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probably not working on my comic, probably should be.

...ohmygod that's going to come up in my nightmares now XD XD
@Oly-RRR: I'm devastated as this weekend we went out looking at houses and found one that I'm really in love with but it's also kind of a shambles and also expensive for being a shambles or even just for an ordinary home and I wish I had that space and I could just shove everything in there and start finding room for it BUT THAT'S NOT MY HOUSE IT'S UST IN MY IMAGINATION

Yeah it's like I can sketch and it's coming out reasonable (I even feel impressed sometimes?) but then it falls away the further along I get in the process :( :( I think it's all the years of just working in pencil and not inking/coloring everything, I wound up kind of lopsidedly developing one skill over others...

@Seven Rain: ^u^ thanks for stopping by to read and comment btw!!

@Oly-RRR: I don't know if it's "a thing" to have a running joke with yourself, but when I did the previous pages I kept imagining Cecilia looking at the family portraits and thinking "Of all the Fairfaxes I had to get stuck with, why couldn't I get one of the better looking ones?" and the eldest Fairfax feels like an extension of that somehow in terms of both personality and silver-fox-ness... though maybe that's just me being old and perv and half drunk XD
@Oly-RRR: a chin so large he can't even cast a shadow

XD XD THAT'S WHY I WAS SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SCENE... the conversation is honestly pretty secondary to the non-beard appearance XD
@Oly-RRR: :D :D :D :D

Every time I go back to my folks house, there's literally a bedroom (albeit a small one, but my sister lived in it for the ~22 years of her life before she moved out) that is about one fifth of its entire cubic space just filled with My Shit... paperwork, clothes, objects I don't have room for in my apartment... and every time I visit, I think, if I don't have those objects now, surely I can live without them and should just give my mom permission to get rid of them.... then I get there and feel too overwhelmed to do anything about it :/

I'm coming up against that feeling of "not expressing exactly what I want" a lot lately, which is frustrating. It feels like inking is taking out a lot of what i like about what I draw, but I can't identify what exactly is going wrong in order to be able to fix it? :/

I MISSED YOU I'm glad you came by to read and post :D :D
At least he didn't shut, lock, and deadbolt it from inside!

Haven't used paint in the comic since chapter 5 back in 2013. Likely going to start implementing it again. The bristol paper supports it really well and I'm not having the warping issue I used to get in chapter 5. It doesn't absorb so readily but I don't really need it to, so.
Woohoo!! Is this comic returning?
If Whitney were alive today, he'd definitely have "a side," this would be it, and he would be uncomfortably persistent about it during selfies.
nothing like a good manic episode to get the place sparkling and ready for company!!!
When even your own dad dunks on you
thank god whitney she'd be DEVASTATED if you missed the mini quiches

gonna give a 45 minute ted talk on Picture frames-

I've commented before that my aunt owned an antique store for like 30 years of her life (and yeah, that's likely where I started to find an interest in Old Stuff). My grandfather, who by many accounts was a jack of all trades, for some time operated a framing business out of the basement of the shop. Young me wondered how you could do business just selling picture frames to people. Old me appreciates that there's definitely more skill involved than just "insert," and sometimes I lament the lack of really beautiful picture frames available in regular stores- growing up, paintings and portraits in our home were framed with appropriate levels of embellishment. Some pieces stood on their own with a relatively simple beveled edge, others had really ornate frames that supported the beauty of the framed image itself.

When I was about 6, I used to go to an art class on Saturday mornings. I loathed getting up for it because between that, school, and mass, I never had a day to sleep in (in retrospect I was clearly chronically insomniac). One day we did a neat technique that involved laying down lines of glue on sandpaper and then pouring colored sand onto the glue. I made a striped lizard with like 8 different outlines around it. This piece must have made some sort of impact on my grandfather as it, of all the pieces I made and possibly treasured, was set in this insanely intricate frame and later hung in my bedroom beside a large piece of religious art.

