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FFXIV: Heavensward’s End (No Spoilers), Level 60 Paladin & Fan Art

Last night, I finally completed leveling my Paladin to 60. Seeing that I hit 50 not all that long ago, and I actually got pretty lazy about leveling for a few weeks, that’s not too bad! I could certainly see myself using this route to level other jobs to 60 in the future.

Speaking of which, I’m trying to decide what job to tackle next. I have Ninja, Black Mage and Warrior all sitting in the mid 30s at this moment. I’m probably going to take on Black Mage simply because it shares gear with Summoner and eventually Red Mage, and that’ll allow me to consolidate gear on down the line. Who knows… I might end up liking Black Mage.

For now, my Paladin’s gear is pretty crappy, so I might still do a few hunts to at least get a set of ilvl 200 across the board. I do have a few higher level drops I’ve gathered, but for the most part, there’s a lot to upgrade.

The End of Heavensward

FFXIV dropped patch 3.56, which brought the end of the story for Heavensward. I won’t go into any details that include spoilers today. I’ll talk more about my impressions tomorrow.

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I’ll just say that finishing up this expansion through story reminded me why I’m still playing this game almost four years after I started. I’m not going to hype the story. I felt like it was a solid ending to one story… but more of a beginning to Stormblood than anything else. I enjoyed it, especially the characterization.

I’m also happy I switched back to a kitty for this before the story dropped. There’s just something about the Miqo’te’s  facial expressions that I missed when I switched to Elezen. My kitty has really grown on me in a short time.

In fact, I even sat down and drew my first ever piece of fan work for FFXIV. There’s something about my kitty’s hair that inspires art.

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Posted in Art, Webcomics

Wayrift – 14 Years of Webcomic Change

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This past week, our ongoing webcomic, Wayrift, celebrated 14 years of being online. This is not just online time, however, but 14 years of consistent updates, 3 times a week (now in full color). Every now and then, Syn and I take a week off for vacation. But even then, she sometimes draws humor comics or I post a sketch to fill in the blank.

Rather than post something sappy about the whole thing, I decide to post an art comparison of my style evolution instead. Inspired by a post about Twitter folks who are showing before and after shots of their work, I chose one of the oldest frames of Ben, drawn in 2003, to compare to one of the newer frames, drawn just a week or two ago.

Before someone does the math and says 2016 – 2003 = 13… not 14! The earliest comics from 2002 were scrapped and redrawn. So I don’t have 2002 stuff to show without digging for it.

Don’t laugh too hard at either of them! 😀