Pepper Ann- Much Too Cool for 7th Grade (my style)

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Here’s the Pepper Ann fanart that I promised!

Description from DA:

“Yeahhhh!! So, I’ve been on a major Pepper Ann kick within the last week, and boy, has it hit me hard! It’s probably one of my fav American cartoons next to Hey Arnold!. But it will never take that #1 spot that HA! has in my heart, haha 😛 It’s still majorly good though, despite that my ship of Pepper Ann/Milo is a tragic, star-crossed and ill-fated one, LOL. …And for some reason, I kept hearing “Don’t Let Go” by En Vogue during random times in thinking about/drawing the show/ this pic! lol (No… I’m not unconsciously/subliminally shipping anyone; nosiree!)

It’s not on DVD yet (unfortunately…), but you can find them on Youtube.

My fav eps (so far; I haven’t re-watched the whole series yet):
“In Support Of”, “T.G.I.F.”, “A Valentine’s Day Tune”, “Manly Milo”, “Megablades of Grass”, “Complimentary Colors, “Unicycle of Life” and “You Oughta Be In Musicals!”
(That’s a lot, huh? lol, well, all of them are good!)

Anyways, go watch it! ❤
Also, I’m a total dork, because I bought Kathleen Wilhoite’s CD (the voice actress for Pepper Ann) because it sounds like P.A. is singing it herself, rofls (but she can sing good too! lol)!…… *totaldorkbutIdon’tcare* 😀 :)”

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HA! TJM- Continue Onward To Victory! Plus, Pepper Ann-ness!

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Description from DA:

“This is to encourage the fandom, and to remind myself of the following… Though we have 15,000+ signatures on the petition, have Hey Arnold! DVDs, have HA! airing on TeenNick, and although Craig Bartlett is working for Nickelodeon again (big step if you ask me!), we still have quite a ways to go! So continue onward until we get our movie!! (And after that too ^^) This is no time to get comfortable, but push on till we get TJM (also possibly The Pataki’s and a 6th season if we’re nice ^^; )!!
Just keep on fighting the good fight, and do everything you can to get the word out to Nick that we (people/kids of all ages) would like to see The Jungle Movie!! 🙂 Give us a conclusion to a great show, Nick! (Pretty, pretty pleeaaseeee!!?)
That’s all :XD: 😀 Also, I’m excited for the 15,000 sigs in general :D!! Continue onward!! 😀

Done in Prismacolor Colored pencils and Copic/ Prismacolor markers!

…Gerald with a machete? I don’t know; this is just how it was in my mind, LOL… >3>
They are kind of separated from the background/running in their own dimension/space…”

Hmm, my gallery looks kind of uneven! Need to make more originals… (well, I have one more fanart on the way though XD)

P.S. I have been re-watching Pepper Ann (a lot!) recently! It’s really good! XD Just as good, if not better, than what I remember XD. Like Hey Arnold!, it gets better with age, because you get the little jokes you didn’t notice before as a kid… (though I was in 7th grade when she was in 7th grade!… though it ran like three years or something, lol). Of course, it will never take the place that HA! has in my heart, but still, it’s a very good cartoon! 😀
(Well, guess what the fanart I’m drawing is then…)

Thank goodness for Youtube, because they aren’t on DVD yet… 😦 (or else, I would totally buy them!) Also waiting for Goof Troop to come out on DVD!! 😀 Can’t wait! 😀 *isadork*

Though, my favorite episode was when she went bra-shopping with her mom, LOL (I could relate at the time).
Unfortunately, they don’t air that episode anymore!! *Sob* But I found it n YT 😀 lol…


That’s all now. XD
P.P.S.- My ship of Pepper Ann/Milo is a star-crossed and ill-fated one… ಡ_ಡ

Submitting to companies, vs. submitting on the web/self-publishing

Here’s a sketchy-sketch!

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This is Robin (top-left character). He is from the same story as Karina (who I drew before— on the bottom-right). Working on this story now… it’s getting longer than I thought, lol.

You know, in submitting to companies and such (as opposed to only posting on the web or self-publishing), I’ve learned that it’s much harder (yet easier) to organize and draw out your comics.

Reasons Why It’s Harder: Because you have to abide by a pages in increments of eight (usually). If, once drawn out, your story is 35 pages, when you told them it’d be 40, well, you have to add those five pages in somewhere! If you’re two pages over, you have to take those two pages out somewhere! Therefore, it’s best to organize all of that stuff in the script-writing process– before you even fully flesh out your comic. Otherwise, I hope you like re-drawing, or taking out an awesome scene of dialogue because of a simple mistake or miscount! (This has happened to me before… and recently too, lol. So, that’s why I’m saying this.) I’ve learned the value of writing out stories in the ‘official’ comic book format of scriptwriting (where it lists pages and panel numbers). Makes it much easier in the long run. But I don’t know how efficient it is to do it initially, when you’re writing your first draft, etc… For me (for now), it’s easier to write everything out, and then figure out how many pages it will be BEFORE I submit it to any companies. Maybe it is not the most professional method, but as of right now, it’s what works for me.

Reasons Why It’s Easier: Having limitations can be incredibly inspiring, because being forced to work within boundaries causes your mind to explore all of the possibilities within those ‘boxes’ of creativity. For example, it is sometimes hard to decide on something if you have a million different choices to choose from. But, if you have about 10 (vs. a million), it’s much, much easier to decide. Also, the more solid of an idea that your world is in your mind, the easier it is to fathom stories and characters for it. Solidifying your world is what makes storytelling (in general) easiest for me. This could be the reason why fanfiction/fancomics can be much easier than original works sometime– because their worlds are already very “solid” in your mind about what can and cannot happen within them. This is the difference between a plan and a wish.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Also..)

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” ~Hebrews 11:1

Movie writers and probs every other kind of writer has to work within the publisher’s limitations, too. However, if we have to edit, rewrite, and be able to work within such constraints, and STILL have a great story, well, that just means you’re a really great writer, regardless of the circumstances!

But, if you don’t fully believe in your world, how do you expect someone else to? It has to feel real to you– not just a fuzzy idea or a hypothetical situation. Give it real dimension, real emotion and real problems and solutions. In order for people to connect with your characters, they have to feel they are real (enough) to them, first. I’m still trying to do my best at doing this too; this is just something I wanted to say as a reminder for myself, as well. (After all, when we point the finger at someone, we are also pointing at ourselves, methinks.)

In other random news:

Psalm 7:15 “Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made.”

This always reminds me of Team Rocket. Always.