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Big news everybody!

My webcomic "Hiver Nucleaire" is finally online! For those who don't know, it's a comic about a girl, Flavie, stuck in a perpetual winter caused by a nuclear accident. It's more of a comedy than a hardcore post-apocalyptic epic, but she'll have to deal with plenty of mutants and extreme weather conditions!

I posted the first three pages for your enjoyement. There's the original french version here: hivernucleaire.cabfolio.com and the English translation here: nuclearwinter.cabfolio.com. It's gonna be updated every Monday! I hope you guys like it!
  • Mood: Excited
Heyooo!

It's been a while since I updated that thing. For once, I have something interesting and important to say. Yesterday was my last day of work at the office, as a graphic designer. For three years, I did the 9 to 5 thing, endured the packed subway during rush hours and could only work on my stuff at night and on the weekends, between chores and everyday life obligations. As I emerged out of a long, depressing art block that lasted almost a year, I began to take on more and more projects on the side, and at one point, the side became too short to do anything at a reasonable pace. I decided to take the big plunge and burn through my savings, to finally concentrat on what makes me the happiest: drawing.

My latest deviation is a bunch of sketches for a serious web comic idea that I'm totally attached to. For the longest time, comics frightened me because there is so much challenges involved; but I did the research, bought the books, practiced and now, I'm in love with the medium.

Aside from the web comic, I've been working on a pitch with an author and if it does get published, everything will change. I gained so much confidence in my skills in the last year that it became obvious that I had to find more time to put everything in practice. Thus, goodbye secure job, hello adventures! For the first time in many years, I'll get the chance to enjoy summer, even though I have no intention of slacking off. I have tons and tons of work to do and  nothing makes me happier. It's also a chance to test myself, as I'm an eternal procrastinator; if I manage to keep a good pace and stay motivated, I'll draw more in the upcoming months then in the last year combined. Needless to say, I'm extremely excited!

So the next couple of weeks will be aimed at making art for the Montreal Comicon in september, finish a short comic with boum that earned us 4th place in a comic contest organised by Glenat Québec, do some serious panelling for my web comic and FINALLY finish this pitch that has been dragging on for more then a year.

Tumblr has become the place I'm most active now, because I'm in a research and sketching phase. I'll compile the best of for Deviantart but it's gonna be more sporadic.

So yes, things are great now; I have no idea if this break will last, this will depend on the sad truth that I will need income at one point. But for now, I'm gonna enjoy this opportunity to the fullest.
  • Mood: Eager
  • Reading: Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
Heeey! I'll be Livestreaming all night long! CGing and doodling mutants crazy characters! It's a date, 7:30 PM (in half an hour) Eastern time. Here! www.livestream.com/cabycab?t=7…
  • Mood: Humor
  • Reading: American Gods - Neil Gaimman
  • Watching: Mad Men
Oi oi oi all! I haven't been on here in a while except for calling out Livestream sessions, haven't I! Truth be told, my lust for comments and numbers and imaginary feedback has lead me to Tumblr but I promise I am not neglecting DA.

It'd be a lie to tell you guys that I've been so caught up in amazingly interesting projects that leave me no time to sleep. I am working on a comic proposal but other then that...myeh. I know I've been such a tease with my "Keys to the City" comic project that I had every good intention on doing. Right now I need to make a name for myself and leave old OCs behind, as much as it breaks my heart. Wow, look at me go, getting all personal and stuff!

Anyway, my DA page has reached an astonishing almost 400,000 views and I intend to celebrate. Whoever hits this magical number, unphotoshopped screenshot to back it up, will get a free comission! Not a giant fresco or anything like that, but something decent. It's gonna be in a while though, but I'll keep this journal up until it happens!
  • Mood: Humor
  • Reading: American Gods - Neil Gaimman
  • Watching: Mad Men
Hey y'all, I'll be Livestreaming a couple of drawings this afternoon at 3:00 Eastern Standard. See you there! www.livestream.com/cabycab
It's starting to be a weekly thing! I'll be livestreamin' some character designs and possibly a messy background tonight, at 6PM Eastern standard time. It's gonna be fun and exciting woo! Meet me on Livestream in an hour! www.livestream.com/cabycab?t=5…
It's ON. Right now.  www.livestream.com/cabycab
Hey you guyyys! Apparently, my Romantically Apocalyptic piece featuring poor ol' Snippy, made its way into an official contest held by Alexiuss himself! Romantically Apocalyptic - Snippy by Cabycab

So follow that link fav.me/d4n0w3r and help me get as much favs as possible! It's doing great so far, dear Snippy, he's such a responsible boy. Thank youuuu!
Livestream in 10 minutes:

www.livestream.com/cabycab

Last Livestream of the year!

