#28 – “A Disturbance in the..”


..meditation? Yes, that’s totally what I thought. ahem.

This page took a fair bit of work and gave me no little concern about its possible quality until it was done as it revolves almost entirely around NPCs (Non-Poseable Characters in this context. Funny how the acronym works out great for it). So not only does the characters mostly responsible for all interaction in the page suffer from highly limited poses and facial expressions, they also had to all but carry an unconcious Hani along – and sell the impression that they were through almost Hani’s pose alone. In the end though, I’d say it turned out rather well in spite of obstacles.

Characterizing Twilight Lord Kelris on the other hand was fun – taking his one line in game entirely out of context and then building a loud and sarcastic behaviour on top of it. The wisdom of leaving Hani unguarded and within reach of her sword is debatable, but the Twilight’s Hammer isn’t exactly known for their stunning genious.


9 Responses to “#28 – “A Disturbance in the..””

  1. July 6, 2008 at 10:49

    Another masterpiece!

    Beyond the Tree is one of my favourite comics!

    i have one question though, what is that purple on the third o last frame?


    Steamwheedle EU

  2. 2 Nhani
    July 6, 2008 at 11:16

    As ever, glad people apprechiate it :>

    Third last.. that’d be bottom left pane – the thing in roughly the center? That’s actually Tiny’s hair struck by some.. apparently really strange lighting conditions as she’s climbing out of Hani’s backpack (explaining where she hid!). I’m not sure what caused it to highlight in that way, she must’ve just hit a perfect angle for it with one of the lightsources or somesuch.

  3. 3 Deih
    July 6, 2008 at 14:23

    while at it? hmmmm =p slightly suggestive to the pervert minds ;D but again, great strip as always ;D

  4. 4 Nhani
    July 6, 2008 at 14:52

    *cough* Not quite the interpretation intended or expected! And I thought I had well in hand which kind of potential hints and whatnot to all sorts of subtle concepts I left to find. :o

  5. July 7, 2008 at 14:52

    I love Beyond the Tree, T sounds abit like my sis but Im not to judge, anyways when i saw the title i thought immediately of meditation *cough* not *cough*.

  6. 6 The Silver Fox
    July 7, 2008 at 15:36

    I really like the bottom middle panel, you have really made it look cool with those shadows on Hani’ face.

  7. 7 Nhani
    July 7, 2008 at 18:11

    “Beyond the Tree” was choosen kindof at random – I needed a name that was fairly simple and easy to remember, had some kind of ring to it and was still free as a name to choose to put things on. Misadventures (the original title wasn’t available, but Beyond the Tree was. I pretend the name is symbolic. Makes me seem wittier. ;)

    As for lighting, it’s very much a hit or miss thing – I tend to use four spotlight light sources spread out across a scene with various colours and light and shadow intensity so there’s no one single obvious lightsource, making the renders fit into most backgrounds regardless of where the lights in them are placed. Every so often I’ll add a small spotlight or omnilight to highlight a face or whatnot that’s too dark (think I did that in that very pane actually..)

    But well, sometimes it’s just lucky ;)

  8. 8 Valrim
    July 8, 2008 at 03:54

    I wuv wuu! <3

  9. 9 Ronin
    December 16, 2009 at 15:05

    You totally lost me here. What are they doing, if _not_ meditating?

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