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Wed, Apr. 16th, 2008, 09:00 am
Natty Dreadlocks and The Bear #103

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Thu, Apr. 17th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
losttoy

Why isn't she looking at "you" when you are talking to her (instead of looking at the camera rather to have have the back of her head to the camera)? You have a full face shot in the second panel which could be point of view of "you", so you do not have to establish her face in the first.

Thu, Apr. 17th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
zinccomics

The main reason she's looking at you rather than me in the first panel is her face is prettier than the back of her head and therefore more fun to draw. However, we were not having a conversation at the time I made my comment, she was walking by the kitchen table at which I was sitting and she then turned towards me to answer the question. The second panel is indeed the view from my vantage point.

Thu, Apr. 17th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
losttoy

Fair enough, although you probably could have picked a better angle for that first panel. Zoom out and show more of setting with the kitchen counter and such.

Thu, Apr. 17th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
zinccomics

That is true, I could also draw and redraw every single strip but this is just a daily exercise. I do not do any preliminary sketches, what you see is what you get. I've drawn the kitchen (actually it's our dining room) several times (see #66 and #99) and I felt, erroneously perhaps, that the setting had already been established as over half of the strips occur in the same room. However, I will bear in mind your comments in the future. Thanks, as always.

Thu, Apr. 17th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
losttoy

The solution, just make up the background. Sure the conversation really took place in the kitchen, but next time draw it on the bridge of the starship Enterprise. Sure you were sitting in the livingroom in real life, but in the comic you can be standing on the edge of an active volcano. If the conversation tanks, draw it under the sea. It is incredible what you can do with your imagination. In that case, why draw an autobiographical comic at all ... you are too boring. Elmo on acid ... that is what the readers want.

Or you can call it practice and damn that will be the best draw kicthen in the world. :P

Thu, Apr. 17th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
zinccomics

"Elmo on acid..." that's still pretty close to autobiographical.

Edited at 2008-04-17 04:10 am (UTC)