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SoE - Lesson Learned
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Published: July 14, 2012
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The 11th installment of SoE!

I sure do like the repeat shot don't I? I think it's because of my
love of strips, and they use that a lot.

Hopefully it's obvious how she used the sharp object to cut
herself free, but for those not in the know: she used the sharp
object to cut herself free. It's a multi-tool! Picking locks and
cutting ropes '_'

I'm starting to think maybe I should jump back into inking these
guys. It took me longer to throw down the basic color than it
took me to draw the danged thing. At least with inked lines the
selection tool is really quick... or you can use paint bucket and
select contiguous and all you do is click!

But I sure do enjoy the sensitivity with pencils. Admittedly, I
really like SnowKing's bondage work [link] for the same reason.
But Nomad's ink work is pretty sweet [link] .

BESIDES the point. Taking some advice I heard from the Art
and Story podcast I'm emulating Com's work from Gonzo's
Romeo and Juliet... and also some disney stuff for our turtle
friend. I like what Jerzy said about how copying can help you
explore what you like about a style, and I sure do like this style.

OH! And I totally had a breakthrough with the word baloons.
That last one is exactly what I want, more hand drawn and
manga-ish rather than the perfectly symmetrical elipses.
Sometimes those elipses are useful, but othertimes they come
across as cold and mechanical. I like a little more emotion in
my work. ^^

Eventually I want to start growing into more varied panel
compositions. I sure do keep coming back to the closeup on the
face, and the over the shoulder shot for the turtle. Maybe that's
just because of the sitch though.

Thanks for stopping by! If you read all of this rambling
description, than bravo! I don't think I would have. ._.

<3
~HeartGear

Mario/Metroid (c) Nintendo

P.S. A special thanks to Broken Logic and Konnidor for their
thoughtful critiques! I really appreciate the input!
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SamuelColeymariofan's avatar
So Heartgear, is SOE ever going to continue? Cause I wanna make a fan fic inspired by it.
pikagammerplus's avatar
I love just how Samus acts around this world its just priceless.
Yankee1147's avatar
he looks so cute like an anime character. P.S that was smart
MaidenPaladin's avatar
MaidenPaladinProfessional Traditional Artist
Ah, so perhaps Samus' ropework was not the only thing to respawn with her second life! It does make sense, though; as tools usually are restored for use after a character dies in the Mario series of games....

I quite like how you had Samus remove her gag and start speaking even though her legs were still bound by the aforementioned ropework, as it also makes sense that even the fairly inattentive Red Koopa Sentry would only fail to notice her cutting her arm bindings rather than be oblivious to the entire process of her claiming her (partial) freedom, as he would be slightly more on-guard after the first time this happened (maybe). However, this may also suggest that perhaps the former bounty hunter is once again displaying a pinch of overconfidence....
YumaMan9's avatar
Awesome as always! :)
Patasata's avatar
I think this may be my favorite panel so far. Seeing Samus pull down the gag, and TALKING, after the revelation of the last panel is fantastic rebuttal.  Terrific use of dialogue too. Panel 1 is fierce and Panel 3 is funny.
RetroPG's avatar
This is definitely my favourite page of the series.  Love her innocent-looking expression at the end.
SailorDiana's avatar
Hehe good ol Samus always with a way to escape. The art on her face in these scene are really well done. Keep up the great work!
bonnie2's avatar
l wont ctitique l think this art is fabulous.
BluRose17's avatar
Cause she can simply
halkeye20's avatar
she kept it from the last spawn
TinaRomanas's avatar
I love how she says the last comment: with this: like its sooo obvious, lol, nice job
MorphiusX's avatar
MorphiusXHobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL!! Full of surprises, eh, Samus?

:lol:
SiegfriedStauffenber's avatar
"It's dangerous to go alone, take this"

Seems that might be what's left of her arsenal (though looks handy enough). Then again, Samus is no stranger to losing all her gear and equipment (and I don't just mean "Justin Bailey"). I mean, it seems like everytime she lands on a planet some disaster strucks that makes her lose all her functions of her suit (thankfully the chozo left pieces of technology everywhere in the universe just in case any of them ended up stuck in such a planet).

This is probably gonna be the ultimate test for her:
- Vampire Aliens? Easy to slaughter and turn one of them into her baby
- Dragons? Fights one on a regular basis without trouble (Team Ninja can go... nah, that never happened, period)
- Navigating mazes and tight places? Goddamn Houdini couldn't twist his body the way she can.
- A dress/gown, some long gloves and high heels? Seems we have met a worthy foe for Miss Samus.

Fun fact: The German ad for Super Metroid advertised with this text (not what the narrator is saying but the beginning and finale):
[link]

"A woman searches her way through an unforgiving world"
"A world full of horrible/deformed metroid mutants"
"that only have one goal"
"to suck her life out"
[action action action]
"This is no world for a lady"

To some degree, you could change a few words and you'd have the concept of this comic:
"A woman searches her way through an unforgiving world"
"A world full of cynical turtles and monsters"
"that only have one goal"
"to cage her spirit"
[bondage, kidnapping, ransom]
"This is no world for a [action] lady(?)"
DragonMan200's avatar
Poor turtle, doesn't he know that one of Peach's moves is pulling stuff from the ground no matter how thin the platform she's on is??? And Samus could be hiding anything under those skirts.
PhantomSkyler's avatar
PhantomSkylerStudent Digital Artist
I love her eyes in panels 2 and 3. <3

this time around I think she'll remember to lose the heels. XD
InYuJi's avatar
InYuJiProfessional Digital Artist
haha, she learned better. Maybe she should take the shoes off
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SecretSketchbookProfessional Digital Artist
love the closeup of her face in the first panel, and her expression in the last, too funny

really hope that koopa troopa don't get into trouble I like him lol
BrokenLogic159's avatar
Oh, style change. I think it works well with the more comedic tone of this page. It gives a wonderful sense of innocence to Samus's comment in the last panel. I'm not familiar with the work it was inspired from so I'd like to see it used in more scenario's before passing judgement on it versus the old style. I think it works well for comedy but would it work well in dramatic scenes too?

Regarding my critique, You're Welcome! I think I'd like to try my hand at writing a few more down the line so I'm happy to know that the first one went over well.
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IamNoOnebutIanMooneHobbyist General Artist
Note to self keep giant screws out of princess holding area.
RocatArt's avatar
RocatArtHobbyist Digital Artist
I'm right there with you on inking the lineart. Coloring became way easier after I started using the selection and fill tools. Also, the way you changed her eyes in the last two panels is interesting. Was it just to make her expression stand out a little more?
iPodluigi505's avatar
iPodluigi505Hobbyist Writer
God, I love Samus's face in the third panel.
So cute. ^^
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