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Tired, perhaps slightly stressed as the "heart bumps" are back. Staying away from chocolate, tea and alcohol (boooooooh!).
I find myself more exhausted and not answering every comments...again. So once again, apologies everyone if I don't reply. Be assured I do read all your comments, and they are all appreciated.
(I'm either lazy or energy deprived...or both).
Haven't done much since returning from Montreal. Did see Kung Fu Panda this weekend. The 2D part is simply gorgeous to look at. The rest of the movie is loads of fun too! It has a lot of heart, and I did care for the characters, which I find doesn't happen too often these days. I must be getting old.
(I did like "Horton Hears a Who", mostly because of Horton and the weird and freaky little Katie creature http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJkaKAIl_Fc&feature=related )

Focusing a lot on work-work, and Water Tribe is chugging along at its own, slightly slower pace.








In the next part, I'll be adding an extra page. Zhao's sudden burst of exasperation at his predicament felt a bit too rushed. So once again, slowing down the pace a bit.
Reworks02

I am continuing on part 4, while waiting for the finale to air (barely a month away now!). I may not have as many pages as I wanted ready to have a huge page dump entry. But still...
Zhao and Kug

Comments

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alexds3
Jun. 12th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
Keep on resting and taking care of yourself :C You are no good to us dead! haha

That last panel is begging for an inappropriate caption.
Guy: 'Hey did you hear this limerick? "There was once a water tribe girl from nantucket...'
Zhao: ...
rufftoon
Jun. 12th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
I rest as much as I can. I'll try and keep death at bay for a few more years.
Zhao's probably wondering "There are Water Tribe girls from Nantucket?"
And seeing as Kug is not the brightest candle around, he'd probably say something innapropriate.

marianlibrarian
Jun. 12th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
She was my favorite thing about that movie. Just ahead of the part where they mercilessly mocked anime. XD

I've decided you need to come to New York again. :P
marianlibrarian
Jun. 12th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
OH and I have to add: I agree with everything you said about Kung Fu Panda. They have the 2D animation from the closing credits up here: http://www.shinestudioclients.com/ShinePress/ShineKungFuPandaMovie.html

I can't stop watching them!
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the_ren77
Jun. 12th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Holy crap Katie scares the shiz outta me x_x
rufftoon
Jun. 12th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC)
She definitely is a freaky little yellow whatsit.
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rufftoon
Jun. 12th, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
Eh, what are we gonna do: life is full of stress and stuff. I'll just go to bed and concentrate on numbers or visualise something else to try and stop the thinking.

I'm not sure what innapropriate thing Kug would be saying there...but if you give him something to drink, he'll make up a dozen caption without even thinking!
suppai
Jun. 12th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
heart bumps? that sounds dangerous! take care of yourself.

also Katie stole the whole movie for me. <3
oh man I love looking at rough sketches. so beautiful.
rufftoon
Jun. 12th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
Stress related. The blood pressure is nice, and the heart doesn't go into palpitation so the doctor's advice is...not to worry too much about it, or I might make it worse.
(gee, thank you!)
Oh yeah, I was looking at the movie, hoping for more of Katie's short and weird appearances.
novabat
Jun. 12th, 2008 06:31 am (UTC)
I hope you're feeling more energetic/better soon. Don't overwork yourself, and take care. =/

Also, I'd love to see more of your process. Or, at least hear what it is. For some reason, I'm always fascinated with other cartoonists' processes.
rufftoon
Jun. 12th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
More rest I guess. But if I go to bed too early, I wake up at 4 am and have trouble falling back asleep. Best to try and relax more, I guess.
My process is pretty much...er...I'm not sure what I'm doing so let's just go ahead and come back to fix stuff afterwards.
And keeping little story notes, to make sure I don't forget to say something important to the plot. IF I remember to look at said notes.
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rufftoon
Jun. 12th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
I'll miss the caffeine more than alcohol- no tea!!
Heh heh, Kwon knows his officer enough to use the right words on him.
kkitty23
Jun. 12th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
D: Rest!!!!

