Comic 173 - Kitchen
11th Feb 2013, 11:51 PM in Star
Kitchen
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Mmm, need more work on depth colors.

Here's Kain's new icon:

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User comments:
Phuji
Awwww poor DK. Getting left out of all the fun. He was even willing to get with a non-PM. Last I heard that wasn't very common.
view
They can't hook together mentally, so it's not as satisfying.
Sheela
Even so, DK was actually blushing a bit while asking her.

Offcourse, we still don't know if her people do "sex before fighting" ... or if indeed, they even do any fighting at all.

And how ?
Nightsky
Nice try, but I'm afraid that Ayata just isn't into you that way.

Question: are there any species that are totally incompatible?
view
Most of them are properly different species and can't interbreed in a fertile manner. But they all descend from the same basic line, so the mechanics are the same.
view
The physical maneuver may be a bit difficult, but the mechanism is the same.
Sheela
So the only thing stopping them, would be incompatible size differences ?

ie. an "elephant" male with a female drone would not work, unless she's unbelieveable elastic!
cattservant
He'll just have to cross his wires and handle things himself...
Truly, suicide by electrocution is the only recourse. Your clarity of sight is invaluable Razingthebar.
Sheela
Heh, I do believe that "finding an outlet" is a clever double entendre.

As for "cossing the wires", I believe cattservant meant that DK could take a splitter and connect himself .. to himself.
Sheela
Captain Obvious - That's me ! :D

That said, I wonder if it would even work ?
Could a PM connect itself to itself with a splitter ?
SpaceMonkey
And Ayata continues to be adorable.

Also; that avatar turned out well!
Sheela
I'm starting to suspect that Ayata would have to try real hard to not be adorable.
It is cool to see Ayata actively trying to get the hang of unfamiliar technology. I like her new outfit too.
pensivedragon
ARG! Damn you cookies! *Grumbles about always getting logged out*
Sheela
While I don't mind the lovely boobage of ayata, the outfit seems oddly incomplete without a nice silk top.

A purple and tightfitting one maybe ?
Heck, maybe DK can help her find one, it might brighten up his day. :)
view
Ah, no you just don't understand. She's dressed like MC Hammer.

So, I mean, I could give her a gold jacket, maybe.
pensivedragon
I like it without any top myself, as I find her... uh... hair(?) balances it out. What should I call those things on her head anyway? Tendrils, ears, floppy protrusions, fins?
cattservant
He could always go work on his stealth insertion detection skills...
Kain Yusanagi
Firstly, in concordance with the masses here: the pantaloons are lovely, as is the waistband at the top- makes it look sorta like those belly dancer outfits, but in a non-erotic sense, if that makes any sense. Also, Ayata figuring out technology is cute. :3

Secondly, are the circles under DK's eyes makeup, or are they tattoos, or are they natural pigmentation? They don't darken at all when he blushes, like I thought they might, and those are the only reasons I could think of for why they don't.

Thirdly, reading through NMtG is so heartwrenching. ;_; But I had to. It is just too awesome not to! I'm hooked on your story and believable characters, View. *shakes fist at fondly*

Lastly, zomg that was quick! @_@; And holy crap this is awesome! *attaches it immediately as his avatar* Thanks View! I assume the idea gave you a chuckle too? :D
view
When I'm on the ball, I'm quick.

They're pigmentation, but I'm also a very lazy colorist, as you might have noticed.

Each of these pages only takes two hours at most, so I sometimes take shortcuts.
Kain Yusanagi
Eh, lazy at times, experimenting at times. You need a way to colour that's quick, efficient and effective and so you're playing around with various methods. Completely understandable. The fact that you can churn out quality art and story from concept to full colour page is in itself amazing. I wouldn't put this into the catagory of laziness though, since pigmentation spots similar to what you have for the PMs typically don't react like the surrounding flesh, in most species here on earth; Heck, even us humans- Look at someone who has a scar on their cheek blush, and you'll see the scar doesn't change colour, or at least only changes fractionally due to a number of factors. I'd assume it's a similar factor involved here.

