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22nd Dec 2016, 1:00 PM
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Nobody 22nd Dec 2016, 1:00 PM edit delete
Nobody
fun fact: had to recolor 6 of these panels from scratch after shading them. also unrelatedly did the smoke by hand and it ended up looking better as a layered effect-- the smoke in panel 11 was the only one i left done by hand.
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kh 22nd Dec 2016, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
is this the same issue with Lola having problems maintaining their body temperature due to being menopausal that was mentioned some pages back? I'm worried it's something else that I'm not getting
Nobody 22nd Dec 2016, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
Nobody
you're pretty much right. sitting in a car with closed windows in the middle of the desert would be hot for anyone and lola doesn't particularly handle heat well.
she's more self-aware than sugar when she's high, and the nervousness from talking about her hair is probably what moved the heat to the "intolerable" zone.
josie 22nd Dec 2016, 2:10 PM edit delete reply
the sun's setting prepare yr hats for another night scene
Bam 23rd Dec 2016, 3:56 AM edit delete reply
I thought this whole scene took place at night & now it's rising?
Nobody 23rd Dec 2016, 4:40 AM edit delete reply
Nobody
no, the previous scene is dim and overcast because it's raining; nighttime would be much darker.

they realize they're going the wrong way a few hours after sunrise, which is around 5:30 am in the summer-- judging by the sun's position in the sky, you can guess maybe 8 or 9 am by the time they hit idaho.
then, during the previous scene, they're in desert terrain, so you can assume they're in nevada by then. it takes 10-11 hours to drive from where they were in idaho to the outskirts of civilization in nevada, so it can be assumed the scene took place around 6-7 pm. the sun sets at around 7:30-8 pm in the summer, so they were hanging around there slightly before the sun would start to set.

hope that helps with the timeline!
ell 22nd Dec 2016, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
by "by hand" do you mean drawing the smoke on the same layer as everything else and individually picking all the colors for every shade of everything seen through the different thicknesses of smoke, because, jesus christ
Nobody 22nd Dec 2016, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
Nobody
yep, aha. i'm thinking about going back and doing that after the comic is over, but as i found, it's incredibly time-consuming and the page just needed to be done already.
ell 22nd Dec 2016, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
much as I understand the desire to, because it will result in a different maybe stronger visual effect than just layering things at low opacity and it's also just very impressive to be capable of, I beg you, Do Not Do That To Yourself
Guest 22nd Dec 2016, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
good dialogue as always, and that last shot with the door seems very significant with the framing since lola is REALLY shoved to the side and looking up there. doors are a lot of things- an exit, an opportunity, a transition, a renewal, etc........ Just Thought that was Interesting
Peach 23rd Dec 2016, 8:20 AM edit delete reply
The level of detail on these pages constantly amazes me TBH...
kirin 27th Dec 2016, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
the doorknob is gone in the last panel...no way out?
Nobody 28th Dec 2016, 1:27 AM edit delete reply
Nobody
fixed. -_-
McCoy 28th Dec 2016, 3:06 AM edit delete reply
Are Lola's top set of eyes the ones that express their current true emotion? What I'm noticing is their bottom set is more focused on the person they may be interacting with and expressing what Lola has been taught as "acceptable" while their top set shows something else pretty often. Their face and expressions add such a great level of detail into the writing.
Nobody 28th Dec 2016, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Nobody
yes, they do. i've typed about it a bit, but i never seem to have it on hand.

basically, people process human faces in a very specific way, thanks to evolution. lola's upper eyes are usually processed as eyebrows immediately when figuring out her expression, unless consciously focusing on them. someone talking to her in real time would probably not take too much notice of how both of her eyes look, because they're constantly changing expressions, but as readers of a comic, there is the luxury of being able to look at a still-frame panel and take it in at a leisurely pace.
her face is designed to be looked at several times to understand the full scope of her character in any given moment. the top set of eyes are meant to 1) function as eyebrows, visually and 2) show how she's really feeling more accurately.
as eyebrows, they CAN be controlled consciously by lola, but they act on their own if she isn't focusing on it. because they act on that more basic brain level, they usually show a more visceral, honest state of her emotions.
Megaskizzen 12th Jan 2017, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
panel 8, sugar's face, holy shit gives me life