MONDAY AND FRIDAY BY JOE ENGLAND

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29th Jun 2021, 10:34 PM

Joe England

(A larger size of this image is available at Patreon and DeviantArt.)

Happy Pride Month! Just under the wire, but someone's got to bring up the rear in every celebration. I'm rather ashamed that I've never done anything for this occasion before. It really feels like something that's owed. And a great excuse to do something colorful again! Getting me used to my new art programs. I've been experimenting with Clip Studio Paint and Photoshop Elements. I was worried about the latter, but it's pretty much on par with my old copy of PS5. Progress!

Everyone pictured is some flavor of LGBTQ+. Zandra has long since acknowledged her bisexuality, though she finds that she generally prefers women. Betty does too, though she's definitely pansexual. Jerry and Daryl have been happily married for several centuries. Michelle mostly keeps to herself, still harboring particular feelings concerning her gender, though she identifies as a woman. The background characters are mostly succubi (first appearing in the related File From the Stone Society), some of whom chose to transition, though others are more "vanilla" vampires whose stories have yet to be told. I might have left out some other folks of the Wooden Castle era, but they're having a social event in the trees here and not everyone can fly, y'know?

Guess we're all being more social lately! I hope you had a nice June. And I hope you have a nice life, whatever kind of skin you're in, and that you're proud. Watch out for that heat, eh? And let's be really good to each other, no matter who we are. Remember, COVID is still a problem, and the world's always a harsh place for somebody somewhere.

And thanks for waiting while I work stuff out. Things are getting on a more even keel (my new computer only shuts down unexpectedly when there's a total woodland power outage). Another Tale From the Wooden Castle is in the works, and I'm premiering a new model of Zandra's gown. You can kind of see it here. What do you think? Better? Wait'll she stands up with it. I'll perfect that infernal dress if it kills me. Or even if it doesn't!

- Joe

(Edit, 7/02: Some commenters helpfully pointed out to me that rainbows work a bit differently than I thought, so I re-rainbowed things a smidge. The original version of the picture can be downloaded under the Patreon post, if you’re so inclined.)

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1st Jul 2021, 6:14 PM

Furlips

Thank you for the update sir.

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1st Jul 2021, 8:13 PM

Joe England

You're welcome, Furlips!

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1st Jul 2021, 10:52 PM

Cubist

Okay, there's got to be some sort of funky magic involved with that double rainbow. With "real" double rainbows, it's the outermost rainbow which is faded-out—and, more curious, the outermost rainbow has its colors in reverse order, as compared to the innermost rainbow.

Dunno why Zandra felt like tweaking the "moonbow", but she can do that if she wants to, eh?

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2nd Jul 2021, 12:01 AM

Joe England

Yeah, she controls the local atmosphere and likes to switch things up like a kaleidoscope for social occasions.

Or maybe I'll fix it later. That's going to drive me nuts....

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2nd Jul 2021, 5:27 AM

Valentine

I was thinking 22 degree halo, 9 degree halo (both red on the inside), with a bit of corona and some artistic license with the Moon's size. They'd be a bit dim for human color vision to pick up, but presumably creatures of the night may have color receptors tuned differently. Actual moonbows (light source behind viewer, liquid water in lower atmosphere rather than ice in upper atmosphere) also exit, though they're less commonly seen.

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2nd Jul 2021, 12:08 PM

Joe England

How about if I just remove the inner rainbow and put a larger inverted hazy rainbow around the big one? Close enough?

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2nd Jul 2021, 7:21 PM

Valentine

With a demon doing it, you wouldn't need to go by actual optical effects. The original just looked like the effects I mentioned, color order aside.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_(optical_phenomenon)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corona_(optical_phenomenon)

There are other effects like dogs (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_dog) and arcs (various, in the "see also" sections of those articles). And for visual size, the Moon is about the size of the end of a thumb tip at arm's length, while the 22 degree halo is about the size of an open hand at arm's length. The Moon is usually depicted as a lot larger than that to correspond more to its prominence in human perception rather than its actual size (and that's probably an alteration Zandra would do in a situation like that). With the text mentioning a halo that people will probably see at some point, I'd make sure that the most prominent ring is a reasonable approximation of the 22 degree halo. One thing you might add is that the sky inside the 22 degree halo is darker than the sky outside (the reverse of a rainbow, as the colors are reversed). Beyond that, whatever looks cool should be fine, though spacing an inner or outer halo to correspond to 9 or 46 degrees would showcase a rarer effect that people might also see. But again, demon doing it.

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2nd Jul 2021, 7:34 PM

Joe England

Boy, I'm lucky that I had people who know about this stuff in the audience! This is very informative. I did change it, how does it look now?

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2nd Jul 2021, 8:36 PM

Valentine

Not really technically accurate but well within the range of artistic license. Though some things you might consider are changing the color order on the inner rainbow, or maybe adding some color to the gray rings (they do look a lot like a corona otherwise). Unlike with double rainbows, the 22 and 46 degree halos don't have reversed color orders (https://cloudatlas.wmo.int/en/halo-phenomena.html). While that's a technical detail most people probably won't care about (or they might think it's proper considering double rainbows), it's a different sort of thing than changing sizes to make compositions work better.

Aesthetically, I prefer the larger rainbow in the new version. I think it leans more towards ambience than the original, where the characters are the main focus rather than the neat optical phenomenon.

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2nd Jul 2021, 10:44 PM

Joe England

Woof. Really putting me through my paces here. Alright, how about now?

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1st Jul 2021, 11:00 PM

Morfos

Definitely clearer what's gown and not Zandra. The color does help.

Art program, you say? The detail on that tree is insane.

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2nd Jul 2021, 12:58 AM

Joe England

Oh, I mostly just use Photoshop for editing purposes. The trees are hand-drawn.

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2nd Jul 2021, 2:16 AM

Morfos

...Which is insane. Not that I'm complaining, mind.

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4th Jul 2021, 10:23 AM

AngelB

Monster Pride, I love it

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5th Jul 2021, 6:04 PM

ttaxus

This is super cute. For a minute I was wondering why Daryl's hat seemed a little off, until I realized it was Betty's and she just found a convenient place to leave it during cuddles.

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6th Jul 2021, 12:08 AM

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23rd Jul 2021, 10:10 AM

Velgar

Also, I believe you have to be looking away from the light source for rainbow to appear... No doubt someone adds some theological mutterings to that...

But otherwise it's superb piece of art.

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26th Jul 2021, 2:21 AM

Joe England

Well, those little party lights are actually pretty weak. Let's say there's a stronger light source behind the point of view.

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