My Boyfriend Smells 2on May 8, 2011 at 12:00 am
I thought I’d whip out a black and white Boyfriend and then decided to color it a little and then got carried away and now I don’t even really like how it turned out. It took forever. Maybe 8 times as long as the average es&d. Oh well. On to the next.
Whoa you posted this on facebook!
I used to dislike the way my ex smelled, exactly as your character described. And I mean, exactly. It wasn’t stink, we were just chemically incompatible I guess. Anyway, the shading for this one is weird. It reminds me of the matte embossment on like a plastic mask for children, I don’t like it. I like the way you usually color things, and the way you do black and white is great too. Anyway, looking forward to more in this weird storyline.
It’s really well colored, though, and I think the color contributes a lot.
What have you done to your inking ? IMHO your coloring isn’t the reason why you get that “stained-glass window” look which I don’t appreciate that much either.
Maybe color the line work as well ? Or remove it entirely like in the backgrounds ?
Or stay with your previous flat color style and more blacks which works very well and take 8x less time 🙂
Honestly don’t get why you aren’t happy with this one; it looks marvelous. Well, that’s what makes your stuff good — the constant search for perfection. Great to finally have more in this story!
It’s interesting to see the slightly changed look of these pieces that go a long time between updates as your artwork evolves and improves and changes. Even with the changes, it still fits together well and looks like a unified whole.
Eb0la nailed me on the inking. I was trying a brush-pen and while it is way faster the one I got dulled after two comics and could no longer vary the line weight so it’s basically just a sharpee now – which is why the aptly described “stained-glass” effect. And kitschbot nailed the problem with the colors. Now when I look at it I can smell the cheap plastic of halloween costumes. If I can figure out how to import some brushes into photoshop I think I could get something more painterly which is what I wanted — more like the-comic-that-dare-not-speak-its-name. Thanks for the feedback! I’ll get it right someday.
Love your work! I’m kinda new to web comics – I just finished reading your whole archive in like 3 days, after spending a week doing the same thing at subnormality. Any suggestions on where I should go next while I’m waiting for the next update?
the characters and stories in these comics almost always hit home for me, to a reference-able extent. I’m not saying I don’t come here for the art, it’s got a solid base, but if there’s one thing I love about following comics online, it’s progression. You’ve got some solid ideas that get across very clearly, so as a reader, a page or 2 or 10 of experimentation aren’t gonna detract from the overall experience. (but if you’re looking to mess around with things in between segments, a cover page here and there can satisfy quite a few needs when you want to play around with things without having to justify a sudden shift.)
@cbobgo: Thanks! Any of the comics I’ve linked to in the side-bar are great.
@robb cayman: Thanks! Cover page experimentation is a great suggestion, thanks!
At least half of those comics are inactive, and of the other half none of them are anywhere near as good as yours!
Will there ever be more of these? I’d be interested to see the story progress.