[OCL] Round 1 - Constructs

Posted Feb 13, 2023, 4:15:10 PM UTC

Finley's heart sank, watching the fiery lichen construct slam its blazing fist into a small water construct he'd made only moments ago. With the heat, its liquid form quickly dissipated into the air, leaving only a faint puddle on the ground. Slowly raising its hand, the beast and its owner stared directly at the young slug. Ghost-Eye didnt seem amused. In fact, he looked furious.

The young man swallowed, staring at the empty glass bottles thrown carelessly against the colloseum grounds. At the start of the fight, they had been filled to the brim with water. But even using everything he had, it simply wasn't enough to conquer this vine-bound monstrosity. His skills just weren't able to keep up with the more talented individuals of the League. He was foolish to thing he could be among them. Finley clenched his fists. He closed his eyes. He awaited his failure.

At that moment, the sky was torn asunder.

Lightning. And with it, an incredible burst of water exploded from the sky. An immediate, sudden storm that drenched the world around them. The lichen beast roared, staggering back, its flaming form sizzling and fading, unable to run or hide. Ghost-Eye's eyes widened, his gaze locked on the small slug who, only moments ago, had completely given up. 

Power spilled forth from Finley as he stood to his feet. He raised his hand, orchestrating the droplets around him like a craft. Weaving them and binding them together, twisting and turning, bringing life from nothing. A great majestic creature, one sculpted from a quiet likeness to his own form. Finley took a step forward, and pointed a finger towards his opponent's construct. Ghost-Eye grinned.

"This! This is what I wanted! Now come on, boy! Fight us!"


There was a part of him which was happy when his victory was announced. When his great construct had drowned Ghost-Eye's flaming lichen monster in a torrent of heavy water. And when the rainfall had stopped, and the sky had opened again to reveal a beautiful sunlight, the power that possessed him had left him. It all felt... strange. He was happy, but it felt undeserved. He shook the great chieftan's hand afterwards, but he felt... guilty. After all, even with everything at Finley's disposal, it had been Ghost-Eye who had won. Despite everything, his fiery creation far surpassed Finley's original. And it was only through sheer luck, through sheer happenstance, that he had succeeded.

If the forecast didn't state rain, he would have been out without question.

So why did the Academic Collective give him this victory...?




HOOOO BOY. I've literally been working on this piece non-stop. Every day from the Round 1 announcement, I've been slowly chipping away at this monster. Over 150 layers later, and a file that's way too chonky for its own good, its done! I've... well, I've never done a comic, and something like this is definitely a first!  This was a huge risky experiment, which had me try a lot of new things, but I'm very happy with it!

Also, I have to say, Ghost-Eye was an absolute pleasure to go against. Takken, you're wonderful, and I hope I did your boy justice <3
His brutal introduction, his appearance alone, and his spiritual capabilities left Finley overwhelmed! Ghost-Eye is a powerful chieftan, with a crap ton of fighting experience, and a relentless mindset that pushes people to give their all. Finley is terrified of this man. And I figured that, realistically with his power set, Finley couldn't win gainst him. After all, he can't really make a decent construct from a few bottles of water in his bag, and his water form doesn't count for this.

But then I was inspired by like... those sudden bursts of rain, where its suddenly thunder and lightning and you're fine one minute, then suddenly soaked to the bones, and then a few minuites later its bright again. I've been in that before and I hated it, but I figured something sudden like that would REALLY give him an edge!


Anyway, I've babbled enough. Good luck to everyone at the OCL! Let's try our best with round 2 and 3! WE'VE GOT THIS, GUYS!!

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  • Feb 22, 2023, 9:20:32 AM UTC
    OH CRAP I forgot to hit "Enter" earlier, lol.

    This piece is awesome!!! From start to finish, I'm hooked, lined, and sinker(ed)!
    I'm seriously glad to meet people as cool, welcoming, and cheery as the Paperdemon community!!

    Y'all have been great but I gotta hand it to the G.O.A.T. : Spektacular!! Nobody has anything on you <3. I hope I can get as CLEAN as you are one day!! Big Smile
    • Feb 27, 2023, 1:30:39 PM UTC
      I'm so glad you like it! I adored drawing Ghost-Eye, and learning more about his character, and I definitely want to see where the two of them go after this is over :3c

