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November 6th, 2013, 2:00 pm

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Reply melaredblu, August 29th, 2013, 3:49 am

I'm incapable of deciding how to depict empty voids. Flat black is boring and swirls of black and grey is boring and it's all. So. Boring! Darn the Shade for making my art so lame!

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Reply GroovyKinda, November 6th, 2013, 2:26 pm

Not at all! It focuses attention on the awesomeness that is Cordelia and Leopold. Especially panel 3. The swirls and glowy bits work great in panel 1, and those shadows are awesome in 3.
Overall, this is one of your most powerful pages ever. Great job.

Reply NitztheBloody, November 6th, 2013, 4:00 pm

This is another great example of your coloring mastery, with the greyscale explicitly used to create a feeling of despair.

Reply melaredblu, November 6th, 2013, 5:20 pm

@GroovyKinda: Wow, really? I thought it was kind of lacking because of the huge emptiness in the backgrounds. I still don't know how to fill up my empty voids, but if grey swirls work, maybe I can try playing with more variations on that.

Reply melaredblu, November 6th, 2013, 5:22 pm

@NitztheBloody: Thank you! I think this sort of thing would probably stand out even more if I used full color more often, but the plot has my hands tied on that end for now. I have to work with what I've got.

Reply JDPftw, November 6th, 2013, 6:51 pm

It doesn't bother me because it's like a spotlight. It shows were the focus should be.
By the way, this story arc is really cool and interesting!

Reply Delta-v, November 6th, 2013, 8:36 pm

By definition, "Void" is nothingness, emptiness, the absence of matter or light. It can't be "filled" or it ceases to be void.

That which is not is defined by that which is. Flat blackness isn't boring, it's threatening.

Color would be a mistake, because it denotes life and hope, and the void has neither. Only Princess Chroma can save the day. Dead black is good--don't mess with it.

Reply schlissel, November 6th, 2013, 9:12 pm

Your artwork isn't lame at all! The touches of white look good and there's only so much you can do with a black void anyway

Reply GroovyKinda, November 6th, 2013, 9:15 pm

@melaredblu: To tell you the truth, I didn't even notice the swirls in the first panel.
Trust the empty space. You're using it to isolate the characters wonderfully. If you make the empty space too interesting, it takes away from the real focus.
And I really envy how you got that expression on Leopold. I've tried to draw him again and that is a really difficult look to pull off. Those darn buck teeth really get in the way.
This whole page showcases how far you've come artistically. There's a lot of improvement in your artwork that's a joy to see.

Reply Hjels, November 7th, 2013, 12:59 am

Yup, I think the void is really well made. As soon as it doesn't work, it becomes the focal point of the image, and it isn't here. It remains nicely in the background, and does the job of illustrating nothingness.

Reply GroovyKinda, November 7th, 2013, 1:09 pm

So, basically, what we're all saying is that you're really something when it comes to Nothing.
No're really good at Nothing. Hang on...
Oh, you know what we mean.

Reply melaredblu, November 7th, 2013, 5:29 pm

@JDPftw: Thanks, I'm excited about this arc!

Reply melaredblu, November 7th, 2013, 5:31 pm

@Delta-v: Which is why it's all greyscale, no matter how tempted I am to deviate. Adding color, even for aesthetic purposes, would only create a plot hole.

Reply melaredblu, November 7th, 2013, 5:34 pm

@Hjels: That's a good point, I can't let there be any focal points in the background. But I still have to have enough composition to carry the image.

And you know the shocking thing? I've heavily revised this page at least twice before posting. Nothingness is harder to illustrate that I would have ever imagined.

Reply melaredblu, November 7th, 2013, 5:35 pm

@GroovyKinda: Haha, yeah I get it. Thank you. Really, I appreciate the kind words I've received about this page. It makes me really happy to have such awesome readers.

Reply melaredblu, November 7th, 2013, 5:38 pm

@schlissel: Tell me about it. Futurama did a great job with a black void in their time travel episode, but they had the advantage of animation, zooming out from the time machine at slowly increasing acceleration to emphasize how vast it was. Unfortunately, I have to rely on other tricks.

Reply JWCraig (Guest), November 11th, 2013, 2:57 am

I'm a little late getting to the party, sorry. Everyone has already said it. I agree. It really puts the focus on the action. I personally love contrast like that.

Reply melaredblu, November 11th, 2013, 11:46 pm

@JWCraig: I appreciate the words of encouragement! Thank you.

Reply vaslittlecrow, January 2nd, 2014, 10:58 pm

@GroovyKinda: I second that.

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