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Little sleep.

...and when I can't sleep, I draw.
I mean, I tried sleeping, so I stubbornly stayed in bed. I refused to return to the drawing table. I pulled some paper out, and drew where I was. Na!

If I'm sleepy during the day, I can at least take a nap in the afternoon.

In the meantime, returning to work stuff this weekend. Work work work. Fun work at least.


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Aug. 26th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
Zhao: My ship! My lovely ship! I JUST WAXED THIS DAMN THING!


I like how Zhao specifically says his crew are Fire Nation and how his second in command picked up on that.
Aug. 26th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Actually, he made the others do the waxing, but he's taking credit for it.
Zhao's mind is starting to slip into old habits.
Must be the ice and the cold...
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Aug. 26th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
These two pages have exceptional reads at thumbnail size. Nice!

I love how Zhao says the crew are loyal to the fire nation.

Two nitpicks-- First, from the layout on page 92 it looks to me like the ship on the left should be peeling off, not the ship on the right; that might also keep you from directing the reader's attention off the edge of the page.

Second, Zhao would have to be in between the two fire nation ships to be in a crossfire. =) Unless Yueh is firing on him from the other side, in which case it might be good to clarify that.
Aug. 26th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)

Nitpick one- good nitipick. I was debating with myself to send the boat off the page or keep it in. I guess in my head, it had to move off.

#2- hmmm...easy to fix by getting rid of the word crossfire. The two enemy ships are each attacking one side of Zhao's ship, but it may not be clear enough at this point.
Yay! I can fix this just by tweaking the dialogue and not fixing the whole drawing!!
Aug. 26th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Can I ask you something?? How long does it take you to do a typical page? And do you just draw it, or do thumbnails first?

I love this comic ahaha :D
Aug. 26th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
These are thumbnails (of a sort)- I have even rougher thumbnails sometimes, in a tiny sketchbook, that are totally unreadable except by me. These are done in about 5-10 minutes,usually while riding the subway.
These pages are 8,5" X 5,5". From rough pencils to added text plus some graytones added, I'd say an average of about one hour per page. More if a few things cause trouble. I wish I went faster. Maybe if I posted the smaller, unreadable ones. Bet I'd get a lot of "whu? wtf?" then.
Awwr, thanks so much. Glad you enjoy my moments of Zhao madness.
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Aug. 26th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Ah yes. The middle of battle, perfect time for deep philosophical questions of loyalty. Really, those fireballs couldn't have come at a better moment.

Come on, Zhao. They didn't just make you an Admiral because of those big shoulders. Show us some tactical genius!
Aug. 27th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
Big shoulders aren't prerequisite for being an admiral??
Beside, he reached Admiral in his..er..previous time only. Here, he never made it higher than Captain.
You can always count on fireballs to come and interrupt philosophical thoughts :)
Aug. 26th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)

Man, I know it's a stupid thing to pick out, but I love your onomatopoeia.

Oh, and Zhao's O SHIT face when his ship gets hit is pretty.
Aug. 27th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
Hehe, I do love making sound effects- and I usually say them out loud to see if they sound good to the ear. Much fun when people are around (though at work, I'm not the only so there's two of us gathering weird stares).
Zhao makes very good "oh shit, oh crap" faces. They're a joy to draw. :D
Aug. 26th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, his hand waving around for the spyglass is really amusing XD

Yueh: "I sunk your battleship!"
Zhao: :C
(from that old Battleship game commercial... :B)

Dang your naval battle scenes are so awesome... I'm going to have some eventually so I'd better take notes.
Aug. 27th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
Ahw sweet, you noticed his hand :D
Hehe, oh believe me, I was thinking of very old battleship game commercials the whole time I was drawing this, and there are a few more pages too, so...

This is my first ever naval battle scene. I have to keep telling myself- pull the camera away! Good naval battle movies (even WW2 ones) are good reference.
Drawing this is good exercise :)
Aug. 26th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
Heh, ADS mentioned the battleship game - that's what I thought of too!
I really like the second page, with the camera shift from the top panel to the second - very nice. Hrm, do wonder how Zhao's gonna deal with this whole loyalty thing...
Aug. 27th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
Definitely a much bigger version of the battleship game- with frustrated players on both sides ;)
Zhao will deal with his loyaly thing when the time comes. Though right now, he's realising he's starting to burn his bridges with the fire nation.
Aug. 27th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
Any coherent commentary I have has been pretty well covered already. BUT.

