Cassidy Madson vs. Pudding Washington

Cassidy Madson vs. Pudding Washington

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E.W. Schneider
# 12   Posted: Feb 6 2019, 11:08 AM
I also have one curious little question: Throughout this particular comic, the half-tones are utilized in the shading, not for the featured characters main skin tone. All except for Cassidy's, whose entirety of her skin is covered in this tone. Why? Even Mr. Bot's arms, of the same tone, when not shaded do not have this half tone on them in some parts (Ex: Panels 5-8). It doesn't ruin Cassidy's appearance, she doesn't get lost in the panels and sticks out quite nicely, but it just something I ask why you left her skin covered in just for curiosities sake .

It's to better simulate her darker purple color and to provide distinction between the colors between her and Mr. Bot's arms (and anywhere else I utilized brown). This was originally simply a toned comic, but I ended up deciding to use colors for that part as well.

# 11   Posted: Feb 5 2019, 09:52 PM
An interesting battle! It's nice to see the youth of Void city interact with each other, and I would love to see more of these characters in the future.
MrPr: This was an amusing little read! I enjoy the continuously wacky themes you try to take with your characters expressions, and I'm happy that you're not stalling on getting Cassidy to her goal. This is a pretty streamlined comic where the interaction between her and your opponent does not has as much value so much as where she ends up at in the end, a location that is reached by pure coincidence as well, but regardless I'm looking forward to where you'll take her.

My most major crit is that I cannot emphasize enough how the zaniness that you use in your characters expressiveness, mindset, how you interpret them even in writing, is Not being reflected in your background work at all, and there is so much untouched potential within that, especially for Cassidy's own character. Considering how her perspective of the various villains in Void in itself is a warped and fanatical one, it would've been interesting to see that imagination utilized in the environments around her as well, snapping the environment into a more realistic/normal appearance when the moment calls for it. I really and earnestly do believe that you have the full potential and ability to stylize your backgrounds, add that necessary SPICE to it that would ramp up your comics aesthetics a bit more, you've just gotta get outta your comfort zone and take that extra mile.

My other nitpicks are: This usage of copy pasting  you're doing in certain panels really do kill the energy of your panels, and make things look more static-y then enjoyable. Page 3's third panel had a major chance to be drawn at a dynamic, perspective focused-angle to emphasize the confidence that Pudding has, yet this copy, pasted, and flipped rendition of him makes his tone just as flat as the pose. I don't want to say this to ward you off from this method of yours if it is conventional for you on shorter deadlines-- But to say that there are some missed opportunities for dynamics here. As Schneider made mention of, playing it up with some different color schemes or even a limited palette could really help to pull your comic.

Schneider: Out of the two comics you did within the same time limit, it's clear that you focused on this one and I have no problems with it! This is a really solid comic, I love your visual interpretation of Cassidy and this interaction that goes on between her and her servant. There is not a single bit about this comic that I do NOT enjoy nor find aesthetically/visually pleasing-- The palette utilized in this and the facial expressions are certainly the strongest points of this comic as well as play of the characters relative spacing within the panels. As Heathen asked and I want to echo, I'd love to hear why you took on this vertically emphasized/webtoon format for your comic(s).
I also have one curious little question: Throughout this particular comic, the half-tones are utilized in the shading, not for the featured characters main skin tone. All except for Cassidy's, whose entirety of her skin is covered in this tone. Why? Even Mr. Bot's arms, of the same tone, when not shaded do not have this half tone on them in some parts (Ex: Panels 5-8). It doesn't ruin Cassidy's appearance, she doesn't get lost in the panels and sticks out quite nicely, but it just something I ask why you left her skin covered in just for curiosities sake .
Regardless, you are very clearly a solid comic artist and I really do hope to see you pop by and do another battle one day! Hell, if you'd ever be up for a battle I would love to make room in my schedule for ya.

E.W. Schneider
# 10   Posted: Jan 31 2019, 02:39 AM
I use 3 different types of darkness (6 actual layers, so I can use gradients). These are the bog standards ones that come with every copy of Clip Studio.