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 31, 2011, 8:38 AM
On now, for at least an hour. I might take requests, doodle shit for fun, come and join! www.livestream.com/cabycab?t=7…

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Montreal's mini Comicon!

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 30, 2011, 4:54 PM
I'll be selling things and prints and stuff! If you're in the area this sunday, head up at Place Bonaventures, I'll have a table, I'll sell AWESOME SHIT. More info here: carosaure.tumblr.com/post/1356…

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A thought...

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 1, 2011, 6:23 AM
Whatever happened to commenting on artwork on DeviantArt? When did that go out of style?

(EDIT)

Thanks to all who reacted on this issue. I can't reply to all the comments (ironic, I know) but at least it sparked a good lot of honest observations. You guys rock :)

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  • Mood: Annoyed

Can't get enough sketches??

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 5, 2011, 7:10 PM
I TOTALLY GET YOU!

This is why I started a Tumblr account. HERE! carosaure.tumblr.com/

Follow me or bookmark for some MAD pencil blurbs. I've been sketching like mad lately, space junk, guys with wings, hipster RPG character, bunnies in astronaut suits and shameful Homestuck fanart. Hey, I still have NO IDEA what's going on in this comic-thing (I hate reading) but I do enjoy the pretty colours!

I now officially own way too much accounts for my own good.

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  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: I know places - Lykke Li
  • Reading: HoNk
  • Watching: Life in 256 colours
  • Eating: too much

Bored - Let's do TRIVIA

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 29, 2011, 6:49 AM
Because I feel self-important today.

Ask me ANYTHING, about me or my story or whatever. I'll answer SUPER FAST!

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  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Rabbit in your Headlight - Radiohead
  • Drinking: Coffee

Myep.

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 6, 2011, 5:43 PM
So I moved, no one got hurt, no furniture got broken, the rabbit survived, all's good. The new place is twice as big as my old apartment and it feels really empty right now. I now own my own little office space, but it's lacking a computer desk and proper lighting, which means I won't be able to submit anything here for a while...

And my downstair neighbors are two old geezer who sit on their front porch all day and occasionally smoke weed, which I find very amusing. What a neighborhood...

I feel really sluggish for some reason. The moving stressed me so much that now that I'm back to my routine, I wonder where I left off my drawing projects. Nothing feels important right now, other than finding furniture and wall art. I still have to ink what is left of the comic, but working on a laptop is highly innapropriate to do anything constructive. Hopefully, things will pickup in the next weeks.

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  • Mood: Anxious

Am I too old?

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 22, 2011, 5:27 PM
Okay, I'm an avid DA brower. I see countless drawings of these grey-skinned "trolls" ALL OVER THE PLACE and I'm really intrigued, cause I think hey, those are damn cool designs, I might attempt a fanart! So I search the web far and wide, I come across this "Homestuck" wiki page, start reading into it, don't understand a thing. So I go to the MSpaint.com site and OH GOD.

I tried playing-reading-interacting, WHATEVER YOU CALL IT-mouse clicking all over the place.

After 15 minutes, I gave up. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT I'M DOING. What is this? A comic? A game? WHAT DO THOSE WORDS MEAN?? Have I missed 10 years of Internet culture and wasn't aware?

I rant, I kid. I might give it another try. God I feel stupid.

--

I'm moving in 4 days. I'm excited/anxious, even though it's not the first time I move. I hope I like the place. I mean, I have a real feel of dread, even though technically, I'm moving in a bigger apartment, to a better location (meaning, closer to the subway, closer to services and whatnot) so I should be all eager right? I think it has to do with the fact that the last time I moved, it was partly to escape the roomate lifestyle, which I was getting really sick of. But my current apartment was just...love at first sight. I did get robbed, cluttered the place and generally started feeling squeezed by having to draw and sleep in the same room but...it's such a quaint little place. I think I have a real high tendency to get genuinely attached to places, sometimes more than I do to people. That's why I put so much emphasis on drawing locations. I'm also a shut in and I get a real strong feeling of "sanctuary" at times.

