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Reply mitchellbravo, May 18th, 2013, 10:31 pm

Bitches be layin cards all over the table.

Could not get Clarabelle's hat in the last panel to not look like the sombrero-shaped tortilla bowl we got from a garage sale years ago.

It was pretty fun working on this set of pages. I don't do heavy dialogue all that often so it's kind of nice to just sit back and have people spitting at one another.

Clarabelle looks pretty much nothing like she used to. Over the years I've been trying to reign everyone's eyes in a bit more. Actually, on the page that follows the one I linked, you can see Aggie's first real appearance as well, and her face was pretty much half eyes.

It's weird how much they seem to change without any deliberate alterations from me. I'm really going to need to put up the "original" designs from like 2008. Over time I've just started focusing on certain features and downplaying others. Clarabelle for instance, her nose has always been rounded but I ceased making it so definedly bulbous within the past year or so. And I think I've finally found a suitably visible yet not distracting/pox looking way of drawing Aggie's freckles. Did you know that in the original designs, Eddie, Tony, and I believe Clarabelle also were to have freckles? Why they all lost theirs and Aggie kept hers I'm not really certain. And Marie used to have long flowing locks. What a weirdo!

Also, Eddie's name was originally supposed to be Rocco. NO, I DON'T KNOW WHY EITHER.


READER'S DISCUSSION:

Reply Oly-RRR, July 27th, 2014, 9:48 am

...yeaaaah, shit is hitting the fan. D: There's something about female-on-female fights that's more scary than any other kind of fight, maybe the fact that that's when rumours and gossip and feelings tend to be used as warfare. I never thought about it before I watched Orange Is The New Black.

It's interesting how designs change! I think it happens with everyone who draws comics for a while. In my first sketches of Nutter he was average height - then something about how I imagined him move and sound made me realise he was supposed to be much taller.

Reply mitchellbravo, July 27th, 2014, 11:00 am

@Oly-RRR: Right?? It seems like men just want to beat up a dude, women want to leave lasting emotional damage and tend to be close enough to one another to know *exactly* the most hurtful thing to say.

That's so weird, I can't picture Nutter not being tall. It's like he has too much of a presence on the page for me to imagine him not towering above others. It's funny because I left the comment here about Cal staying the same, but looking at a sketch I just did of her outfit for the next scene I'm working on, I see that she went from being like barely zaftig to being like brick-house curves. She fills out an hourglass figure stupefyingly well thanks to the structural undergarments of the time period, but I have to remember when I draw her in non-canon modern-day clothes that she'd really have more weight in her stomach as well.

Reply Oly-RRR, July 27th, 2014, 11:40 am

@mitchellbravo: Totally! D:

Yeah, exactly, Nutter is sort of slightly bigger than would be comfortable, both for him and people around him. And yeah, Cal looks like a big lady but damn, she rocks her outfits! Also I'm not very good at history of fashion but I think the time after which the idea that Women Are Supposed To Be Thin settled came much later, like in the 30s if not the 50s?

Reply mitchellbravo, July 27th, 2014, 11:53 am

@Oly-RRR: It's interesting to look into that, really! It seems that up to the 1910s, fashion favored women who had a little bit of ampleness to them, and also had lots of ways to make women without said ampleness look more, uh, ample. Around the 20's and right before and then during the "flapper" phase was when, as far as I can tell, things started to change- a "boyish" look kind of came into favor, it was kind of a youthfulness thing? Like hot young girls are thin, curves are for old matronly women.

A lot of it is something to do with the fact that 100+ years ago, being pleasantly plump was a status symbol. You didn't have to work to earn your living or even clean the house if you had servants, so you could have a dainty softness that the underfed skinny working girls couldn't.

I'd like to at some point address this in-story but I'm not sure where exactly it'll come up- but it's a weird situation where Cecilia has always felt self-conscious about her rail-like physique while Cal filled out dresses beautifully, but as fashions change (and corsets start falling to the wayside during the war- gotta save the metal inserts for the war effort & all), Cal finds that fashion has started to move past her body type and actually favors builds like Cecilia and Aggie's.

BLAH BLAH BLAH CLOTHES CLOTHES FAT PEOPLE SKINNY PEOPLE

Reply Oly-RRR, July 27th, 2014, 12:45 pm

@mitchellbravo: Ooh, that's interesting and I think it'll be great to see it handled in your story!

Honestly I think most people are self-conscious about their body in some way no matter what body type they have (unless they have a really well-developed self-esteem) and it's okay to want to change some aspect of your look because you prefer it some other way, it just sucks that a lot of it stems from social pressure and whatever is considered "in" at the time.

Reply mitchellbravo, July 27th, 2014, 1:14 pm

@Oly-RRR: Yes exactly! Everyone sees their own flaws- I'm skeptical of anyone who claims to be in perfect harmony with their physical appearance :P Sadly like you said though a lot of it is externally influenced as opposed to just being personal preference.

Reply Squirreltastic-Blue, December 15th, 2014, 1:04 pm

Background triangles. That is all.

Reply mitchellbravo, December 15th, 2014, 3:35 pm

@Squirreltastic-Blue: I was really going for some funky FX back in the day XP


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