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Reply mitchellbravo, November 23rd, 2014, 6:50 pm


We last saw Aggie and Donny in this scene. Tomorrow's comic will probably answer any lingering questions you may currently have, though speculation is of course welcome.

I haven't felt in this good a mood in a long time. I just feel... decidedly okay, which has been evading me for the past month or so (maybe longer since I think the whole thing started creeping in around the time I was working on the last big scene).

My goal is to finish uploading this scene this week, and that the next scenelet should be done by Christmastime or New Year's. I've been in good working form the past bunch of days, so keep your fingers crossed I can keep running with it. Sorry for my spotty reliability. I suppose it could be worse, but I'd rather get through the end of this chapter sooner rather than later. It doesn't look like I'm going to meet my year's goal of surpassing last year's output, which was around 70 pages, but eh, it is what it is.

It trips me up now that coloring doesn't take even a smidgeling as long as it used to, so hopefully soon my output will increase more.

I should have made Donny's arms more gross and like, veiny. Eh.

See you tomorrow.


Reply Oly-RRR, November 23rd, 2014, 7:26 pm

The first panel is BRILLIANT! It made me think of 101 Dalmatians backgrounds (which I love).

And dammit, that daft bugger Donny got so handsome since the last scene - I don't mean that he changed, it's more like his face is more defined and in focus now? Never mind the sweaty/drooly shirt, I probably don't bat an eye at these things considering how my characters throw bodily fluids around (in some cases literally, to name no Philips). I feel guilty that I itch to try drawing Donny now, considering that I think I already know what he "couldn't help" (I'm not sure if it's because we discussed this scene or I'M JUST SMART LIKE THAT, more likely the former). ._.

Reply mitchellbravo, November 23rd, 2014, 7:49 pm

@Oly-RRR: THANK YOU!!! Aaah what an awesome compliment!! :o I really need to watch that film again, I didn't care for it much when I was a kid but a few years ago I watched it when I was babysitting and was really impressed with its art. (And the old cars and stuff :3)

LMAO I KNOWWW. Like I mentioned to you, it's like I *finally* got his design nailed down. I really came around to liking his design after I battled with it so long- like it took a long time for it to become properly a face instead of Mr. Potato-head pieces stuck together. I just like drawing the bar-room nosejob that looks a different kind of crooked from each angle XP

Ahahaha and you're probably right, like I'm going to say 99% sure you're right. But this "Never mind the sweaty/drooly shirt, I probably don't bat an eye at these things considering how my characters throw bodily fluids around (in some cases literally, to name no Philips)" gave me a good laugh :P He probably should be a lot wetter considering he's likely been wearing that thing all day, but it was one of those last minute details I remembered to throw in while forgetting Aggie's cigarette smoke... :P

Reply Oly-RRR, November 23rd, 2014, 8:10 pm

@mitchellbravo: I loved 101 Dalmatians as a kid, mostly because it had dogs, DOGS, ALL THE DOGS YOU CAN ASK FOR but these days I mostly appreciate the visual side (and I only recently learned that "pongo" is an actual word and not just a dog name, hah)!

That noooose! Haha, I like "bar-room nosejob" as a term! I'm surprised Nutter didn't get one, but different times and circumstances I guess (by the time he got aggressive he also started looking somewhat intimidating). I've recently seen an episode of a show where Jim Broadbent's character gets punched in the nose and there's a closeup of his face and his moustache getting soaked with blood as he stares at himself in the mirror and it was both gross and a really nice detail!

Reply mitchellbravo, November 24th, 2014, 6:00 pm

@Oly-RRR: AHAHAHA did you pick it up from the Angus books??? Because that's where I learned it!!! XD

And that makes sense with Nutter! I can imagine him early on having the types of opinions where people would expect him to get punched eventually, but he wasn't confrontational enough yet to actually invite it, maybe. Oh man, that does sound gross and yet good. I like when people include little weird details like that, almost like it happened to one of the writers or someone they knew- just a little thing you probably wouldn't think of that just lends it more authenticity.

Reply Oly-RRR, November 24th, 2014, 6:34 pm

@mitchellbravo: I think so! Either that or Adrian Mole! :D

Yeah, Nutter was taught to think like that early on but he also spent his childhood and pretty much all his 20s in Manchester (a poor area, lots of working class neighbourhoods and so on) so it's not like that kind of thinking was rare there. And like I said, he could sense when a fight wasn't his (augh, I could go on about this but spoilers)...

Yesss, exactly! :D It's a weird show actually - they did this and a few similarly neat things but they also had a huge arc with a kid coming out of a coma after being hit by a car and the entire arc was done so shoddily I was facepalming instead of actually feeling anything all the way. XP

Reply mitchellbravo, November 24th, 2014, 7:45 pm

@Oly-RRR: AH YES was this one of those shows you were telling me about I think where the dramatic moment gets ruined by somethign really tonally out of place???

Reply Oly-RRR, November 24th, 2014, 7:59 pm

@mitchellbravo: Nah, it's another one, just tried it last weekend since mum insists I save New Tricks for her. It's called The Street. It was not so much tonally off as really poor research, the kid went from being non-responsive to waking up and instantly going "mummy!!" and then she was allowed to go home and she was wheeling herself around in a hospital wheelchair (which is done all the time but it looks more off when you actually have scenes with a character moving independently, it's kind of like drawing an office worker sitting on a bar stool at work) and there was an entirely moronic moment with her trying to reach a doorbell (firstly, how come she got hit the head and couldn't walk but every other motor function was fine, secondly why didn't she just knock on the bloody door?) and augh... Honestly movie!coma is quickly becoming one of my writing pet peeves, it's like nobody bothers to look it up before writing and everyone has this general idea that gets passed from one lazy writer to another. 8I

Reply mitchellbravo, December 1st, 2014, 3:30 pm

@mraab: Thanks!! I had fun drawing that panel, I'm starting to like architecture more. Knowing htat it's not such a bear to color anymore makes it a little easier to enjoy as well :) Ahahaha yes please PM me it! Or I'll PM you if you don't see this first. Thanks- I probably ought to have added a few more of those little details to show it being a bit more run-down but, alas.

It's good to be back, Marc! :D

Reply Bluezilla, December 11th, 2014, 2:10 am

Ewww, Donny. I did NOT expect better of him :(

Just wanted to say that the first panel looks really great, the coloring is perfect, it's got that mood/tone thing down really well in that it also starts the page of feeling angry/uncomfortable. Yay!

Reply mitchellbravo, December 12th, 2014, 8:53 pm

@Bluezilla: He certainly doesn't present himself as a winner, does he? :/

And thank you so much!! I was kind of scared by the colors at first, they seemed too garish, but the more I worked them onto the page the better it came together, so I'm glad to hear it was effective in the end :D It's rare for me to do full-page spreads like this (even though this is kind of a cop-out with the gutters being mostly empty bully space) but it was kind of fun to work on, and I'd like to do more like it in the future.

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