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Comic 164 - Ep. 8, Page 2

27th Feb 2010, 12:32 AM in Episode 8 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
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smbhax 27th Feb 2010, 12:32 AM edit delete
Chapter 8 starts! New larger page size! New way of drawing stars! S'okay???


Effigy_Power 27th Feb 2010, 12:46 AM edit delete reply
It looks good. I don't know if it looks like stars though. It seems more like they are swimming through something. Or is that just me?
smbhax 28th Feb 2010, 3:48 AM edit delete reply
Hm okay question: do the fuzzy dots themselves look star-ish, at least?

The big cloudy stuff is supposed to be interstellar dust, nebulae, and so forth--so in a sense they'd be swimming through that. I'm not sure if that's what you meant though!
Effigy_Power 1st Mar 2010, 4:14 AM edit delete reply
The stars are nice and fuzzy and I like that.
Nebulae are one of the hardest things to replicate and you have to do it in gray-scale, so that doesn't make your life any easier. What I mean is that they look too massive, like actual wave-tops. I think going at it with a very fuzzy eraser might make them a bit more dust-like, but as I said. I myself have huge problem with that and I can use color.
smbhax 1st Mar 2010, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
Massive would be all right--supermassive, even. :D But I do think you have an excellent point there and I've been thinking about it... I don't see a handy way I can possibly get them dust-like, so for now I'm going to try for gas-like. I think it's going to have a lot to do with their edge shape, and here the lines aren't flowing enough--they're either too jagged, too flat, or too strongly curved. I think it's a little more flowing in the next one, still got a good ways to go, though. Also, it seems to help if I keep them darker, as I have in the next one.

I'm actually trying to avoid fuzzy/blur effects wherever possible; I've done a bit of them in A* in the past and whenever I try it (went back and tried it here, just for testing again) I just can't stand the airbrush effect it creates--the loss of hard edges. It isn't really A*'s look and anyway I don't seem to be very good at it; whenever I try it it ends up looking like every Penny Arcade wanna-be you see out there. :/