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Comic 1701 - Ep. 22, Page 75

2nd Sep 2014, 11:41 PM in Episode 22 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
Average Rating: 5 (3 votes)

Author Notes:

smbhax 2nd Sep 2014, 11:41 PM edit delete
smbhax
After I painted today's page I started wondering why I'd made the dunes (this is supposed to be a sort of eagle's eye view downward, you see, kind of zoomed out from yesterday's page) jagged, and shouldn't they be nice and smooth curves? So I tried doing it over, but while I could draw the curves okay, nothing else seemed to want to go right—the scale of the little figures, the curve of the falling debris, the balance of tones, etc. Here's one try:

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After a bit more of that sort of thrashing around, I realized my heart wasn't in a revision, and I stuck with the original, jagged dunes and all. I think maybe I'd done that kind of subconsciously to break things up a bit, I dunno.

Somewhere in the middle of that I found myself on the internet, looking up photos of Martian sand dunes taken from overhead—specifically, by NASA's orbiting Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. I didn't quite find the kind of dunes I wanted to be drawing here, but I did find some neat photos so here they are anyway:

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image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona (source)

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image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona (source)

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image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona (source)

^ Carbon dioxide ice thawing off dunes in the Martian spring.

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image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona (source)

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image by NASA/JPL/University of Arizona (source)

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image by NASA/JPL/University of Arizona (source)

Comments:

cattservant 2nd Sep 2014, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
cattservant
All you need is sand worms!
smbhax 3rd Sep 2014, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
And they make the spice! :d
moizmad 3rd Sep 2014, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
moizmad
I wonder if there's a Starbucks down there somewhere?
smbhax 3rd Sep 2014, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
I hear the Mars rover brews a mean latte.
Robotwin.com 19th Sep 2014, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
Robotwin.com
Beautiful.