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Slave outfit Berserker demon Rachael looks kind of cool. That lineless fight was a little tricky to draw as I couldn’t figure out how to have the minotaurs fighting well, yet still be on camera. I think it gets the point across though.

Sadly, even though it was 9 days worth of updates, 57 panels worth, I failed to succeed this round. I might still do some side bits and bobs, but the contest is basically over for me. Alas, all I get out of it is some free time.

Oh, and this: http://fav.me/dbozo54

A pencil sketch of Rachael as drawn by Veldrin the guy running the contest. Each progressive round would add a layer of detail, whatever changes were needed such as outfit, equipment, etc. So that was a really cool prize that I hope gets repeated.

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I did some weird cypher to make the spell. I doubt I could repeat it, but it did mean a thing at one point. If I ever do some magic system with a lot of verbal spells, I will probably write a small applet to do the cypher consistently for me.

More layer mask for speech bubbles there in 4 and 5. I think it gives a nice air of “What Rachael is saying is not important.”

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I did make that cover from some random generator I found online (random as i have no idea where its from, not I clicked buttons until it said what I wanted) Here’s a bigger version http://fav.me/dboza35

This book has piqued my interest and I may have a story about it in the future, I’m not sure. I’m missing some useful details, like plot and characters and things. I know a lot of lore about it, though.

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A camera shift to Lynn. I’ve relied heavily on camera shifts in this contest and all of them have been abrupt. Not sure what I think about that.

Panel 1 here is just my first foray into horrible horrible anatomy and perspective.

I used a lot of layer masks in this piece. Not something I normally do. A layer mask lets me paint transparency on art without ruining it. For that 100% mysterious motion blur in panel 4, for example. the detail of the blur exists where Lynn’s head is, it is just selectively transparent. Cool trick.

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Of course, if she wasn’t starting naked, what is she dressed as? And a silly ballerina outfit came to mind.

I should share a bit of my writing process here. Before I started scripting, NevermoreFox(aka the competition) and I passed a lot of messages, fleshing out the, well, results. The costumes at least and a little bit of what happens in it.

So then I start writing and the only thing I actually had in mind where a few panels in pages 20-21. The rest were open and I just let my mind wander and sketched the story as it made sense to go.

Sometimes, I’ll go back and rewrite things in earlier pages to give more foreshadowing, but most of the time, I’ve included enough hooks to work off of so I don’t have to worry about it.

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So this contest started, as I may have mentioned earlier, with the participants being naked. I don’t draw that sort of thing, but it did happen in the world so I needed some way to convey that information. The previous page was my initial foray into passing that message on, but it didn’t work out because it galloped somewhere else. So instead, this is what I thought up.

I need to do more with Baeyru. She’s a lot of fun and is basically a blank slate right now.

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So I wasn’t sure if I was going to post this, as its very very niche and I have to explain a lot, but then I realized I wasn’t going to have anything else done today, so yeah.

First, this comic was meant to be the start of my round 1 entry. But then all of this other stuff happened instead. No idea what that means, but that’s how it happened. I really like where it ended up, although its going to be a bit obscure for people who aren’t in the same circles that I am.

So first, Who is that sitting next to Matt? Honestly, I’m not sure of his name. On my script, he was a vague blob with the notation “Tribute?” I then went diving through Whistle-Tall’s archives, trying to find something that would work. I ended up finding a character from years ago that created Vic, which is his character in the contest. There were a lot of conflicting names and lore and stuff, and all of it from a long time ago.

The second guy, behind the groucho glasses, is named Pip (as, you know, it says in the comic) So Pip had history with the comic, which isn’t really easily found online anymore. Pip was part of a small story arc that resulted in Matt turning into Rachael. Or rather, assuming her form. It’s complicated. But I used to read a lot of Pips comic. I don’t anymore. Maybe I ought to pick it up again. He’s a fun writer.

Another important thing is that 4ish years ago, Pip and Lust (one of his characters) created the Glamour Dome, version 1 of this contest. I don’t know if there is actually any plan they have. But I thought it would make a fun hook.