Comic 20 - Descended 8

12th Sep 2013, 9:43 PM in Arc 0
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Bree 12th Sep 2013, 9:43 PM edit delete
Bree
Waitwat, an update? (And on an unusual day, at that!) Aren’t I on hiatus? Well, yes, I am still on hiatus, it’s just my definition of hiatus has changed. :P Instead of meaning ‘not updating at all’, it’s gained a new meaning of ‘updating whenever I am physically capable of doing so’, which means until I begin releasing a page every week at the advertised time of 6:00 PM on Mondays, I’ll still be on hiatus. Anyway, to business.

I hate that I’ve had Sarge deliver the punchline three comics in a row, and that in doing so he’s seemingly pessimistic. (Of The Elementals, he’s actually the second-most-idealistic.) It’s perfectly in-character—he has a way of being blunt and to the point, describing what people actually mean when they give a more fanciful wording. And it also makes for decent comedy. But still, have to apologize for it anyway.

Also, you might note that the font for M changed—I chose Times New Roman because I use Courier for artificial sound effects, and therefore want to reserve its usage to robotic-sounding individuals. Though M’s voice is meant to be slightly methodical, it is not robotical. I wanted a font which felt slightly artificial, but still close to normal. TNR fit the bill, because like Arial, it is an incredibly common (and undeniably default) font, albeit one which is slightly more artificial.

Also, minor artistic note. Yes, I’m aware that I have some severe neck elongation issues with this page. :P Side-effect of me being an idiot and forgetting to use references. I did touch-ups where possible to minimize it, but I couldn’t fix them all and even the touch-ups couldn’t hide it; they just made it less obvious. :P Next time, I’ll have my eye on it.

And you can probably tell that I did experimenting with the panels—everything I’ve done is something that others have done, but the difference is, they actually knew what they were doing. :P So I do hope I didn’t cause any confusion.

Here's the full-sized version of the page.

Comments:

Centcomm 12th Sep 2013, 10:07 PM edit delete reply
Centcomm
its a good page. claps hey im not gonna complain a UPDATE! the bottom was a bit odd to follow but thats ok. :D
Bree 12th Sep 2013, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
Bree
Aww. :(
I was hoping that the bottom was better to follow after I made the change to the panel.

But thanks. Glad it doesn't hinder the reading. That's the important bit. (Even though a lack of confusion at all would be even better. :P)
Centcomm 12th Sep 2013, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
Centcomm
ive actually been following your work on this as you did it - so I already knew what to expect- but I will also concur you are getting better :D keep on working!
christian-a 12th Sep 2013, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
christian-a
Wow! Surprise update! :D

I think, above all, the look and quality of this page looks really good. I think this is probably your best looking page yet. I also like the change of font, It just looks a bit nicer and suits this more. Adds a bit more character.

I like the hair effects you used too. It's a little hard to see on the regular comic view, but on the full sized page, it looks great.

Despite the lack of shading, which you mentioned, I still think it looks better than most of you other pages thus far... Maybe I'm just a fan of a more minimalist style. lol.

Looking forward to finding out what happens in future updates!
Regards,
-Christian A.
Bree 12th Sep 2013, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
Bree
Thanks. :)

The hair effect is rather simple. A slight adjustment, turning the value up or down by ~5 (and occasionally adjusting the saturation) and then following the flow of hair makes it work fairly well. (Though, I forgot to apply the effect to Sanik. Granted, he has Anime Hair so his hair is a bit less realistic, but still, that's one of the oversights I made. :P)

And it's nice to see someone actually check out the full-sized page, too. It's far too large for an actual comic page, but the full-sized version is where all the little details come out, most of which are (as you mentioned) not nearly as obvious in the displayed comic.

And, yeah. I've been improving a lot as an artist, I think. So that helps. (Also, because I'm not very good with shading, that can actually potentially make the page look worse. :P I still need the practice, so it's something that I'll be trying to work on for future pages.)
RG2Cents 13th Sep 2013, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
RG2Cents
You just keep getting better and better, Brian!
Bree 14th Sep 2013, 2:25 AM edit delete reply
Bree
Thanks! :)

I hope that trend continues. :P
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