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Page 133: You unlocked Derek MacKibble's Character Sheet!
Page 129 Brucemore Man loses all of his items.
Page 124 You Unlocked Brucemore Man's Character Sheet!
Page 122 Ratboy gains a merit: Worth!
Oh, wait, no he doesn't... just teasing.
Page 113 You Unlocked Old Man Lester's Character Sheet!
Page 111 You Unlocked Young Man Lester's Character Sheet!
Page 110 Ratboy is cured of depression!
Ratboy gains a flaw: Vitamin defficiency!
Page 104 Ratboy gains a derangement: Depression!
Page 100 Ratboy is dead.
Page 99 Ratboy's Counterfeit Card becomes the level eight spell card: Death Spell!
Page 98 Ratboy loses the level ten spell card: Wish and unlocks the Counterfeit Card!
Page 94 Patty G gains an item: Ratboy's Shoes.
Ratboy gains a level ten spell card: Wish!
Page 88 You Unlocked Patty G's Character Sheet!
Page 76 Marvin gains a derangement: Obsession
Page 70 Ratboy gains proficiency: Vocabulary +1
Page 65 Ratboy's Paladin Is Dead.
Page 60 You Unlocked Elven Paladin's Character Sheet's Character Sheet!
Page 59 Apparently, Marvin's and T.J.J.'s HP/MP were restored, too!
Page 58 Ratboy's HP/MP is restored!
Page 55 Ratboy loses all of his HP.
Ratboy is Dead.
Marvin loses all of his HP.
Marvin is Dead.
T.J.J. loses all of his HP.
T.J.J. is Dead.
Page 54 Ratboy's HP/MP is restored!
Page 53 T.J.J. Loses his Goblin Virgin Card.
T.J.J. and Marvin lose all their MP.
Page 46 T.J.J. loses 1 HP.
Page 40 Ratboy is dead.
You unlocked Death's character sheet!
Page 39 Ratboy gained an item: Bullet to the chest!
Page 31 T.J.J. unlocks the pokeball item!
Page 30 Marvin gains Pokemans cards!
Page 22 Ratboy loses his Han Doll.
You Unlcoked ????'s Character Sheet!
Page 21 Ratboy learned a new skill: Duck and cover!
You Unlocked Ratboy#039;s Mum#039;s Character Sheet!
Page 19 Ratboy#039;s HP/MP was restored!
Page 14 Marvin loses 1 HP!
Page 12 Ratboy gains a merit: Integrity!
Page 11 Marvin gains a derangement: Irritability!
Page 5 You Unlocked Marvin's Character Sheet!
You Unlocked T.J.J.'s Character Sheet!
Page 4 Ratboy Increased His Running Away Proficiency!
Page 2 Ratboy unlocks an item: Daisy!
Today's Comic: Enter the Der-Bear
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How Ratboy Is Dead Is Made
Part 3: What I Do After Pencilling
So in this exciting episode of How Ratboy Is Dead Is Made I'm going to cover two parts, for two reasons. It's like a buy one, get one sort of deal. Mostly I'm doing this because both processes are simple, and I don't really necessarily do them in order.
So, at some point during this process I ink the characters. I usually do this part first, because the background gets a bit easier to place around something solid. I prefer to use a nice, crisp line with my wacom tablet when creating these.
After that, or sometimes before that, I'll do teh backgrounds. Backgrounds are always an odd process because half the time I don't really know what to put and use an abstract paint background, or manipulate a photo or something. It's easier and I realize it makes me a lazy asshole. But I do draw them, too! I'm pretty loose one what constitutes a background, but lately, I've been fond of thicker, less defined lines and textures. Whatever helps the composition, really. There are two good examples in the image below.
So, after that, I generally make sure all this is placed and looks reasonably decent. I put a few finishing touches on each piece, like the crappy shading in the background, then move on to the next step.
Next time: Making people say what they should say
How Ratboy Is Made
Part 2: Pencilling Like an Idiot
So, after I have a reasonably decent layout, I then actually pencil in each panel. Since this comic is done mostly digitally, I often draw each character individually and then place them on the page later in photoshop, or other times I'll simply draw the whole panel, such as the example below.
I then scan the pencilled images into the computer. I lay the page panels out in Photoshop, and then place the scanned drawings in onto the panels, and arrange the page exactly how I want it laid out. It's pretty quick if I have the panels all drawn out already, but can take a while if I drew everything separately. Then, I take out my trusty Wacom tablet and begin to draw the final product.
Next time: What I do after I pencil like an idiot
How is a Ratboy Comic Made?
This is honestly the only real question I get asked consistently. It's not a terribly complicated process, so here's a fun blog post about how I do this. There's actually two different methods I've used - whether I draw the comics by hand and just touch them up digitally, or whether I draw them almost entirely digitally. Since the second one will probably be not only easier to show you, but a more interesting read, I'll focus on that one, since it's what I primarly use now, since I'm lazy. (which will be a running theme throughout this series of blog posts, trust me.)
First off, I write the comic. As of this blog post, I've completely written about half the Ratboy story. I constantly revise it, and add little jokes as I see fit, change gags that seemed rushed or convoluted, and do my very best to not resolve things with Deus Ex Machinas - even though it's an occasionally funny and super convenient literary device. I have the rest of the story loosely lined out and write in whenever I feel like - which is why I write so far ahead, because I get distracted easily.
When it comes time to actually draw the comic, I first draw a very rough outline for composition. This usually takes about sixteen seconds. I time myself. Mainly it takes such a short amount of time because I get lazy. I don't always have as much time as I'd like to draw these comics, and I wish I did, because I could get better compositions rather than lame ones. It really depends on if I'm in a hurry or not.
I tend to leave the backgrounds blank at this spot unless it's necessary, easier, or otherwise prudent, such as in the final panel pictured here. I do this mostly to give me more flexibility when reevaluating things like the composition for each page, and to make sure the backgrounds actually work with the much-more-important foreground.
Coming up in part two: Pencilling Like An Idiot
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