Pt. 1 Ch. 2 - Page 10
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Holodrum
30th Jan 2015, 11:21 AM

Art and Function

I've meant to say something like this before, but I guess now's as good a time as any.
You've mentioned a few times feeling like you can't draw humans very well, and while that might be true, I think you've picked the perfect story to get better at it without any pressure. As it stands, the monsters look more human than the people do and I for one think that's absolutely perfect for the setting you're working on. Especially since we're getting more time and character out of the "monsters" than we are the humans.
What I'm saying is that the function and form of your art draws attention to and connects us with the monsters in the same way that it disconnects us from the humans. My hope is that you'll practice humans however you like, draw them smoother or more angular or whatever, and always improve. But improve the monsters at the same time. Keep the monsters more "human" than the human cast for as long as you keep this story going, and don't forget how the function of your story is supported by all parts of your art, both the good and the bad.

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MistakeNPotatoes
30th Jan 2015, 11:34 AM

Oof, right in the ego!

No, I appreciate the honesty, actually, and I think you have a point. Once we get to the point where the story is going to focus on my monstermens I want them to be pretty relatable, and if they're just as human or moreso than the humans themselves, that'll help move that idea forward to the reader.

I really appreciate your input, and the lack of sugarcoating, heh!

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Holodrum
30th Jan 2015, 4:15 PM

Always thought being honest was better than sugarcoating, but I didn't mean for it to seem like an ego blow, I'm sorry. Perhaps I was simply too verbose. "Everything I've seen of your work, from the story to the art, shows a level of humanity in the monsterous characters that is even above the otherwise human characters. Which I think is exactly the tone a story like this should have. Great job."

Oh social graces, thou art ever mine enemy.

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MistakeNPotatoes
30th Jan 2015, 11:44 AM

Oh my goodness... Tom! I'd never even considered it, but what you said was so profound that it's altered my perspective on life!

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ProfEtheric
30th Jan 2015, 11:38 AM

*waiting for the inevitable foot to drop*

I'm still REALLY impressed with that effecct on Nyarlathotep's cloak. Great flow on this page, and a good transition to get us back to the humans!

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MistakeNPotatoes
30th Jan 2015, 11:58 AM

I still don't feel like I'm responsible for it, so I can't be too proud about it. I might create my own effect and replace it on these pages later on, just for that reason.

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Outlaw
30th Jan 2015, 1:14 PM

Just caught back up.
I'm really digging where the story's going. keep it up, brotha.

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Taily
30th Jan 2015, 5:34 PM

Oh, hey, I've been meaning to ask this - where do you get the grungy textures for your backgrounds? They're really cool and I might want them for a certain Innsmouthy page I'm working on~ c;

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MistakeNPotatoes
31st Jan 2015, 2:27 AM

OH HO HO I wonder what that could be - actually they're some textures I found for Paint Tool SAI, which is entirely what I use just about to make all of these pages. I could try to find em again, but do you use PTSAI?

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Taily
31st Jan 2015, 10:32 AM

I don't! Oh well, I'm sure there are plenty of Photoshop-compatible textures out there - I'll scope around.

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Skweeee
30th Jan 2015, 9:43 PM

I feel like I'm playing "Call of Cthulhu again"

Ha ha! I spelled Cthulhu right the first try!

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MistakeNPotatoes
31st Jan 2015, 2:28 AM

Spelling C'thulhu correctly on try one is an acquired skill, for sure. I'm glad I could invoke such feelings, though!

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Proxy170
1st Feb 2015, 12:10 PM

Wow, these last few pages really have me curious about Jack! And then...you change scenes >.< Very clever!

Nice transition though, I'm really digging the smoke/ripple effect.

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MistakeNPotatoes
1st Feb 2015, 1:17 PM

Will a promise that we'll learn much more about him in the future keep you interested? Heheh.

Thank you, though, I'm glad to get people curious about him - worrying about whether people will like your characters is probably akin to worrying about your kid fitting in at school.

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