This is all to say, design and embellishment does not come particularly easy to me and I tried really hard to give the picture frames in this scene at least a modicum of character, even if the impact isn't as much as I had wanted it to be. One thing you may notice about architecture and antiques from the post-Colonialist period onward that is lacking (in my opinion- I haven't talked with regular people about this) in today's structures and furniture is a fairly consistent level of high quality detail imparted by craftsmen to everyday objects in a sometimes functional, but often purely decorative manner. Nooks and crannies and added shapes create cohesive uniqueness in a piece. Earlier pieces and buildings tend to be built with functionality first and foremost- shapes that were easy to turn or cut and assemble, because you needed this house/table/bench ASAP and then had to get back to your farming, cooking, washing, sewing, smithing. The average family in the early years of the U.S. colonies built their own furniture rather than buying it from a skilled craftsman. As tools and machines began to make just plain surviving a little bit easier, you had the time to make things a little more beautiful, and why not take that opportunity? Furniture had to be built to last, and since you intended to keep it (hopefully through the end of your life, and then pass it on to your family), it made sense to impart quality and beauty up front- or, more likely seek a skilled carpenter to sell you or build you the piece you need. You might spend far more than we'd expect to spend today on, say, a dresser or end table, but you expected it to be a one-time purchase that could be repaired or tended to as needed, rather than fully replaced if something was broken or loose.

(I don't know a lot about antique furniture & architecture, but I know enough to talk way too long about it...)

I guess the point of this is I think about this shit every time I'm drawing a house or an object in this comic, and I've tried to build a larger repertoire of styles and stylistic flourishes to incorporate so that it doesn't seem like I'm drawing, say, the same windows every time (I'm drawing the same windows every time) but I still can't get it to come through naturally rather than a mid-thought or after-thought. I've always got a tab open or some printout of like "late 1800s service table" and even then it feels like I"m half-assing something. One thing I'm trying to get better at is representing some of the beauty of what things looked like in the period this comic takes place. I think I'm better at it than I was 10, 5 years ago, but I'm still not where I want to be. (And don't get me started on clothing...)

You are really good at evoking a visceral sense of discomfort and crawliness....

... I mean that in the best possible way <D

Aww thanks, yeah that's definitely a big part of it! Part of my problem is also just getting all the colors to look cohesive like they're part of the same picture... having a separate "multiply" layer is my friend for this reason but it's nicest when the stuff looks good on the page to begin with :/
@Squirreltastic-Blue: That's a good way to think about it. And it's fair to treat it as published if it is availalbe on the internet to the public! I think spelling errors are one reason to edit things, though as far as actually revising content, I support it in cases where somebody has made maybe a bad joke or reference they no longer want to be associated with. For ex. with my gag a day comic I made in 10th grade, I had one strip that I thought was cute and funny but when I looked back at it a few years later, it could easily be read as an anti-trans joke, which is really not my scene, so I took it out of the archive.

And that's so kind of you, thanks. :) I feel a bit like I"m pushing a rock uphill these days with coloring so I really appreciate the kind words.
@Oly-RRR: Exactly! I think it's fun to have kind of a reverse reveal in some sense...


Loud Era has finally circled the sun once. If you peek out Joseph's window on the first page of the whole comic, you can see the leaves of an early October tree starting to turn.*

I have a love/hate thing for autumn scenes. The colors are fun to pick but I'm never entirely happy with the results, although I think I've made some progress since 2009.

*Here's a good example of the general rule in webcomics about not redoing old pages, because sooner or later even the redone pages are going to become your old pages. I added this introduction in 2012 to buffer readers from immediately smacking into pool of dried concrete with the old 2009 art, and at the time I was absolutely pleased as punch with how the art turned out. Now that I have some additional years I can see a lot of proportion issues, etc- it's still passable and I don't mind having it right at the beginning of the comic, but I'm glad I didn't give in to the urge to redraw and rewrite old chapters as I had been playing with doing a few years back.
What inspired the "masks" that Velasco and Maestro appear to wear? (or just the design of their faces)
I can't put my finger on exactly what style it reminds me of, but some of your character designs, particularly this guy, give me a serious feeling of familiarity. Maybe a bit of Courage the Cowardly Dog villain, but mixed with something else as well that I haven't been able to ID properly.

I'm struggling with what to do about content warnings- I don't want to put them on the pages with the content, because a)that's likely too late and b)idk, it seems like it messes with the flow and can be spoilery? I have warnings in my SJ site summary, but I don't know how many people see that.

Maybe I ought to just go ahead now and list anything I know I have planned for "eventually" and hope anyone who needs the warning sees it before they come aboard :/

I hope it's okay that I'm continuing to read here on SJ :) :) Congrats on the well deserved acceptance to SpiderForest, I've heard great things and one of my old favorites is hosted there!