I find that taking notes during critique helps me improve faster, because I have a visual reference. I'm the sort of person who, if I don't write down what was said, will only remember the bad things. This makes it very easy to become depressed and discouraged. If you're going to start taking notes during your crits, I encourage you to write down the positive as well, so you know what to focus on and can keep track of what you're doing right.
My classmates have seen all stages of Foiled progress, and something that frustrates me is how fickle people can be. Things that they liked just one critique prior become things they can't stand. You need to keep in mind that you can't please everyone, so sometimes it's best just to go with your gut. One thing I absolutely don't disagree with is the lettering. It's a good thing I waited to do a lettering tutorial, because I'm going to have to redo all of it. The font I used this this time was Zeo 2.0 because it has lowercase, but I think I'm going to revert to either Anime Ace or my old favorite, LetterOMatic. All these fonts are available free on the Blambot website. I copped out with the word ballloons because I didn't plan for them when inking, so I did them digitally. I'm going to try to work out a little Photoshop magic and see if I can't composite some hand drawn balloons (I'll be working on those either today or tomorrow) with my inked pages. Either way, I feel compelled to share the results of that experiment with you guys. As long as my handwriting is awful, I plan to letter digitally, but since I'm taking a handlettering course this fall, that will hopefully be a shortlived crutch.
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