The Blue Sky Support Group
I am writing a Portal fanfic and I need help. Wheatley dialog how should I make it more Wheatley? Character development any tips on how to really delve deep? You're probably a busy person but any tips would be really helpful. Btw the Blue Sky podfic was AMAZING!

waffleguppies:

Wasn’t it though??? oh man OH MAN I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE @u@

As for Wheatley dialogue I am hardly the expert, all I can really suggest is doing what I did, which was listen to his lines so often that I started to know the natural way he’d say whatever I was trying to say, the words he’d use.

Characterisation is difficult whether you’re writing a fan character or an original one because sooner or later you reach the end of what seems obvious to you and you have to make decisions about things they would or wouldn’t think or feel. I’ve never been very good at making detailed character notes, but I think it’s important to always keep in mind what a character wants, and what you know about their history and their conduct in the past. Even when people are thrust way out of their comfort zone, the way they act will be dictacted by their past and their experiences- whether they go with them, unthinkingly, or decide to react against them, it’s a good starting point for development.

rainbowduckdecoy:

today at school i was drawing a bunch of wheatley and blue sky stuff in my sketchbook and i was writing apple bagel unicron everywhere and my friends see it and they start saying it over and over again (i guess bc its catchy to say idk) and then they start making a freaking song about it even though they had no idea what they were talking about
*coughs* watch out eaden your new #1 hit song is on the way apparently

Eehee this story is so cute :3

pizza-soup:

Gosh I love this app. Foxglove love on your dash for you guys!


Foxglove your hardlight eyes are so pretty uwu

pizza-soup:

Gosh I love this app. Foxglove love on your dash for you guys!

Foxglove your hardlight eyes are so pretty uwu

Evolution of the “Blue Sky” Poster

waffleguppies:

elvenwhovian:

I am just blown away by the response to my “Blue Sky” Poster! Thank you all so much :D This fandom is so epic and I’m loving seeing everyone’s responses to everyone’s responses about the Podcast. So awesome :D

Anyway, since this is a blog after all, I figured I’d post some of the process of the poster. 

It started with this really smudgy thumbnail sketch. Just trying to get a feel for positioning of Wheatley and Chell:image

Then I did a very basic outline sketch incorporating more details and characters as well as text layout:

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I traced this with some tracing paper and then spent the afternoon fleshing out details and refining the layout. This was the image scanned into the computer for tracing in Illustrator:

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Vector outlines where added and varying widths really helped to give more depth to the piece:

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After that is was just color and shading in Photoshop. I’d show you the layered file, but sadly I had to flatten a lot of stuff. Apparently the Photoshop file size limit is somewhere around 2G so I had to make a few sacrifices :P

imageText was added in Indesign to keep things nice and crisp. In the end it turned out a lot better than I thought it would. I’ve actually never done anything this complex in this medium before. I usually stick to graphite and pencil sketches, but after this project, I think I’m in love with this style <3 Definitely planning on doing more “Blue Sky” art like this in the future, so stay tuned :)

Again, thanks so much for the feedback and response guys :3 Stay awesome!

-ElvenWhovian

AND MAN WAS IT WORTH IT

pandamunk:

Another gem I found at work today.
Blue Sky in a Can.
I repeat, Blue Sky is drinkable.
dsklfjdslkjdfgklfjdgfd

LIQUID FEELS

pandamunk:

Another gem I found at work today.

Blue Sky in a Can.

I repeat, Blue Sky is drinkable.

dsklfjdslkjdfgklfjdgfd

LIQUID FEELS

rubitrightintomyeyes:

blueskyshort:

Blue Sky the Animation (animatic)

www.fanfiction.net/s/7434133/1/Blue-Sky

Credit:
marshtwain
pinalinet
rubitrightintomyeyes
missmelmels
paperseverywhere
nooby-banana
not-quite-normal

Blue Sky written by waffleguppies

Portal (c) Valve
Mr Blue Sky (c) Electric Light Orchestra

youtube link

A thing I worked on.

Oh hey, look what just showed up on my dash :D

It’s a rather appropriate time to rebagel this again, don’t you think? ;-)

elvenwhovian submitted:

Hello! Just finished the Portal fan fic “Blue Sky” by Waffles and I have to say it is EXCELLENT! Such a well written and all around awesome story! So of course I had to do some fan art and thought I would submit this drawing of Wheatley and the twins. :)

I’m sorry I’m so late posting this, I only just noticed it in my inbox - this is adorable, wowwowow what a trio of ridiculous cutie patoots :3

elvenwhovian submitted:

Hello! Just finished the Portal fan fic “Blue Sky” by Waffles and I have to say it is EXCELLENT! Such a well written and all around awesome story! So of course I had to do some fan art and thought I would submit this drawing of Wheatley and the twins. :)

I’m sorry I’m so late posting this, I only just noticed it in my inbox - this is adorable, wowwowow what a trio of ridiculous cutie patoots :3

firiami:

galaxyrune:

Im officially dubbing ‘it’s time’ by imagine dragons as the song for blue sky

like look at these lyrics


So this is what you meant
When you said that you were spent
And now it’s time to build from the bottom of the pit
Right to the top
Don’t hold back
Packing my bags and giving the academy a rain-check

I don’t ever wanna let you down
I don’t ever wanna leave this town
‘Cause after all
This city never sleeps at night

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
That I’m never changing who I am

So this is where you fell
And I am left to sell
The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell
Right to the top
Don’t look back
Turning to rags and giving the commodities a rain-check

I don’t ever wanna let you down
I don’t ever wanna leave this town
‘Cause after all
This city never sleeps at night

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
That I’m never changing who I am

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
That I’m never changing who I am

This road never looked so lonely
This house doesn’t burn down slowly
To ashes, to ashes

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
That I’m never changing who I am

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Don’t you understand
That I’m never changing who I am


‘the path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell, right to the top’

like come on tell me it wasnt written for blue sky

'I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was’

You’re right, these lyrics are perfect! And the songs pretty catchy and upbeat which really fits with the general mood of the fic.