Think Tank
# 9   Posted: Jan 30 2019, 11:00 PM
MrPr: You have fun comics and i enjoy the stories in them, in particular my favorite moments of this are the middle panel on page 3 and Cassidy's reaction to Pudding being a hero was great with the exaggerated expression and the way you did the words on it. It's good to see you working on adding more environment panels and more scenery and as you do it more you will get better at it. I will say you also do need to start adding some kind of shading to give a better sense of depth and place. You should practice some shading techniques and try some different things for it. also a quick small thing you could do for the flat color backgrounds is just add a gradiant to them to make them a little more interesting. This was a fun comic and I look forward to seeing more

Schneider: These screen tones are amazing I love it, how many screentones did you use for this? I love that the main source of shading in this is the screentones and that's just amazing, I want to learn to be able to do screentone stuff like that This is a super good style and I like it a lot.

E.W. Schneider
# 8   Posted: Jan 30 2019, 02:36 PM
MrPr1993: This was a very cute comic! I enjoyed watching it and I think you captured Pudding's essence pretty well! I also think they had a cute interaction! You've been improving your emotional display lately, getting a lot more expressive which is good. I think Cassidy has a good range. I like how you've had her play humor and some more dark stuff. You've been getting pretty good at that.

I'm not sure that this heavily pixelated linework is doing you any favors, especially when it's large like that. The line weight differences are a lot more pronounced and the package as a whole is a bit weak, I think. Your foundation is improving, but this particular look I don't think is complimenting you. You're definitely doing better foundation-wise I think and I really like how you've kind of moved Cassidy to a more expressive route than when she started. (Pudding was also a lot of fun and well done!) I don't want to say this pixelated linework is wrong, but consider in the future playing up your colors in more daring and different ways to compliment this pixel look? Maybe try going out of the box and using some NES palettes for your next comic. A limited color scheme could be really interesting with what you're going with and may bring it all together.

I think one of the things that I noticed that could have been improved on was the fact you utilized the same navy color for the background shots. When you're playing with something where a lot of the background work is simply colors, either due to time or stylistic decision, you can afford to play with other colors. A large burst of warm for a panel (such as Cassidy's page 4 exclamation) would really help give it a bigger emotion. Or maybe even the crash, you could have utilized more warm tones for that, to help carry the action and the 'burst' of energy that the panel provided. I also think you could have simply split the view in half and gave us some green or gray on the bottom half of each panel and that'd be enough of a visual break up to help have a little more going on.

On the whole, I really enjoyed your comic. I had a good time rematching you. Maybe we'll do it again some time! Nice work!

# 7   Posted: Jan 30 2019, 05:57 AM
MrPr: you always do justice to your adversaries characters.
EW: Real life be like

# 6   Posted: Jan 24 2019, 08:17 PM
MrPr: I like how you showed Pudding's character traits, I actually didn't know he was a cyborg, definitely got me more interested in him. Your dialog is still a little wonky, so be sure to get your scripts proof read. I'd like to see you use more mid shots. You do a lot of talking head panels with a single character's face in them, and it's not interesting or dynamic. It can also be hard to read what's happening in such tight closeups.  When Mr. Bot's arms start to come out, you've drawn and colored them differently in the first panel of that sequence, so I didn't get what was happening at first. Pull that camera back more often. And you can add some much needed depth to these pages by dropping a little shadow from Mr. Bot on whatever he's hovering in front of. It often looks like he isn't really part of the world. I really like your expressions here, especially how you've drawn Pudding.

Eric: Now this is what I expect from you. I can see which of the two battles you took at the same time got most of your attention. Maybe your Dauber Pauper comic was a style experiment, but it came off as rushed. Much higher marks for art quality on this one. I like how you seem to be playing with the infinite scroll WebToons format; are you gearing up to launch a comic there?

E.W. Schneider
# 5   Posted: Jan 23 2019, 11:55 PM
Thanks for the rematch, hope you had fun!

Astro Sean
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# 4   Posted: Jan 9 2019, 09:13 AM

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# 3   Posted: Jan 8 2019, 12:08 PM
A match made in hell XD

# 2   Posted: Jan 1 2019, 11:07 AM
Holy shit yes. More Rofl comics.

# 1   Posted: Jan 1 2019, 08:05 AM
This will be gud

Comic Details -

Drawing Time: 2 weeks
Ended: Jan 30th, 2019
Votes Cast: 19
Page Views: 638
Winner: E.W. Schneider


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