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Yep. I did it. I did the eyeballs-in-the-dark gag. My life feels strangely complete somehow.

Also, I really like how the “in the dark” lighting of panels 1-2 came out. I created a mask, and lowered the saturation and luminosity a ton. But I really hit paydirt when I rotated the hue 180 degrees, and then lowered the opacity of the mask to 80%. The result is pretty accurate to how things look to me when the lights are out, anyway.

Here are swatches of Rudek’s fur in panels 1-2 next to his normal fur color:

What color is the fox?

Depending on your computer monitor and your eyes, those swatches on the left might appear bluish. In fact I have two monitors on my computer, and on the left monitor, the swatches take on a definite bluish hue; on the right monitor, they just look brown. So the next great internet debate starts here: what color is Rudek in the dark?

Anyway, today also happens to be a very π-ish Pi Day. Only happens once a century!

Okay, okay. I’ll stop avoiding the subject. Yes, Nina and Szpadel are bonking. So what? You all suspected as much.

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  1. Okay, okay. I’ll stop avoiding the subject. Yes, Nina and Szpadel are bonking. So what? You all suspected as much.

    Well at least they had the courtesy of covering themselves up in the third panel, though I must admit, I would’ve loved to have seen more of them getting dressed up!

  2. I gotta say, this whole “they turn to feral animals once you remove their clothing” thingy is rather weird. Pretty original, though.

    Also, shading returns. Neat!

    “Anyway, today also happens to be a very π-ish Pi Day. Only happens once a century!”

    Pffft, typical “putting day/month/year in proper order isn’t good enough for me” Americans. :P

    Fun fact, the original pronounciation of π is “pee”, not “pie” as it is in English.

    • Every day is pee day.

      • Hehe.

        Peter, may I ask how much time in average you spend per comic?

        Also, on an increasingly unrelated note, do any movies influence your “scene direction”? Other than the Disney movies that influence how you treat characters and backgrounds, that is.

        • Oh good lord, I have no idea. I’ll have to time myself some day. It takes me a long time. I’d guess anywhere from 15 to 20 hours??

          As far as scene direction, a lot does come from Disney, as described in “The Illusion of Life” and Stanchfield’s “Drawn to Life.” But also, I’ve found this book to be an outstanding resource: Framed Ink

          • Tightwad

            “I’d guess anywhere from 15 to 20 hours??”
            Oh, wow. I bet that requires some crazy time management.

            I think you’ve mentioned Illusion of Life before. I’ve been trying to learn more about composition lately, so Framed Ink looks pretty interesting. Thank you. :)

  3. Now, I’m wondering where you’re from. Most of the time, you seem to be from Europe but, here you seem to be American. I say this because in most countries, there really can’t be a Pi day due to the way most of the world writes the numerical date (14/3/15 or 15/14/3). So, are you an American or a European?

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