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24th Feb 2017, 1:00 PM in Chapter 8: "The Calling"
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Author Notes:

24th Feb 2017, 1:00 PM
Alicia
It looks like someone might be growing up a little. :'D

Comments:

24th Feb 2017, 1:08 PM
Proxy170
Yea, our heroes don't fight fair, they fight to win >:)
26th Feb 2017, 8:54 AM
Alicia
It would appear that way. XD Though, technically, Abraham hasn't been fighting fair to begin with, setting up and ambush.
24th Feb 2017, 1:59 PM
HeSerpenty
All the expressions on this page are wonderful! But I ESPECIALLY love the second and third panels!

I'm super glad to see that the team was backing Jeriah up afterall <33

Those were some meaningful words!
26th Feb 2017, 8:55 AM
Alicia
Thanks! You know the struggles I was having with those expressions when I was trying to draw them while I was too tired. X'D But I'm glad they turned out okay.
24th Feb 2017, 3:28 PM
Matt Knab
I choose to believe J had totally intended to be a distraction!
26th Feb 2017, 8:55 AM
Alicia
Jeriah isn't the only one... :x
24th Feb 2017, 4:35 PM
SunnySideUpSmile
Okay, now I feel sad for Guiles. :(
26th Feb 2017, 8:56 AM
Alicia
Yeah, he tries pretty hard but...
24th Feb 2017, 4:47 PM
MST3KFan
Congratulations! You gave my allies plenty of time to get lined up to deal with you! Hurray!
26th Feb 2017, 8:56 AM
Alicia
But what are Guiles allies doing right now, is the question? :3
24th Feb 2017, 6:12 PM
azureXtwilight
Jeriah! You are a big man now :')))
26th Feb 2017, 8:56 AM
Alicia
All grown up! It happens so fast! :'D
25th Feb 2017, 7:15 PM
Scarlett just comes in like, "HOWDY I DONT CARE THAT THIS IS A MOMENT FOR JERIAH TO GROW UP."
26th Feb 2017, 8:57 AM
Alicia
Lol, yep! "Howdy! Say hello to my gun! :D"
25th Feb 2017, 9:52 PM
Kat
Wow! So many sentences in a row! I'm so impressed! No but seriously good job Jeriah :D
Also glad to know his pals were actually backing him up there

By the way, I've just realized you draw/ink by hand and use coloured pencils, and I got all excited because so far I never knew of anyone else who did that x'D
Do you have any advice/suggestions on how to ink well, or how to get stuff like different textures etc with coloured pencils... or just advice in general for hand-inking/colouring? :)
25th Feb 2017, 11:52 PM
DLKmusic
This entire Webcomic was inked by hand????????????????????
26th Feb 2017, 9:18 AM
Alicia
Yes, the entire comic is inked by hand. XD And I used to do color pencil drawings all the time, but I'm trying to switch to digital coloring because my color pencil drawings don't scan well. (They get a bit washed out.)

My inking scans pretty well though. I think it's because I try to make them so clean? Here's an example of my paging process:

This is what my penciled pages look like before I ink them:
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This is what they look like after I ink them without digital changes:
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And, finally, my inking once I've made digital enhancements (before I do any toning digitally):
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To ink, I use several different types of pens. I use a brush pen for the thicker lines you see. Because it is soft, I can get all kinds of line variation by pushing harder or softer with it. Then I go in and add the little details with a finer-tipped pen. I think it is important to have different types of lines-- both thick and thin-- to give a drawing a bit of life and to make things pop.

As far as in doing color penciled drawings, I think the most important rule to follow is to try to leave as little white as possible. You need STRONG paper, but you can build up the color either through layering it (which is a good way to mix colors and get the right one you want) or by pressing REALLY hard with the color pencil to get a strong color. I don't recommend the second way, although I do it often to save time. It really takes a toll on my hand. X'D

Also, the amount of saturation and type of shading with color pencils depends on the type of look/feel you want with the picture. For example, if I want something more realistic, I would want less saturation and more layering of colors with softer shades:
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Or if I wanted a more cartoon-ish style, I might do something a bit more like this:
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For my cover of my comic, I went with something a bit in between the two:
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For techniques I use within pictures, a big one is that I will go over all my pencil lines with a strong color pencil (usually black) to try to make my characters pop out a bit from the background. To make highlights of white, I will actually go in and color as if the highlight wasn't there and then make the highlight using an eraser to make the shine. I also sometimes use white paint to make things a pure white instead of just the color of the paper. These two below have good examples of all of those things.

