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Strangers in Paradise by SyntheticPlatypus Strangers in Paradise by SyntheticPlatypus
I drew something else!

Miracle.

I just re-read "Strangers in Paradise" by Terry Moore the other day and was inspired to draw the characters. Terry Moore has such a handle on his character development it's not even funny. I care about his characters and cry with them, laugh with them, and get pissed for them.

I wanted to do a pseudo cover/homage to this series. So I have the main characters Francine and Katchoo front and center. Francine is avoiding Freddie's advances, Katchoo is loving on Francine and David, Casey who ended up with the body builder type, Tambi, is also leaning on David which she does. As you can tell this series is all about the ins and outs of relationships.

I used this picture to experiment with some gradients, shading, and coloring. Plus for fun ;)

Enjoy!
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
I love how you're experimenting with coloring techniques here--the textures on their hair really stand out to me. I also like the use of gradients in the BG. It's faint, but it works really well.
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SyntheticPlatypus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Thank you!

I like the experimenting I'm doing...it helps with the comic ALOT.

<3
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celamowari Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Maaaaan, I forgot how much you loved that book. Haven't you done fanart of it before? I bet that would be an interesting contrast!

I really enjoy the range of expressions here, and the mixing up of skin tones (of all things). The quality of rendering on the hair is quite nice, too.

Oh, and the bodybuilder one has a great, soul-piercing stare.
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SyntheticPlatypus Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I think I did a long freaking time ago, but it is lost to the ages now.

The skin tone thing s what I'm proud of! They all have different ones except for Tambi (the body builder) and Katchoo the blond on the bottom because they are half sisters!

I really like doing hair this way. I wish I could for the comic but it takes so long to do something like that.
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celamowari Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
I wonder if *I* have it? Don't worry, I won't post it myself if it turns out I do. ;)

I thought it was very skillfully executed, and a nice way to differentiate your characters!

Well, turning out a comic is all about compromise in the name of expediency.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Another very endearing piece. Quite lovely, m'lady. :)
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SyntheticPlatypus Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Well thank you sir!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome, m'lady. :)
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