Anyway. I know it's gonna be fine. I'm just really stressed. Just thought I'd share.

So, back to packing.

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  • Mood: Anxious

Me, making tutorials? Mmm...?

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 12, 2011, 7:48 AM
So I had this idea last night. The comments I seem to be getting a lot on the comic and others, is the "wow" factor of the details I put in. I never thought it was such a big deal but in this day and age of digital art and matte painting, the smaller elements tend to be left out for the sake of global atmosphere and level of realism (there are exceptions, don't get me wrong!).

I was wondering, and it's very unlike me to think about that: would any of you like a tutorial on background composing (not perspective lessons)? Not as a step-by-step tutorial but more like a bunch of tips and observations I learned over the years as a background-newbie kinda person. I thought of maybe coupling it with a lineart tutorial as well. I think traditional inking, on paper, is something that I see less and less, replaced by Photoshop tracing and lineart-less digital paintings. It's not bad per say but I'm always a bit taken aback when people comment on my "line". My line is terrible, it's wonky, it needs as much Photoshop fix-time than the initial work--but I guess it's alive.

I normally think that it's slightly pretentious to display your tricks of the trade on Deviantart; this tutorial could very take me thrice the ammount of time of doing a regular picture but if some of you guys would be interested, it'd be my pleasure to put something together.

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  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Damn birds chirping

Kinda...bailing out. Again.

Journal Entry: Mon May 30, 2011, 7:39 PM
This is kinda predictable...

I'm sick of doing my comic. I wanted to be done in APRIL. You know how many pages I have done?

FOUR.

Four pages. They're gorgeous, mind you. Incredibly complicatedly gorgeous. As in, 6 hours to colour ONE panel. I was all stoked at first but now, I'm getting ready to move out of my apartment in a month, I have so much stuff I want to draw but CAN'T because I'm all wrapped up in this insane project. I'm not even done pencilling the thing, there's endless backgrounds to draw because it's the only time I got to draw Underton exactly the way I wanted to. As I draw 1/32 of an inch cigarette butts on the ground, FOURTY TIMES, litter, SO MUCH BRICKS, neons, grime, rust, etc., I tell myself...wow, this is never going to end.

What I'm saying is... I'm sorry. I've been talking about this for months now, I've been Livestreaming and such, but I doubt I'm ever going to finish it. I realise that I have huge lacks of technical basic skills, like composition. Yeah, that's important. And now, I want to practice, work on more complete scenes with background and characters, but I feel like this comic, with its terrible lack of a plot or punch line, which no one will get because NO ONE HAS READ THE STORY YET, is a waste of time.

I am going to post the finished pages, submit one or two panels as prints, and that's that. I'm a bit unsure if I should post the whole thing without text or not. Each text bubble hides HOURS of work, but it's kinda hard to follow without them. I dunno yet.

So expect my four panels soon, with maybe my last inked page, soon.

I'm not really sad I couldn't make it, I mean, I really tried. But it's just holding me back now.

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  • Mood: Guilty
  • Listening to: Comedy Radio

24 heures de la BD

Journal Entry: Fri May 20, 2011, 6:16 PM
Allo all!

Tomorrow starting at 8 am (urg) I will be participating at the "24 heures de la BD" (24 Hours Comic Challenge) from Grand Papier. The concept is simple. 24 pages, 24 hours. I will be posting updates on their website, here: grandpapier.org/caroline-breau… and on Twitter, which adress you can find just above this journal.

I'm drawing all day long at my place with boum and we'll be doing exactly what we did when we were geeky teens: listen to Our Lady Peace, eat cookies and Kraft Dinner. I'll try to remember to take some pictures of our tired faces and uploade them somewhere when I can. Keep posted!

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  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: 90's songs

Livestream session - Monday Night

Journal Entry: Mon May 16, 2011, 4:18 PM
--CLOSED--

It's rainy, it sucks, might as well CG!

www.livestream.com/cabycab?t=3…

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  • Mood: Shame
  • Eating: I'm craving sweets for some reason..