antepenultimate

well, we’re down to the final three Finn comic strips!  i’ve decided to stop the comic strip, and take the time to work on some other art projects.  more to come on that later!

for this week, i thought it would be fun to see all most of the friends Finn have interacted with over the years.  i’m a bit proud of this one because i drew it without photo reference (except for the occasional hand reference)!  i also think all the lines look pretty clean.

in case you’re wondering, from left to right is:

  • Owen (introduced on Aug 14, 2010)
  • rancher’s daughter (introduced on Feb 4, 2013)
  • Remy (introduced on Feb 24, 2008)
  • Finn
  • Aly (introduced on Feb 22, 2010)
  • Rancher (introduced on Jan 21, 2013)
  • on the couch, Alex (introduced on Jan 21, 2008)
  • and Ivy (introduced on Mar 14, 2008)
  • standing up, Stacy (introduced on Oct 1, 2012)
  • girl with the nice house (introduced on Nov 4, 2013)
  • girl with the marketing job (introduced on Apr 29, 2013)
  • sitting on the floor, random friend (introduced on Nov 26, 2012)
  • Ace (introduced on Apr 21, 2008)
  • leaning on tv, another friend (introduced on Jan 23, 2012)
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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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first this, then that, and oh yeah

how much should we help out friends out?  is it to the ends of the earth or is it if i can get off this couch and turn off the tv?  there are times when i feel in order to build a super foundation of great friends, i gotta be as selfless as possible.  and then i realize Young Justice is on tv and i’m not so sure anymore.  i’m just kidding of course, but you get what i’m saying.  how do you balance enough time being selfless versus being selfish?  maybe you do what want at first and let your social circle tell you.

this week’s strip was fun to draw!  adding on the complexity to Finn’s attire was challenging.  and i’m still working to show more emotion in the comic strip, hence some of the friend’s reactions.  something else i try to do is throw in more mini-gags, that could make you laugh, such as Alex’s short-shorts.

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you’re entitled to nothing

remember MySpace?  remember how you could rank your friends?  it was such a big deal back in the day where you were on someone’s list, and their life for that matter.  i’m actually thankful Facebook got rid of that practice.  what a cold-hearted list that was.  i mean, sure, if you’re high on the list, good for you.  but what if you thought you were high on their list only to see how really far down you rank?  and as much as it hurts, let’s face reality.  we can’t be everyone’s best friend.  we can’t be everybody else number one.  and that’s why i dislike people so much when they think they’re the center of the world and feel ‘entitled’ to be invited.  no friends, you should earn it.

even though this is a ‘comic’ strip and should be funny, i really enjoy the ones that just poignant.  (maybe that explains most of my strips?  haha.)  Calvin & Hobbes is my favorite comic strip, but i also read tons of Charlie Browns.  and half the time, they weren’t funny at all.  but reading how these little kids embodied such grown up dilemmas, well, i think it really opened my eyes at an early age.  i hope my comics do the same for people.

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hey! keep it low!

first off, let me quickly apologize for any confusion last week.  i am indeed still making finn comic strips and just didn’t get around to adding a commentary blog to the strip last week.

for this week, i talk about all the anticipation and excitement associated with going on vacation with friends.  it’s one of the greatest feelings, composed of positive energy and the hype of great memories.  and most of the time, it does go spectacularly well but maybe once in awhile, we hype it up too much and the event wasn’t as fun as we thought.  so, i think Ace has a point when he says to keep the expectations manageable.  perhaps another analogy is like going to the movies, keep the expectations a little lower and you’ll prob walk out of it a bit happier.  (except for the Fast & Furious or Resident Evil movies.)

i admit, this was a last minute job creating this week’s strip.  even then, i’m pretty happy with the front and back perspectives.  compared to some similar shots i did a long time ago on finn, i think this one is better!  now to decide where they’re driving to…

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got something for you

so what if friends talk about you and news spreads about what you did.  first of all, they’re your friends so they probably just care so much that they want to know all about you.  secondly, you’ve got to be careful not to do anything dumb.  cause if you do, your friends will have a good laugh.  but in a caring, good way.

this week we do something new – two rows!  i was going to put in more panels to really depict how much words travel, but i needed the space to add some body language.  and i was going to use all the same background colors with slight differences in shading, but i like the diff colors now.  makes it pop a little more.

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be by myself

undoubtedly, friends are there to make you feel better.  and it’s great to surround yourself with people who are awesome at what they do, because it’ll act to inspire and hopefully motivate you too.  but every once in awhile it’s good to just separate and get some thoughts to just yourself.  it might the 30 minute drive alone to work or the 15 minutes before you go to bed.  whenever it is, i think it’s important to have that time to kinda center yourself, to just do a self check and make sure everything is going alright.  maybe its always been like this, but there’s a lot of stress these days.  gotta make sure you’re ok, and then let your friends do the rest.

artwork wise, pretty happy how this turned out.  i tried to capture that awesomeness for each character (which, by the way is supposed to be different aspects of everybody).  i may start giving finn more emotion and more reaction to things.  i, myself, don’t get too worked up so i think that’s translating into finn, but perhaps the audience would like to see more ’emotion’ from finn!

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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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