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Australia
Hi everyone. I'm a BA in animation studying postgraduate in digital design.

Even though I studied animation, I'm just striving to improve my drawing skills, and I'm more interested in comic making and visual storytelling, simply because you can do it independently and it's a lot faster getting your ideas down.

I'll post whatever tutorials, advice and resources I think will help other deviants improve in the art field as much as I have over the past 3 years.


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When I upgraded my computer I had the bright idea of re-purposing my old computer into one that I could play all my media on and use my little USB TV tuner with (a home theater PC). This was a few months ago. It was originally meant to be a PC I could use as a PVR and media center, but I kept finding new things to do with it and it became an exciting project to find out all the things I could build into my kickass media center. I found I could put my GOG (good old games) games on it and play them on my HDTV. Then I discovered XBMC and the Lifehacker articles that showed you how to set it up. Before I knew it I was ripping all my DVDs (legally purchased of course) to XBMC to make an awesome media library that I could access without disc-swapping (and fantasizing about doing this with the Wii U, but without hacking it).

Then one day it was ruined when the little adapter that plugged my USB TV tuner into the rooftop aerial broke. I found out it was a spindly thing that had been struggling to support the weight of the cable all this time. So, I had to buy a new TV tuner. I didn't think this would be so hard, but it turns out it was much easier said than done. I drove around to five different shops (different companies) and none of them had anything of the sort. Eventually I did get one that would have been perfect...if it worked. The software installed alright but the thing wouldn't pick up any channels, even when plugged into the rooftop aerial. So I returned it. If anyone knows how to get Leadtek devices working on Windows 7 64 bit, please enlighten me.

Then my parents told me I should talk to this computer repair guy we know and he bought a new tuner (which was exactly the same product as before) and suggested I take the PC in to allow him to set it up. It was a job that should have taken a few minutes, but, according to my conversations with him, getting the tuner to work on ANY computer has proven a challenge (does Leadtek test its products?). Still, it was baffling, because he did say his customers have never had a problem with Leadtek tuners.

Now I've been without my HTPC for 4 days and without PVR capabilities for a week. I missed a new episode of Simpsons (my parents wanted to record something on both their tivo tuners) and my TV catch up service doesn't actually have any Simpsons episodes online (so you can't do catch up). It's just got clips and behind the scenes extras.

I'm itching to try out another experimentation with XBMC, but I can't until I get my PC back. This is one of those things that shouldn't be this hard or time-consuming. Yes I'm whinging, but it's just I'm beginning to suffer from PVR withdrawal. It used to be so easy to record things and watch them on my own schedule, but now I can't.
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Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you very much for faving my tutorial masterpost, I hope it helps you !
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Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I came up with this in the middle of the night. Thought it would be funny in relation to your comic...or something. XD [link]
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Digi-fish Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's very good. I'm not really into MLP but I am familiar with all the custom ponies people are making.

I was going to put Ben into the comic, but I couldn't fit him in anywhere. I had to cut a lot out.
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Agent-G245 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
hi there. I wanted to pass by a sort of "Stay Tooned theory" I've had since before I saw your comic:
If Fiddle is the only character siding with [the player] and constantly being tormented by the other toons, wouldn't it make sense that he was once a human that was also dragged into "TV Land"? This is backed up by what happens at the end of the game to the player.
Just an interesting thought.
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Digi-fish Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I guess great minds think alike. When I started the script I had that idea too. I thought Fiddle would have a pre-backstory where he once lived in the apartment building and had a relationship with Mrs Findley (about 50 years back). Then all the events that happened to the player happened to him and the rest is history.

The only problem with this backstory was it conflicted with Fiddle's main goal, to get back to his own world. It would seem like less of a happy ending (I'm going for bittersweet here) if Fiddle remained stranded somewhere that wasn't his home. Although, now that I think about it, that could allow for some character development as he's had years adjusting to TV Land (which I guess would now be his home), and he could teach the player character that "home is where the heart is".

But I've had to cut out a lot of substance to keep the comic the length of a standard issue (it's 32 pages)...and that wasn't really the message I was trying to focus on in the story. I'm thinking about doing a written version with more complexity in it (and better character development), but for the comic I've just kept the story as simple as possible.

(Oh and the player character in this comic is called Brad Bates, but you don't find that out until about page 8).
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LlemonFlame Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for adding my Elegant Metal Tutorial to your collection, I'm honoured. :)

Best wishes,
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RainbowCrashKittyy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there! Love your art!

I was wondering (you don't have too), :iconbegplz: could you spare me 5 points? I'd be so ever grateful!

Thanks for your time!
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Digi-fish Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I probably could. I'm not using them for anything.
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GrindGod Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013   Digital Artist
Thx for the :+fav:
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Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconclapplz: for the Stay Tooned comic! Even though I only watched a Let's Play, I'm interested in this fan comic! Keep up the good work!
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