"We fired the first shot."
"Against a pirate ship. That doesn't count."

I WILL USE THIS LOGIC IN REAL LIFE SOME HOW. xD Oh Zhao logic. Jeeze, I love your Zhao. Also, of course, the questions of where Zhao's loyalties lie--I think it should be quite obvious where his loyalties lie! Wherever he lives longest and with the most glory! Which, at the moment, isn't looking so good as far as Fire Nation navy goes...

So expressive, gah. @_@ Oh~! I was in San Francisco today, and rock_lee_554 (my fiancee) was throwing french fries at the pidgeons, and I thought of you. XD <3

Oh again~ Which issues of the Teen Titans Go anthologies are you in? I've started working in a comic book shop, and it's driving me nuts, because the ones we have don't have any mention of you at all, and I don't know which to reorder. XD;;;
Aug. 27th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
Anything done against pirates is legal (In Zhao's book anyhow).
Haha, I like your theory as to where Zhao's loyalty lie- I'd say you're pretty close to the real answer.

I don't know if the story I participated in has already been collected, but as an individual issue, it was #40
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Aug. 27th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
How he will fight- well, his plan is to sink them all, but it may be easier said then done.
It ain't too much of a loyalty test, more like a game of survivor right now ;)
Aug. 27th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
it just keeps getting better..(also, ,may I have permission to iconize chibi!Zhao in the previous few entries? I will give credit, and I am only using it as my blog crew icon. Thanks muchly..)
Aug. 27th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
And permission granted for iconization :)
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Aug. 27th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
Horray!!! I have found the elusive lj of Rufftoon!!!!

I read through all the Water tribe AU stuff and I am so hooked now. In fact, it was your stuff I saw online first that made me watch Avatar! :D You make Zhao pretty~~~ (In a manly way of course. XD)
Aug. 27th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
I thought it was medium easy to find, seeing as it has the same user name and all ;)
Thank you, glad you enjoy my moments of Zhao madness.
Aug. 28th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
Just found this LJ and I must say after reading the entire thing in one sitting that I have now became a Water Tribe AU follower! I was never really all that fond of Zhao before I read this, but you make him so smexy and awesome with your amazing art/storytelling skills that I simply can't resist. :3

Can't wait to see what other brillant yet somewhat unethical stratagies Zhao will inevitably come up next as it'll all be in self defense and thus won't REALLY count.
Aug. 28th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm barely adding to his already awesomeness ;)
Heck, I'm probably twisting the character out of recognition. But what else is an AU for- let's have fuuuun!
Zhao will never have any problems being unethical, but he's being a little bit outgunned now.
Glad you've enjoyed the ride so far, into my Zhao madnesssss.
(careful, it is catchy)
Aug. 28th, 2007 07:13 am (UTC)
No worries, Zhao, we'll just buff out those scratches.
Aug. 28th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
Careful- it starts out buffing out scratches, then it moves on to paint the whole darn ship and it ends up with laundry.
Aug. 29th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
hee I love these! I don't know if you play Suikoden IV on PS2, but they featured a naval rune battle, and this is exactly how I imagined it would look like (except with different elements as well as fire) Very cool! I really want yer brains now >;)
Aug. 29th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
Nope, didn't play the Suikoden serie I'm afraid, though I was sorely tempted a few times but...just ended up drawing all nights. Even my FF12 is sitting in my Playstation 2, unhappy of the lack of attention.
You can have the portion of my brain that is cooking this AU thing when it is done. Maybe it will stop invading me that way ;)
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Aug. 29th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
I'm sort of recent on it, you might say.
Hello hello! It's been ages!
So nice to get news from you and your family :)

Just learned today you've been doing some Gargoyles comics- Awesomesauce!! Are you signed in as a regular, is it your full time job now? I know you're slated to do the bad guys story. One issue or many?
Heehee, so much fun: you keep having fun with the characters you've loved for so long. That's just great!
I need to get my hands on issue 5. I only got issue one when it came out, and never saw any other copies (I don't go to Astro, me bad).
Heh, for you it's Gargoyles, me it's Avatar (these days).

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