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Ep. 21, Page 73
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Comic 1578 - Ep. 21, Page 73

17th Mar 2014, 8:26 AM in Episode 21 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
Average Rating: 5 (2 votes)

Author Notes:

smbhax 17th Mar 2014, 8:26 AM edit delete
In pencil, this page looked kinda like this Instagram shot


and I decided to try painting without a big wet-on-wet "underpainting" phase to start with, so I could just do mostly -on-dry painting to keep some sharp white areas and so forth. That went all right and I was all set to upload it looking like this


when for some reason (I guess one thing was that I was flipping through the recent pages to compare the color balance and I'm kinda starting to like the fully-painted look I had in page 71, where I didn't leave much pencil behind) I decided to see what would happen if I got rid of the lines. So after much tidying up with an eraser and white ink and a dab of watercolor here and there, we ended up with the final version of today's page. Slightly messier than it would have been if I'd had the idea from the start, but I think maybe it was a good way to go. Also I was kind of happy to see—perhaps I'm just optimistically imagining this : oo—that there are some of those overlapping, almost polygonal layers of transparent colors coming together to build up the figure in interesting ways between the shoulder blades there and in the hair above them, like the similar but much more extensive and nicer structures I pointed out a while back in Bill Sienkiewicz's inspiring "Kelby" watercolor painting. So! I gotta figure out where those came from and try to do more of them. I think maybe it came from just kind of going at it freely with multiple colors and not worrying about keeping them segregated or something silly.


Thanks to everyone who voted for A* in Comic Mix's March Madness webcomic tournament seeding round a few days back! I only gave you guys one day's notice—or half a day's notice, probably—and we still *nearly* made it into the tournament with our last-minute voting burst! So that was pretty cool. : ) (And now we don't have to worry about stressful "vs" matchups and more vote-offs, which is probably just as well. ; )


cattservant 17th Mar 2014, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
Hope it's self service.
smbhax 17th Mar 2014, 8:45 PM edit delete reply
5-finger discounts!
moizmad 17th Mar 2014, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
Closed on account of rat infestation!
smbhax 17th Mar 2014, 8:45 PM edit delete reply
Simulated rats : o