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daviddoesntgetit July 17th, 2012, 11:33 am

Minteh asked:

"Were there ever any times when you felt you needed to change something about yourself in order to go further in life? barring sexuality, of course, more like personality or habit-wise."

This took a while to put up because I was having trouble answering the question. And I fell asleep early last night, haha.

Since most people I spend time with I like, no one realized I could give off such an oppressive atmosphere. Apparently I can be quite a wet blanket, I like that people feel so strongly about having such a good time.

On the topic of individuality and identity, Connor and Miriam were having an interesting conversation about what defines a person after hearing some news about cloning, they looked at it scientifically, DNA, and on a more conceptual sense, like the concept of a soul. I can't remember any of it but I thought it was interesting and it did influence what I thought about myself.

It's pretty easy to figure out what person I'll like. If I can talk to you about art, we're fine. If you do art but all you want to talk about is partying, I have no interest. Since Amy isn't an art major, and all her friends as a result can't talk about art, I don't really want to talk to them. But as you can see with Amy there are exceptions to the rules.

I haven't drawn Amy much, she's still a close friend of mine but she got married and had a child pretty recently so Brad and I haven't seen much of her. Though she seems to be making friends with other parents, haha. Here's some trivia about her, she's also Vietnamese but can't speak it and an engineer.

I think her daughter, Ngoc, is about two now.

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copperfox July 17th, 2012, 1:52 pm

Hahaha, you know you have great friends when you can be an ass and they keep attacking you with love. I have a question foreveryone, I guess. Did figuring out who you are come at a specific moment, or was it just age and exeriance that eventually made you realize what kind of a person you are?
Also I wanted to add that I love your comic, and thanks for sharing all of your personal stories with us. They really make me think.

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mikemacdee July 17th, 2012, 6:38 pm

speaking of art, i don't remember if anyone asked you about your artistic influences before. your style gives me the same vibe as the Madeline books, and Roald Dahl, and i wondered if they were ever inspiring to you.

all my friends talk about is World of Warcraft and whatever shitty movie they watched last. bores me to tears...and i feel like a shitty friend because that's why i rarely hang out with them. i'm the only one who wants to talk about art, or writing, or comic design theory. or, y'know, INTELLECTUAL shit.

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daviddoesntgetit July 17th, 2012, 7:00 pm

@copperfox: Haha. It's amazing that I can act like this much of an ass but my friends still keep coming back. I guess that means I don't have to deal with FAKER!

Aw, glad you're enjoying the comic.

@mikemacdee: Hm. Children's book? No, not really. Someone did ask me and it's in a comic somewhere but it was mainly Belgian comics and some American newspaper strips and manga.

To be honest, I'm not conscious of my art a lot, everything is kinda done by instinct. I did copy a lot of manga growing up and the style I have now is a result of me trying to break out of the anime mold I was in.

Hahaha. It seems we're in the same vei except... I'm not intellectual, hahaha.

Man, if you ever want to talk about that stuff I'd love to. I can't talk to anyone about comics, Brad listens but he's not great at the conversation part, haha.

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mikemacdee July 17th, 2012, 10:42 pm

true, style development isn't really a conscious thing. but I often quote Mark Twain regarding that sort of thing: he described a writer's "style" as a brick house made with the bricks of other authors' houses. so if I'm a horror author, I might stop by Stephen King's house, decide I don't like the decor, and leave it alone. up the street I pay Lovecraft a visit, really dig his place, and borrow a brick or two for my own house on the way out. after visiting enough authors I've built my own house (which hopefully isn't just the exact same house as another author's -- not a good idea to take too many bricks).

it's the same with any creative medium, though: you copy what you like to get a feel for it, and somewhere along the way it just becomes one facet of your style. possibly a facet you forget about completely. would you believe there's elements of Sailor Moon in my art somewhere? I still don't...

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hoshi.neko July 17th, 2012, 10:56 pm

How did you first meet Amy, if she's not the type to force you to be friends (like Brad)?

Haha, I think you might be kind of lucky to have such a personality trait, though...definitely separates a lot of true friends from fake ones. When it comes to work, though, I see the negative part of your personality.

Also, as a really random side-note: I love how you draw tears! c: Like on the corner of Amy's eye on this page.

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daviddoesntgetit July 17th, 2012, 11:01 pm

@mikemacdee: Haha. I mean it when I say I wasn't conscious about it because I didn't copy directly much.

I'm not disagreeing with you but it's just even if you keep asking me I'm not too sure myself.

It's less a person and more a style that I copied.

I, uh. I copied Asterix a bit, copied various manga art, random pictures here and there, and so I drew really anime. And then I like the way American comics lines looked so I copied that.

But as for my particular style I thought this was a stroke of genius at 13 or so. I liked drawing the more simple anime, like reaction shots, and thought, "What if I put this line here to represent an eyebrow? And what if the eyes were just lines?! AWESOME."

So if you look you can tell by how tall my eyes are that it's anime influenced 'cause American eyes don't get that tall. Or if they do it's bulging, like Garfield?

