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Rotating chair.

It's like I forgot how they work.

eBay books.

I just thought that was interesting. Curious to see if they sell for that much.

Making a book of my webcomic - Artwork/Book sizes & Printing - Part 2

This is the second video in a series about how I make books of my webcomics In the previous video , I gave some background about how I started my webcomic, how I add the images to my book with the help of Google Photos and Google docs. You can check out part 1 here -  https://www.tomrayswebsite.com/2022/01/making-book-of-my-webcomic-how-i-add.html In this video, I wanted to talk more about how my webcomic transformed from something I was just posting on my website to a thing that I could find multiple uses for. Now when I drew the comic I knew it was going to be something I would publish as a book, put on multiple media sites that people use, and sell at shows and pop-ups if I wanted to. Now each webcomic is being turned into several things. ( You can check out my Amazon books here - https://amzn.to/3qzSNdL ) How did I choose a size for my book? Since I started making these the 3 books I published of my webcomics have all been different sizes. When I was just posting it on my website

Music stand.

I mean I waited 20 minutes so it's fair game right?

Jason Lambeth: Artist, collage and music - Tom Ray's Art Podcast

On this episode of the podcast, I meet Jason Lambeth . Jason is an artist and musician here in Madison. Jason paints, draws, and makes music. I actually heard about him from a video suggestion on YouTube he was on a podcast about running a cassette tape music label. We talk about his music background, running a label, and the inspiration behind what he makes.

Slots cafe.

The person was confused that we just wanted coffee. I was confused about everything else.

Making a book of my webcomic - How I add the images - Part 1

I wanted to talk about how I make books of my webcomic I started my webcomic in 2017 and made the first collected issue of those comics the following year. I did my own research and found out things through trial and error. Always wanted to show how I make these books and now that I’m putting together my fourth book I thought I would document the process in a series of videos. ( You can check out my Amazon books here - https://amzn.to/3qzSNdL ) How many episodes of my webcomic do I make? I try to draw a comic every day if I can. But I will miss a day from time to time. But when I put these together I assume it’s about 365 webcomics. Even though it’s slightly less but it’s pretty close. Where do I get the inspiration? I sit down at the end of each day and think about what happened that day. That’s why I call the series " Then this happened… " It first started out as a cathartic thing when my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. The first book is of the year going through th

Recording the process.

I wanted to record it while I did it so I wouldn't forget anything.

Ring light.

Still trying to find the right balance for it though.

Elevator groceries.

Everyone I've told this to asked me if I took any.

Song artwork.

It's a shadow on an object. Physically it should be there but it looks better without it and that seems wrong.

Xizhou Xie: Painter, Galleries and online promotion - Tom Ray's Art Podcast

On this episode of the podcast, I meet Xizhou Xie . Xizhou is a painter that lives here in Madison WI. We talk about finding her art style, getting work hung in galleries, and even turning her own home into a gallery for her artwork. Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS Links Xizhou Xie's website  https://xizhouxie.com Xizhou Xie on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/xizhouxie Support the show! Check out the vintage pop-culture items available in my eBay Store https://ebay.to/2vMYStC Check out the other things Tom Ray does too! :) - Tom Ray's Daily webcomic - Tom Ray's graphic novels "Then This Happened..." on Amazon - https://amzn.to/35SzQaJ - Podcast Music by Tom Ray's band Lorenzo's Music , listen on Spotify https://spoti.fi/2JJF39Q

Bathroom vent.

I kept thinking did we go to school together or something? I think his mask is why I didn't recognize him.

Broken escalator.

I don't know if it's those ridges in the steps creating an optical illusion or what. It was even worse going down them.

Found these Cabbage Patch Doll heads? - What I Got! - Tom Ray's Retro Vlog

I take a look at some of the things I got to add to my vintage collection today. Headed to some estate sales to look for some vintage and retro toys, games, and books. One of the places was too fancy for me. But then I went to one that had some of the old toys I was looking for - including a bunch of Cabbage Patch Doll heads ? And at the end, I show one of my webcomic diary pages. This is a video of my daily life since I decided to sell collectibles and pop-culture items I collect on eBay, Mercari, and Facebook Marketplace to help support my art career instead of taking on freelance work. More vintage pop-culture items available in my eBay Store https://ebay.to/2vMYStC Check out the other things I do too! :) - Tom Ray's Art Podcast (interviews with artists) - Daily webcomic - My webcomic eBooks "Then This Happened..." on Amazon - https://amzn.to/3cQa0bz - Music at the end of this video by my band Lorenzo's Music , listen on Spotify https://spoti.fi/2JJF39Q - Subscribe

Dish soap.

I was scooping dish suds out of it for like an hour.

Horsey Headface

Horsey Headface drawing I made the other day for some reason? I was using the vector program Inkscape the other day. I was going to create an image for something else originally. I have a song single coming out and it needed some cover art.  So I fired up the program but when I first opened it I had my Wacom tablet hooked up and just started sketching something to warm up. For some reason I just sketched a boy waving "howdy" and dressed kinda like a cowboy on a ranch. I don't know why? Cowboy kid sketch I thought, "That's weird?" But then I was like, whatever and kept going.  So I outlined the drawing in vector shapes and filled them in with colors and stuff.  Then I had this. Howdy kid illustration And then I kept going. I gave it a green background and put some cloud lines in the sky. I roughed up the edges of the clouds with the object sculpting tool.  That tool randomizes the edges of the vector shapes. vector clouds illustration But then I just starte

Alien life form.

I actually think the person thought they were being witty.

Tiffany Babb: Poet, Cultural Critic, and Diary Comics - Tom Ray's Art Podcast

On this episode of the podcast, I meet Tiffany Babb . Tiffany is a regular contributor to many online publications and writes about the comics and not just that but how the comic stories have cultural relevance.  Tiffany also just released her first collection of poetry "A LIST OF THINGS I’VE LOST" that was published by Vegetarian Alcoholic Press. Plus Tiffany also makes a diary webcomic called "All About Me".

Getting it together.

Plus maybe others might find the process interesting?

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