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23rd Jan 2015, 12:05 AM in 6. Red sword
Average Rating: 5 (22 votes)
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Seabiscuit 22nd Jan 2015, 1:50 PM edit delete

T'was a very sad page to work on indeed. The red plague doctor here most definitely went about this in a very casual, easy way...

I feel like maybe I goofed a little. Like for some example, there's only one red plague doctor here, he/she just sort of...Moved in fast on Jeff. And the "shnk" is supposed to be the sound effect for poor old Jeff getting stabbed, and...Ahh. Boy. Sound effects, I swear.

FUN FACT: I did the majority of this page with a mouse (at least lineart and colors anyways)! Why? 'Cause my tablet isn't gonna last forever, y'know? Gotta keep them mousing skills sharp! I haven't done a page with a mouse since around page 105 (other than some small things here and there, like heads, they tend to end up...weird if I do them solely on my tablet), so I was due for some practice.

I tried some new things with the blood effects! Better? Worse?


Sleeper 23rd Jan 2015, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
I'm amazed that you can work so cleanly with a mouse. I couldn't really tell the difference. Gotta say I liked the previous blood effect better.

Poor Jeff
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 12:28 AM edit delete reply
Hehe. I'm glad then!
And thank you for the input! I think I'll probably stick with this one for at least this scene, for consistency, but beyond that...Hmm, I'm undecided, I might go with the old one.
RemoveraPersona 23rd Jan 2015, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
IMO both blood effects are pretty good but the sword should be a bit more drippy on the front side since there's some dripping from the back.
I bet they STOLE that plague doctor mask! >.< Plague doctors don't kill innocent bystanders..! ..right..?
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 12:32 AM edit delete reply
Heh, thanks!
I had more dripping originally, but I erased it 'cause I didn't wanna get /too/ obnoxious with the blood, haha. I left out dripping at the top part cause I kinda thought it'd bleed downward cause of gravity and shit, but I'm just not sure anymore hahah.

Heheh. No, they normally don't. So what's going on here? Hmm.
RemoveraPersona 23rd Jan 2015, 12:34 AM edit delete reply
What if Jeff isn't all he appears to be?
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 12:38 AM edit delete reply

Magnificent Dandelion 23rd Jan 2015, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
Magnificent Dandelion
I'm having fun with these plague doctors because I love imagining what they're thinking under that bird(?) mask. And this one's icing on the cake.

On another note, I'm surprised Jeff can still trust plague doctors after... that.
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
Hahah! In particular I had fun imagining what Felix's expressions would be, when I still had to draw him with his mask on.:D

Jeff is an overall trusting guy, probably to a fault, after something like this!
Vincethestick 23rd Jan 2015, 12:19 AM edit delete reply

Seriously though, I do think you're on equal standing between mouse or tablet drawn! I don't own a tablet and color with a mouse every time, so I can pretty much commiserate when it comes to worrying about getting rusty.

As far as the blood goes, hmmmmm...I think I like the older effect more, probably because it looked more opaque.
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 12:38 AM edit delete reply
Great. Now that song is stuck in my head!

Heh, thank you!
Oh! You don't have a tablet? You do your coloring with a mouse? That is impressive! I mean I knew Threshold was traditionally done but still, dang! Very cool!
Oh yes...Getting rusty is a huge worry for me, haha. I worry too about the day I lose my tablet. Without a scanner things shall be rough indeed.

Heh! Seems like the old way was more better after all.;D
I'm kinda stuck using this one at least for this scene, for consistency sake, cause it'll bug the fuck outta me if I change it suddenly haha.
Vincethestick 23rd Jan 2015, 2:15 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, it's kind of a weird thing. I use the line tool for shading which is a overly-complicated-than-it-needs-to-be process. Other than that, everything's pretty much traditional.

Don't worry though! It's flashback blood, so it's okay to look a bit different!
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
Wow! Awesome!
It's always amazed me how people can scan in their drawings and color it just like that without doing an entire digital lineart over it. I've always been awful at inking, and never had a decent enough scanner, hahah.

Flashback blood! Ah! Perfect excuse!
Vincethestick 25th Jan 2015, 1:16 AM edit delete reply
Yeah lol it's the Levels in Photoshop dude, it's like my best friend. My scanner sucks so my drawings always scan a bit faded but using that little tool the blacks are more black and the whites are more...white. I'd probably have a hernia by now if I had to digitally ink over everything.
randomNPC 23rd Jan 2015, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
That red plague doctor sure is a hot-headed one! :(

I also use a mouse to draw, cause its more accurate to use( in Photoshop ) :D

Blood effects looks great!
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 2:02 AM edit delete reply
They sure are!

