Saturday, March 31, 2012

Corporate Punishment

This was a request for Amber Smithe, who sent me the story outline and a massive photo set she wanted me to use images from. I changed the story around a bit as I decided to tell the whole thing through dialog, which also had the added effect of leading me to write the most awkward transformation description I've ever had in a caption. But as a whole I like how it turned out, and I hope Amber does too.

On a less pleasant note, I'm going to be taking some time off from captioning. I know what some of you are thinking "You're updating once every two weeks as it is, how much more time off do you need?"

To that I point. But here's my current creative process:

My current captions take me about 2 hours to make when you put everything together (image, background, story, formatting). But I usually only have about an hour of free time for captioning. So what usually happens is I end up with a lot of half formed ideas that end up on my to do list. Then when I do get time to revisit the ideas, I want to do something really good as I haven't posted in a while which kills my motivation to do most of the stuff I put on the list.

So I'm taking some time off where I won't look at anything captioning related. Hopefully it won't be much longer than the breaks between my updates are now, and I'll come back with some fresh ideas and the energy to do them. Some more free time would help too, but that doesn't see too likely.

Anyway, see you all again in a bit.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Isn't Magic Fun?

Two days, two captions, now that's more like it. This was a lot of fun to write as I love rhyming couplets. I'm pretty sure that comes from the heavy diet of Dr. Seuss I grew up with. Anyway, I figured it was time to have a little fun with my writing which inspired this cute little transformation poem. The last line still bugs me as I couldn't get the right number of syllables so the beat doesn't match, but whatever.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

All You

Time has not been my friend lately. I apologize that this caption is a little on the short side, but despite lacking a lot of free time and motivation, I really wanted to get something out since it's been too long since my last update. I'm going to try to turn out some more captions over the next few days in an attempt to build up a little momentum so there aren't as many long gaps as there have been recently.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Embracing His New Identity

It took me almost a month to find the time to make this caption, but it's finally done. This was a request by Tatiana over at Rachel's Haven, another one of the members of the tg community I frequently caption. Anyway, she gave me pretty much free reign to make what I wanted based on her preferences. I knew I was going to do a mental struggle as it's one of her favorite things to read and one of my favorite to write. But I didn't go into this expecting to make a maid caption. The reason I ended up going that route is I noticed "french maid" was listed twice in her preferences, but I didn't see a maid caption in the past couple months of captions made for her on her trading gallery thread (sorry if you don't visit the Haven that last sentence probably didn't make much sense.) So I decided to give her what she's been asking for, and luckily I found a great photo set to use. The end result is this three panel caption, which I'm pretty happy with. It's got a similar feel to my Kylie captions (which I plan on revisiting soon) with a bit of a darker undertone. Overall, I really like how it turned out, and I hope Tatiana does too.