Very Vivid Storytelling

12th Apr 2016, 8:58 PM in CHAPTER 4: SCHEHERAZADE
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Very Vivid Storytelling
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colbyfromage 12th Apr 2016, 8:58 PM edit delete
colbyfromage
I had fun with color on this one.
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dpat57 13th Apr 2016, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
dpat57
I clamped my mouth shut when I read that last panel, she's very persuasive. Fun read!
colbyfromage 14th Apr 2016, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
colbyfromage
haha, thanks!
Pip 15th Apr 2016, 3:05 AM edit delete reply
Pip
I'm finally caught up on the archive, I actually understand what's happening now. I've gotta say, it's a pretty good comic.

I don't usually like stuff that mixes comedy and plot to this extent, because more often than not, one of the aspects just isn't very good. It's usually either an interesting story weighed down by annoying flat jokes, or a decently funny comic that gets Cerberus syndrome and starts to think its mediocre plot is something profound. So I usually like stuff that sticks more to one extreme, either grim and serious, or very funny, with minimal plot.

But this comic is different, because both the funny and dramatic parts pull their own weight. It's a pretty rare talent to be able to pull off both, to be able to make someone laugh while also making them actually care about what happens.

So, good job, 5/5.
colbyfromage 15th Apr 2016, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
colbyfromage
Aww! Aw! This is such a fine comment! <3

Thanks Pip, I'm so glad you like it! Life is generally both ultra serious and hilariously absurd, as least how I see it, so that comes through in whatever I write.

By "caught up on the archive" do you mean you read all of Lintier, or also read Lint? Cause that's the ultra-archive (and I'm weirdly embarrassed by how much of it there is).
Pip 15th Apr 2016, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
Pip
Oh I forgot to even look at Lint. It turns out I am not caught up at all, you have way more stuff than I thought.

(I just found Pygmalion in Space also, that looks really neat.)


So I've always wanted to ask someone who's had a webcomic going for years and years- is most of the improvement over time just what happens naturally as you keep drawing new pages? Or do you take art classes and stuff or otherwise improve deliberately?

Cause I'm trying to decide, for my comic, whether I should keep the update schedule slow so I have lots of time to practice and experiment and improve my fundamental art skills, or if I should just dive into a heavy update schedule, and hope that it gives me enough practice to improve a lot.
colbyfromage 15th Apr 2016, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
colbyfromage
Well, I think it's different for everyone, but in my experience, you can see the vast improvement over the years especially with Lint. When I started Lint, I didn't even really know how to draw, let alone the composition required to make comics of all things... I'd never even read comics much except Peanuts. It was sort of a fluke that I even started making a comic at all. Then when I added color I was just confused about it - the only color experience I'd ever had was coloring in coloring books when I was a kid. I didn't know how to do shading or landscapes or anything at all!

So I adopted a 2-per-week update schedule and that's where my improvement came from. I bought a landscapes book and an anatomy book, and a clothing book. Those helped. I took a watercolor class and that was basically useless. From time to time I study either a DeviantArt tutorial or just try to reproduce someone else's coloring or lineart style and adapt the parts I like to my own style. I'm still learning and evolving and trying to improve.

For the first year or two of making Lint, I suffered immense amounts of frustration because what was in my brain I couldn't seem to get to come out through my hand onto the page. Slowly that improved and I don't suffer that same frustration anymore as the lines of communication between parts of my brain grew stronger.

I made a decision at the beginning I would never redraw anything, just move forward, and that's been useful because often people who start out not drawing very well get mired in redrawing the early chapters and never finish. (Even if the early pages of Lint are very rudimentary and show clearly I hadn't even found a style yet)

So, bottom line, I believe a heavy update schedule is the best art school you can give yourself on your own time. :)