Episode 218: “Quack!”
I have wanted to draw this scene for so long! Waddlebottom versus a dragon!
Such a ridiculous scene, I put a commensurate ridiculous amount of time into drawing and coloring it! :)
A big difference with this page was in the ‘inking.’ I usually draw the figures and elements with a “cartoony” outline (a la my favorite cartoonists like Walt Kelly and Carl Barks and Jeff Smith) and add weight and shadow in the coloring stage. In this case, I drew the heavy shadows in the inking stage – and inked as if it were my coloring process, with lots and lots of hatching and textures.
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Can I just say that the last panel looks absolutely stunning – almost 3D and super dynamic. Wow! :O
I really appreciate the kind words!
I really enjoy the website and comic, but when I am on episode 217, it says that “this is the latest episode” and I have to go back 1-2 episodes to check if I missed the recent one
Ivan, Thanks for letting me know. I’m working on a fix! And thanks for the kind words about the comic. 😀
Waddlebottom is le Duc de Duck!
On my third look, I see his Highness fleetly fleeing the fiery furnace-like flames and can see why they all missed it and got to feel smugly superior for not having done so on my third try. This is really well-done.
That last panel is amazing!
I just read through your archive and I’m hooked. Great story and characters.
Thanks so much, Jonathan! I really appreciate it!