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Chapter 5: Page 9

9th Aug 2018, 5:25 PM in 5. Fall
Chapter 5: Page 9
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QuotePilgrim 9th Aug 2018, 5:25 PM edit delete
I'm back, hopefully for good this time. I'll start by posting pages as soon as they're finished, and if I manage to pick up the pace, eventually submit two pages a week again, we'll see.

I've spent the past couple of days messing around with FireAlpaca and setting it up to use it as my comic drawing program. My workflow up to the latest page was kind of a huge mess as I used MyPaint, GIMP and Inkscape and it required me to switch programs several times in a single page. This one was done entirely in FireAlpaca—it has a really nice tool for creating comic panels and a rudimentary text tool that is just good enough for comics.

I may still need to open up GIMP for more advanced stuff on occasion, but now it's at least possible to do everything I need to in just one program. Sure, I could technically do everything in GIMP, but drawing in it is a miserable experience (they did add the MyPaint brush engine to the newest version, though, maybe I should test it), I don't know how there are people who do that. Inkscape I used because it was the best program to make speech bubbles in. In FireAlpaca I'll need to draw them by hand, but that's not too bad, and they'll look more organic that way.

FireAlpaca is one of the best free art programs out there, alongside MediBang Paint Pro, which is pretty much the same program with just a few tweaks. Highly recommend both, for anyone looking for a good free program. One downside for me is that it doesn't run on Linux, which I like using more than Windows, and there was a time it was my only operating system.

I made sure to get the comic to look as close to the old look as possible, but some differences are unavoidable. The panel layout is going to be ever so slightly less consistent (it's not as easy to rigidly conform to a grid as it is in Inkscape), the speech bubbles hand drawn rather than vector-based, and I won't be able to use the MyPaint brushes I used to paint the backgrounds with. By the way MyPaint is still my absolute favorite program for digital painting in general, I absolutely love its brushes—it just doesn't have any useful tools for making comics.

Apologies for the wall of text and less than coherent babbling. I kinda tend to do that.

Hope y'all enjoy the upcoming pages as much as the previous ones.


MK_Wizard 9th Aug 2018, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
Good to have you back, friend. I missed this story.
QuotePilgrim 10th Aug 2018, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
Thanks, I missed drawing it.
khkddn 9th Aug 2018, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
hey you're back

The newest version of GIMP is unusable for me, think that's a problem exclusive to Mac though.
QuotePilgrim 9th Aug 2018, 5:57 PM edit delete reply
May be. The new version runs better on my current laptop (which is a downgrade to the previous one; its motherboard fried during the hiatus) than the previous version. I'm on Windows 7. It used be really slow on Windows, hence why I used to mostly work on Linux.

I remember when they first released 2.10, there was a bug with the file browser that they fixed shortly after, so maybe you could try installing it again in case that was the cause. You could also try downloading the custom version from partha.com. I've seen a lot of people saying it works better for them than the official release.
Hindbodes 12th Aug 2018, 8:06 PM edit delete reply
Great, it's back!

I like how he slams the book shut even though it might have nerve endings.
QuotePilgrim 24th Aug 2018, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
Maybe he simply didn't consider this possibility.

I mean, sure, there are some very weird things happening right now, but for the past sixteen years in Owen's life he's lived in a world that behaves by the same rules as the one we live in, and this is a world in which if you found a book whose cover appeared to be made of human skin, you might be weirded out by it, but the idea of the book being alive or anything like that would likely never even cross your mind.

That is, of course, only speculation on my part. I may be the writer, but I don't claim to know what's going on inside the heads of the characters all the time.
Hindbodes 24th Aug 2018, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
Neither of us can know for sure how any other real life human being would behave in this situation, if it were somehow real, but since you drew and wrote Owen, you have every right and power to say what he does and doesn't think or do. I wouldn't try to make my interpretation Owen's reality.

I'm still guesterdicting that the book will turn out to have been a man once, though. Or something equally horrifying.
QuotePilgrim 25th Aug 2018, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
I did write the characters, yes, which does mean that their actions and internal monologues are my decision.

However, many writers are of the belief that they don't really know the thought processes of their own characters and have no real control over their actions, and that is a belief I hold to some extent.

It's hard to explain to someone who's never experienced anything like this, but when I'm writing my characters's actions surprise me as much as the actions of characters written by another writer would, it very much feels like each character has a mind of their own. Of course I'm well aware that I am objectively in control, that I'm making my characters's decisions for them, but it doesn't change the fact that my subjective experience is that I experience the story essentially the same way a reader would.

That is to say, I don't put my own interpretation of the events above that of the readers. Being the writer doesn't automatically make my interpretation of the events correct, and a reader's interpretation can be as valid as my own, if not more valid, if it is one that makes sense and doesn't contradict the events in the story. An interpretation of a story should be judged by its own merits, not by who is making it.

Uh, sorry for my rambliness.