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Remember those 900 plus panels I had to clean for work? I'm finally down to the last 300 or so. Yay! And since I need to be done by the beginning of the week, I'll be going in to work Sunday and Monday (would have been a holiday). Not complaining too much, but I can't wait to be done.
Really thinking of getting a Cintiq so I can work at home.
At least, I took today off to do the personal stuff like cleaning, get food, etc...
Friday, we got to visit part of Universal Movie Studios New York movie set plus a few other interior stage built sets. Our guide was full of good stories and experience.
I wanted to ask about the live action Avatar movie, but decided not to bother them with it :B
Saw the famous Hollywood sign on the hills for the first time. I feel so touristy!









I'm about done with setting up events- only four more pages, and THEN fun stuff starts.

Little reminder: there are still a few spots opened in the guest gallery for the Water Tribe mini comic- I already have four fab entries (thank you!!) so there's about one week left to send something if you want.
The only way I can thank you for your participation is to send you comp copies when it is all done.
300 DPI images if you please, so it prints nicely.
Now I go get some rest before work tomorrow.

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gallo_de_pelea
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
ohmygod your icon

ohmygod


yes
rufftoon
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)
All credits go to the very talented Alexds1 for the icon- that's how I've been feeling for the past couple of day (like I need a drink of whisky probably...)
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windsinger
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
Being able to pull the art studio home helps a LOT. I've recently changed things up so I can paint at home instead of in the studio, I finish work sooo much easier/faster/etc now.
rufftoon
Feb. 17th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC)
I'll just have to learn to pace myself better though, in terms of bringing work home. But it would be less of a hassle.
It was much easier when everything was done on paper. Easy to carry...
rosynose
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
Heh, I haven't actually seen any of Avatar, but I'm still enjoying these :D Plus the way you draw people is making me very envious.
rufftoon
Feb. 17th, 2008 08:55 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! Glad to know the story still holds on its own in a way :D
Ah pfff- you got your own superb way of drawing characters that make ME envious (lovely style!). I guess it all balances out.
aidosaur
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
Aahhh--! Lover's quarrel lover's quarrel!! Wonderful!

Zhao's such an ass, he deserved worse. Zhaolous, that's terrible. XD

I'd want to give you something for your mini comic, but I'm certain you have a lot more talented and well-known people who'd be willing to contribute. (I might just draw something small anyway, I've been meaning to draw you some fanart for a while now...) Good luck, I'm certain those spots will fill up in no time. :DD

Jeez, you're such a machine; making time for all these comics on top of all of your storyboarding work. I'm constantly impressed with your work ethic.

Good luck with work and everything! We're rooting you on!
rufftoon
Feb. 17th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
Not a lot of love between these two I'm afraid, but quarrels yes!
Well, yes he does deserve worse than a bad pun. But it will have to do for the moment.
I make time for the comic as a stress reliever from work. Drawing fun stuff for myself vs fun stuff from work.
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ali_wildgoose
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
ZHAOLOUS...

...

hee hee

<3

*ships quietly off in corner*
rufftoon
Feb. 17th, 2008 08:59 am (UTC)
I blame the word "zhaolous" on bad influence from the Stick Daemons. Only when they invade my brains do they come up with awful puns like that...and make me write them.
psychoe
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
Dawww, a little Zhaolousy showing! (Watch out, the phrase might catch on!) XD Well deserved "knuck," I say! Good going, Nauja.

rufftoon
Feb. 17th, 2008 08:58 am (UTC)
"Knuck"- the sound of a kneecap being kicked an inch up from its usual place. Owie.
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rufftoon
Feb. 17th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Nauja would be the first surprised to hear that she could possibly be cool- there are warriors and water benders that definitely would fit the bill better. But she's pleased :D
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rufftoon
Feb. 17th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
Thankfully, she doesn't have to deal with them daily.
Or she'd go crazy...and commit murder or something. Especially on Zhao.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 17th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Ooh, hoo hoo... Things are coming to a boil in the frozen North. :D Cute stuff, yessir. I will say, the word "wimp" threw me off a little; personal opinion only, but it strikes me as sort of an elementary-school playground insult, not what I'd expect from a middle-aged ex-war criminal. (Even a newly gruffly-woobish one.) Still, it's your call as the author, and the rest of the dialogue sparkles to match the art. Very fun read, and very seasonal to boot!
tobu_ishi
Feb. 17th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Er. That was me. >_>;
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archangelbeth
Feb. 17th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
He is jealous! He is! He is! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Poor Nauja.
rufftoon
Feb. 17th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Zhao would argue that he isn't. And he'd argue with fire!
star_puppet
Feb. 17th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
I can't help but smile instead. :D
Heehee...
rufftoon
Feb. 17th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Smiling is good! :D
snapes_angel
Feb. 17th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Zhaolous. Wham. *snicker* There's a definite ship in port.
rufftoon
Feb. 17th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
And Arluk was one of the main captain to bring it to port ;)
Along with a few other weird ones...
alexds1
Feb. 17th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
!! Oh man, Zhao was sort of asking for that one. It is sort of bad form to insult a dead guy... *sigh* Zhao...

