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Reply mitchellbravo, October 2nd, 2014, 6:47 pm

A funny thing happened in making this strip, I scanned it and realized I forgot to draw on Clarabelle's necklace. I was too lazy to try to draw it on and rescan, so I think you can probably guess what I did instead.

And this was another page that looked way better before I inked it. Too bad I couldn't have skipped from pencils to colors. Like honestly while I was editing it just now I kept wondering "Wtf was I thinking when I inked this" because there were so many weird dumb things on it that I had to either fix or tiptoe around. Idk.

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Reply Oly-RRR, October 2nd, 2014, 8:25 pm

Awww, they all look so nervous and excited and ready to rock AND THEN TONY HAPPENS. Oh Tony, you poor doofus. XD Gavin sends his condolences. :D

I think inking is the most merciless stage. Pencils are kind of loose and let your brain "finish" the picture and as usual imagine it ten times more awesome, colours tend to hide a lot of flaws, especially as you get better at it but inking is like a cross old tutor who slaps your wrist every time you as much as hesitate with an answer. :P

Reply mitchellbravo, October 3rd, 2014, 6:19 pm

@Oly-RRR: Ahahahaha Tony and Gavin ought to go out for a shoulder-to-cry-on beer XP

I used to think inking was easier, but I think for me it's gotten harder. I don't know why. I feel like my precision muscles are atrophied somehow, like motions that used to come easy to me I'm now hesitant and awkward with. :/

Reply Oly-RRR, October 3rd, 2014, 6:26 pm

@mitchellbravo: Totally!

I think I get it too - well. at least when I don't ink anything for several days. Or even if I only ink work for several days, work inking takes less precision so after that comics are like woah wait woah. It's a bit frustrating because even if you do it per page not per scene it's still impossible to sketch, ink and colour daily with comic pages (unless it's something small or minimalistic).

Reply mitchellbravo, October 3rd, 2014, 7:02 pm

@Oly-RRR: Yess I think that's it. I mean some of it IS muscle memory in the "you don't forget how to ride a bike" sense, but you lose the endurance and muscle tone.
Especially if you're like me and go grand patches of time without touching a pen :(

If I wasn't so lazy I probably ought to sketch up a bunch of things each weekend so that each weekday I can at least ink SOMETHING even if it's just a doodle/sketch, but given all of my grand master plans it's increasingly unlikely that that will happen :( Lol. Any time I try to get into one of these good positive habits I fall out of it within the space of two weeks...

Reply Oly-RRR, October 3rd, 2014, 7:08 pm

@mitchellbravo: Yeaaah, it's hard to keep these things up - I tend to go through several days of very active drawing and then I decide to catch up on some show and barely finish one doodle that day. XP

Reply Bluezilla, October 11th, 2014, 5:43 pm

But why....WHY did she have to steal his clothes.

Other than just because MARIE, of course.

(I'm being such a terrible reader because every time I read this again i forget all the character's names, except Clarabelle's, and then have to make a bunch of comments before they occur to me once more. heh.)

Reply Bluezilla, October 11th, 2014, 5:44 pm

Second thought. Except for the fact that it's all too big, Marie looks GREAT in drag :) I assume you planned this.

Reply mitchellbravo, October 11th, 2014, 6:24 pm

@Bluezilla: Hehehehehe :P Part of it has to do with audiences not taking too kindly to female comedians back then (I mean, even now there's this weird school of thought that women can't be funny, or that they can't be funny *to men,* which is just... like... what? what) but definitely a lot of it is Marie being, lol, as you said, Marie and wanting to PUBLICLY EXPLORE HER COMPLICATED PERSONAL IDENTITY. XP

Reply mitchellbravo, October 11th, 2014, 6:39 pm

@Bluezilla: Oh gosh and I'm terrible with names. I mean even for a bunch of the recommendations I'm making I have to go back and check the comic in question, not just to doublecheck spelling but sometimes to remember the name AT ALL.

Reply Bluezilla, October 11th, 2014, 7:02 pm

@mitchellbravo: Ahh, the thing about women in comedy totally makes sense.

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