friends

well, this is it folks, time for a new beginning for Finn and his upcoming adventures.  today, we say goodbye to a cast of characters that has been with Finn throughout for several years now.  Ace, representing the part of Finn that has the confidence and charisma for any situation.  Remy, the part of Finn that’s in touch with his inner self.  Alex, the academic and knowledgeable aspect of Finn.  Owen, the hands-on, no non-sense kind of man.  and Ivy, the ever-present part of Finn that is vain and selfish.  without them, his friends, Finn would’ve been nothing.  from here on out, we’ll see what the future brings!

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elle, finn, and ivy

did this awhile back and finally getting around to posting it.  this is the first step i do, which is just pencils.  the next couple steps, inking, scanning, coloring, touch-ups, and maybe lettering are all challenging in their own ways, but as an artist, this is still my favorite step!

as i was drawing this, i knew i wanted to draw real-life finn sitting in the center, flanked by elle and ivy.  i always have a hard time creating backdrops, so i just stole this one from where i was sitting, at a starbucks coffee shop.  the lighting apparatus was a google image find and the ottoman was actually from my house.  (love ottomans!)  now, the painting in the background was something spontaneous.  i knew the backdrop needed something, but obviously not to dramatic as to overwhelm the foreground.  so, to drive home the point of elle, finn, and ivy, i just drew their comic strip version.  i loved the way it turned out, and hope you do too!

pencils first!

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go ahead and ask

friends date friends.  given a circle of friends, some of them are bound to date each other.  and if things don’t work out, maybe that friend will date another friend in the same circle.  i guess when you’re looking for love, it’s understandable to look where you’re most comfortable and familiar.  the tough social etiquette here is can you date a friend’s ex, and if so, how to go about it.  one wrong move and you could be forever labeled a back-stabber.  but several right moves could lead to a great relationship.  is it worth the attempt?

artwork-wise, we play around some more with silouettes and i’ve definitely got to make my characters more identifiable with just their outlines.  according to the guys of How to Make a Webcomic, one thing i should strive for to make my characters outstanding, is that their profile or outline should be immediately recognizable.

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stay or run?

ahhh, the age old question – do you chase after an angry partner if they walk away?  and honestly, i don’t think there’s a right answer here, just preference.  maybe the partner that walks away angry really needs some time to just cool off before they can talk rationally again.  or maybe you need to run after them cause any delay signifies “younot caring.”  hmmm, tough one.  my approach is just never get in a fight!  ha, yeah right!  seriously, my approach would be to pose this hypothetical question when you’re both calm and just ask him/her what their preference is!  and voila, i am now armed with what to do in that situation (hoping you don’t have to use it often)!

artwork wise, it’s all perspective here.  i never said anything about the actual strip being funny, but i really enjoyed the different angle here.  it was inspired some random party picture i found online and took it from there.  i find when i get an imagination block, instead of wallowing, i just subject myself to online pics or just walk around.

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run finn, run

it’s probably a social norm that it’s wrong to date your best friend’s ex.  probably.  what it comes down to though is just understanding.  what kind of understanding do you and your friends have?  if this rare situation should ever occur, it’s definitely a good idea to go ahead and discuss it with your friend first, get the ok, and then pounce!  just imagine the repercussion if you don’t have that talk first!

artwork wise, it’s definitely inspired by calvin & hobbes, as is much of my work.  it was definitely fun having a continuous background ‘run’ through the storyline.  i tried something new with the tree in the background.  i colored it by hand with a Sharpie black marker and then used a thin white out pen to get some texture into the tree.  unfortunately, the white out pen didn’t have nearly the control or thinness like i wanted.

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positive coordinator

so this week we dive a little deeper into what it means to be the social coordinator.  last week we saw some the negatives, such as always coordinating and worrying about the people.  and this week we see some of the positives, which is namely you (as the coordinator) usually get to pick when and where!  thus guaranteeing it will fit in your schedule and you’ll like the venue!  hmm, but now that i think about, i think i found another negative – the lack of commitment from people.  what if you take the time to setup a pretty good event but nobody commits?  i think that’s another strip for another day…

artwork wise, we do some more panel within panels.  i think it livens up the strip and keeps the action going.  feel free to comment on what you think!

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coordination

ever feel like when you go out with a group of friends, you spend half your time just making sure everyone is there?  with the advent of cell phones and texting, it’s like half the population is on their phones sometimes, keeping track of one another.  and all this is supposed to make it easier to stay in touch!  i guess my point here is coordinating friends and then making sure everyone is ok is actually a lil tougher and more time consuming than expected.  but you know what, it’s all worth it when it comes down to getting to hang out with good friends.

ok, this strip prob highlights one of my weaker areas, which are backgrounds.  add that to the list of things to improve, more realistic, but also more creative backgrounds.

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tears

ahhh, the unavoidable and bound-to-happen fights.  whether it’s like once a  year or every week, i think most people would agree arguments or disagreements are going to happen sometime.  and it’s so interesting cause everybody has their level of tolerance as well as reactions or impacts to it.  i mean, some people are ok having arguments every other week and then they just stay passionate.  others have one bump and they’re outta there!  so what’s the key?  i think it comes back to why you’re fighting – for yourself (selfish) or for the relationship?  but as soon as tears become involved, she’s always right.

i think i may try to do more strips where you let the art do the talking as much as possible.  it forces me to make sure every piece of art is contributing to the punchline.  everything, from character movements to background details should all add up to the punchline.

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