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Drop - Staggering Miho [watercolor] by fredrin
Drop - Staggering Miho [watercolor]
The nature of this drawing led me to want to color it in a special way, so i tried doing a full watercolor, not using any COPIC markers.  It's a good experiment, and the nature of the way i can detail with watercolor is different from markers in interesting ways.  It's more challenging, but I think this came out fairly well - it really does capture the mood well.  I could sink myself in doing textures (the nicest thing about this series is how it is really good for some complicated textures)

(Sorry, the original artwork for this has already sold :)
Drop - Ghost by fredrin
Drop - Ghost
Now this, the third in this series of the Save Point Bomber Crew drawings, I was not really sure what was going to happen.  It was going to be Kimiko, who for some reason was not drinking with the other girls or wandering the streets like Miho, but was trying to work on repairs to the Save Point (which looks to have an engine spread all over the tarmac).  The girl on the wing... that was unexpected. I will leave it to your interpretations to think about this one, perhaps a quick look back into other drawings ive done in the past several months might provide some clues for you :)  Suddenly, the story just got interestingly deeper...

The original pencil art for this drawing is available in the MegaGear store:…
Drop - The Pub near the Base by fredrin
Drop - The Pub near the Base
After finishing the Staggering Miho drawing I couldn't help myself but continue with the rest of the crew of the Save Point.  The generating point of this idea churned around the idea that the life expectancy of a bomber crew (note, this is not WW2, but similar, let's say its a time between sometime back then and the Miasma of Naussica (note that this time is maybe where some of the engines come from, but i digress).  In doing that, you have characters that I understand well, but I'm placing them in a far more difficult situation than they have in the MT story, and thinking about how their personalities might be reflected in how they would react to being basically Dead Girls Walking (or flying) was more than enough to inspire interesting stuff.  There are a LOT of little details to find in here.  Megumi is grim, with a particularly world weary look.  Ping, you note, is not really acting like she would in MT here - she seems to be quite calm almost with Yakugashi going balistic on her and pulling her sidearm on her in anger.  Perhaps if i can spell some of this out, you'll see this more 'patient older sister' type of Ping exists here.  

(unfortunately the original art for this one has already sold ^^;;)
Drop - Staggering Miho by fredrin
Drop - Staggering Miho
Sometimes i follow an unusual thread in my sketches and drawings and let them lead me along a story path that has nothing to do with what I should be working on, but there are times that it leads to very interesting places.  After a friend talked about getting lost in a town in europe when he was a bit worse for drink and only being able to find his way back home by coming across the ancient ruins of an old castle in his wanderings.  Somehow this inspired the idea of Miho in that Bomber Crew alternate world story idea I drew up last month... which resulted not only in this drawing, but two others to add to this series.  Amazingly, it has prompted a very interesting and deeply sobering story to them that I think i will expand upon a little once i get everything colored up.  I think these drawings are some of my best to date (i know, odd hearing me say such a thing).  I've named the story idea surrounding the Bomber Crew of the Save Point "Drop" - you might see more.

The original pencil art for this drawing is available for purchase in the MegaGear store:…
Twintails with Difficult Personalities by fredrin
Twintails with Difficult Personalities
I honestly can't really comment too much about this drawing other than to say there is a lot of Megatokyo Chapter 12 in here :)  A fun drawing, the color version is really nice. Note the first time i've added Meowey and Khufu into a drawing.
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.

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

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trgiant Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
You have an unique art style and I encourage you to keep producing more of your wonderful art!
huskyfish Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
Hey Fred, or... Mr. Gallagher? Whichever you prefer. I imagine you may been asked this a lot, but will Megatokyo be getting a seventh physical volume at any point? I know I can just stick to the web form, but I really, really enjoy Megatokyo, so of course I just love to have the releases on my shelf. It's how I initially discovered the series, in fact.
Jamie5m Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you have some wonderful looking backgrounds. i couldn't do that to save my life. lol
Starhunter7001 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Hello Mr. Gallagher.
You are an excellent writer, fantastic artist, and creator of amazingly relatable characters.
You are very skilled.
It sounds as though the last few years have been rough on you and those close to you. I hope that your future is bright, and thank you for giving life to the crazy, wonderful world that is Megatokyo.
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!
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