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This was the final piece/part of the round 1 sub. There were a few edits here and there that i wish I could have kept. Honestly, if I’d had the time and inclination to do the whole dome as a full on story, I would have taken a lot longer to do things.

There definitely would have been some time passing from discovering the passage to getting to the exit. That’s for sure.

I don’t really have much more to say about this, actually. The two of us ended up tieing in points, so it’s convenient for possible future comics to have us going through the end at about the same time.

What will next week bring for comics from Matt? I’m not sure right now. I have 4 strips of Chapter 2 left to finish, as well as our character and Pokemon bookends. There is more contest, although at the time of writing (9/11) it has yet to be announced. And I have that breather comic that people voted on to start making as well as Chapter 3…

I have a lot to do. You’ll see something, I promise!


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Okay, so that maze. I had a rough idea, was running low on time, and started drawing this monstrosity that I could tell looked horrible from a perspective angle. But I was running late and kept rolling with it. Then, all of a sudden, GiMP crashed and I lost an hour of work.  So as I redid the scene, I developed a better technique and made a much prettier version. There’s still some things I could do better with it, but I think it worked well enough.

The slime was something I saved for last, as I had a deadline and wasn’t sure how it was looking. I ended up with technically plenty of time, but on that last day I was AFK like the whole day so it was good I had it in. I figured out how to use my Eraser tool to good effect with the slime and, even if it’s not where I would like it, it worked well enough.

If I was doing an HD remake of this comic someday, there would be a lot more lighting effects and such in the lava room. Honestly, I through a flat fill. I honestly could have made it better if I had a sign signed by Veldrin saying “This Carpet is actually lava!” which sounds like it would have been brilliant and I wish I had done.

The pain effect was also poorly done. I don’t know how I would fix that one. You’ll see more of it tommorrow.

Panels 6-9 of this comic look really crowded, and that’s because there was a panel that I cut. The dialogue was a bit too useful though, so I made it fit. Not sure if I regret it. It did the job well enough.

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This page might seem a bit gratuitous, but whatever. I’ve not really drawn anyone stretching before, so that was kind of interesting. I tried to deform the text in a similar manner to the exercise, but my tools for that in GiMP are limited. Or i don’t know them. On or two of those.

A lot of this is backstory. So of which might be made up. DA makes it hard to keep records for contests like this. I know one of the 10 in the contest actually made it to the 2nd round or something before and I didn’t know until doing research on previous domes. So lynn may have been involved? TV might not be the thing? whatever. Worked well enough.

I think for a page that could easily have been talking heads, I kept things moving well enough.

So for the Lynn character, I didn’t have much to go on. I was told of the traits Shy and Intelligent and that’s what I tried to go with. Meh.

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Not much really happens in this page. Its just a stage setting up for the contest. We do also get to see all of the competition, which was a stupid amount of work. If you notice, I cleverly had to design then TWICE, once with lines and once without. It was a lot of back and forth working on various pieces parts.

So, Yesterday, I said I would explain how the Dome Contest system works. It’s a little bit of a popularity test, mixed with a bit of endurance. Each round, the contest runner, Veldrin (or CrazyCowProductions as the actual artist is know on Deviant Art) decides what the challenges is, on both the meta and meda levels.

On the meta side, he comes up with the algorithm for the round. For this first round, its 3 x Agility+Mind. Each character has 3 stats that they determined the value of when they submitted their characters. Rachael, for example, has 5 Agility, 3 Attack, 2 Mind. So, for the first round, We had 17 points, putting me 2 points ahead of Lynn in this fist round.

The second aspect of the contest is Tribute. We artists who are in the contest buy/beg/trade to get pieces made for us. Each one of these is 1 point. My opponent (spoilers, but this is posted a week after Patreon, and the contest was resolved like 3 days before I put it there. There might still be rounds going on, but the one I’m talking about is long over.) managed to get 2 peices of tribute art in for 2 points, bringing us to a tie.

Each season of the contest also has a spin put on it by the organizer. There are 2 such this  time around, although the second won’t hasn’t been felt yet. There are different tiers of art submissions this year. So I had a colored comic piece, and that was worth 3 extra points, as opposed to just doing a pencil sketch or something. Sadly, Lynn also did a comic thing, which was awesome, and we ended up tied at the end. So yeah. Tiebreakers had not been discussed, so the round ended up a little weird, but whatever.

So that’s how the Beauty Dome works.

Oh, all of the art peices are supposed to take place in the meda level, with our characters attempting whatever challenge was set up. It’s not really enforced very well, but its an aid to keep writer’s block away!

Right. that was long. And spoilery. Come by tommorrow wehn my actual submission to the contest started. All of this so far was just warmup and backstory 😀

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So, after a bit of thought and as a result of being very blehed out today, I’m going to be running the contest comics, all nicely chopped up for easy viewing. it lets me get content out while I’m finishing up the last 4 strips of Chapter 2, Writing chapter3, and figuring out what I’m doing for the breather comic, which is not this.

This comic run may not be your exact cup of tea. I’m pitching this to a specific audience, ie the people I’m doing this contest with. I am trying to do what I can to further my arts with it, though. In its raw form, these pages got long, but I am cutting it down for you so its a bit easier to read than one long page that wouldn’t buy me much time

Err… gets a bit hard to read after a while (this joke would work better if Patreon had strikeout text -__-

So, this comic follows the one before, as you do. The girl in the Green Coat is another contestant. Never heard of them before but ended up being kind of cool. I like what I ended up doing with her hair, although I had to go back a few times in later pages and make sure I had all of it. Easy to forget pieces, as there was a bit going on there.

The guy with the swirly glasses is Veldrin. I now notice that a lock of his hair is skin toned, as I failed to color it properly. Oops. Anyway, I don’t know if the characters Rachael and Veldrin have ever met, exactly. Veldrin was in the previous Dome Contest, which I realize I ought to talk a bit about. Tommorrow. Anyway, if Veldrin remembers Rachael at all, it’d be in a negative light, as we kind of we one of the main supports that set up his loss.

But I’m not sure how much of that is established, and how much of that is floaty nebulous headcanon bits on my explanations for things that never got published.

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I considered ending the chapter right here. This is not the end of the chapter. I have a bit more I want to do before the slight time jump a new chapter provides. But I could have ended it here. Remember that.

Good comic for a Friday, tho. 😀

I learned a lot about the Rocket Henchman there as I was picking his colors. Not that I had many to choose, but he received a lot of back-end characterization during that step.

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Man, I wish I had some program to help with lighting. Also in figuring out how a trenchcoat looks from that angle. I don’t like panel 4 there, but whatever.

‘Redeye’s’ Eye looks less creepy than the last time we saw it. Not sure why. I’ll figure that out when I draw him way too many times in the future, I’m sure.

So, in case you didn’t notice, and in case I haven’t said, MY Team Rocket is actually evil. And rather competent. And scary. Yeah, scary is what I’m looking for…

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So the art in this one was rather tricky for reasons. I did not copy and paste in panels 3 or 4. I just drew the same crappy pose almost exactly twice. The first panel gave me the most trouble, though. I originally had Rae’s hair over her eyes, but it would not come out right after an hour of fiddling, so I had her pull the hair away for once and it came together in like 12 seconds. So that’s a thing.

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