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Couples page 1 by besnglist Couples page 1 by besnglist
Yep, starting another comic, mainly for private pleasure, and also to continue the story about couples that's already running for a while here. It will not be too long, nor spectacularly different then my usual stuff, meaning a lot of hatching lines, static panels and confusing text-boxes :B I'm not as fast as :iconizitmee:, so expect the next one in a couple of days, ahem, weeks :ohmygod:
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boringbear Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student General Artist
I love the sensuality in your work, and how you close up on her hands, is very atmospheric I suppose.
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Ohhh, I hope you're right, it's very nice of you, thanks! :)
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Beautifully drawn, Jelena! I find drawing interiors so hard, that I can't help but noticing when someone pulls them so well, as you did here. Also, fantastic way of rendering lightning through hatching as always... :worship:
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Thank you Diego! :hug: Yes, I know what you're saying, not my cup of tea also, interiors, but I try to force myself to manage things that I usually don't choose to do for simple pleasure lately. Oh, and now I sound so disciplined, and I'm a mess actually :giggle: Hope you're doing fine, long time didn't hear from you, dear friend
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
That's a good exercise, doing work outside of one's confort zone. :nod: Though I have to admit I try to work as confortable as possible, so I'm not the right person to say that. :laughing: I'm doing fine, thanks! And you, how have you been, Jelena?
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
We're great, thank you. I'm tormenting Daniele with Serbian winter, my poor poor man :iconasnowmanplz: Dan is working on a game, and I can only try to learn what it means to be committed to work from him, so I try to speed up a little with pages lately, meaning a page for three to four days - I wish :B And what have you been up to lately, my friend? :hug:
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Well, comics are very time consuming, so... patience and perseverance! :D That's awesome to hear, that Daniele is working on a game (I wondered why he wasn't uploading new comics since his "God" pages made me want to read what happens next...! :lmao: give him my best by the way), and well, I think it's also very cool that the situation kind of pushes you to work on your comic. ;) Back when I was working at a studio with another guy, one of the cool things was that, just being in an environment where somoene else was drawing as well, made me want to go and keep on at it, or at least that's how I felt back then-- it was very inspiring just seeing someone drawing, definitely. :)

Does the winter motivate you to work more, or it's the other way around...? Here summer is coming, the weather has been very hot lately, and I'm already been through the classic (?) "summer delay". :laughing: Lately I've been (and currently am) drawing some comic pages for that graphic novels contest in Spain that we talked about months ago. I have to finish 16 pages, I probably have half of it drawn, and would like to finish it this week, since I have the time to do so! I've been spending a lot of time making tests in order to simplify my drawings (even more... :laughing:) as much as possible in order to increase productivity!, so I should complete this before the weekend...! Do you already have a script for the Couples pages, or are improvising the story as you go along?
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Oh, yes, just been in the presence of someone who works that much makes me ashamed of been a slacker. Joking aside, really, making stuff and then showing it to someone important to you is the best thing I can possibly imagine. That way we can preserve our individual involvements, and stay attached when needed at the same time, and it's working well this far :love: And I believe Dan's gonna be back to drawing but now he's very passionately busy with the game, and it looks better and better every day - I'm so proud.

Oh, winter is usually better for drawing, I guess, but only if days were a bit longer. And my climate is quite harsh, typically continental, so even I can hardly endure this period without constant complaining and Dan is suffering badly deep inside of him, I guess. Oh, great to hear about the Spain contest, and I believe that that many pages is hell to make, and obviously you have to, if not simplify, then make it a reasonable task, wit less details. I have the story for the Couples, not the full written fixed script, most of all because I enjoy developing things through every next page, that's the most fun part, after which goes only realization, which is a bit less challenging. Thanks for been interested, my friend :hug:
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
That sounds like an awesome situation indeed, my friend, and I'm happy to hear that-- I agree completely with what you wrote about preserving one's individuality, I think that it can only make for better relationships (of any kind), definitely.
I was just checking Daniele's journal entry, and that sounds pretty cool about the game (I don't know much about games, but the "space shooter" inmediately brought to my mind this old game called "Galaga" [link] which I always liked as a kid).
That's a very cool method that you are using for the Couples story, I like that as well, to hopefully have a loose story structure (as if it were a map... but nothing really set in stone), and then being able to develop things as one goes along drawing new pages. I think it makes it more interesting to work on a project like that, and more spontaneous... I came to realize only one or 2 years ago (better late than never...) that it's very important to have fun making one's work (it sounds obvious, but ah... me being slow... :faint:), so again, that sounds like a wise working method to me, and looking forward to reading more when you post new pages of the comic! :glomp:
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Oh, space shooters from the childhood! :clap: Niice! Well, nowadays things look much smoother when it comes to games, Dan is making an on-line multiplayer space shooter, but I guess the principle of fun is the same as it was when we were kids - some things never change :icongameaddictplz:

