So there's the family.
This page might have been up sooner, but by the time I got around to inking it, I really didn't like the way it flowed and started from scratch. It's still not perfect but it's better, and it's done, so I'm just going to say good night to it.
That's a lot of brothers and a very disgruntled mother! By the way, which one is the kid that was in the kitchen before? Marie is much younger in the photo so I'm guessing that'd be either one of the two smaller kids in the front or the baby.
And since the others have their eyes inked really carefully in the photo I'm guessing the grumpy kid with two black eyes is not some kind of traditional art accident?
And aaaw, I admit it didn't occur to me that Marie can be self-conscious about her appearance enough to not wear glasses but all in all I think her recent pages are great because they show a new side of a normally comic relief character. Too many comic relief characters just stay like that all the time.
@Oly-RRR: Good catch! If I'm remembering Marie's family tree properly, Oliver is prooobably the second youngest, so he'd be the one standing in front of her right now.
The fella with the blacked eyes came out interesting, I was trying to go for one of those terrifying "he blinked while the camera was taking" pictures since he doesn't care for all this frilliness. His mouth is a little blurred as well so I imagine he had some choice words along those lines.
Aww thanks!! I liked writing this little part for Marie, because like you said it gives her a little more depth. Her choices don't always seem to make sense, but she has a stubborn inner need for control, despite the spontaneous chaos she seems to create.
@mitchellbravo: Ahhh, I see! Old photos can be so interesting that way - these days we either delete the file of an unfortunate photo or upload it online and laugh with friends, back then it was like "welp, here I am, going into family history all derpy..."
@Oly-RRR: Yes!! I kinda miss that, to be honest- I think it would do people some good if they could accept not looking perfectly photogenic in every picture and just get used to looking like humans occasionally :P
@mitchellbravo: Aw, yeah, good point! I don't think I miss the costly and clunky technology but I definitely miss that attitude.
@Oly-RRR: Lol, whenever I get too nostalgic for old technology I remember the "fun" of walkmans and carrying around cassette tapes on road trips XD And learning how many counts to hold down "fast forward" in order to get through songs I didn't like...
@mitchellbravo: Oh yesss. It's weird how fast we forget that and get used to stuff we have now...
I'm really surprised how often you redraw something you're not entirely happy with. That's mad dedication to effective story telling art!
You go, squirrel!
@Squirreltastic-Blue: Thank you! I probably make it sound like I do it more often than I do. I usually catch these problems by the sketching or inking stage- it's really very rare that something is all the way done and then I scrap it. I'll often bite my tongue and deal with something, but if I really need something to be a certain way for a certain effect then I need to fix it so I don't hate the page every time I look at it.