Also, I know I've come across rather critical of your work in prior comments, but seriously man, awesome work. I wouldn't be here loving every page of it and trying to see if I can work out little things like that if I didn't enjoy your work. I just am bad at saying it I guess. :P Again, thank you for your awesome work, View.
view
The only time I don't like critique is when it's on an ancient page, because I've probably figured it out since then.
Kain Yusanagi
Well if it's not too ancient yet, last page of NMtG I've posted two comments for ya the other day (if you ctrl+f 'kain' you'll find em). Still think you're a cheeky bastard regarding the story, by the by :P
view
Well, it's the better part of a year behind me. I read them, but I don't really have anything to say about them.
Kain Yusanagi
Not a problem. Just wanted to share my feelings and what I figured out at the end there, on the last (not the back cover) page.
Sheela
Congrats on the awesome avatar.
I agree that he came out great, though I was half expecting him to have two monocles, since he has four eyes.

The cigar just add more awesomeness to it. :)
Celebrating BEFORE the fight - I like how they operate!
There might not always be an opportunity to celebrate after the fight, what with injury and death.
Sheela
You're exactly right - It's something that happens a lot in real life too.
I've been wondering -- is that orange stripe on Ayata's "hair" natural, or makeup?
Sheela
I believe View mentioned they're tattoos, and her people like to adorn their comb in many difefrent patterns, in Ayata's case, it's just a "go faster stripe" that's on sideways !
Sheela
Go faster stripes can be all sorts of colors .. orange, white, blue, black .. and yes, red too. :)

Edit : Orange go faster stripe on a Ford GT 40!! (ok ok, so I had to go look that up)

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Kain Yusanagi
It's a Warhammer 40K joke. Ask one of the Boyz why all the vehicles are painted red by the Speed Freeks or Mekboyz and he'll answer, "'da red wunz go fasta!".
Sheela
Ahhh .. ohhh ... I missed that one completely! XD

That said .. if the vehicle is red, wouldn't the go faster stribe be some other color then ?
Kain Yusanagi
The base coat would be red, the stripes would be red, the decals would be red, the accents would be red- everything, RED! "Gotsta go fasta!" :D
You know, for someone who's supposed to be a beefcake, DK looks awfully cute in that fourth panel, what with his fading blush and pronounced oddly eyelashes.

If ever you need to do another filler page, can I request it be of a super bashful DK, styled to be uncharacteristically cute?
Sheela
Well, if you're taking requests - Make a wallpaper where you take your time to do things right instead of speed drawing - y'know .. stretch your artistic muscles a bit, and see what comes out of it ?

Could make one of those digigrade slabhead soldiers from back in your flashback jump trough a big window ... that should be a challenge.
view
Soldiers getting smashed around is pretty much the theme of the next couple of scenes, so I'll pass.
Sheela
Ah, the essense was for you to stretch your artistic muscles, not so much for any particular scene to be drawn.

You have hinted at being good at facial shading before and such, but I don't think you have ever shown us what you really can - And that's sad .. and I think it might even be holding you back somewhat that you don't go nuts every now and then. Sit down, concentrate on quality and ignore the time it takes, then turn it into a wallpaper and show it off to people .. us included, pretty please. :)
pensivedragon
"I doubt I'll need one, but I'll keep it in mind." *Cough* Knock on Wood!

I would also love to see you take some stabs at wallpapers. As I agree with Sheela that it could be a great chance to try out some more time intensive techniques. You could do another one like the pin-up, and instead of spending 2 hours on 5 panels and 10 character, spend it all on a single great character drawing. Or try your hand at a really detailed background, or funky textures and particles. Like Sheela said, WHAT you decide to draw does not matter as much as the fact that you use the chance to try something you would not otherwise bother with either due to time constraints, or clashing styles, or whatever. Plus, since it is not in anyway integral to the comics flow, you could take as many days, weeks, or months as you need to do it. You would not have to just sit down and kick it out in a single afternoon.
Sheela
Heh, that reminds me of the lyrics of a Rage Against the Machine song where they said "Anger is a gift."