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Magravan edit delete
Magravan
Welcome to Monday! Hope you had a good weekend, and a great week to come!

Some things of note: I finally got a new sweater... June has been bugging me to get one, noted that I had finally worn entirely through the elbow of my old sweater, and has been habitually bugging me to get a new one. Unfortunately, the last one I ordered, while carrying a larger label than my previous one, was considerably smaller... So I've put off getting a new one. This time I called them and they said that they'd switched to a new design or something like that, which is why it was not the same as the old one. Shame it's already been through the wash and can't return it. Still, new one is nice and comfy. Score one for having a proper elbow again!

I'm enjoying these Sylene ones... She has that certain ... lack of personal responsibility I always attributed to Tom and Daisy from The Great Gatsby. Thanks Mr. S, I guess that book really did make an impression on me... It makes for interesting storytelling when you have a character who shuns responsibility like that.

One thing that I love about this comic is how people have projected certain things onto the characters that may or may not have existed in my mind... I have a heirarchy set up so I can have a general understanding of how they are going to react to certain situations, but there are certain facets of them that I have not addressed in my mind. Hearing how other people have filled in those blanks is very interesting.

www.Formspring.me/Magravan is available if you'd like to ask questions :)

Oh, and way to go Canada! You guys put on a great show for the hockey game!! Both the men and women had a great Gold Medal game and it's well deserved. All of our athletes made our country proud!
Skrael (I'm the artist) edit delete
Skrael (I'm the artist)
This one was tough to draw! I'm still working on getting the characters settled into a look. Do any of you fellow artists have issues with not being able to draw the same face more than one time? How did you overcome that? I'll take any advice that I can.

In other news, I finally started packing "for real" today. It was interesting. I actually like packing, it's the lifting and moving that I don't enjoy. I was organizing and throwing away as I went. It was really nice! We're still looking for a house, but I'm optimistic that we will find something that we like by May, which is our intended move month.

Well, that's about it. See you Thursday!
User comments:
Xenrin edit delete reply
Xenrin
In response to the question asked in the comic:

...Hell yeah! They should watch where they're walking! D:<
Guy Incognito edit delete reply
Guy Incognito
Sounds like she learned how to drive in Miami!

I think she looks great, seems like you've really got the characters down. Personally I still have a lot of trouble drawing the same character over and over, I the trick is to find something characteristic to latch onto, like the shape of the jaw or something, to form the basis, and your motor memory will allow the rest to follow naturally.

But really, it's funny how we look at our own drawings and see different things that everybody else. I've been looking this one over and I really don't see anything about the characters here that is even a little off model. Nicely done!
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Haha! I hate the packing, love the lifting and moving part ;D Carrying our bed down the stairs is going to be great fun... I almost offered our neighbour a hand with her move the other day, but she seemed like she had professional movers, and I didn't want to screw around with their business. I don't know why, I just like helping people move.

@MarshmallowGherkin - There are some crazy pedestrians out there... I try to be very cautious around them because I assume that every person is going to try to run in front of my car, and every driver is going to make an abrupt lane change without signalling, but especially in the big cities, they are insane. "I'm just going to walk across against the light with my headphones on... la la la" ... When I was young I used to think "If they hit me, they'll be in trouble because Pedestrians have the Right of Way!" ... Now I say to myself and my kids "People are crazy, you might have the right of way, but that isn't going to mean much to you when they peel you off the front of the car and put you in a wheelchair or coffin."
Xenrin edit delete reply
Xenrin
Haha, ain't that the truth ;)
Man, I hate driving in big cities. Everyone want to force you to abruptly stop by getting in front of your car; even the unprotected pedestrians... :S
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
It boggles my mind sometimes that this is a behaviour that hasn't been stomped out...

Oh, side note, I decided to change from curly pointer to triangular pointer... I think I like it better... What do you guys think?
Effigy_Power edit delete reply
Effigy_Power
I don't know what you people are complaining about. I love big-city traffic. It's like therapy. You get to honk, shake your fist and yell a lot. People of all accents complain about you loudly... Ah, makes my eyes water just thinking about it.
Anyways, I think most artists have the consistency-fear. It's the main reason why I use the simple style for RPGeneric.
Aaaaand I am also glad that Canada won the hockey game. Not because I care, but because it means that the damn Olympic games are finally over and we can all get back to our normal lives. 2 weeks of people sliding down shit is really enough. And curling... not a sport.
Evah!
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
How about this, we keep the medals from Curling, and you and I can call it a quasi-sport? :)

The only time I actually yell at traffic is if someone does something to make me think I'm genuinely in trouble for an accident... There are a lot of horrible drivers out there, but most of the time I just roll my eyes and laugh at them because they do the most ridiculous things to get ahead by 2 cars, and then end up 5 cars back...
Barrahir edit delete reply
Barrahir
Well June, the problem you addressed did bother me some time ago too. It's really annoying indeed. What you can do is draw a picture over and over and over and over and over and over and over(infinity tag here). That works *most* of the times for me. Not always ofc. See that pic there, hanging as my avatar? I NEVER managed to recreate that. But works with most things.
Skrael (I'm the artist)
Thanks Barra -- I think it's time I actually used this tracing paper that is sitting on my desk shelf collecting dust. :P
ArtistXXY edit delete reply
ArtistXXY
i used to have that question. it faded from my mind as time went by and i grew as an artist. yes, practice i guess is pretty much the only answer, but i hear other artists have "reference sheets" they keep with various angles of a character. (actually, i haven't noticed much change in the details of your characters, so it's fine. you're doing great. don't worry~!)
del c edit delete reply
del c
I think your fases are find it didn't even cross my mind.
Night edit delete reply
Night
I've been drawing the misfits characters for years now and i still fail at getting the same face each time. What i notice from reading all as many comics as i can get my hands on few artist do. Pretty much same hair, head shape, and placement of the eyes. <shrugs> don't know if that helpful though lol.
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
I, too, have found it a problem. I tend to just look at the last one and sketch from that (for better or for worse), compare the two, note what's better than the last and what's worse, then do it again, sketching one (or both) of the older drawings as a new drawing, until I'm satisfied. I'm also currently gathering a large reference of sketches stolen from avatars, characters, and banners on Comicfury. :P (Obviously, I wouldn't use them just as they are. I mean, as my replications are far from perfect, it's not like anyone would notice in most, but still, reference image, not actual drawing-the-comic image. It has helped me. ;) )
Beta Maxis (Guest) edit delete reply
Holy crap, my kudos on the perspective...just doubled at least.