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Alcohol, Gambling and Other Vices

Another couple months have gone by, but this time I was able to get a pretty decent amount of work done on the barroom brawl. Below is a big picture of the whole piece. The old men playing cards have taken a seat and settled down for the night. The bar now has a showcase of the wonderfully intoxicating alcohols and libations served at the pub. Some of the customers in the rafters have appeared to watch the show.

Picture showing new work.
 
In order to directly compare the additions, here is a "before and after" picture of the last two months.
 
 

As of the October update

Current state of the piece

As of October Update. Current state of the piece pic.


The gamblers, sedately playing their cards despite the brawl going on about them, became the first characters to be colored in. As a prelude to the next month's update, here's a quick retrospective of the gamblers from concept to execution.
The original concept sketch. To the left is the original concept sketch of the gamblers as seen in Issue 2. The card shark on the left, who is only seen from the back, surprisingly stayed very similar to the card player in the final piece. The player on the right, as you can tell, changed significantly. The unconscious customer moved, the angle changed and the implied third person at the table disappeared, but those kinds of changes are expected.
Here are the gamblers as you saw them in Issue 3, a black and white outline only. The final drawing of the gamblers before coloring.
The final, colored gamblers. And here are the gamblers (and the whole booth area) after they have been colored in. Now you can see just how much the left-hand gambler resembles the original sketch. Conversely you can see that the other player changed from a young, thin demon-fellow to a much older, more goblinish demon-fellow. A couple old friends sharing a late-night drink over a game of cards and a friendly wager or two.
Finally, to provide a sense of scale and detail, a close-up of the new player is shown to the right. The section shown is exactly a 1 inch by 1 inch area. This close, you can see the individual pencil marks and the flecks of paper showing through the waxy colored pencils. A square inch of the barroom.
Of course, a pub just isn't a pub without lots of alcohol and other intoxicating substances. So, new for this month is the row of bottles showcasing the bar's selection. Each bottle is a different brand and type, displaying everything from cheap wine and moonshine to absinthe and cow blood (for the socially- minded vampires, naturally). Hidden among the various containers are a couple customers looking for a safe niche in which to wait out the violence. A couple of the bar's smallest patrons run along the beam, and a well-dressed python coiled around the beam watches the fight.

The bar's assortment of drinks and a couple patrons.

Most of the characters gathered in the ceiling have the luxury of simply watching. This is true for the final little area that is new this month... the winged cat, watching the scene from on high.

Wings or no, cats like to watch from on high.


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