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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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Psycho-Werekitsune Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I know, I just live in a totally different timezone. XD
Palulukan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you Omar. I may not have been around as long as some of the other guys but the experience that I got was still amazing. I have learned so much myself from watching you draw and then render in photoshop. From the obscure quotes and the blasting drum and bass it has been awesome. A day will not go by where I am without a word for every need, some I may never use but they are still interesting to know. From salacious to minx to foaf. Thank you, it has been enjoyable and a great inspiration and I hope to catch much more of you work on BlogTV.

Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Youre always welcome bloke.
Erika-M-R Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can honestly say, everytime I watched a stream I never strayed away. It was amazing and inspiring to watch someone who was passionate about creating awesome works of art and shared what he learned with everyone. I love the fact you reached out to your audience and encouraged them to share what they thought.
I'm glad you had a great experience with this project and I'm glad you shared it with us :)
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
I give the girls a hard time in the channel lol, so thanks for putting up with it !

You like cars and are a rare breed of female i must say. Never thought i would get a car commissions from a girl, quite a pleasant surprize.

My 2.5 year old daughter already knows what drifting is and various aspects of cars.
Luigi87 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on it reaching completion!
zwimmy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
I haven't really tuned in lately but it was always a real treat to watch your stream. You might not even remember, but you gave me some tips once on one of my drawings and I'm so grateful for your insight. Maybe someday I can make it out to a convention and have the pleasure of meeting you in person. Thank you so much for sharing your creative process with us. And I will definitely be picking up your new book!
MichaelLinkJr Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Loved watching everything come together over this past year or so. I haven't gotten on much lately, but I was there for the first show. =)
Looking forward to seeing the book.
TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Congratulations on the project!
Danny-Haymond-Jr Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's been a real treat hanging out with you and everyone on BTV! and Congrats!
Kanji-The-Wanderer Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student General Artist
I agree with Deka. It's a real blast watching you color on there. I try and never miss a show.
cshd Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations Omar.
Dekamaster Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
I love watching you work Omar. It's been a blast hanging out with you for hours on end.
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