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Reply mitchellbravo, July 25th, 2014, 8:06 pm

Jars- America's most trusted bank.

Aggie's getting home from work really late, even by 1918 standards. Also, here's an "exciting" thing, this is the first time I can remember that the comic and Real Us You-and-Me People Time are both at the same time of the year :)

As you can see I'm now just going overboard with kinda ridiculous coloring. Wamp wamp.

That bottom left panel was just giving me no end of trouble. Her hand's still disproportionate but like how many times am I going to redraw a jar with some coins you know

On the bright (?) side it let to this happening, so uh enjoy


Reply Oly-RRR, August 1st, 2014, 1:55 pm


And I like colours in this page but I just often think "when in doubt go for something purple" XP

Reply mitchellbravo, August 1st, 2014, 9:21 pm

@Oly-RRR: Youuuuuu caught him >:( Check out the sneaking booze bottle on the next page... it's mostly out of frame but I made sure to throw it in there :P

Hahahaha you made me think of a textbook I saw advertised in the back of ANOTHER textbook when I was taking filmmaking courses back in school- one of them I really wanted to get but never purchased, it was about lighting and color in film and the title was "If It's Purple, Someone's Gonna Die." XD

Reply Oly-RRR, August 1st, 2014, 11:21 pm

@mitchellbravo: Haha, I see the connection - when I started working with childrens' magazines I got told to avoid purple because it's a "moody" colour. I don't always notice the connection because I'm pretty sure there are ways to make any colour seem gruesome but sometimes it seems to be true!

Reply mitchellbravo, August 2nd, 2014, 12:35 am

@Oly-RRR: Ooooh, interesting! I never thought of it that way- maybe if I'd had bought that book I would have known :P I probably ought to go back and reread the color theory books I had bought a few summers ago. At the time it all kind of went over my head, but after I read a few books this past winter on *painting*, it was like it made the practical aspects clear in a way that made the theories accessible as well.

Reply Oly-RRR, August 2nd, 2014, 12:51 am

@mitchellbravo: Yeah, reading books helps! I feel so torn though - like I want to improve composition and colouring and anatomy and writing and at the same time it's really easy to get stuck studying all that instead of y'know, actually drawing. XP

Reply mitchellbravo, August 2nd, 2014, 1:23 am

@Oly-RRR: Oh, definitely! And it's the sort of thing where once you get to a certain point you have to just forge your own path for a bit. In my case it was helpful because the book I learned best from just took things I already kind of knew about color and helped me understand how to actually apply it to a real life piece. The best piece of advice (in my opinion) was of course directed at watercolor painters, but I came to see that my style seems loose enough that I could get away with applying it too- which is not to get caught up in the small piddling details and how things "have" to look, and focus on how you *want* it to look. Like, so what if the barn is right in front of the tree. If you want to paint a picture of both you can move the tree and NO ONE IS GOING TO GET HUFFY THAT YOUR PICTURE IS INAUTHENTIC. It was like a huge lightswitch went on in my brain. It's most apparent in the way I now feel free to use color, but there's also some times- like on one of the recent pages in the park by the fountain- where I saw that even though by the laws of physics and perspective, things would get all blocked or clumped together, I realized no one in the world would give a shit if I spaced them out a bit.

Reply Oly-RRR, August 2nd, 2014, 2:01 pm

@mitchellbravo: Yeah, things like that make sense when you think of them but learning them for the first time is kind of mind-blowing!

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