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Junpei and Yakugashi
Most of the illustrations are often expressive pieces that are in a lot of ways character development exercises.  Drawings and sketches that are more story development exercises are a little different because they will often be part of a narrative that you guys might not be fully familiar with.  This is an example of that - mostly because you have not really seen any interactions between Junpei and Komugiko's daughter Yakugashi.  Even so, it's not hard to imagine what it would be like, i figure - and this was a neat sketch i did when i was developing this chapter.  What is going on here?  Not going to say (nor will I say this is actually something that will happen).  It's an exploratory illustration, and kind of a fun one.  The fun bit is to imagine that this is after Yakugashi had made unflattering comments about Junpei's choice of hair color - which he has proceeded to wash out. I will let you amuse yourself with thinking about what she might be saying to him here.  

Anyways, a nice illustration - both the the full color COPIC version… and the pencil rendered version… are available for purchase in the MegaGear store if this touches your fancy in any way. :)  
A Hateful Scenario
That said... this drawing is coming from an odd place, I wasn't actually planning to work on another Save Point drawing quite yet, but as i started working on the next comic i found myself still frustrated over how i feel like I still don't understand Megumi as well as I need to for where things are going in the comic.  Combining this with being very stressed out about things, I did what i sometimes do and just sunk myself into drawing... something.  And that something turned out to be this.  It's quite a dark drawing, and before you stress out too much about what the hell is going on in SavePoint, lets just say this probably is more of someone's nightmare than it is something that actually happens.

Be sure to watch the speedpaint video that shows the entire process!

Both the pencil rendered and color original art for this are in the MegaGear store:…
SavePoint: Ping Decompressing
An illustration from the SavePoint Bombergurls world series of drawings... Ping is the crew tech and who is the longest serving member of this 'crew'.  Mechanical accessories like Ping are the continued memory of these flights of Dead Girls Flying.  THe night before every mission, Ping will unload a backup.  If her plane is lost the next day, she is downloaded into a new shell and continues with a new crew and plane.  26 times she has woken up learning she was with a new crew.  This helps preserve her knowledge of previous missions and makes her the old lady of each crew (which is vastly difference than her 'new to the world' existence in Megatokyo.  A lot of details in this drawing, which I guess i'm going to have to write out this story entirely for everyone to see them all...

The idea of a more mature Ping is kind of interesting and is yet another aspect of how these SavePoint drawings are a really odd kind of developmental exercise for the main Megatokyo story.

Note: both the original pencil and original color art for this illustration is now up in the MegaGear store:…

Dance of a Dangerous Eight-Tail (Color)
This took me a lot longer to produce than I thought it would.  It didn't really come out the way I was thinking it would, but it's still interesting.  Even the linwork here is watercolor, and its on a sheet of old Arches cold press watercolor paper that is from my stash of paper from when i was in college (so its like 25 years old).  I wasn't getting quite the depth I wanted from the watercolor, the layering wasnt going as well as i hoped - and I ended up using colored pencils to add some texture and definition.  That said, it actually came out not too bad.  I feel really challenged by the watercolor thing, which is not a bad thing :)
Dangerous Headpats (Color)
Copic and colored pencil (for texture).  It sure has a brightness to it i wasn't expecting (or going for) and I'm not REALLY all that happy with the depth of the background... still learning and experimenting with that.  Mugi and Miho look pretty decent tho.
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.

  • 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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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
TheBadPill Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Been a big fan of Megatokyo for years. Been re-reading my books at work lately.
sabakunomimirinkaara Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I used to love your manga megatokyo as a kid, in fact almost my whole family did. I'm hoping to become a mangaka too someday ^^ keep up the great work 
spiderliing666 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014   General Artist
Thanks so much for the watch!!! :iconblushplz:
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