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The GirlSeven book is complete...

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 17, 2011, 9:42 AM

I started this book August 5 2010, well at least that was when I did the first complete rough sketches of the characters. I just finished the last piece of art about half and hour ago of typing this making it finished November 17 2011. 16 months in all, though I did not work consistently on it since there were other projects that interrupted. All the text is done, all the editting is done, and all the art is done.

Now what?

I actually already miss working on the book. I have sunk so much time and effort into it for the sake of getting better. In the beginning it was a job to get me some cash, but then after a while I tried to see how much I could learn off of it. I could have finished the book several months ago, but I just wanted to add in more art for fun even though I wasn't getting extra pay for it. Those characters now have all their own histories and in large part it was from the BlogTV watchers who watch the whole book get coloured up.

Seriously big big BIG thanks to all the Blogtv watchers who kept me company and listened to all of my rantangenting (Rants and/or/on tangents). So much of my professional career has been spent alone in my office once we stopped having the UDON main office / studio. Once I got married it was better, and then when I had kids it was not possible for me to work at home for obvious reasons. I then moved to my Mississauga office down the street and was there for almost two years, but in complete isolation until I tried BlogTV.

This is not an ad for BTV, but much like dA it opened a new horizon for me and basically brought the con experience i like so much  into my office when I wanted it. I started doing that a year ago and it became an addiction. Having someone to vent your ideas and laugh with made work go faster and made it a lot more fun. Also they often times helped me with my work spotting mistakes only a fresh set of eyes could.

They became my friends and accepted me for who I was. When I said that I had to pray and take a break, they didn't hack on me or make fun of my beliefs. Yeah, I do have tough skin and can take it, but its also nice not to have to. I also think I introduced a good lot of people to drum and bass as well.

The main reason I could always broadcast is because the girl book is my property so its is up to me if and when i want to show it. With SF stuff or NDA stuff I can't obviously. With commissions I could and still do and it adds to the experience as well.

SO my reward to them is that I let them have first crack at commissions and the ones who asked for some of the GirlSeven characters without my prompting got those commissions put into the actual book so that they own a piece of it. It seemed the best thing I could do and my thanks to them. I have a heap of non G7 commissions to do, and once they are done, I will open to dA as well. That is my thanks to them for keeping me company and cheer me on  on an almost daily basis. You had to be there to get in on the action, it was only open for a day.

When all their commissions are done I will open to public, and I think that will be in December some time, I will repost the prices and special characters I will be having a sale on!

The Girl book for me was a fluke in the beginning, but it also has spoiled me too. Now I am so used to doing what I like I have no desire for other work. Because I am a professor now, I can work on my own stuff and afford to do so. All the SF books I did I often did on my own and the speed I had to work at meant I was working 6 - 7 days a week which is unfair to myself , and my family as well. Seeing a stressed out husband and father is not fun and it takes its toll on you. I don't think I can go back to those days anymore.

I will be 35 next month and its time for change. This Girl book made me realize many things that my watchers can attest to who know me better than some of my close friends.  I will be doing commissions this afternoon, so check in and become part of my extended net family.



Again thanks guys!  More details on the book to come.

I really do thank you guys and I hope I have been of some use to you.

Asalaamu Alaikum = Peace be upon you!

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DTJB Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad to have actually caught you doing one or two of these. It's a great pleasure watching you do your magic as it happened. Congrats on the book and I hope the print turns out great.
BTrinidad Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist
Like everyone else I'll say that it was awesome to watch you work on this book! Though I'm sad to say that I didnt get to watch you complete the book due to recent events, but it was fun to watch to this point. And with that said it looks like I wont be able to be part of those fun times anymore... But thanks for streaming Omar, I learned so many things about art and about you, meet a bunch of people I dont think I would have ever talked to if it wasnt for your show, then the tunes cant forget about the tunes! I found so many great tracks trough you, so it was like an added bonus from your show!!
Well this comment is running on so I'll say its been a blast watching Omar! Congrats of completing the book! And best of luck to you with your new projects what ever they be!
I'll try to stop by the show when ever I have time! See ya around!
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Dont be a stranger, oh andyour Teera is like the first pic we see lol after that G7 poster with Jess.

Take care man.
x-Beatrush-x Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can honestly say we have enjoyed the experience just as much as you have. It has been a fun ride and we all learned a lot together.

Thank you for sharing everything with us!
JRinaldi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Ordered, and delightedly so. Been looking forward to this since you first mentioned it here. Congrats on finishing, and here's to more to come. :)
BlueDubia Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome 8D It feels... really cool to vaguely be a part of this.

Can't wait to see what you do in the future! And I'll prolly be getting that book quite soon.
WhiteLeyth Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
salaaam ^^

i had the chance to watch you working on Blogtv.. not as much as i wanted unfortunatly but i've learned some things from you .. so i would like to say thank you for sharing that with us . i think you're an amazing person !^^
sorry for not being an active watcher!! it's just due to my poor english plus the difference of cultures that sometimes i cant follow what you're talking about ! lol ..

baraka allaho feek bro, in your work and in your familly ^^
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
JazakAllah khair, and you are always welcome to watch

SketchProof Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember when I was able to watch you work when your first started out on blogtv, but your hours changed and interfered with my job schedule, so it was an honor watching you work when I was able to. Glad your book is done and all I can hope now is more good things for you in the future. :)
DPerez25 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Omar, not only have you showed me some technique on drawing but you've open Old school rap for me.

Music is such a big part of anyone's life, so when you showed me mf doom and the old bust rhyme you opened a whole new world to me.


yes i do speak huevo
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