I love that tall panel on the 6th page, its so pretty to look at <3 I am somewhat Zhaolous of your skills :B
rufftoon
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
He's certainly looking for trouble. If Zhao thinks someone (alive or dead) is an idiot, he will say so out loud.
Well, he won't say anything about the firelord though...or Arnook...or anyone who has more power than him.
Thank you- that tall panel ended up better than the original scribble it came from :))
tammylee
Feb. 17th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Eee! And it's a long weekend so I have time to draw something!
*scribbles furiously*

Man, Zhao is TOTALLY Zhaolous!!
rufftoon
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
No pressure, do enjoy your long weekend. There's still one more week plus a weekend to doodle things (thank you for considering doing a little something- very appreciated! <3).
Zhao is "zhaolous" of many things. But not of the skill of making bad puns, that's for sure.
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nenimo
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
I have a few drawings that are almost done that I wanted to send to you for a possible spot in the gallery, is there any particular method of sending that is best for you?

also, were you still looking for any InDesign help? I'd be more then willing to lend a hand if you need one.
rufftoon
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Sweet! I'll send you a private message with the best way to send them.
As for InDesign help, I'll see how things go in two weeks. Expect me to yell for help if something goes wrong.
shadowmullet
Feb. 17th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
BEST PAGES EVER! I wouldn't change the word "wimp." Anything harsher and the scene takes on an even more serious tone. It's a perfect balance right now.
Awesome work...*_*

*quivers with mixture of inspiration and zhaolousy*
rufftoon
Feb. 18th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Eeeep! I wonder if I can do better if you call these best ever! (added pressure...is good sometimes XD)
Hmmm...true. If I change the word, it may break some of the feel of the scene too much. Thanks for the input!
meryl_jed
Feb. 17th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Arluk is not the only one who wants to hook everyone up. >D *drops the anchor on the ship* We is sticking around for good. Now you'll never get rid of this ship. And we are thankful. :3
rufftoon
Feb. 18th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Careful- Zhao is used to naval battles and not afraid to blow up ships...even his own! XD
ipsumlorem
Feb. 18th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Oh my, MASSIVE INCOMING SHIP ALERT. I HAVE A NEW SHIP, AND IT IS AWESOME!

Water Tribe is <3
rufftoon
Feb. 18th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
I just had the image of the Titanic hitting an iceberg there...
seanmonster
Feb. 18th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
"Who's the wimp now?"

Nice. Very nice.
rufftoon
Feb. 18th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
She's playing a dangerous game, but it's all worth it (for us anyway)
kt_shy
Feb. 18th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
900 panels?? Yeeeee! Well at least you got through most of them. Yeaaaah I'm really longing for a cintiq too, weee!
rufftoon
Feb. 18th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
900+ panels for 11 minutes...and I don't have the biggest count of the crew! Some are way over a 1000.
Since we're getting these boards approved by the Dreamworks people, and they are used to feature style boards, we're talking loads and loads of poses.
I'm just glad we don't have to be on model.
azvolrien
Feb. 18th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
Oh Zhao, never one to let tact get in the way of... Well, anything.
rufftoon
Feb. 18th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
Especially when the people around him are not superior (in his eyes).
He's very tactful around chiefs, firelords, etc...
buttfacemakani
Feb. 18th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
LAWL last frame of 184- I totally thought what Zhao said before I even read it x)). Or I guess it was more along the lines of 'boring' but same diff.

Lol my favorite part is that Nauja and Zhao really do have about the same amount of tact here..

hit him again nauja he probably likes it :|. lolol

rufftoon
Feb. 18th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, you're starting to read his miiiiiind!
Nauja is usually more tactful, but there's something about Zhao that just makes her lose it. Next time she kicks him, she just might aim a little higher.
angelwingkitty
Feb. 19th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
Oooooo no he didn't *snaps fingers* Awesome interaction! I'm seriously loving where there relationship is and the sparks that fly between them on such subjects! :)


rufftoon
Feb. 19th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
If there's one thing Zhao is good at, it's making sparks fly XD
dutchoven
Feb. 20th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
Oooh, do you still have space in guest gallery? I finished a small drawing of Sokka mooning over then..err, moon, ao hopefully that's water-tribey enough. Where do you want me to send the file? And what file format do you want? Right now I have a .tif, which makes it around 4MB. :x
rufftoon
Feb. 20th, 2008 08:02 am (UTC)
Yes, there is still space! I'll be sending you a private message with the contact infos and all that.
And yes, Sokka and the moon is Water Tribe related enough :)
sweet_gardenia
Feb. 20th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
I know a bajillion people have been going to town on this pun but seriously...this pretty much sums it up for me


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XD looking forward to the next update and good luck with work

rufftoon
Feb. 20th, 2008 08:01 am (UTC)
Ok, who's been giving Zhao cactus juice again?
Zhaobulous...*snerk!*
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