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Reply mitchellbravo, March 5th, 2011, 1:35 pm

Cool Story BroTime: When I first drew this page and the one that follows, I messed up while coloring in the background to an extent that could not easily be covered up somehow. For most artists of our Modern Day with our helpful friends The Computer, this could have been fixed by simply erasing the background or deleting its layer and putting it back the way it should go. I however am stuck in the stone age, and therefore had fewer options.

The probably more reasonable choice was to simply redraw the two pages and start from scratch, but I decided I had already put so much work into them and that they must be salvaged somehow. So what I did was I took a pair of scissors and cut out all of the foreground objects and text bubbles and stuck them onto a new piece of paper, and redrew the background around them.

It looks kinda cool I think, barring the few bits where I didn't cut close enough to the character and you see some residual whiteness. However it does make everything seem a bit more three-dimensional. If it wasn't time-consuming and obscene I would engage in this practice more frequently.


Reply Oly-RRR, July 23rd, 2014, 11:28 pm

Hahaha, poor Uly, this is a terrible situation to be in but so fun to read about! XD

I can relate - traditional has way less options to fix things than digital (which is one of the reasons my comics are digital when I love traditional - I'm a bit of a wimp)! That's a neat way to solve it though, I know IN DA OLDEN DAYS artists cut out bits of white paper and glued them on the parts they needed to edit, but the other way round works too!

And I did similar collages a couple of times because I got some cool paper with patterns - it IS incredibly time-consuming!

Reply mitchellbravo, July 24th, 2014, 9:22 am

@Oly-RRR: Even the page I'm working on right now, I messed up really badly after I inked one of the panels so I had to chop it out. I haven't had anything as big a mess as this page was since this time, though (knock on wood), but yeah- tradidional has its uh, touchy zones :P

Reply Paps511 (Guest), August 26th, 2014, 11:21 am

@mitchellbravo: Any thoughts about animating like this?

Reply mitchellbravo, August 27th, 2014, 7:05 pm

@Paps511: Hehehehe with the cut-out papers, like Little Bill? It would be interesting at the very least :P

And now I'm envisioning essentially a digital pop-up book... hmmmmmmm.

Reply Squirreltastic-Blue, December 15th, 2014, 9:40 am

No computer techniques in 2011 or is the comic much older than that? Either way, I admire your dedication to this page!

Reply mitchellbravo, December 15th, 2014, 2:47 pm

@Squirreltastic-Blue: Thank you! This page was done, as far as my archives on my computer say, in 2010. I've always done *some* digital editing, and as you saw once you get to chapter 3 with the prom there's a lot of digitally (poorly) added backgrounds, but I don't use a tablet so crafting an entire background like this would be impossible on the computer.

As I mentioned in the big comment, and I concur with the notion even now, I should have just redrawn the damned thing XP But thank you for the support! It gave an interesting effect that would probably be nice as a deliberate style choice somewhere in the future :)

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