Clash of the Chitin: Round 1 / Karektin vs. Harry

Clash of the Chitin: Round 1 / Karektin vs. Harry

Clash of the Chitin: Round 1 — Karektin vs. Harry

by Reecer6

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by Fred

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# 14   Posted: Nov 20 2017, 10:41 PM
Reecer -
This is a nice read, you did a great job with the characters and I quite liked that you opted for Harry not to speak, it's interesting!
All of the jokes land well and are pretty funny as per the usual.
Good work! Can't wait to see more.

Fred -
Despite you having to rush, I like the style for this and think it's a pretty solid page!
No doubt you could have done something fantastic with more time.

# 13   Posted: Nov 20 2017, 09:36 PM
As I said, the rendering is pretty unfinished! Usually I'm definitely a lot better about shading things, with my usual pass of a multiply cel shade and a multiply airbrush shade, but I really ran into the deadline here. You see, you don't even NOTICE my colors are actually literally 100% taken from the ref sheet that way! But they are. Local colors, schmocal schmolors. Pushing line width is something I've definitely focused on, but I know my sense of it could use some more tuning. I'm still super glad you guys are all so into my writing! Hopefully you won't be disappointed in the escalation of this story in round 2.

Fred: oh look at that harry can talk. whoops. The melancholy in this is super strong, and I feel kind of blessed for you to put my character so intimately into Harry's backstory, even if you couldn't devote much time to it!

# 12   Posted: Nov 20 2017, 09:26 PM
Reecer:  You know I can't resist a good detective story, but personally, I feel your colors might stand out more with some shading.

Fred:  Not much to say what anyone else hasn't said, but I'll admit the story is a bit depressing.

# 11   Posted: Nov 20 2017, 03:20 PM
Reecer: I nearly forgot this was a death tournament entry with the way you established the world and how these types of beings would operate in a crime investigation environment. I also love how little you resorted to softening up bug faces to make them emote. I think you could work on using the lineart to give everything a little more depth, like thicker lines and more rendering for closer objects, and thinner lines and less detail for far things.

Fred: Ah, it is a long single page slowly descending into darkness. I see what you did there. The rogue dataminers kind of comes out of nowhere considering this is Karektin's first appearance in this tournament and there has been no establishment, but the scene was still poignant, especially when Harry flies away all tiny, as Harry is a small insect on a corpse, in the end.

# 10   Posted: Nov 18 2017, 11:37 AM
I forgot about the tournament and had to poop out something in two hours is why :B

# 9   Posted: Nov 18 2017, 11:24 AM
Reecer- that was a really fun and well done comic! You've grown alot! My favorite part was that they used an automatic to kill a tiny bug. Your story was compelling and the shots worked well. Awesome job!!!

Fred: I've seen you do some killer work, especially on me, but this.. what happened??? There's nothing leading up to the conflict here so it just... falls flat. I'm bothered by this, that you'd even make a one page knowing this is the reaction. Too heavy in such a short comic, that's such a nooby error why?? WHYYYYY

# 8   Posted: Nov 15 2017, 06:37 PM
@ reecer - i really liked the flashback segment of it, and the whole crooked cops potential subplot to this, i found it to be super creative and i really enjoyed it. I wanna know why someone used bullets to smoosh someone small enough that the pencil eraser would have done the job! Obviously I'd keep reading.

@fred - that was really dramatic but i think i'm going to echo what some others have said. I needed a bit more to pull me into this scene.

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# 7   Posted: Nov 14 2017, 03:19 PM
@Reecer: I am so into this police detective story, you keep excelling with your storytelling skills, just keep working and practicing and listening to critiques

@Fred: A+ dialogue but I'm sad to not see what led to this dramatic end

# 6   Posted: Nov 14 2017, 12:15 PM
Story was always your strong point, so i'll focus on color and add my tidbit counsel on it: i sometimes do solid nlack shadows that i put on 50% opacity to creates shadows.

Fred: ....i'm going to sound harsh here, but i didn't feel a thing emotionally speaking. and this time it's not because of the fact that i have the emotional range of a spoon, but It feels like i'm putting a movie on my screen and directly skipping to the scene where a character die, telling it's sad and all...but we missed the action. It's interesting, but i didn't feel a thing.

# 5   Posted: Nov 14 2017, 10:24 AM
Not gonna lie, you both caught me off guard with your rounds. You both took the characters different ways and it worked out great both times.


Desi makes a good point about your colors. I wouldn't make them more extreme, but some variation might work in your favor for your next project. A neat trick to to put a multiply layer on top and select the same color as the background and fill in certain places that you think should be colored differently. I'd also say shading would help you out a lot, you've got a pretty solid groundwork that needs just that /little/ bit of refining to really shine. Other than that, pretty solid.


I won't lie, I didn't expect a one page entry to work as well as this one did. The thing that sticks out most to me is that, with it being one page, there's a surprising lack of color put in. I would have really liked to see you render it out or use that same style to give us a bit of a leadup to show the two characters being partners, or maybe even Karee getting shot. If you are crunched for time, though, I'd say it'd help you out a lot to give your characters at least a solid base color to prevent them from blending in with the background like they do. Your dialogue was on point, and it was an interesting way to take things. Good job.

Good luck, guys.

# 4   Posted: Nov 14 2017, 09:16 AM
I'm just gonna start with I think it's super great how you were able to do the bug to bug size ratio. I was kinda wondering how you'd handle it since Harry is so immensely small. One thing I will say though, is I'm not a big fan of your usage of colors, if we're being totally honest. I feel like for the grand majority of the comic, your colors look very muddied, and don't work to well with one another. It feels like your backgrounds are unnecessarily bland when it comes to colors, and it feels like all the characters have colors taken directly from their reference sheet, which honestly doesn't work that well. But still aside from that you have a ton of nice stuff going on in this comic! My favorite part is when we see Harry writing on the paper. ^^ Good luck with the round!


I actually think this is one of my favorite comics I've seen from you. I think it's nice how much emotional impact it has, and even though it wasn't specifically hiding it, I found myself forgetting the huge size difference till we came across the end. You have some really nice usage of values but I actually think you could push it a bit further, and your bug anatomy looks spot on to me. Good job with this comic! Good luck!

# 3   Posted: Nov 13 2017, 07:32 PM
This comic's rendering is pretty unfinished, so it's definitely not up to my usual scratch. However, I hope you can all still find enjoyment in the bug murder without the blinding polish and buffing that obscures all my faults!

# 2   Posted: Nov 11 2017, 07:04 AM
I'm totally with Zee on this, it seems like its going to be SUPER fun! I love surprised like this, and you both are very clever and creative. This is gonna rock!

# 1   Posted: Nov 6 2017, 05:54 PM
I really like this match up because I'm not sure what to expect story-wise, but I'm sure whatever you guys make will be great!
Good luck!!

Comic Details -

Type: Speed Death Tournament Match
Drawing Time: 1 week
Ended: Nov 20th, 2017
Votes Cast: 31
Page Views: 1057
Winner: Reecer6

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