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Been a while since the last update- busy busy and all.

First of all, finally finished the Avatar comics for the season 3 DVDs! Hurray...and sad at the same time. That means all official Avatar work is over! Waaaaaaaah *snif*
Ah well, there's always crazy fanart, right?

Regular work is a bit tougher than usual. In the past, the most pages of thumbnails I ever had to do in two weeks was 13-15. Now, I'm older and I have 18 to do. I'm running behind, and won't have time to finish for the due date. Especially since I have to leave earlier for a doctor's appointment in Montreal.
What really annoys me is that my body now refuses that I do too much overtime. If I exagerate, it sends me the "skipping heartbeats" warning that I'm too stressed and overworked. I want to work, I want to do my deadlines! But damn it...Is this a sign that I should open that cheese shop? That I should become a real egyptologist instead of an armchair one and quit drawing altogether if ze olde body refuses to take it?
In the meantime, I'll be heading over to work every weekends until I leave for the holidays.

Well, not today. Not feeling too well. Blah.

And hey! Manage to do some reworked Water Tribe schtuff.


As usual: grammar, dialogue errors and other suggestions welcome. These will be posted later on DA.
Two old reworked pages. We're finally catching up to version 1





The two last pages are new. I wanted to show more of his thoughts, how his mind is at the present. His biggest failing is that he can't imagine being anything else than a man of the tribe. It will also allow me to change some of his dialogue with Horuk slightly later on.

Had to sketch out better what the interior of his dwelling looked like, for future reference. Quite a few things will happen there in part 4, and I needed to work out a basic floor plan. And basic it is! All he has in there is a few boxes, weapons, furs.
The base of the walls are made of stone, and that's different for the other, usual northern water tribe houses. It will be explained during part 4.
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The days right after finishing the Avatar comic pages, I was a bit drained out. So all I did was sketch around (and play video games). There was a whole lot of ?%@$ that were sent immediately to recycling, but I saved these.
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Sad news this week- the lead guitar player of french group Les Rita Mitsouko passed away from a vicious cancer. In a weird coincidence, one of their first big hits (1985), Marcia Baila, was made for their dance instructor who had died from the same disease.
RIP Fred Chichin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ56pOwgR6E
(it's not an 80's music party in Quebec without that song!)

Comments

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incandescens
Dec. 2nd, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
I do like the two new pages, and I love the sketch page!
rufftoon
Dec. 2nd, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
As usual, when I add new pages, I fear I am slowing down the story. I keep thinking edit, edit, edit, cut cut cut...
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manonlechat
Dec. 2nd, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
The round door makes me think of a cozy hobbit hole (in a good way!).

Only hobbits don't have polar bear skins and spears decorating the walls. :D
rufftoon
Dec. 2nd, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
Zhao hobbit? Heeheehee! I would see Iroh as a hobbit. Zhao would be...a very cranky one. It would explain the spears as decoration ;)
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reginleif42
Dec. 2nd, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, lawl, look at the sketches. Y hallo thar Rufftoon, how do you be?
I hate cancer, it killed my Mum's best friend who was almost a second mum to me.
rufftoon
Dec. 2nd, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
I be...erm...ok, overall, I guess. Can't complain too much. Trying to stay in control, the usual.
Cancer = not fun. My mom had a tiny tumour and got successfully treated for it. Of course, we're always nervous it may come back.
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(Anonymous)
Dec. 2nd, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
lfmao I love how what's his name (horuk? I FORGET D:) is very interested in making people oogle others xDD.

ohh the re-do's are so lovely ;o;
buttfacemakani
Dec. 2nd, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
lol that was me :B
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alexds1
Dec. 2nd, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
Ahh, lovely pages <3 <3 And they all read very well in my opinion! That 'how about my fist' line cracks me up. Also that sketch page is to die for, you'd better get that up on NoSelfControl or ghost!Zhao will come haunt you (or wait, you'd probably want that XD )

And man, thats a lot of work! I hope you don't get too stressed out! Haha, can you imagine the consternation all your fangirls/boys will make if something happens to you???? The holidays aren't too far away, be sure to get a rest every once in a while if you can spare the time.
rufftoon
Dec. 3rd, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
Glad the new (and old reworked) pages read well enough. Always afraid it's too heavy or what not.
I am tempted to let ghost!Zhao haunt me. Then again, he'd probably come at night to annoy me and that would be against what the doctor ordered so...I'll put it in scraps.

I will make time to rest- I have to. I just need to balance work more carefully and all should be ok.
ndgmtlcd
Dec. 3rd, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
C'est comme ça.
rufftoon
Dec. 3rd, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
Lalalalalaaaa...

C'est comme ça...ouais, ça résume bien, malheureusement.

