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0585: A Very Brave Bad Boy in Dressed to Impress 7th Sep, 2020
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Mel Cormac edit delete
Mel Cormac
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Side note, I can't speak to the above book's quality, but the illustration of the violin is uh... really something.
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mitchellbravo
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mitchellbravo
Ahahahahahahhahahaha


Also lol @ the link, I love children's book art
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
He's playing behind the bridge, and the bridge is so far up, I-
The Chessmaster
Given Tilly, I'd say there's about a 50% chance that her dad's 3'2" and can eviscerate someone with a look.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Haha good point!
Microraptor
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Microraptor
Ten years later...
Tilly's dad: "I am warning you, Jon. I know where you live..."
Jon: "Yes, because you are my father-in-law, and we decided to give you a room in our house instead of putting you into a retirement home!"
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I imagine him just never letting that go, like his speech at their wedding includes him pointing at both his eyes then at Jon.
Squirreltastic-Blue
I can’t make sense of her cheek no matter how hard I try to picture it in 3D.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I'd advise against trying to make physical sense of anything I draw, it'll only end in despair and frustration.

Let's just say I took "heart-shaped face" very literally with her design.
anonymous coward (Guest)
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I thought it was a nod towards the, "animu snout," that characters from animated Japanese cartoons (and people imitating that deliberately lazy style) have in order to make it easy to do a half-arse, cheap, no-effort version of mouth animation. That fits with the huge eyes and the way she is a small, young lady that freely (comically) bullies males older and/or larger than her.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Oof I actually don't like the animu snout, I find it aesthetically eh, and I prefer drawing noses and lips when people turn to the side.

I think I just draw the "cheekbone area" weird on most characters, which, though intentional, does mean my faces can be misinterpreted I guess
LinkyBoy
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There's only so much you can accomplish with just a Cool Shirt after all...
(1st panel: kewt as kittens 💜)
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Cool Shirt gives +2 attraction and +3 confidence, but has no actual effect on bravery.

:3
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Oh Jon, there are people that are worse at knowing when to shut up but this is up there. If I were to feed him a better idea of the right words for that last panel I'd give him: "Family is important though, even if it can be a hassle. I would like to have more of your time now, but don't worry about it and keep in touch if you have to bounce." On second thought, I'm not sure he could handle using the word, "bounce," in that sentence the way I do, he doesn't have enough cool or savoir-faire. Trying to come up with a right thing for Jon to say is extra difficult because he's Jon.

Call me picky, but the perspective on the sound box of that violin looks a bit off, and what way are those tuning pegs pointing exactly? I'm not sure if that's deliberately wrong or they just couldn't be bothered to use a reference and be faithful to it. Other than that, it does seem to have most of the right details in pretty much the right places, to the point I wonder if someone just used an odd-looking violin as reference instead of messing up on those two things.

On second thought, I wonder if that's actually a violin or if it's instead something HP Lovecraft or his collaborators and successors dreamed up that only looks like a violin at first glance, but really, really isn't a violin. I'm not sure I'd want to know what someone made of a violin for the SCP Foundation, for instance.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Yeah, one of my favourite things about writing Jon is when I can ask "what's the worst thing one could say to respond to this?"

I agree that the violin is technically correct in terms of the right details in roughly the same places (with the exception of the bridge placement - it's waaaay too far up, forcing him to play behind the bridge, which for the record would sound like a screeching banshee), though it's proportions are whack - it's too chunky and the scroll is way too big. To say nothing of his technique - his posture and bow hold is very beginner. As a violinist this stuff really stands out and drives me mad.

Don't get me wrong, drawing violins and people playing them is hard, but... was that the best they could do? It makes me wonder if it was intentional.
anonymous coward (Guest)
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I say blame the managing editor and the art director of that publishing company for that book cover: They hired an artist that doesn't know violins to draw one on a book cover, didn't pay them enough to get the details right, and then didn't care to reject it. pay the kill fee and hire another artist because the violin and violinist were off.

At the same time though, it isn't really in the budget even for most bestsellers to shell out six figures so the artist can spend a thousand hours studying the details of what violins and a violinists look like, making practice sketches, and paying violinists to tell them what they got wrong so they can fix it. Instead, the cover artists are usually outside contractors asked to come up with three to five different covers which the company picks one of, and the artist is paid in the low four figures (when it's not even less). That does not pay for a lot of time and effort per cover if the artist is trying to make a living at it: Assume fifty pounds per hour, minimum, for a genuine outside contractor because of how much of their actual work is networking, free estimates, and other things they don't get paid for.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Plus there's an element of "lots of people won't notice it's wrong" which is kinda true, but for the people who DO notice... hoo boy
anonymous coward (Guest)
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I think that's backwards: It's most important to show people who don't know right from wrong the right way, because to do otherwise is to spread ignorance. Somehow the people who control purse strings are not often convinced by this logic to invest in getting "fussy details" right when they even listen to and acknowledge the point at all.
AmbiguousMouse (Guest)
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Oh hey, I was right, the neck brush did lead to horny teenagering.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Yup! Well, they may have got around to it anyway, but that certainly didn't hurt!
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Meh, I disagree with calling it horny teenagering, it's chastely affectionate or timidly exploratory at most. Romeo and Juliet involves cuckolding triangle drama and a murder-suicide sex pact. In contrast, a little bit of snogging by a college boy and his slightly younger girlfriend, while fully clothed, and with neither touching the other's dirty, fun-bits on the inside or outside of their clothing, isn't even sexual.

Granted, this much is plenty enough to get prudes grumbling if not outright complaining at the young couple in question quite often. I blame the prudish and bigoted English tendency for people who don't get enough fun or respect to spend their effort on trying to keep other people they don't like from having any.