Oh, awesome! Always nice to see people using a mouse!
A surprising amount of people hate on mousing for some reason, as if tablets grew on trees...
For real though you do SUCH amazing art with a mouse, DAMN!

Thank you!
rufiangel 23rd Jan 2015, 2:27 AM edit delete reply
WHOA! You got serious mouse skills girl!!!

And D: nooooo.... 'shnk' works fine, given he is getting, uhm, 'SHaNKed' >_> *gets shnk-ed*

But yeah... poor Jeffu T___T who are you, evil red-cloaked villain, you!! UNMASK YOURSELF!!
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
Hehehe. Gosh! Thank you!;D

Heh, in fact, that's where I got the idea for the sound effect! A friend suggested I use "shank" and I changed it up.;D
(Before then I'd been googling for a good effect, to no avail...)

Heh :(
It's tempting to just unmask them here! But alas, that's a /long/ ways off...
Miaubol 23rd Jan 2015, 5:19 AM edit delete reply
D: D: D:

But yes, a hooded red coat. It was doomed to happen.. ;)

The blood effect works nicely. It looks very ...real.

'SHNK' works too, but maybe put it somewhat further down in the panel, to indicate the direction it comes from?

You drew this with the *mouse* ?? O.O When I do that the lines get all shaky and squiggly. Or does the software make the lines smooth?
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
Haha! Yes.:(
I've been dreading drawing this, I'm glad it's almost over!

Oh, thank you!;D
Truthfully all I really changed was I used my new blending brush settings on the edge...
Ack, maybe I should of put it lower. I put it up that high cause...Well, actually I don't remember why.:D

I use paint tool sai for all my linearting. When I have to draw with a mouse, I make use of the linework layers, which are /kinda/ similar to vectors, in that when I draw a line I can further adjust it's points and stuff to get it where I want it, if that makes sense. It does smooth out the lines a tiny bit when you first draw a line, but not enough to really work with without having to adjust the points and such. At the least, I don't have to do this for everything; I can do the details like wrinkles, hair, and etc fine with just regular brushes.

It takes a lot longer rather than just flat out drawing the line straight out (especially since my hands are really shakey working with a mouse), but it'll definitely come in handy when I'm tabletless and can no longer do that. :)
Miaubol 25th Jan 2015, 8:50 AM edit delete reply
Oh yes, I know that feeling too well, drawing characters going through some really bad stuff or even getting killed. Including the villains. D:
Seabiscuit 25th Jan 2015, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
I feel bad for my villains too. They're...Like...All my babies! Hah!
Skweeee 23rd Jan 2015, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to rave about your mousie skills too.

Holy Moly!!!! Seriously though, I have no idea how you make your mouse drawn art look so friggin' good.

Poor Jeff. We all knew it was coming, but still...

Then the Red Plague Doctor pulls of the mask and... it's his SISTER!!!! :O
Naw, you wouldn't be that mean.
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
Hahah! Thank you! Having paint tool sai helps a /lot/. Losing my tablet in the (hopefully distant) future won't stop me, dangit!! Comics for life!!

Yes. I've legit been dreading this. Hahah.
It's kinda funny since when I first started WA I didn't think so many people would like Jeff. That made this a little harder.;D

HAHAHAH...Ok, yeah, even I wouldn't be /that/ evil. I'll say straight off, it's not the sister under the cloak!
I want to give small hints as to who it really is, but...Agh. If I say anything it might give it away. This is painful.:D
sigpig 31st May 2015, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
I know that this is May 31st, but this is as far as I have read so far. My guess is a) football-tattoo girl; b) Eva; and c) Shawn...
Seabiscuit 31st May 2015, 4:15 PM edit delete reply
Eyy, it's never too late!
(Heheh, football-tattoo girl...I may have made a mistake designing the numbers like that :D)
These are good theories! I enjoy these.>D
Stever 23rd Jan 2015, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
WAAA! Poor Jeff D:
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
Yes :(
Really harsh way to go out for sure!
iggycrypt 23rd Jan 2015, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Note to self: Avoid red-cloaked plague doctors.
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
If you guys take anything away from WA at all, let it be this.
demcleod 23rd Jan 2015, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
:( Poor Jeffy. At least he makes a cool zombie. XD

Haha, you have great mouse skills. I use the mouse, or touch pad for Sam & Roger. :-D
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
It's a hard thing for me to draw, but at the least it's a tiny bit easier knowing he's still "alive" in the present, haha.

