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mitchellbravo
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probably not working on my comic, probably should be.
So glad to see a new update!! And happy belated birthday!
@Squirreltastic-Blue: Thank you for your kind words. It's funny, because a lot of the pages I look back on fondly are pages I remember *hating* when I made them- it's like when you're in it, you can't see it. In my case, I had some moderate mental health issues that cropped up that led to a really long hiatus (I consider updating 4-7 times a year a hiatus)- I'm not sure if you were around posting and reading back when this was going on, it was around 2015 when it started. You'd be surprised how much of "it" comes naturally to you until it doesn't, you know?
But you're right, and part of the reason this page was late is I wanted to take my time and make it good and have fun making it rather than rush through to create an unsatisfying end product just to meet a deadline. I like drawing again for the first time in years and I hope I can stick to it.
@Squirreltastic-Blue: It's been fun, if self-indulgent, to do! I like doing that comparison too, though I often feel like my backslide makes it disappointing.
You can really show a lot of feeling on a character who is pretty much just hair & a mouth
Where would you go if you were Tony?
Dom Marconi, emerging from the avocado of harsh truths.
Lmfao the calm way it walks into the room
APOLOGIES for the multi-week delay. The page was nowhere near ready to go on either of the Mondays, and I knew I needed to sit and take time with it and the pages that follow.

I spent a good amount of time editing the page digitally, and started going back to using more digital effects. The way I figure it, if I can't achieve the desired effect traditionally, but I can get it pretty close with digital help, why not go for it?



FINALLY WE'RE DOWN TO THE LAST OF THE

TOP TEN FAVORITE LOUD ERA SCENES
<h2>#1: EDDIE IS A PROBLEM DRINKER (link)</h2>

Length: 5 pages of escalating rage, followed by 5 pages of slurring and hollering

Why it's #1: God, so many reasons. Eddie is at once both a belligerent and affectionate drunk which paints a terrible time for any friends around him during his rampages. You see him try to kiss and cuddle both Cecilia and Joseph, unsuccessfully try to kick Clarabelle in the stomach, seems to break Tony's nose (that hitch he's got visible in the side profile in today's page wasn't always there), devastatingly lift and drop Marie's hopes, and give him self one of those massive, day-long hangovers that has you swearing you'll never touch the stuff again. It's like a little taste of so many more things to come.

Aside from the writing, I think the art flows exactly how I wanted it, and I love the way the night effect coloring turned out on this page and the perfect spookiness of the trees in thi s one.



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@Oly-RRR: "I have a feeling the #1 scene is something to do with Joseph but not the violin one, maybe something from their camping time... or drunk Eddie or Eddie saying goodbye to the car but that's just me listing my favourites by now. XP" YOU WERE RIGHT ON MULTIPLE LEVELS, PLEASE CLAIM YOUR PRIZE AS YOU PASS THE TICKET STAND
@ZaraLT: I know how hard it is to return after a long hiatus. I hope you're able to stick with it!
So glad to see this in the updated comics list again. <3 I need to go back and do a full archive binge again soon to make sure I'm following everything.
@Oly-RRR: I feel like he's stealing and breaking a law and there's some weird interpersonal reason why Brennan isn't calling the cops on him, you know???


I CANNAE TELL YE YET BECAUSE I'M INEPT AND CAN'T GET THE NEXT PAGE FUCKING DONE ON ANY DAY EVER *SITS ANGRLY STARING AT SELF*
@Oly-RRR: LMAO I'M TERRIBLY CURIOUS and would love to hear more if you feel like committing it to PM or email XD
This was not a fun page to edit. If you notice weird dark blobs on your screen, I tried to fix them all. I need to get a good scanner :/


TOP TEN FAVORITE LOUD ERA SCENES
<h2>#2: Cal and Leon Make Up (link)</h2>

Length: 6 pages, 10 if you count the lead up (featuring Tony & the Rhinestone!)

Why it's #2: It seems obvious from the start now in retrospect, but working on this scene was around the time when I first realized that, of all the genres Loud Era might belong in, it is clearly a romance comic. Leon and Cal were the first couple to get together that weren't already explicitly "together" at the outset of the comic, and way back when I was getting ready to write the prom chapter, I had a bunch of different weird, dumb directions I was going to take their relationship.

In the scene I'm linking here, Cal expresses her regret to Leon at shutting down their relationship before they had a chance to properly experience it. Cal crosses back and forth over the line of being chaste and rule-abiding, and being (relatively for the time) promiscuous- she finds ways to justify her own relationships while being perfectly comfortable condemning others. Leon's played the love game before and isn't up for false promises and shenanigans, and I think it's a good wake-up call for Cal about considering other people's feelings more than she already (thinks she) does.

