I have a full agenda planned for 3D renders with my three Genesis 2 ladies I created, Annabelle, Adria and Arianne, as well as other WIP scenes not yet posted. I need to work on figure drawing and perspective as well, that is part of my reason for using DAZ Studio at least as a manikin tool if all else. Then, the "Poachers" comic must be started sometime. Due to a surprise acquisition of a digital shotgun pack containing a morphing Remington 870 pump-action shotgun and a morphing Remington 1100 autoloading shotgun, I feel I can at least start "Poachers" in 3D- something I said I wasn't going to do earlier. And then, there is always my gun drawings, usually in colored pencil.
Could be an "ADD/ADHD" failure attempt at multitasking, but I also discovered another low-energy relaxation art project that could potentially give me practice with comic layouts, especially simple panel transitions. I have had "stories in my head" for about 15 years now centered around...you guessed it, my own "alternative world" (don't we all have one- just admit it). It started two decades ago on the living room floor where we lived at the time- army soldiers combined with hot wheels and matchbox cars, and building blocks built into a town. My brother (seven years younger than me) would get out his toys and the usual good guy vs. evil invader fight would ensue. The "theme" would usually be medieval or modern-day (depending upon the toy figures used) with the occasional "Pirate times" (18th century seafaring explorers) thrown in. Less often would be the Star Wars inspired "future times" space fight with the typical space fighters and armored soldiers with blasters. I quickly realized (just as with commercially-priced DAZ content today) that I would never have all the toy figures I would want or need to build the elaborately imagined worlds I had in mind. Additionally, I had wanted specific custom things that no figure maker had made. I was broke but I could draw. I solved the problem by drawing what I wanted on sheets of paper approximately to the scale of 2-4 inches (they got bigger as time went on) for an adult figure. Tanks, people, planes, cannon, cars, buildings, you name it. Later on, I drew the guns and weapons separately. The figures were never made to stand up, just laid flat on the floor. When something "died" or got "blown up" or "shot down"- it was turned upside down to designate its being out of action. As time went on, the "paper people" gradually took over.
Also as time went on, a world was developed between me and my brother, just as Lucas imagined the history of the Star Wars Universe or Tolkien the history of Middle Earth. Probably everyone who played with action figures or solders at least once has designated one special character as "that's me- I'm that guy over there." My brother and I designated our characters so we could experience all historical eras- in other words we had theoretical immortality in a manner almost identical to the elves in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Of course we both had our own kingdoms (no surprise there) and enemies to fight. My brother is currently a history major specializing in military history so the lore behind the way he would organize and plan his military would be no joke. As the years went buy and the project got shelved as school and eventually college would take its toll. However, the stories and several side-stories in my head still remain vivid to this very day- and I add to them all the time; that has never ceased.
I thought for practice I could use some typed out word document story chapters (from various episodes) as fodder to make some simple inked black and white comic outlines with. No coloring, no serious reference research, no elaborate details. The stories probably would make little sense to anyone without much background knowledge, but I hope my quick gesture drawing skills and dialogue writing will get good enough to establish some context. This will have to be a strictly leisure "tired time" activity, and not a serious commercial art portfolio venture, unless for some strange reason it gets a lot of fans. If so, I do call them "outlines", just incase I ever do decide to redraw them.