Love the pages, as usual C:

And omg YES. Kung Fu Panda was amazing! The 2D animation was so gorgeous. A part of me wished the entire movie were in 2D ;3; I loved Oogway xDDDD He cracked me up so bad. And I almost died when he used his super kung fu to stop Tai Lung! BADASS. Baby Tai Lung and Tigress doing kung fu <3 And Po was just too cute x3

Katie...was so incredibly disturbing yet awesome at the same time xD I loved the 'sighing' noise she kept making. It cracks me up every time...probably because of the expression on her face while she does it xD I wonder if she was one of those completely random characters that spawn from late nights and caffeine overdose x3
rufftoon
Jun. 12th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Am resting! (not enough? I dunno...)
OOgway was indeed super awesome. His design was great, and his animation superb. And gotta agree with you: baby Tai Lung and Tigress were the cutest kung fu kicking babies.
Ha ha, I also crack up when Katie does the face and sigh.
azvolrien
Jun. 12th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
Aw, Kung Fu Panda isn't out here yet.

I like Zhao's last line to Kwon there. 'Stop being so perceptive!'
rufftoon
Jun. 12th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Kung Fu Panda should be on your way pretty soon.
And Kwon wants to stay alive, and being perceptive is part of his tactic.
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tammylee
Jun. 12th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Heart bumps are never good. Take care of yourself or I shall sic the Relaxation Mafia on you!

Guido: *cracking knuckles* "You want I should give him a relaxing therapeutic massage, boss?"

Great pages as always and I can hardly wait for the last few episodes of Avatar... if only to see part four of your comic!
rufftoon
Jun. 12th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...I like the idea of the Relaxation Mafia. I can imagine their lair hidden in a Spa.
New Avatar in a month...and then it's over. *sigh*
(Anonymous)
Jun. 12th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
In p.144, second panel, you forgot to put a space between 'some' and 'time', though the 'time' is really unnecessary since Zhao goes on to explain that he needs the distance so that he has 'time to turn around'.
rufftoon
Jun. 12th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
Ooops! Major typo there, due to re-write. Thanks for catching that, will fix right away.
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rufftoon
Jun. 12th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, didn't know about these techniques. I'll have to read on them. I just use basic visualisation to try and at least force my mind not to overwork on details.
arycapricat
Jun. 12th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
I love the way you drew the water. It's cool how it's all black and white.
Zhao, you can never stop Kwon from being perceptive.

I saw Kunfu Panda a couple days ago. I agree, the 2D segments were the best part. Especialy Po's dream XD.
"There is no charge for awesomeness..or attractiveness"
Sounds like something Zhao would say, except he would charge.
rufftoon
Jun. 13th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
You're right- Kwon is naturally perceptive.
Ha ha, and yes, Zhao WOULD charge for his awesomeness (cheapskate!)
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amiraelizabeth
Jun. 13th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
Awww...feel better! Relax and take care!

And I haven't seen either movie yet. Glad to know they were good. Unfortunately I'll probably have to wait until they come out on DVD.

Oh yeah, I drew some fanart...

http://amiraelizabeth.deviantart.com/art/Nauja-88505528

:D

Edited at 2008-06-13 03:41 am (UTC)
rufftoon
Jun. 13th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
Trying to relax, as usual. It will pass.
Both movies should make good DVD entertainment.
And many many thanks for the art! <3 <3 She probably is pisse doff at Zhao. He's naturally infuriating.
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(Anonymous)
Jun. 14th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Cool beginning of chase sequence -

Some thoughts & suggestions

Page 42 - Nice - On panel 2 - a shot of crew members on the deck scrambling with water splashing from the near miss - might be more dramatic

Page 43 - pn. 1 - maybe zoom in and crop left to put more emphasis on catapults...
pn- 4 - an upshot might work well with the dialog here...

page 44 - replace pn.1 with pn. 2 and vice versa
pn. 4 - zoom in crop bottom to put more emphasis on spy glass...

Nice to see the thumbnails -

Take care,

Skylark



rufftoon
Jun. 16th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
Thanks again for the great suggestions, especially the spy glass one. Guh! I can't help but see now how I could reframe it better. If I ever get this reworked again... I'm keeping tag of everything!
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