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Back to Ravar

September 7, 2008

Haha! Well, I must admit, it's good to be back! It was wonderful to COLOR something again. And well, coloring Ravar is my favorite, so it was even better than usual.

Lots of news today! Firstly, here is a link to the archive of Not Alone, Relan's Story.

For those of you who bookmarked THIS page, and NOT the homepage, I updated the above side comic for a month as an art break for me. Should I continue it? I will be adding this story to the archive page soon!

Page Discussion: Ravar is my favorite character to draw because of his body type. He's tall and muscular, but not bulky. His face is very angled which makes it easy to remember when I'm drawing it. He's not supposed to be handsome, but just distinctive. I admit that Adrian Paul (Duncan MacLeod of Highlander) was an influence. I have the whole Highlander series on DVD. They form a shrine on the mantle.

Rain and rain effects are a frickin' bugger to draw. For the most part, you can get away with motion blur filter effects (2 layers, with the background one blurred more, add to a more 3D effect), but I had to keep reminding myself about puddles and clouds and wet things. I really can't wait until the characters are out and about in daylight! Have you guys noticed that since Chapter 1, it's been nighttime, or really dark? I can count the number of panels that show a SUN on the fingers of one hand.

I'm really going to try to pay attention to "talking heads" and boring narration in the coming pages. A recent review thread on ComicGenesis called me guilty of this, and while I admit there's more narration than I would have liked, I don't know if I believe my comic is all talking heads. Almost every page has a full body shot and a close-up of something, or at least, the most recent 20 pages. I don't know...perhaps it's difficult to critique a comic that's released weekly. 20 pages doesn't sound like much, but that's 20 weeks of artistic growth. If anyone has a chance, let me know what you dis/agree with in the review!

In other news, I clicked one of the project wonderful ads that I've seen on a lot of sites lately, including my own: School For Adventurers. At first, I was a little leery of reading a novel online, but after the first chapter, I fell in love with the story. Anyone who has a spare moment, I suggest checking this site out. The webnovel is presented as close to novel-form as you can get, and even has occasional illustrations. It's a YA story, but I'm 21, and I love it. It's endearing, well-written, reads at a good clip, keeps your attention, and makes you laugh. Generally, I'm a "if it's not 1000 pages and epic fantasy I don't want to read it" person (I read VERY fast, and go through a 1000-page book in 2 days. If a series isn't long enough to placate my fantasy craving for a week, it's not worth it) but you know what? Chapters are released every friday! So there's always more! Wonderful!

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That's all from me! Don't forget to vote please! It's a fan art I made for a fellow webcomicker, who gives me too high of praise. Go read his comic, Meiosis!