I may do a 0.8.1 release tonight or tomorrow. I had some spare time at work and knocked out most of 27 (the Dingbats block plus some math stuff), so that's worth something.
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Quick side note about the emoji: I've had the first few rows of 1F6 done for some time now, so that'll likely be the next one I finish up once I get around to drawing a bunch of vehicles and road signs.
The emoji blocks take a lot longer to do than the normal ones, so I'll probably finish up 33 and maybe one more to go alongside 1F6. We'll call that 0.8.5 when it happens. 0.9.0 will have 1F9 and some other text blocks.
I'm still re-evaluating my plans, especially as far as CJK symbols go. There is frankly no way to make many of them legible (e.g. U+337F, which is four kanji squeezed into a single character). Hangul is also not likely to happen because 8x12 is too small for most of it.
So here's what I'm thinking. I'll hold off on those, replacing them with "best effort" versions that should at least be kind of legible if you know what you're looking at already. In some cases (and I've already done this in 1F5) I'm using color glyphs for non-emoji characters just for readability. I do plan on making a full emoji set, because emoji are fun, and I'd like to get at least a few Indic languages in there before 1.0, but there are large parts of Unicode I have to hold off on.
"but how do I build my brand?"
you do not have to build your brand
you are free
Been a while since I had a dream vivid enough to journal, but that one was.
Was wandering through a neighborhood with two of my friends, looking at apartment buildings. We'd been living together in a small place at the end of a street, but the complex next to ours had just been hit by some extreme ground-to-rooftop vandalism and so we were looking for places to move to. We ended up at "Homes By Disney", which still had all its branding despite there being nothing else Disney-related for miles around.
Better picture of the dodec kid, hanging out in his favorite tree in the park north of Downtown Elseways. With twelve limbs, he's a pretty agile climber.
He's the height of an 11-year-old kid and sometimes passes himself off as one, but his true age is unknown; there aren't enough dodecs around that anyone's really studied how they age. Still, he enjoys typical kid stuff - pizza, ice cream, swimming, video games, hanging out at the library - so maybe he's just found a comfortable way to be.
Let's stick some more legs on that critter, and ... this might actually work pretty well. If he had antlers he'd be a dodecalope. This was scanned from a pretty small sketch (like 3 inches high), which explains the weirdness with line weight and proportions. If any of you know someone who's taking commissions and would do a character of this sort well, I'd like to work with someone to solidify this design. https://dragon.style/media/UXQuBuzZZUZynhI2mro
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These past few weeks have left me feeling emotionally drained and confused. Things aren't going that badly — work is going well for once, if you ignore a whole raft of sudden changes that are leaving me flailing around just to keep some kind of balance. Even taking a vacation didn't help, because these changes were drastic enough that they needed to contact me ASAP even knowing I was out trying to take a mental health break. Thanks.
One more of Lynne, this time in a lemur-taur sort of form. I don't really have any ambitious plans for her, but sometimes when I get a character in my head they stick around for a little while. I think it'll be back to my usual projects after this, and I'm eager to get back to them.
Lynne Henshall, estranged daughter of Dr. Neena Henshall, makes a living as an unlicensed chemical bootlegger (and incidentally supplying her mother with most of her raw materials, though the two very much don't get along). Her laboratory, hidden underground, produces mutagenic bioreactants capable of transforming living matter in all sorts of ways; as much as she dislikes the term "green science goo", it's exactly what she's good at, and her ability to customize the formula means she's easily able to make whatever changes people pay her for.
(To the tune of Telstar)
Come see what you might see
Where no one knows what we might find
Cast off your sorrow
Meet me tomorrow
Let's go leave the world behind
Aboard the Wandering Mind