New Old Friends 3

March 10th, 2019, 1:35 pm

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VanHeist March 10th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Aaaand part three! (here's part 1 if you just got here: http://www.bomango.net/comics/2759848/new-old-friends-1/ )

As anyone in almost any field of production, creative or otherwise, can attest, you often put a lot of time and effort into something that’s wildly disproportionate to the time and effort it takes to consume it. Something as simple as a quasi-vaudevillian sketch like this looked like peanuts when I wrote it up and laid it out in thumbnails, but after a couple of days spent working on the actual pages themselves and pushing back the ETA of completion a LOT farther than I initially estimated, I have to admit, comic work can be one hell of a slog—even when you love doing it.

I began yesterday with one page in the bag, and figured I could knock what was left out of the remaining two by early to mid afternoon. By 10 pm, I was only just getting to the shading and highlighting, when it finally occurred to me that there was upwards of 40 individual character drawings with comparatively few repetitive shortcuts for me to have taken in rendering them. (Thank God for that restaurant counter, fixed camera angle, and lack of full body drawings or detailed backgrounds). It took longer to do this short scene than it did to render several pages of Gogojira in battle.

Mind you, I’m not complaining. I’ve enjoyed the hell out of doing this, but there are times when I’m slightly overwhelmed by how much I can miscalculate the potential workload I’ve made for myself. (I’m sure you other artists understand the feeling all too well). The amount of time you spend on something can also skew your own perception on the work itself. Spend enough time crafting a joke, for example, and after awhile you can begin to wonder if it was ever even funny in the first place (same goes for drama, action, etc).

But anyway, I do love this scene, regardless of whatever amount of work it took. It’s not truly a classic “who’s on first?” routine, of course, but sort of the same spirit, and if you’ll allow me to flatter myself, “Thank you, Hector” is personally one of my favorite panels I’ve come up with in recent memory. This whole scene felt to me like the characters found a real groove that hasn’t quite happened yet in this story. I’m really pleased with it, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!

van
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Noobaraptor March 14th, 2019, 6:48 am
Oh no, Hector has gone full on Faz, Hylia help us all.

I find these pages quite amusing Van, they have an old Bomango vibe to them.