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Thank you everyone who voted on the last post with the cover thumbnails, it was really appreciated. Every little voice heard helped me make up my mind. I apologise if I didn't have the time to respond to everyone, especially those of you who have left longer comments that gave me much food for thoughts.



After a bit of thinking, I went for a whole new idea for the first book- something with more action to counterbalance book 2.

Thumbcover01
I just need to tweak the poses a bit, but the idea is there.

For book 2, I went for Cover 1- closer to the main character, more introspective.

Thumbcover2

I still need to recalibrate all the grey tones of every page. From the first version, it just was too dark to my taste. Also reduced the font so it's less "screamy" when the characters talk.

I've also received a whole lot of gift art for the books- thank you everyone who participated! Today is the last day to send your piece. Ok, I guess you have until I wake up tomorrow morning. After that, definite cut off as I'll start to put everything in order and see how many pages I will have left to fill up with extra material.

What would you like to see, for extra material? I already have some very sketchy small thumbnails. I'll possibly add character sheets. Environments? Sweat Tent? Anybody interested in that?

It will be a busy week.

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teacup_werewolf
Apr. 20th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
DXXXX

OH MAN. my scanner wasn't working and AWWW MAAAN
rufftoon
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Bummer for your scanner *sigh*
bluejeans07
Apr. 20th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Personally I LOVE extras! Any sort of extras you want to put in is fine with me! Character sheets, sketches, environments, thumbnails, I love it when there's more artwork. :D It was a pleasure to do art for you! :D
rufftoon
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Yay, I can put in silly chuckenscratch then :3
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egoulet
Apr. 20th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Oh I love the new idea for book 1! The contrast is much more dramatic and as a reader, I think it makes it so much more intriguing... Very lively!

Take care and all the best!
Em
rufftoon
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Thanks! I hope book one would look more intriguing to someone that would happen to be walking by.
The question I probably would be ask the most would be "why is that guy's hand on fire?" ha ha!
buttfacemakani
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
what sweat tent?

gahhh I didn't get anything drawn for the thing :<

guess I will make up for it by continually drawing water tribe hotness every now and then, forever.
rufftoon
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
This Sweat Tent
http://noselfcontrol.deviantart.com/art/Sweat-Tent-90442773

Or this one:
http://noselfcontrol.deviantart.com/art/Sweat-Tent-2-90653557

Aww, no worries- you were busy being awesome with actual work business - which is more important.
And anything you draw immediately has the hotness stamp applied to it.
(no subject) - kt_shy - Apr. 21st, 2009 04:20 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - snapes_angel - Apr. 21st, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
raddishh
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Hey, great choice with the covers. They look gorgeous.
zorichan
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
Off topic stop by my booth sometime and I'll give you one of my books. I never got a chance to exchange last year!
rufftoon
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
At SDCC? Certainly! We can exchange booth numbers the moment we know where we'll be (I'll still be helping at the Flight table, but I don't have its location yet).
archangelbeth
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Sweat Tent, whee! ...um, anything you feel like including as an extra would rock. (I will be able to get a copy of this, yes? Yes? Because otherwise there will be SAD EYES.)

Squee!
karyyu
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
I like the cover choices!

I'll be turning in my art at the very last possible minute (here's what I have so far - it's supposed to be Zhao's triumphant return from the hunt). I'd finish it now but I have a birthday party to go to! So I guess I'll be up super late tonight working on it x)
rufftoon
Apr. 21st, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Wooo, that looks awesome right there! Enjoy your party, I hope you won't have to work too late to finish this. Looking forward to seeing the finished one!
Don't forget to include how you want to be credited plus a link to your blog or website if you wish it to appear.
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neurona_muerta
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
SWEAT TENT means Shirtless!Zhao! And I'd totally hit it XDDD And character sheets too :33
neurona_muerta
Apr. 21st, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
Also I am such a bad fan because I missed drawing a gift art for you ;__; I had a surgery and a stupid post-operation recovery that does not let me move my arms from my elbow to my shoulder D8 Not that something made by me would be something worth to put in your WT comic, but still I feel in debt with you for making such an awesome comic C:

So I'll make some giftart for you, I promise! =D
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(no subject) - neurona_muerta - Apr. 24th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC) - Expand
shaniah
Apr. 21st, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
I agree with you :)

(acceptes-tu encore des fanart watertribe? je n'ai pas très bien compris les règles du "jeu")
rufftoon
Apr. 21st, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
J'accepte encore jusqu'à demain matin (si jamais quelqu'un fini ce soir pendant que je dors, je ne vais pas pénaliser).
Pour les specs techniques, tu peux regarder le journal précédent, il y a les infos. Pour m'envoyer le tout, il y a deux options: certaines personnes préfèrent le télécharger à un endroit sur le web. Si l'envois par courriel est la meilleure solution, j'envoi l'info part message privé.
aidosaur
Apr. 21st, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Hey, where are we supposed to be sending the files? :D I just finished your fanart!
aidosaur
Apr. 21st, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
Ah well, I jumped the gun and hosted the images myself. The images are 600dpi, but I also drew them small. I hope you are able to use one or the other.

Nauja in Fire Nation swimwear 8D

Zhao and some buddies -- so I realized while I was looking up tone references... I must've subconsciously been channeling this picture of yours! DX If you think it's too close to your own art, feel free to omit it. I'm really sorry about that. >_<

If there's anything you need changed, give me a yell. If the tones don't work well, I can change them to greyscale.
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(no subject) - aidosaur - Apr. 21st, 2009 03:31 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - rufftoon - Apr. 21st, 2009 03:38 am (UTC) - Expand
One last thing--! - aidosaur - Apr. 21st, 2009 05:36 am (UTC) - Expand
psychoe
Apr. 21st, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Sorry for the double post!
Just in case you don't check your DA notes tonight, how would you like me to send the file over to you? :)

psychoe
Apr. 21st, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry for the double post!
In case, I'm not around when you reply tonight!

Here is the hi-res on sendspace.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/hacg8m

Let me know if you need to me resend it to you.
Re: Sorry for the double post! - rufftoon - Apr. 21st, 2009 03:17 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Sorry for the double post! - psychoe - Apr. 21st, 2009 03:22 am (UTC) - Expand
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rufftoon
Apr. 21st, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
Thank you, there's still quite an amount of work left to be done and not much time left in which to do it.
Got the file- totally awesome, thank you! Let me know how best to credit you (real name or screen name + if you want a link to your blog or website)
kt_shy
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
Oh my gaaaaawf, I've been so busy with work and freelance I completely forgot until I was about to go to bed last night (doy!). I managed to finish one today with four minutes to spare til midnight (WOOHOO!) Guess I'll send the deviantart link, is that alright? http://ktshy.deviantart.com/art/Water-Tribe-Fanart-119973332

If you've got room for it, if you could please link to my DA account that'd be aaaawesome! Thanks Johanne! :)
kt_shy
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Erk... I mean Johane, sorry I keep adding extra "n"s in your name :/
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fabledquill
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
sweat teeeeeeennnnnt
;D

Seriously, these look magnificent.
Character sheets would be neat too... turnarounds, expression charts, that sort of thing
or backstory
mmmmmm, backstory
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