Edited at 2007-12-03 12:49 am (UTC)
angelwingkitty
Dec. 3rd, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
Hehehe yeah Zhao WOULD have other priorities XD I simply love that upshot of him... it's so serene and smooth and just feels so nice to look at for some reason! Amazing job! I'm loving your work as always ^^
rufftoon
Dec. 3rd, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
Awww, you're too kind. The upshot is a bit squished looking to my eyes. Ah well, live and learn.
star_puppet
Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
The story's getting good. :D I can see the development even though they're reworked. :B

Zhao's got a nice place there heehee...

Oooooh...half nekkid Zhao. XD
rufftoon
Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's the first time I work on a second draft of a big story. Knowing what is going to happen further on, it is nice to be able to fix a few things now.

Zhao's place is very much a bachelor pad: he's got his comfort, his toys, and not that much food ;)

Arluk is pleased: at least SOMEONE is paying attention to his effort of making others interested in half naked people!
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kt_shy
Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
Lovin' your drawings as usual! Though I really need to get on watching Avatar season 2 so I can get caught up with everyone, ehehe. Best of luck with the de-stressing! Moksha yoga tends to help me a bit, but still... can't beat cheese shops. =P
rufftoon
Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
You could either race to catch up with everyone, or wait until season 3 is over and have one huge Avatar marathon!
I've been thinking about yoga classes- it would be good against the stress, plus good exercise. I don't know if there's any nearby though (no car here). If anything, I'll keep withthe breathing exercise.
Ah, cheese shops. Haven't found a good one here yet. *sigh*
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rufftoon
Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
Health should be ok soon- nothing big. Just blaaaah.

Many thanks, very glad you like the changes. More coming up!
How can you bear handsome Zhao? With the combine powers of shirtless Hahn, Zuko, Jet and Sokka! And even then, I don't know if it would be enough.
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rufftoon
Dec. 3rd, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
Fixed the "of", put "as" instead. The correction will show on DA.
Pensive ot not, Zhao has a lot of bottled up frustration.
Zhao chanelling Zuko? He'd be horrified if he did, heehee!
queen_marshed
Dec. 3rd, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
These reworked pages are really good! I like it how we see how Zhaoka thinks more now. Are we gonna have that scene where he wonders about his heritage?

Half-naked Zhao! I am so filled with glee now! :D
rufftoon
Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
I wanted to show a bit more that he's trying to change, take control of his past and future. He may not have had clear thoughts for a long time, but now...go Zhao go!
Yes, that scene where he's trying to figure out about his heritage stays. It fits with what the merchant said, and it definitel stayed in Zhao's mind.

Haha, Arluk would approve: half naked Zhao should produce glee (too bad some people seem not to see it that way)
booter_freak
Dec. 4th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
MMM. Younger Zhao. Though I still preferred him more...matured.

You're only as old as you feel...so I hope you feel better soon!
rufftoon
Dec. 4th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
I would also prefer more mature Zhao. Still cocky, but a bit less.
My brain is young, but my body is slowing me down.
snapes_angel
Dec. 4th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Finally managed to read the new pages. I love Zhaoka's inner monologue! It gives us more of an idea of the person he is now, haunted by a past that he doesn't remember.

Aside from that, comics ♥
rufftoon
Dec. 4th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad the new pages work and don't slow down the pace too much. Ok, so it's just two pages but still...
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attroc
Dec. 5th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
Great comic.
I am a fellow avatar fan, though, not on the same level as you. I have really enjoyed the comic, its awesome, I never thought I would like Zhao, but hey, you depict him so well.

I've been fallowing it for a few months, and like many web comics, I'm sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for more. Thank you very much for all the avalove you give us by posting these up.
rufftoon
Dec. 5th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Great comic.
There are many levels of Avatardness (I'm afflicted with the dreadful Avatar Brain Rot ;) )
Zhao is a fun character to play around with- and since he is "officially dead" (er-hum!), it's somehow even easier to mess around with. Secondary characters ARE fun.
Thank you for your kind words, glad you enjoy the story so far (re-writes and all). I'm itching to start part four, but am trying to be discplined with the corrections.
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alisa_tana
Dec. 6th, 2007 08:56 am (UTC)
Totally off topic. Just read the mini comic with the Season3Vol1 DVD. I love the last page. That and Sokka's Squeee face on page 5.

On topic, Smexy Zhao. And his hut looks great. I gotta do that for Sokka's place.
rufftoon
Dec. 6th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Hope you'll see the others (when they are out) and have fun reading them. Josh wrote a fun story, that was lots of fun to illustrate.

Zhao=always smexy.
Totally encourage you to figure out in advance what Sokka's place look like. No need to set everything in stone; you may find yourself wanting to add a thing or two later on, but it's so much easier to have a reference.

Edited at 2007-12-06 04:20 pm (UTC)
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