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February 10, 2012
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The Bad Side of Town - COLOR by mistermuck The Bad Side of Town - COLOR by mistermuck
INKS: [link]

An assignment for Goto's Character Design class in which we had to draw a background (which would theoretically be panned over in an animated film) and insert twelve characters on a separate layer. Regrettably, I only drew eleven! I suppose it could have used another gangster or prostitute. Ah well.

As you may have guessed, this features characters from my webcomic, Detective Scratch, which can be read: [link]

As you may have ALSO noticed, this piece is actually colored by me! That's right, I'm in a digital coloring class now, so I'm actually learning how to COLOR...

You can join the Detective Scratch DA group here: [link]
AND you can become a fan of Detective Scratch on facespace: [link]

This comic is also featured heah: (siyoniyong comic blog) [link]

and heah: (smackjeeves) [link]
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loveblistersfactory Feb 14, 2012  Professional Artist
mistermuck Feb 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, man! :D
thiagocaleal Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha! The Jesus & Mary Chain: "I'm taking myself to the dirty part of town where all my troubles can't be found"
mistermuck Feb 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you get a kick out of it! Listening to that song for the first time now - s'pretty sweet!
Gargantuan-Media Feb 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
You are welcome, my friend. I see a lot Detective Scratch being close to perfect. Example? Page 12, clearly at a high level of production standards.

Thanks for not taking my obsessive hang-ups about minor "problems" personally. I that know you, and everybody at IndieGraphicNovels, care enough about their own original ideas to invest a lot of time and effort.

Also, A Pacer! :D
mistermuck Feb 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thanks! :D I am flattered that you would call it perfect.

And as for your "obsessive hang-ups," I completely welcome them! I don't expect my work to be flawless and critiques are what's really gonna help me improve artistically.
Gargantuan-Media Feb 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Great exterior shot - a lot of action and detail in the line art. Is that a green Gremlin? :D It looks like an animation cel.

The only constructive criticism I have is that while these buildings and objects are in perfect perspective - the people (excluding Our Hero the detective) are not. The hookers in front of the beer sign are about as big as the young couple in the far left yet they are at different distances. The drunk being thrown out of the club seems too large and the bum at the far right seems too small.

I can appreciate the scope and magnitude of your complex scenes. They are a serious undertaking. I have seen you rock these types of scenes before with car chases and cityscapes so I know that you can apply that previous success towards multiple people as well!

This "people-scale" is something that may not bother anyone else at all but me. Ask around on it.
mistermuck Feb 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, Paul! I appreciate the compliments and the critique! I agree with you on the people scale thing (now that I see it, I can't unsee it :P). I should have paid more attention to that in the drawing stage. Ah well. Live and learn!

As for the car, it's meant to be a Pacer - but a Gremlin is a close guess!

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