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AUTHOR COMMENTS:

Reply mitchellbravo, April 19th, 2019, 9:27 am

I had an honest to god blast drawing this scene. And as I speculated in the last page's comment, I decided to dip back into mixed media with IMO decent results, which was encouraging. Coloring both this and the next page took about 5 hours all together, 4 of which I did in one sitting, which I haven't done in a really, really long time. This excludes however the "snapshots" which I did first, and which are actually separate from the background paper and I attached them after I'd finished the rest of each page. I didn't keep track of how long those took. If I had to guess, probably 2-3 hours. So I guess that rounds out to about 4 hours to color an individual page, which isn't terrible.

Whitney needs to NOT GESTURE WITH A KNIFE while sharing dull anecdotes, or probably ever!

You'll also find that between this and the next page, I discovered the oddly soothing enjoyment in drawing & coloring patterned wallpaper. Who could have known???




TOP TEN FAVORITE LOUD ERA SCENES

#4: Joseph and Cecilia Break Up (link)



Length: 5 pages

Why it's #4: I thought more earlier scenes in the comic alluded to Joseph and Cecilia's relationship not being particularly stable in the past due in part to Joseph's infidelities, though I guess that must have been more apparent in the "old" "first" chapters that have been axed. There are a few mentions of Cecilia's family DEFINITELY not approving of their relationship, which is how Whitney (see today's comic) even comes into the story at all. Neither Cecilia nor Joseph is entirely happy with the way things are- I guess typical for couples that have been through adolescence together, or longer-lived relationships in general- and in this #4 favorite scene, you get to see how close to the surface all that anger and resentment has been sitting. I particularly am pleased with the facial expressions on the page below as well as the page that precedes it.







I'm also tickled by, and didn't plan, the fact that today's linked scene is *about* today's actual posted scene. We're in Virginia for Cecilia's (and Darla's) birthday after all!


READER'S DISCUSSION:

Reply Oly-RRR, April 23rd, 2019, 9:26 pm

I still think Phone Joseph should be one of your avatars at some point! That was a good scene!

And I'm so glad you're excited about comics again! I had a feeling those snapshots were done separately, that's just so you and it works well on this page!

And Whitney is such an idiot but at least... uh... his heart is in the right place? It irks me how he talks about Cecilia's friends as almost an object of study but then he's also the only one at the table (besides Cecilia) to actually admit they have good qualities.

Unless his "pages on the topic" are all terrible poetry about how he wants to touch Cecilia's boobs. o_o

Reply mitchellbravo, April 26th, 2019, 5:38 pm

@Oly-RRR: :D :D :D :D

I'm hoping to get back to more fun unusual things like that and embrace the medium more??

AHAHAHAHA I REALLY LOVE YOUR INTERPRETATION and sadly the actual conversation is so much duller and less interesting <D wait until the "reveal" on the next page.... (though that's also my bad for seating them exactly the same positions as they were in the last dinner scene, and I didn't make it clear that they are at their own separate table here- it was more obvious when the snapshots weren't there lol)

Reply Oly-RRR, April 27th, 2019, 6:37 pm

@mitchellbravo: Oh gosh I just saw all the ways I could misread this!! Can't wait for the next page!

And eee a new avatar (something I'm going to do when I start updating as well)!


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