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  Shading, other comics, and cosmic inflationApr 10, 2010 7:12 AM PDT | url
 
Added 2 new A* pages:Whoop! That mini-cliffhanger will have to tide us over the weekend. Normally I'd get more than two pages done in a day, but I got involved in experimenting with some new shading techniques that I think are going to be useful for A*--in fact you can already see them at work in these latest two pages if you look closely. This is probably boring for everyone but me but I find it fascinating ;D so here's the breakdown:
 
- What I had been using was an array of soft brushes:
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- But you can also use hard brushes for both a harder and more painterly look:
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- Or you can layer lasso-carved semi-transparent shadows for a kind of cel-shaded approach that matches the technique used to create the base b&w drawing:
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So that's fun. :D Thanks to the authors of the webcomics Galaxion and Tweetics for their thought-provoking feedback and suggestions in this area!
 
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Speaking of other comics, Mysteries of the Arcana is taking a break between chapters, and using that time to promote other comics; I see we've moved into Saturday here, which is A*'s day to have a full-page spread on MotA's front page. It's sort of a little poster thing I whipped up, so I dunno, check that out and the rest of the site. And if you're coming here from there, well hello!
 
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Speaking still more of other comics, I posted links to a few bizarrely fascinating ones in the "other comics" thread on the A* forum, which you might be interested to read over for all kinds of webcomic linkage, but if you can't be bothered with that, here are the two latest directly: Floating Henry Rollins Head Haiku and Gunmonkey. Yep!
 
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Also on the forum, in the "YouTube Party" thread, I posted a video and some minor rambling of and about Alan Guth, who gives a good lecture on the theory of cosmic inflation that he first came up with in 1980 to explain some things that the standard Big Bang model didn't quite account for, like why the Universe is so flat and smooth--cosmically speaking, anyway.
 
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Hm that seems to be just about everything. Have a nice weekend, and maybe don't forget to check for an update to my weekly fantasy comic The Princess and the Giant on Sunday!
 
 
 
 
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