Thank you!
I'd forgotten you do yours with a mouse too. That's awesome!:D
Clanjack Farlo 23rd Jan 2015, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
Clanjack Farlo
Regarding the blood effect, I think it's PERFECT for clothing. The only thing I might go "hmm" about is the blood on the sword and the blood dripping off the sword. On the sword, it'll be thicker and shinier, since there's nothing for it to soak into. What you have now is perfect for a bloodstain on the blade, though I'd give fresh-blood-on-metal more opacity.
Also, fantastic work, especially considering you did this with a mouse (dat's some tough stuff to do)!
Very sad page, poor Jeff doesn't know what he did to rate this. ;_;
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
Ah, thank you!:D
I was gonna go for more shiny but wasn't sure the best way to go about it, haha.:D
I put in a new blend brush and kinda went a bit nuts with it in my excitement to be using it...
Looking back on it, it does look more like the sword is stained...!

Poor Jeff indeed. Surely he didn't do /anything/ to deserve this.:(
Clanjack Farlo 23rd Jan 2015, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
Clanjack Farlo
I'm not going for critical here, either; the effects are awesome!
(And I know what it's like to get a new blend brush and go crazy with it. I understand your plight!) XD
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
Oh, no, I know! I really appreciate the input!;D (And thank you!)
(Yes hahaha. Whenever I find some cool new brush setting for Sai, I really get itchy wanting to use it...!)
catfire13 23rd Jan 2015, 12:16 PM edit delete reply
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
ChilPhil 23rd Jan 2015, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
That red plague doctor is so rude! You shouldn't going getting all stabbity on people.

Nice job with the blood. I'm not very strong in rendering liquids.
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 12:37 PM edit delete reply
Haha! Indeed! Rude being a bit of an understatement...

Thank you!:D
Cannon. 23rd Jan 2015, 2:35 PM edit delete reply
Nooooooo! This is so sad :(
There is a red-cloaked plague doctor out there somewhere who needs to have a serious run in with karma.
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 3:57 PM edit delete reply
Haha, sorry bout that.:(
Well, one can only hope. We shall see...!
sephirencomics 23rd Jan 2015, 5:44 PM edit delete reply
No, Jeff!! D:
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
Dollipop 23rd Jan 2015, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
The blood on the sword looks way cool!! Even though the red hood plague doctor killed bae, I have to admit that they are really cool. 0.0
Daaannngg that is some skills!! I never could pull off using a mouse for drawing .o.
Plot twist it's ben lol no
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 7:00 PM edit delete reply
Thank you!
Hahah. I'm glad you like them. They're a pain to draw, so I'm very glad it'll be a while before I have to do so again...
(Thanks! Just takes some practice, patience, and determination. You could do it!!)

HAH! Wouldn't that be something. Well, I'll say this: It's not Jeffs sister, and it's not Benny boy.;D
undeadloaf 23rd Jan 2015, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
NOOOOOOOOOOO! why must you toy with my emotions. someone must avenge him!!!!

i like the blood effect and a great page as always.
Seabiscuit 23rd Jan 2015, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
Hahah. I'm sorrry!
It'd be nice if someone were to avenge him! Well, we shall see.

Thank you!;D
WindGuardian 24th Jan 2015, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
Dang. That was quick...

Not that everyone else has already said this, but poor Jeff :(
Seabiscuit 24th Jan 2015, 7:16 PM edit delete reply
Yes. Whoever this is, they certainly wasted no time!

Haaha, it probably can't be said enough.:(
Amalockh1 25th Jan 2015, 7:44 PM edit delete reply
That must have hurt! D:
Seabiscuit 25th Jan 2015, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
Haha, probably at least a little...!
Outlaw 26th Jan 2015, 9:24 PM edit delete reply
Dude... That's rough.
I hadn't expected he'd get offed like that.
Seabiscuit 27th Jan 2015, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
Hahaha...Yeah. I'm so mean to my Jeff.
Adina 18th Feb 2015, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
Seabiscuit 18th Feb 2015, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
HEHEHEHE. I was wondering how you'd react to this one.>:D
AlphaCalibri 8th Dec 2015, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
He just stabbed Jeff like he's does this every day.

No warning, no indication, just stab.
Seabiscuit 8th Dec 2015, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
Hehehe! This person really was pretty casual about it, huh?>D
Thisguy 3rd Aug 2017, 12:58 AM edit delete reply
The hood is red with blood
that was a red flag, Jeff