like the things you can do with DA and stuff.  The trick for the new Fredart site will be that i want it to be a go-to point where all the different places things get posted will be shown and organized properly.  A place where i can start posting things, something idiot proof (a requirement) where i can start rambling on something (like this rant that sorta came out of nowhere) and be able to share it wherever i feel it should be shared.  

I totally passed on Myspace when it was the thing, but i was an early adopter on Twitter and a begrudging user of Facebook (where i probably reach the most people with the Megatokyo facebook page) and i still have no idea how to use Tumblr properly (who does?).  I still have no idea what im going to do with Google+, and like so many 'companies' you can only be active on so many social networks.  For instance, what about the people?  I have friends who use that, but i don't post anything there.  It makes you want to tear your hair out sometimes, and frankly... i'd rather be drawing or writing than fiddling with this stuff.  It used to take a long time to update - editing text file, making thumbnails, uploading manually, etc.  But now, having to cross post in so many places, i think it actually takes longer to post new artwork than it used to.  Odd, really.

Finally, before i shut up, i'll note one other casualty of this social networking enclave thing - the web pages themselves.  Now i know you can customize things like DA and Pixiv to an extent, but you are still working within a framework that is exactly the same across the network.  Its sort of like the difference between an older neighborhood with lots of different kinds of houses that look different and unique vs. a gated community with rules about what your house can look like and what you can do in your front yard, etc.  I'm a contrarian by nature, i guess, and i miss the fact that in the past most people had to cobble their own websites together.  Sure, the results were often horrific, but they were still unique.  It used to be a lot of fun perusing japanese websites looking for artwork.  You can say that its much better this way because it's like seeing artwork on gallery walls and much easier to find and share them, and that you can still have your own website to present things in a creative way.  Thing is, most people's experience of your work will be in these social networks, not on your website.  

At least with Deviant Art and Pixiv and stuff, your art itself is your expression and says a lot about you.  The site itself is tuned out, mostly, and your work is what people look at.  Also, DA and Pixiv and the like are actually not bad to look at.  The thing that really grinds me, though, is Facebook.  Has it really happened that the way almost everyone these days presents themselves to the world is via a website that is really that... fuggly looking?  Sure, myspace was hellish, but facebook is way too restrictive and ugly.  But they didn't ask me about it, so what can you do. :)

i'll shut up now.  Sheesh, i was just gonna write a quick 'blah blah here, im posting some more stuff' post and it turned into this.  Maybe it should be a rant?  I wonder where that button is that will cross-post this to the Megatokyo site and... oh, i don't have that yet.  Maybe someday.

  • Mood: Angsty
  • Listening to: Light Colors by LIA


Fred Gallagher
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Befuddled and artistically challenged hack behind the webcomic/manga Megatokyo.

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Cat-man-dancing Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
Hey, Fred. I'm catching up on Megatyokyo, and it is probably the funniest and most interesting gamer webcomic that I have seen.
I am in no way a gamer, so the fact that I can enjoy it so much you can take as a testament to the skill of you and your writer. If you value the opinion of a non-gamer, of course...
I normally don't like gamer comics, I actually landed on yours at random, and got caught by the first page that I saw, which was yesterday's.
I love the art, the humor, and the variety- even the sad aura of the voice-actress girl, Nanasawa (I'm only up to May, 2002!)
Anyway, thanks for the comic!
mevan83 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
Do you have a Patreon account?
CottonCatTailToony Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hi! I love your books so much! I just have two of your books I got! Your my favorite drawing! :love:
Otaku-Mom Featured By Owner Edited Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been a fan of Mega Tokyo for years, but I just now found your dA page! Wow...:) Here's a fan art I drew of one of your characters!
shadowrunner2323 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats on finishing Chapter 11!
Red--Samurai Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
I just bought your omnibus edition of Megatokyo yesterday. I loved it! I can't wait for the next edition! Keep it up Fred!
swenyar Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Kei-Magissa Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Student General Artist
I have literally been hoping to run into you and your art for years!! You're the one who inspired me to draw for the longest!!!
Zerro Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
I know you ignore comments, but just maybe you'll check this one.

Commission: Zerro by Sabviee

A gift to the man who's art and storytelling have inspired me for almost 10 years.
dragongirlart Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I can not believe you are on Deviant Art O.O It is such an Honor! :D
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