So, it's finals week! I've got five exams, a study session and 15 hours of work to take care of, but we'll see what happens with the comics. At least since I don't have homework to do, my work time is freed up to work on drawing as long as we don't get mobbed by customers. Which we will. Because it's finals week.
Also... is it just me, or has the art been going downhill in this comic? @_@;; I don't think it's my art in general, 'cause I actually kinda like a lot of the recent panels in The Burned, but I'm not sure. Be honest please. xD If none of you guys have noticed, it might not be worth my attention but I'd like a heads up if you notice anything particular.
Not sure if I got the motion across in this page properly, but I think you can get the idea of what's going on. xD;; If it's bad enough that you can't even tell what's going on I'm terribly sorry.
@Theorah: That's really interesting; to me, thumbnails feel more formal than scripts. xD Or, laying out the plot seems less constricting than laying out the art, if that makes any sense. Also I love your avatar xDD
@NovemberSaint: Yes, Myaka does have an anger management problem but I think we can blame this one on Sentia, not on him xD
@sarall: I laughed. So much. And I'm glad you like that panel, I think it's my favorite too :3
I think that the lack of backgrounds in the previous few pages is what's causing you to feel there's a decline in art quality. You haven't shown the trees for the background in the past four pages, so it starts to seem like we're not in the forest anymore. You don't even need elaborate backgrounds, or background in every panel; I think just a line every couple panels indicating where the ground stops and the trees begin would suffice if needed. Also, speedlines or swaths of patterns might be a good contrast every so often as well. But then I didn't even notice this until you asked for particular things that might contribute to perceived art decline, so I could be nitpicking.
Your art itself seems fine, although if Im honest it doesnt have the same spontaneous nature and flow that it usually does. However, its not noticeable unless you're really looking, so I wouldnt worry about it! I can only assume its cos your busy though, since I and many other artists get the same decline when we get busy...