About method of making pages :nerd:, I can allow myself to have fun, when I do things my way and mainly for myself, like in this case. But in my humble experience, many times it turns out in the end that most idiosyncratic stuff is the one that people accept best. Recently, I was thinking of all the effort needed to make a decent job deal as an inker and to get less stressed out as possible. And I have the impression that I benefited more from things I did for my own pleasure (like Laura) then from the commission work. So I do this one for me, with hope I can commercialize it when it's done. :plotting: :hug:
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gerrut Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Wow, love the style and dark atmosphere.
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Thank you, I guess it's dark all right ;)
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Tadpole7 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Interesting panel flow decision.
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Thanks, I try to pay attention on that, glad you noticed it :)
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avaruus-apina Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Your shading is just so beatifull
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Thank you so much for that, my friend
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Emily-ek Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your style of drawing and the mood you're setting in the comic, you're an example for comic artists who use pen and ink :)
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Glad if you like it and many thanks for the nice compliment :)
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Dragonbaze Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011   Traditional Artist
Beautiful work my friend!
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Thank you Olov :)
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profanebeast Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing lines again! you write the story as well right?
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Thank you, thank you :) Oh yes, this time I try to make the story myself. Though I'm very very bad in that, far from skillful. I guess I'm a better artisan then an author :B
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profanebeast Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how i wish i could write stories too! you are welcome. ;)
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AndreusD Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing how many lines, and it still looks consistent. Great work Jelena.
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Oh I certainly hope it does. Thank you Andrej :)
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
I love the strong progression of close-ups. It gives the page an added sense of strength in its message.
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Oh, I like how it sounds, thank you. Actually I'm struggling with my lack of ability and affinity to do the small panels, so I try to push myself there, but I always go back to close-ups, and that's probably the reason of that noticeable disbalance. But I'm very glad if it works that way for the observer, many many thanks :)
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cluedog Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's great to see more work from you. I miss you and izitmee. Great hatching.
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Oh, how nice of you, thanks Zac, :hug: it's good to know that someone misses our presence here. Dan has been very creative in other areas right now, but he'll be back to The Average God soon, and I was doing a comic commission that's not to be seen yet. And I'm sure we missed to see a lot of great stuff, but will try to catch up!
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izitmee Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Oh you already know I love this, and I love how you get better and better on the same page, while the panels proceed, and how the well balanced routine grows and shrinks with the page flow, showing a curiously unbalanced but wonderfully harmonic flow. And I'm very eager to see what happens, and if he door will open :B

P.S. it's nice for you to mention my speed, especially since I don't do a new comic page since MORE than 2 weeks :ashamed:
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Now that's the sentence! :love: Oh, and it occurred to me now, that one of the crucial moments of us getting together, was your most kind analysis of my curious pages (I remembered melancholic - nostalgic one :D), you make me feel so appreciated :huggle:

PS Yes, but you're most creative in other ways and you're still faster then me. And there will be more Average god coming, I'm sure.
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CharmQuark Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Oh good lord. You're my hero. Love the light in this, and the little moments and details you've chosen to show, and how you arranged the panels, and how real and 3-dimensional the kitchen seems, and... everything. The only critique I can come up with is that you're missing the r in superficiality!
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
:ohnoes: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Not again! uhhhh... It's my greatest nightmare, text in comics, I always, but always misspell! And not only in English, but in my own language too :B Horror, horror!
sniff... Oh, but million thanks for the most kind words to sooth my pain, kind sir, so in this case, you're my hero :iconbowplz:
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CharmQuark Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Haha, well, of all the problems one could have as a comic artist that is probably the LEAST dire. No problem at all, and thanks so much for the watch!
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goemonsama Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Wow! Beautiful rendering! Can't wait to see more.
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Thank you, me too :B
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qdx Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Nice-nice-nice!
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besnglist Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Thanks-thanks-thanks! ;)
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