BLAH BLAH THEY TALK IT OUT AND THEN KISS IN THE PARK.


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I was going to tell you this fountain in this scene is based off a fountain in a real park in the town where my sister went to college, but on rethinking my personal timeline, I drew this fountain years before I ever saw the town fountain.

Overall I remember really enjoying coloring this scene, too; it was one of the first where I stopped being so afraid of mixing markers to create gradients. I also like the palette I picked for it but like whatever


STAY TUNED, HOPEFULLY NEXT WEEK, FOR THE THRILLING CONCLUSION

If you correctly guess what my #1 favorite scene is going to be, I will draw you a sketch of the Loud Era character of your choosing, you know, like if you want and stuff.
Really enjoying King Edgar's expressions on this page.
Continually in awe of your use of texture and color. <3
Your art is fascinatingly unique. I'm looking forward to seeing where your story goes.
@Oly-RRR: :D :D :D :D

I'm hoping to get back to more fun unusual things like that and embrace the medium more??

AHAHAHAHA I REALLY LOVE YOUR INTERPRETATION and sadly the actual conversation is so much duller and less interesting <D wait until the "reveal" on the next page.... (though that's also my bad for seating them exactly the same positions as they were in the last dinner scene, and I didn't make it clear that they are at their own separate table here- it was more obvious when the snapshots weren't there lol)
@Oly-RRR: I wish I had more opportunities to show Uly's writing XD XD XD

Yeah :( She burned her bridge with Clarabelle, but just left Cecilia behind... why she wrote Tony a letter and didn't do the same for Cecilia, you can probably imagine several reasons... but they're all sad :(

IN MY SIM TOWN THEY ALL HAVE BARBECUES REGULARLY AND MOST OF THEM GET ALONG
In all fairness, I would read the hell out of Whitney's shitty book, but the average person at a party doesn't want to hear about your hypothetical novel you may at some time craft.

The candid shot of Cecilia looking like she's going to need more than just that glass of wine is fairly anachronistic in terms of its sharpness and how much of a close-up it is, but I got the idea in my head and I stuck with it.


TOP TEN FAVORITE LOUD ERA SCENES
<h2>#3: The Results Are In (link)</h2>

Length: 6 pages

Why it's #3: God, I love this stupid scene. I could probably have included the entire lead-up including the competition itself but decided to narrow it down a bit. Joseph being genuinely white-knuckle excited about something, jostling Eddie and Tony around with each passing announcement, and then the depth of his disappointment as he hears the news literally the entire rest of the group already knew would be the case. I had fun coming up with the other acts that took the prizes and really enjoyed drawing the alley setting after they dejectedly leave the theater. Joseph's transition of expressions on the page shown below is my favorite part of this particular scene.


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I had an honest to god blast drawing this scene. And as I speculated in the last page's comment, I decided to dip back into mixed media with IMO decent results, which was encouraging. Coloring both this and the next page took about 5 hours all together, 4 of which I did in one sitting, which I haven't done in a really, really long time. This excludes however the "snapshots" which I did first, and which are actually separate from the background paper and I attached them after I'd finished the rest of each page. I didn't keep track of how long those took. If I had to guess, probably 2-3 hours. So I guess that rounds out to about 4 hours to color an individual page, which isn't terrible.

Whitney needs to NOT GESTURE WITH A KNIFE while sharing dull anecdotes, or probably ever!

You'll also find that between this and the next page, I discovered the oddly soothing enjoyment in drawing & coloring patterned wallpaper. Who could have known???




TOP TEN FAVORITE LOUD ERA SCENES
<h2>#4: Joseph and Cecilia Break Up (link)</h2>

Length: 5 pages

Why it's #4: I thought more earlier scenes in the comic alluded to Joseph and Cecilia's relationship not being particularly stable in the past due in part to Joseph's infidelities, though I guess that must have been more apparent in the "old" "first" chapters that have been axed. There are a few mentions of Cecilia's family DEFIN ITELY not approving of their relationship, which is how Whitney (see today's comic) even comes into the story at all. Neither Cecilia nor Joseph is entirely happy with the way things are- I guess typical for couples that have been through adolescence together, or longer-lived relationships in general- and in this #4 favorite scene, you get to see how close to the surface all that anger and resentment has been sitting. I particularly am pleased with the facial expressions on the page below as well as the page that precedes it.



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I'm also tickled by, and didn't plan, the fact that today's linked scene is *about* today's actual posted scene. We're in Virginia for Cecilia's (and Darla's) birthday after all!