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Whew! Hopefully that has some answers you were looking for? If not, I am more than willing to share more! Thank you for your interest! ^_^

27th Feb 2017, 3:05 PM
Kattapuss
Wow thanks, that was super helpful! I'm mostly clueless when it comes to digital drawing, but it is a pain that scanners tend to wash out pencil colouring so much :/ I like the idea of creating highlights with an eraser, that's actually really cool! But... how do your pencil drawings look so neat and clean before you ink them?? x'D
Thanks a lot! :)
Also though... do you have any suggestions as to good coloured pencil brands? Because at this point I've kind of worn mine down to nonexistence x'D
By the way, that Skyward Sword drawing is seriously cool, just saying.
Thanks!
-Kat
27th Feb 2017, 4:46 PM
Alicia
Yay! Helpful...ness! \o/

To be honest, I don't know why my pencils turn out so clean. I guess because I draw SUPER lightly to start out with? And as far as color pencil brands, I've tried a lot-- Prismacolor included. But honestly? Crayola is my favorite. I know it sounds strange, but because there is so much wax in the pigment, it makes it easier to blend and erase (for the highlights). I pretty much exclusively use Crayola color pencils. XD

Thank you! I really need to be drawing more Link (that picture is so old)... Maybe I will when Breath of the Wild comes out. Link is one of my favorites to draw. :3
26th Feb 2017, 1:31 PM
Excuse the really bad pun, but color me impressed!
26th Feb 2017, 11:39 PM
Alicia
LOL Thanks! XD
26th Feb 2017, 5:35 AM
Nef
Nef
Allow me to dabble in a bit of a monologue to give my friends appropriate time to ambush you, kind sir.
26th Feb 2017, 8:58 AM
Alicia
The way that's worded almost seems like the polite thing to do. XD
26th Feb 2017, 7:27 PM
Archangel Daniel
And that is how you work with people :)

But... what happened to the rest of the werewolf gang?
26th Feb 2017, 11:39 PM
Alicia
Yeah, what DID happen to them? >_>
28th Feb 2017, 2:14 AM
junoro
OOOHOhohoHOhOHhOHOHOO Y E ESSS
That profile view of Jeriah A++++
That third panel is pretty dang powerful!! 8D
28th Feb 2017, 7:31 AM
Alicia
Thank you! Yes I had this scene set up very strongly in my head so it was a bit of a struggle to get it down on paper. XD
2nd Mar 2017, 1:59 AM
Oh, yes. Well done, Jeriah. Very well done indeed.

I like him. Can I keep him? XD

His little speech is made all the more convincing by the injury Giles gave him in the last page - which I'm sure was not Giles' intention, but ah well. We all live and learn. The speech itself is PERFECT. He's nailed it in as few sentences as possible. Short, sweet, to the point, and it leaves absolutely no room for argument.

It's also a very Jeriah-like thing to say. Aw, they're both growing up on this page - Giles is learning something (against his will) and I'm not sure Jeriah would have been able to articulate something like this back when the comic started.

It's definitely not the easiest thing in the world to talk about.

Yeeeaaaaaah, Scarlett and Carson with guns to the rescue! Hooray!

And with snark, yes, thank you Carson. XD

Have I mentioned that I love how you draw people in profile? Ack, Jeriah's face in that top panel is just perfect.

But even more than that, I love the two middle panels. The composition's simple, but powerful - two mirrored werewolves, on opposite sides of a problem. And their faces are magnificent.

Very well done indeed.
3rd Mar 2017, 10:58 AM
Alicia
Yeah, out of everyone in the comic, I think it is Jeriah who grows the most. I had to put him through a lot to get him to this point though. X'D

Thank you! Yes, side profiles and three quarter angles are the easiest and most fun to draw for me. Faces in general... I just love drawing them.
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