Waffles, I have a question, if I may: Do you have any thoughts on the other cores in the Blue Sky continuity? Were any of them human, or was it just Wheatley? And we know what became of Kevin, but what about the others like Rick and Fact core?
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waffleguppies:

Well, I kind of shot myself in the foot in that regard because I stated right there in the story that none of the other cores seemed to have Wheatley’s human complexity, that their personalities seemed to Chell like pretty simple macros, all on one theme. While I was writing I decided that the other spheres were just programs written to either make up a removable part of GLaDOS, like Anger and Curiosity, or to keep her occupied, like Space and Adventure, but none of them kept her occupied for long.

I’ve read awesome fanfics where the other spheres were humans to start with, and I’ve drawn/written some bits with pre-incident Wheatley and Rick being friends, but that kind of has to stay outside Blue Sky continuity because in the story Chell states that Wheatley is the only one who seems to have a complex personality. Chell could be mistaken, of course, but I find the idea that they WERE human, but were altered to such an extent that Chell doesn’t even realise, kind of bleak for Blue Sky, at least.

In my TheBestPM universe Fact becomes the Leader of the Opposition and Rick becomes the PotUSA, so they get to be human in that continuity at least. And Kevin gets to be a cat, since I realised that the concept of turning Space Core into a believable human was a job for a better writer than I.

As for what happened to them in Blue Sky, I think the other cores were sucked out into space at the end of Portal 2. I think you see Rick go but I’m not sure about Fact.

Ready Or Not

isabelasfriendfiction:

This is a followup piece to waffleguppies' amazing Chelley fanfic, Blue Sky (more specifically, the extra chapter, Kick).

Wheatley woke up before dawn. Exactly why he had done so, he did not know, but he wasn’t upset about the fact that it was such an early hour. He had been having a good dream, it seemed, from the lingering half-smile on his face, but he couldn’t figure out what that had been about either. Briefly he considered attempting to go back to sleep and see if he could continue whatever the dream was, but then decided he wasn’t drowsy enough. Suppressing a groan, he sat up, simultaneously stretching and grasping for his glasses that sat on the floor next to the mattress. He knew the floor wasn’t the best place to keep something as fragile as glasses — trust him, he’d already broken two pairs from rolling off the bed alone — but putting them on a table meant they’d be out of reach, and heaven forbid he should have to stand up in the morning (he was already clumsy enough without grogginess hindering his movements).

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firiami:

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Blue Sky fanart from chapter 2.
My headcanon for this scene -where the text just tell us Chell might have let go of his handles but maybe not-, is that she did, but not because she decided to leave him, as he believed, but because she knew time was precious and she had to find a solution if she was to save his life.
This bit resonates with me, because sometimes we believe people around us abandon us when we need them the most, when the truth is they are trying to help us in a different way.

firiami:

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Blue Sky fanart from chapter 2.

My headcanon for this scene -where the text just tell us Chell might have let go of his handles but maybe not-, is that she did, but not because she decided to leave him, as he believed, but because she knew time was precious and she had to find a solution if she was to save his life.

This bit resonates with me, because sometimes we believe people around us abandon us when we need them the most, when the truth is they are trying to help us in a different way.

darlingparrot:

5. Kissing
ALRIGHT CAN WE JUST SAY THAT PODSKY WAS PERFECT IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY DOWN TO THE LITTLE SOUND AFFECTS AND GLADOS’ VOICE DEAR GOD THAT VOICE
I’m sort in a mess feels-wise so I’m just going to place this here and run off.

darlingparrot:

5. Kissing

ALRIGHT CAN WE JUST SAY THAT PODSKY WAS PERFECT IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY DOWN TO THE LITTLE SOUND AFFECTS AND GLADOS’ VOICE DEAR GOD THAT VOICE

I’m sort in a mess feels-wise so I’m just going to place this here and run off.

audaciousanonj:

Since I just listened to the first chapter, i thought i might as well…
waffleguppies:

oodlesodoodles:

yay!

*screams*
BABIES
oOODLES YOU-

waffleguppies:

oodlesodoodles:

yay!

*screams*

BABIES

oOODLES YOU-

Going Forward

podsky:

Hi everyone!  Co-producer/Director Artoveli here, speaking on behalf of the Podsky team.

We’ve been completely bowled over, blown away, humbled, tumbled, and overwhelmed by your ecstatic response to Podsky chapter 1.  Seriously, the response has been unanimously positive and incredibly supportive!  Shmowzow!

Of course, our inbox has been filling up with messages from understandably curious/worried/cautiously-optimistic people asking what our release schedule is going to be from here on out, which is the main reason for this post.

We’ve talked about it as a team, and we’re going to try a 2-month creation period for each chapter.  A bit of a wait, but compared to TWO YEARS??? it’s a veritable fire-hose!

Estimated ETA for Podsky chapter 2: Round-about the end of June.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to give a shout out to Matthew Zuckerman, who did the bulk of the sound work for chapter one, and who will be our chief sound engineer from here on in.  He joined the team originally to play Space Core, but has ended up bringing much, much more to the project.  He also composed most of the original music you heard in the first chapter.