I admit growing up I was curious about how my art would develop without any artistic influence so I ended up closing myself off from consuming media. 'Cause at that point I knew I was taking from other's work, like how I like the way this guy drew hands, etc.

I'm not sure if it worked as well as I thought it would, and then in college I just watched videos a lot and my drawings were just doodles. I read some comics then but I don't think my style itself has changed that much since, but my proficiency at is has.

I dunno. I spend more time drawing from life as practice, at some point I ended up consumed in my own style, which I want to say is high school?

It's like this, I probably could talk about it more if I paid more attention to my comic art but I didn't again 'til just recently. What you see now is a result of years of neglect, hahaha.

I'm sorry. I'm not trying to be independent or unique. I'm honest when I say I'm not too sure myself. Even now I draw from life more, I stopped developing it in high school.

As a result I'm not that interested in talking about my 2-D art. It's just something I do without thinking about it much, haha.

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daviddoesntgetit July 17th, 2012, 11:03 pm

@hoshi.neko: Haha, yeah. I'm pretty shitty, but if I like you we're loyal friends.

Haha. Thanks. I'll add your question to the queue. Fuck, there were some more around now I have to go look for them. I completely forgot.

Sorry. I couldn't stop typing there as I was thinking, haha.

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roxjey July 17th, 2012, 11:22 pm

you are so complicated david! hahah XD

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mikemacdee July 17th, 2012, 11:35 pm

@daviddoesntgetit: heh, I wasn't trying to press the issue or anything. it's just a topic I sorta dig, and I'm curious to see which artists are conscious about it and which just go with the flow. There's a guy on DeviantArt who's pretty popular and he's been doing his own Q&A comics, and everyone keeps asking questions about how they should develop their style. and I wish he'd just say, "guys and gals, quit worrying about it! just do it!"

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daviddoesntgetit July 17th, 2012, 11:54 pm

@roxjey: Haha, me? Hahahahahaha, not at all.

@mikemacdee: Ah, I understand.

I just get flustered with these questions. When I took life drawing a while back people were often curious about my technique so during crits they'd ask what I was trying to accomplish with a certain line or why I drew it a certain way.

I was just always embarrassed I never did have an answer. I felt like an idiot, haha.

Hahaha, I agree. I think if you're too conscious of your lines your work ends up stiff and measured, so it's kinda muscle memory where you just let your body know what to do after a while.

I think of style the same way, since it is a personal exploration it's up to you to find out.

Haha, in any case I'm sorry for getting flustered there.

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Arachibutyrophobia July 18th, 2012, 12:07 pm

Aw David. We all know you're a sweet heart.
Btw, Anti-David killed me. I nearly spit up my drink reading it. Totally didn't expect it XD

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Odd1out (Guest) July 18th, 2012, 6:09 pm

You're so mean to Brad, David. *Laughs*
...But, I guess that's what make your unique friendship what it is... whatever it is. *Laughs* Regardless, I find it all pretty funny! Keep it up!
Your "alternate universe" self made me laugh, along with your usual self (Using "X" for a speech bubble? Aw.).
I'm not sure if you're the type of guy who likes to play small pranks on his friends. If you are, I'd bet it be entertaining to act like your "alternate universe" self for a day towards Jenny and Brad. Just imagining their possible shocked reactions to suddenly see you offering cookies and kisses out of the blue... oh man. *Shakes head, smiling*

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The way you described Jenny's reactions when she believed that you disliked her... man, it reminds me of some experiences with my old friends. Thinking back, their once-confusing assumptions makes more sense now that I'm more experienced on relationships in general. From the way you describe Jenny, she definitely sounds like a sweet and sensitive gal. I'm glad you were able to find a compromise for Jenny while still finding moments to be yourself, David. *Smiles*
It's definitely not always easy, because I sometimes struggle with that balance too. Making small talk is never easy for me, especially when it feels I'm obligated to socialize.
It's especially annoying whenever one has to schmooze and network for work and academic reasons. Even though it's "practical," it just feels so fake and manipulative. UGH.
Just don't know how others can smoothly do it without any second-thoughts. *Shakes head, grimacing*

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daviddoesntgetit July 20th, 2012, 3:15 pm

@Arachibutyrophobia: Gross.

Hahahaha. Despite the difference, AU David and me get along pretty ok when he keeps his hands to himself.

@Odd1out: What?! How am I mean to Brad?

Haha, we do play pranks on each other but... I think this is a little too much for me. I am not brave enough.

Ah, you mean Amy? Yeah, she's a great person, we'll be seeing more of her again soon so I'll draw some comics about her.

Haha. Everyone jokes that I get completely enraged at them but I'm incredibly polite to strangers, the most polite. Hahaha.

You never know who's packing heat. I joke, I joke.

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jonasfx August 7th, 2012, 5:37 pm

ah, the title just reminded me of a thing I do.. I guess you've heard about people liking to image people they find attractive without clothes? well I imagine kissing people, I don't have to be attracted to them though! I guess when I meet someone that seem or looks different from what kind of people I've met before I start to wonder what it would be like to kiss them, how they kiss their loved ones and... haha it can get embarrassing fast!! specially with colleagues xD