      And A. AAA YOU'RE TOO NICE TO MEEE thankyooouu ;-; Takken you've been brilliant, and I really hope to collab with you one day with your absolutely awesome art!!
  • Feb 19, 2023, 2:37:37 PM UTC
    Just as others, I don't know anything I can add that hasn't already been said - but I'm still so impressed by this and proud of you for getting it done! It's such an incredible amount of work!
    My favourites aspect is using the one large panel as a framing device, and how you split it between the strike of lightning and the revelation at the bottom. It's really cool formatting!
    • Feb 19, 2023, 6:22:07 PM UTC
      fgsrfrgdsfsdfg thanku u, dear ;-;
      You know how much I struggled over so many long days, so thankuuuu ;-;
  • Feb 14, 2023, 11:52:08 AM UTC
    I don't know what else I can say that others haven't, but oh my good god this entire piece is stunning?? The composition is stellar, and I still absolutely adore how the final frame is used to like... actually frame everything else? And the dramatic turn of Finley going edge mode is so well executed and I just!!!!!!
    excellent work!!! I'm so excited to see what else you do for this event!!!!!
    • Feb 19, 2023, 6:26:42 PM UTC
      I'm a little sad for going Edge so early on, BUT FUCK IT, I'M HAVING FUN. MY LIL BOY IS AN ANGY EDGELORD AND NO-ONE CAN STOP MEEEEEEE

      Thankyou tho! I doubt I'll be able to keep up this sort of energy so I am BEGGING for motivation!!!!
  • Feb 14, 2023, 10:34:56 AM UTC
    I know I already yelled about it on discord but DAMN
    The ammount of work you put into this is amazing
    It all flows super cleanly and easily to read and just visually is dope as heck
    Like I adore that final panel so much with how you did the composition and water effects big time!
    • Feb 19, 2023, 6:29:25 PM UTC
      Thankyooouuu! ;-; <3 <3 <3 I think I could have done the water effect a bit better on the last panel, but I really wanted to nyoom to the finish line because it was so close and in sight! I'm so happy it still ended up okay though!
  • Feb 14, 2023, 1:45:06 AM UTC
    So pretty! So CWISPY! You've made a short comic both easy to read, and given us a full understanding of the situation without having to tell us. I like. X3
  • Feb 14, 2023, 12:47:01 AM UTC
    Ooh wow... I'm honestly lost for words, this is absolutely amazing!! Like... hooh my goodness!! The last panel just... BAM, heckin amazing, gives all those amazing epic hero rising vibes!!
    • Feb 19, 2023, 6:33:00 PM UTC
      Aaaa thankyou!! Thats exactly what I wanted to go for! I was a little worried the last panel seemed ominous and evil more than heroic? So thank goodness!
      Your comment means so much, thank you!! <3
  • Feb 14, 2023, 12:19:22 AM UTC
    Stars and supernovas WOW :O My brain has been treated to a full blown comic and a follow up story as well, what a comeback!! (Love how Ghost-Eye gets excited too ^-^)

    And knowing how Finley isn't too confident with his skill, the fact that he won "by luck" is an interesting twist that sets up the question of fair judging hmm... but Finley, buddy, you've got quite a lot of magic pent up inside of you!
    • Feb 19, 2023, 6:35:27 PM UTC
      Aha, he absolutely does! I'm always a sucker for 'scrawny timid lil guy is a BOMB of superpower when pushed to their limits' so I just had to be indulgent! AND NO-ONE CAN STOP ME!!

      But yeah, thankyou so much!!!! Aaa!! Comic-making was a brand new experience for me, so seeing all these lovely comments has my brain in constant serotonin mode, my heart melts ;-; <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
  • Feb 13, 2023, 10:07:31 PM UTC
    WOOOOAHHH this is INCREDIBLE!! The emotion you put into the visuals is so powerful!!
    • Feb 14, 2023, 12:18:31 AM UTC
      Thankyou so much!!! It was all a huge experiment, so I'm glad it paid off! <3
  • Feb 13, 2023, 9:39:21 PM UTC
    Woaw. Like. . . this is amazing.
  • Feb 13, 2023, 8:14:17 PM UTC
    This is a great strip! I love it! The expressions, the action and Finley rising up saying they had been holding back! Epic!
  • Feb 13, 2023, 6:05:25 PM UTC
    This is really cool! I love how you did the effects on the water and how you show him rising from defeat in order to finish the fight!

    Also, it's a full comic! That's also cool too!
    • Feb 13, 2023, 7:50:38 PM UTC
      Thankyou! I really wanted to start with Finley losing, both to show that he's out of his league, and how ruthless Ghost-Eye is! So bringing it back around was really satisfying to draw tbh!
      Thanks so much c: <3
  • Feb 13, 2023, 4:43:21 PM UTC
    i just keep scrolling this up and down and still getting chills from the last panel every time dfhjsg absolutely amazing
    • Feb 13, 2023, 7:49:17 PM UTC
      Oh my god I'm so honoured. This was my first time doing something like this, so getting this sort of response is making me SO happy! Thankyou! <3
  • Feb 13, 2023, 4:16:28 PM UTC
    oooooooooooooh boy !!!! that was epic!!!!! Loved every bit of it and the expressions then the last frame was just perfect!!!
    • Feb 13, 2023, 4:36:08 PM UTC
      Thankyou!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I realy wanted to portray a feeling of 'oh shit' with the last panel, so I'm so glad that it came off well! <3



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