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February 19th, 2014, 2:00 pm

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The art gallery was supposed to unveil its new Monochromatic Minimalism wing next week, but then they went and spoiled the surprise.
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Reply melaredblu, January 22nd, 2014, 12:41 am

Well, the results of the poll are in! I'll be making some bonus art depicting the results shortly. In the meantime, only three people announced themselves, so guess what? Three cameos! Any from M9Girls!, Jane from The Demon Archives, and Edison from Groovykinda are visiting in Elysium today. Too bad today hasn't been a good day in Elysium.

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Reply GroovyKinda, February 19th, 2014, 4:31 pm

Just wait till he gets the plumber's bill.

Hey, it's Edison! Thank you for that swell cameo. I'm going to put her in that outfit in the next dream sequence.
And man, nice job with the faces! Especially Leopold's. He really reminds me of Rai in that last panel. The king is brilliant-that's a very tough angle to pull off.

Reply NitztheBloody, February 19th, 2014, 4:38 pm

I like the design for the king (prince?) too. He looks a lot like a flustered, struggling, but ultimately well-intended bureaucrat. Based on first impressions alone, it makes me trust him more.

Reply hipopotamo (Guest), February 19th, 2014, 4:43 pm

Somehow Leopold's expression and facial structure allows us to relate to his bunny self, or am I deluding myself?
Any on stained glass? Does that make her holy, royal or something like that? Not a good idea to feed her already big ego! Tnx for the cameo! (I'm already creating a story of how she came to be on a piece of art in Elysium)

Reply Delta-v, February 19th, 2014, 4:58 pm

I see where Leopold perfected his hangdog look. And we've been so long in the grayscale universe that color is a welcome shock.

It's also great to see three ladies from strips I follow--two of them because of you, melaredblu. Thanks :)

Reply aerox95, February 19th, 2014, 4:58 pm

This is a gorgeous page. After so many pages in monochrome, it's such a treat to see full, glorious color!

I really need to go through the archives of this one.

Reply melaredblu, February 20th, 2014, 12:18 am

@GroovyKinda: The beard makes it a bit easier. I didn't have to draw below the chin.
I can't wait to see your rendering of Lady Lighthouse's outfit! You always do such a great job with fabric textures. Well, any textures, really.

Reply melaredblu, February 20th, 2014, 12:19 am

@NitztheBloody: He's a king (his name is Brunswick, by the way). And yes, I wanted his appearance to be more business-like as opposed to being decked out like the Burger King mascot. I'm glad you like how he turned out.

Reply melaredblu, February 20th, 2014, 12:21 am

@hipopotamo: Well, they both have long ears, so...
If you do finish that story about how the stained glass image of Any came about, please send it to me! By the way, the design was inspired by the stained glass image of Impa from Wind Waker (link: ), so maybe that makes Any a Sage?

Reply melaredblu, February 20th, 2014, 12:25 am

@Delta-v: I'm glad you like those comics too! They're really something, aren't they? Of course, one of those ladies is also from the comic responsible for you following this comic in the first place.

Reply melaredblu, February 20th, 2014, 12:29 am

@aerox95: I can't even tell you how much I missed color! And I had some fire under me this time, because I shared one of my colored pages on the Critique the Above Page thread on SJ. The reaction was pretty lukewarm overall and among other things, they said the coloring was just "okay". Which I took as challenge because I'm a stubborn cuckoo. It helps having excellent colorists like you to get examples from, though.

Reply GroovyKinda, February 20th, 2014, 1:56 am

@melaredblu: Aw, thank you! I still can't get hair right.
"Lady Lighthouse." I love it. I'll put it in the queue of things to draw for you.
And it really is nice to be back in the land of melaredblu's wonderful colors. It's like Spring after a long, dark Winter.
That poor king. He hasn't been on the throne very long. He's a New Brunswick.

Reply Delta-v, February 20th, 2014, 12:06 pm

@melaredblu: Oh, THANK you! I was hoping for an opening, and you fed me a straight line to end all straight lines, a regular hanging curve ball. You see, since I found you through GroovyKinda, and them through you, that makes him (Drum roll, please)*Brudddddddddddd* THE GRANDPA! *BaDum, Pssssh* Hee, hee, hee. Thank you.

And just who are these critics who probably couldn't color a pixel if they bled on it?

Reply Delta-v, February 20th, 2014, 12:09 pm

@GroovyKinda: Lady Edison Lighthouse, Dutchess of Barleycorn.

Reply GroovyKinda, February 20th, 2014, 1:40 pm

@Delta-v: Get off my lawn!

The second or third time I read this I noticed the golden glow coming from behind the door in panel one. That was a really nice way to show where the dialogue was coming from.

And "Cake batter everywhere" is hilarious.

Reply melaredblu, February 20th, 2014, 1:52 pm

@Delta-v: The page the critic was talking about was from chapter four when the coloring was less good, so thet had a point.
Actually, they raised a lot of good points and I specifically asked whoever commented in that thread to be brutal, so I got what I wanted. Negative feedback can be a good motivator too, so I appreciated what they had to say.

Reply melaredblu, February 20th, 2014, 1:55 pm

@GroovyKinda: Oh good, I'm glad the source of the dialog is clear! And yes, I just couldn't resist bringing up the cake batter again. Note the title of this chapter.

Reply Hjels, February 20th, 2014, 2:31 pm

@melaredblu: @GroovyKinda : You two are a bad influence on eachother. So many puns. And yup, "cake batter everywhere" is a great line. And that mosaic up in the corner. Love it.

Reply melaredblu, February 21st, 2014, 12:12 pm

@Hjels: We should all work together and start a movement over the media espousing the virtues and supremacy of wordplay as a source of humor. Then we could be pundits.

Reply GroovyKinda, February 21st, 2014, 3:06 pm

@melaredblu: He's just a jealous half-baked green-eyed monster. Thinks he's so much batter than us. Frosting you know, he'll be mixing us up, baking a fool of himself. Spatula best you can do pal? What a flourpuss.

Reply melaredblu, February 22nd, 2014, 12:28 am

@GroovyKinda: That puncoction takes the cake. I don't think I can top it.

Reply GroovyKinda, February 22nd, 2014, 3:51 pm

@melaredblu: Then let's talk about how the slanted panel bottoms create a cascading effect that really takes your eye through the comic, ending with the four bottom panels.
Plus, how the pillar-almost matching in the two panels- takes your eye down into the next panel. In fact, all those vertical lines in the first two panels really make it easy to go from one to the next.
And how the smallest panel is pinning poor Leopold in.
That's a really nice use of shapes and proportions.

Reply melaredblu, February 22nd, 2014, 5:41 pm

@GroovyKinda: Oh, I wish I could say that was all on purpose. Truth is, it's just a happy accident. The only thing that's definitely intentional is the slanted panels, which I almost always do now. Rectangles just feel too artificial and static for me, at least in this comic. I like the implied motion of slightly titlted panels and the tilts go even more extreme in many action shots.

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