Robo-Rinku Visual Novel – Sprint 00

Editor-san and I are now working on the Robo-Rinku Visual Novel! I should call her Author-san since she’s doing the writing this time around, but she insists on being called Editor-san. The reason being this character from Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun:

Mitsuya Maeno being a dork
The worst editor in the world.

 

We collaborated on the script for the comic during the Webtoons Sci-fi contest, but I’m handing over the reigns to her while I work on the programming and art.

To keep us going, I’m going to write a little blurb talking about the progress we make every week. I also want to share our struggles with others that might want to work on a similar project. So here we go!

–Sprint 00–

My workplace uses agile methodologies to get stuff done, so of course I would use it on my creative projects! Basically, a sprint is a short time window to get a set amount of work done (measured in points), evaluate the work and then continue onto the next sprint. We just finished our very first sprint on the project with a whopping 9 points completed!

radish_spirit_dance

This week we:

  • Set up our sprint board on tree.taiga.io – It’s pretty darn useful for tracking your work wtih a team.
  • Printed off the old comic for review.
  • Investigated Lua scripting in Fungus – I definitely want to use it since I think we’ll be able to add dialogue faster than using the point and click interface in Unity.
  • Created the Private Github Repository to store story and code – No peeking until it’s done!
  • Planned our plan of attack on the project.

See you again next week with more!

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[Tutorial] My Essential Clip Studio Shortcuts

Rotating the Canvas

If you’re familiar with drawing with physical paper, I bet you naturally turn the page while you’re drawing. That’s because you probably have a steadier, more confident stroke at that angle. Luckily, you can setup Clip Studio Paint to give you the same advantage as you draw digitally.

We first want to assign a key or set of keys to the rotate action in Clip Studio and then change the Wacom settings to that key.

Go to File->Modifier Key Settings

In this menu you have a lot of custom options available for any modifier key sequence you could think of. I decided to use Ctrl+Shift to Change tool temporarily to the Rotate tool.

Since I rotate my canvas enough to give anyone watching motion sickness, I added the modifier to my pen for easy access.

Open your Wacom Tablet Properties

If you don’t already see the Clip Studio logo in the list of available applications, I recommend adding it. With Clip Studio open in the background, click the plus sign on the right of the application list, select CLIPStudioPaint and hit OK.

In the screenshot above you can see I changed the setting for my top pen rocker-button to the Modifier… Shift + CtrlNow all I have to do is press and hold down on that button and drag on the canvas until I have the right angle.

Flipping the Canvas Horizontally

If you spend enough time looking at your artwork one way, I’m convinced your brain starts ignoring obvious mistakes. One way to trick your brain into looking at the same artwork as something completely new – getting a new perspective – is to flip the canvas horizontally.

Go to File–>Shortcut Settings
Navigate to View–>Rotate/Invert–>Flip Horizontal
Double click on Flip Horizontal and type whatever shortcut you want. I went with Ctrl+H since that doesn’t seem to be used for any other shortcut.

I like adding shortcuts I use often to my tablet buttons. To add it to yours,  first open your Wacom Tablet Properties

Pick a button on your tablet to assign the Ctrl+H needed to flip the canvas. In the dropdown menu, select keystroke… Add the sequence you picked, give it a name and hit OK.

 

Do you have a Shortcut setting you couldn’t live without? Let me know and I can add it to the list.

Here are some more you should checkout:

 

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