After trying to tackle the introductory sketches a bit more and making little progress, I decided to completely cancel this requirement (definitely still drawing them, just not gonna force myself to do so before I start posting again). I am also canceling the conlang requirement, and I’ll just keep the TMI bits out until I’m ready to update the descriptions to have them in the conlang. But basically I want to go back to posting as soon as possible.
I have been working on the tag-helper (it will really help a lot) since I don’t think I can bring myself to post a bunch of stuff without it, but progress is steady and if everything goes right it should be ready in a few days, then I’ll just have to retag and update everything. The personal tag system I wanna make is a bit of a problem, though, as I was just working on it just now and it is decision paralysis hell. I’m struggling with it but what I might do is also let go of that and instead just use the “normal” tags that people expect (as well as the hg_ag_nl_ml stuff). I might just upload the spreadsheet to dropbox or something and keep updating it, since I’ve promised that for ages and never delivered. What I don’t like about it is interfacing with other people, which I suspect would not go well, so what’s the point? Basically, if I was using it just for myself, it would be fine, but it’s very CODE-LIKE, meaning that it’s not the best for human readability (for instance, there would be no “cub”, “loli” or “shota” tags, but instead, they’d be combinations of age, species and gender tags like child_anthro_herm). They’re supposed to be more efficient, though, especially for sites that don’t allow complex tag quantum mechanics like e621 does. I would appreciate feedback on this.
Now, if I do as stated above, I should be able to just start posting again pretty much as soon as I’m done with the tag-helper (need to implement autocomplete search function and ways to add/edit/remove things from within the application, instead of having to edit the json text). But then the main issue is that I want to start posting in order from the beginning of 2021… but the very first drawings (they’re finished) are very… not vanilla… and it would be a bit of a shock compared to what I have in my galleries now. Basically, because they were not drawn to be posted, I was a bit weird with them, of course, and I’m a bit embarrassed about the themes and how I handled it (a bit obsessed with something weird and more on the gross side). It’s nothing bad, of course, and I’m sure people wouldn’t give me a reason to be embarrassed, but still, I wanted to go gradual from what is in my galleries right now to my… more intense stuff, especially considering that it’s like a bunch of drawings on the same exact theme one after the other (yes, obsessed).
What I could do about that, and I think I’ll do that, is post the unfinished sketches that I wanted to use for theme introductions already (in scraps, since they’re so unfinished), and let people see the “pathway” that I was tracing to intensify the content in the account (though it’s not a smooth transition, I couldn’t resist some things here and there). It is also incomplete (I had a whole list and didn’t do it all), but I assume people would want to see them already, since I would only share them when I finally reach #525 in my posting order (I can post a lot every day, but there are quite a few unfinished drawings before the introductory sketches are reached and I’d want to finish them for posting in order). I also don’t know if I should post only the things intended as introductory drawings, or if other drawings that were made around them should go as well, such as the eight commission drawings I finished and delivered but never posted.
This part is just for InkBunny. Originally, I was gonna post humans and humanoids only in places like HicceArs, but I decided to do what people do and just “censor” them here. I can’t just bring myself to do a lazy censor though, but I have two ideas on how to handle it. One of them is to add slight modifications to humanoids that are already not very human but still too close for IB, and make them more flaun-like or animal-like, which should be fine (such as adding little animal noses, longer ears, a proper tail and so on). The other idea I had was to create a “shadow bunny” species, which is pretty much to just cover the human with black maintaining anatomy and pose, but giving them long ears and a long tail. A bit more creative, and it changes the drawing a lot, but it’s interesting and my brain is telling me to do it. Shadow bunnies are also better than the one above because if someone sees that in my gallery they IMMEDIATELY know it’s a censored human and that there will be a link. Sadly this means I can’t do shadow bunnies on their own, though (unless people are okay with the potential confusion and disappointment from clicking a shadow bunny thinking there will be humans). Original versions would be posted on HicceArs and linked here. Is that allowed? I hope it’s allowed. If it’s allowed I won’t have to skip over things I want to post just because it’s too human. I just turn them into furless anthros or shadow bunnies and link the originals.
15/01/2022: I am also going to give up on the custom tag system. This is both because of what I talked about before, on how it gets too technical and less intuitive, trying to create a perfect polished system which just makes it very different from normal tags. But also because there should be a 200 keyword limit on submissions, as clarified by moderation on InkBunny. I thought it had no limit because I managed to post more than the specified limit before, but that seems to be a bug. So there is really no place for such an intricate and detailed tag system. If anyone is curious to see how complicated it would be, feel free to take a look here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OUbJeAyoa1wMOB0...
So as of right now, all I really have to do is gather some useful, commonly-used tags for the themes I draw, finish the tag-helper and then inject those “normal” tags in it. I still want to use synonyms and parent-tag things, like “butthole” and “anus” or “otter” “mustellid” “mammal”, but again, I’ll try to stop worrying about covering all holes, and just use what people use. I might even stop with the “anthro_SPECIES” “cub_SPECIES”, since some of these have no entires (I started doing that because some suggested tags were that).