#75 – “I 2 I”


So Tiny actually does acomplish things through sheer force of nagging. We’ll be moving on again soon enough to make progress on the overall plot, but personally I think the stop for character development has been worthwhile. While Beyond the Tree tends to be more overall amusing when on the road – so to speak – it’s equally important to dwelve into depth of the characters so we can understand them.

This page was interesting to make – I rather like when characters can interact with each other and their environment, even if it’s more often that characters just stand or walk around observing their personal space. The original idea for this page called for Hani to stand up, but as I was putting it together I came to the realization that it simply felt far more natural to have Raene sit down instead – it didn’t seem like a standing sort of topic to me. Of course, having Raene sit down also offered the opportunity for more interesting camera angles.

I actually found lighting the most difficult bit – I wanted it appropriately dark since it is night, but at the same time the characters need to be appropriately visible. A plus with having everything dark is that the inner glow of the eyes really become that much more visible – you can rarely see it in bright light the way that effect is done in Beyond the Tree.


14 Responses to “#75 – “I 2 I””

  1. 1 Vulzak(EU-Dragonblight)
    January 4, 2009 at 12:16

    Havent said anything earlier here, i know. just need to say i think this is one of the best wow-fan-comics out there. (like LFG and Dark Legacy hehe)

  2. 2 Ishy
    January 4, 2009 at 15:58

    I was wondering when these two would get time to talk!

    I love this one; it’s very polished and I think pane 7 especially shows how much you’ve honed your skills through the course of Beyond the Tree. They look so ‘life-like’ which in my opinion is a really good thing, and as always the interaction between these two is very intriguing.

    Great job Nhan *thumbs up*

  3. 3 Moltrazahn
    January 4, 2009 at 22:05

    A very deep page, full credit on this one :) nomore to be said.

  4. 4 Iasion
    January 5, 2009 at 10:47

    There’s so much here that’s unspoken! That or maybe it was referenced earlier in the comic? I’m trying to piece this together…

  5. 5 Ilyara
    January 5, 2009 at 14:38


    Very nice. I think I’m especially impressed by the lighting here, which is never too dark but enhances the atmosphere tremendously. The physical expression of the characters is fantastic as ever but is all the more important in a scene like this. Raene’s fragility is very well conveyed along with her hesitance: seeking out Hani as a source of comfort, and the trust implied in that, is rather touching.

  6. 6 Dianeira (Sporegaar - RP-PvP)
    January 5, 2009 at 23:22

    Nice comics, just wonder.. hows it made? It looks very nice..

  7. 7 Nhani
    January 6, 2009 at 11:18

    I really need to update the About page to describe/show the basics of how it works.. basically, get character models out of World of Warcraft using modelviewer, insert models in 3ds max for processing and then render the whole thing. Basically, it requires some familiarity with a 3D rendering program fo your preference.

    For this particular page, it can certainly just be read straight as-is, but there’s a great deal of other things being hinted at in the same go. I do try to leave some things (where “some” could probably be read as “alot”) open for interpretation; while I certainly have a certain path set out, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the only way things can be seen!

  8. 8 Moltrazahn
    January 6, 2009 at 13:33

    Speaking of Modelveiwer, i havent found a version that goes with Wrath yet, Nhani you got any updates on such a patched version?

  9. 9 Nhani
    January 6, 2009 at 16:10

    Well.. I only look in there occasionally, so I’m not half as appraised as some people. The Modelviewer webpage shot back that it’s been suspended too today for reasons I don’t know, so I have no idea where things presently stand. Last I saw there’s been two major attempts at upgrading the modelviewer for Wrath – both have been buggy and incomplete, but on their way towards making progress.

    What’s going on right now though, I haven’t the faintest.

    Edit: Seems like the page is back again now. Still, I’m not in contact with the authors in any way, so I can’t tell you more than that as far as I know, they’re working on it.

  10. 10 Mark
    January 7, 2009 at 09:50

    I really hope Hani will make up with someone already. Either Raene or Tyrande. :)
    I mean the girls gotta eat, don’t they? ^^

  11. 11 Mark
    January 8, 2009 at 21:46

    I meant make out. :p

    • October 7, 2009 at 01:34

      Oh for crying out loud!

      Hani and Raene have gone to war together, as commander and subordinate. Odds are very good that they have fought together, killed together, and saved each others’ lives. This sort of thing forges powerful, deep emotional bonds, which do NOT axiomatically include sexual lust!

      I’d lay blame for this sort of attitude, but this is not the place for it.

  12. 13 Starsprite
    April 7, 2010 at 11:15

    I think there’s one thing you didn’t take into considerstion here (and therefore in other dream scenes) and that is that they shouldn’t say “good night” or sleep in the night. Night Elves are nocturnal creatures who are empowered by the moon and shadows; they sleep in the daytime.

    Just something I thought I should remind you of. Other than that this is one of the best WoW comics out there.

    • 14 Nhani
      April 7, 2010 at 11:53

      The “good night” line actually works better than you’d expect; it is night, and I always figured night elves would consider the meaning of “good night” more along the lines of how we read the meaning as “good day”; the only reason good night might seem out of place is because we contextually imbue it with a meaning of sleeping – I don’t think night elves would.

      I always felt that Hani is practical and adaptive regarding day times, coming from a Sentinel past. She’ll rest when needed or suitable, and be awake the rest of the time. Having them mostly awake during the day is largely a visual decision, but I never felt it seemed out of place – Tiny is a rebel who tends to reject night elven ways, Te’len is a druid who was working with a human and therefore likely adapted to that purpose, and Hani just runs with whatever is convenient at the time. If she were a human, she’d be the sort who could just as easily have night shifts and day shifts fairly interchangeably with only needing a day or two to adjust between them.

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