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dragonseth
2009-04-23, 10:35 AM
I just finally realized that the proportions on everyone are now normal, as opposed to the oversized heads and short stature we saw at the start of the comic. What does everyone think about that? Is it an intentional change? Have they just finally found the drawing style they want to use?

If I'm lagging behind the masses, just ignore me.:smalltongue:

zz_tophat
2009-04-23, 10:57 AM
Ninja art change!

Either that or it's just a way to reflect the fact that the comic seems to be getting darker and more serious.

Gez
2009-04-23, 11:23 AM
I just finally realized that the proportions on everyone are now normal, as opposed to the oversized heads and short stature we saw at the start of the comic. What does everyone think about that? Is it an intentional change? Have they just finally found the drawing style they want to use?

If I'm lagging behind the masses, just ignore me.:smalltongue:
There's a few theories.
1. Nothing more than stylistic evolution.
2. It represents Parson's growing acceptance of Erfworld as a real world, rather than a dream.
3. It represents Parson's influence on the nature of Erfworldian reality as people start adopting Earth-like proportions.

Kreistor
2009-04-23, 12:13 PM
Not just that, but Parson seems to be not quite so tall as he used to be. Wanda comes up to his 'pits, where early on she topped out at his ribcage.

HandofShadows
2009-04-23, 01:13 PM
Has Parson shrunk, or have the Erfworlders gotten taller? I have noticed a few changes in Parson as well. He seems to have lost some weight. His face does not seem nearly as flaby as before. Still could loose more though.

Fjolnir
2009-04-23, 01:18 PM
the first panel may also have been on a strange camera angle since she also appears to come up taller on bogroll who is the same height as parson HERE (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0028.html) which isn't all that far from the start of the comic anyhow. Though I agree alot of charecters lost the whole "bobblehead thing" as the comic progressed, Ansom however had a head that seemed to swap proportions whenever the panel needed it to from day 1 though.

slayerx
2009-04-23, 05:24 PM
The way i see it, the change in proportions could be the artist getting used to the style... As webcomics go on the style of the art tends to change. If the artist for instance was not used to making super deformed characters, then as he goes on he might unconsciously start drawing the characters in more correct proportions... one thing that helps this along is when you start to notice that the body type of the character interfers with the movements you would want to make... for instance, if the character can not reach their hands above their head, then it makes it harder for them to rub the top of their head or something. As such oyu draw the character to compensate

Essentially what we see with the proportion changes throughout the comic, is in effect the artist just getting comfortable in the style. He seems to have found his balanced, characters disportionate enough that their are not human, but proportionate enough that it does not hinder their movements...

Opal Tide
2009-04-23, 06:54 PM
I am inclined to think that the difference in proportion was intentional. It lends making the reader feel that Erf World if getting more realistic, mirroring Parson's experience.

Just my 0.02 schmuckers.

Simons Mith
2009-04-24, 09:50 AM
Wanda's head may have been getting smaller, but some of her ... other parts have been growing. I liked her better when she wasn't quite so well-stacked, TBH.

MadScientistMat
2009-04-24, 07:19 PM
They still look a bit large-headed - not so much, but compared to Parson the proportions are a bit different.

Kreistor
2009-04-24, 07:34 PM
This could all be intentional, you know. It might be a slow change intended to demonstrate Parson's slow progression towards accepting Erfworld is the new reality. His Earthly perceptions fail, he becomes more native, slowly reducing in size, seeing other humans as what he accepts a human to be, and accepting their mannerisms as less childish.

ishnar
2009-04-24, 08:15 PM
This could all be intentional, you know. It might be a slow change intended to demonstrate Parson's slow progression towards accepting Erfworld is the new reality. His Earthly perceptions fail, he becomes more native, slowly reducing in size, seeing other humans as what he accepts a human to be, and accepting their mannerisms as less childish.

So I wonder if Parson goes back, will he have a bulbous head?

Not all novels with a protagonist who gets yanked into another world return though, so Parson well might stay in Erf.

T-O-E
2009-04-25, 08:57 AM
This could all be intentional, you know. It might be a slow change intended to demonstrate Parson's slow progression towards accepting Erfworld is the new reality. His Earthly perceptions fail, he becomes more native, slowly reducing in size, seeing other humans as what he accepts a human to be, and accepting their mannerisms as less childish.

I'm going to go with this.

ishnar
2009-04-25, 12:59 PM
I'm going to go with this.


My vote:

If it's intentional Rob won't say anything because it will be explained in story somewhere later.
If it's normal artistic evolution, thet Rob probably will step in and make a statement about it.

I reserve the right to be wrong in all my conjecture.

HandofShadows
2009-04-25, 01:10 PM
I think the change is the result of the "laws" of Erfworld slowly erroding due to Parson's actions and just his presence.

Soronhen
2009-04-25, 01:35 PM
My vote:

If it's intentional Rob won't say anything because it will be explained in story somewhere later.
If it's normal artistic evolution, thet Rob probably will step in and make a statement about it.

I reserve the right to be wrong in all my conjecture.

Except now that you've said so, he just won't say anything in order to keep us guessing. :smalltongue:

ishnar
2009-04-25, 01:42 PM
Except now that you've said so, he just won't say anything in order to keep us guessing. :smalltongue:

MUHAHAHAHA

Avilan the Grey
2009-04-25, 02:25 PM
I think the change is the result of the "laws" of Erfworld slowly erroding due to Parson's actions and just his presence.

Yes, I go with this. It is Erf being influenced by Parson, not the other way around.

Alexei P
2009-04-25, 03:02 PM
This is a very far-fetched conjencture at this point, but, you know, if the change is intentional, it might reach a point where Parson and erfworldians would become... anatomically compatible.

Avilan the Grey
2009-04-27, 01:33 AM
This is a very far-fetched conjencture at this point, but, you know, if the change is intentional, it might reach a point where Parson and erfworldians would become... anatomically compatible.

...I kinda asumed they already were; it seems clear to me that Erfworlders can make love, but the concept of pregnancy / kids do not exist.

Foryn Gilnith
2009-04-27, 05:14 PM
Wanda's head may have been getting smaller, but some of her ... other parts have been growing. I liked her better when she wasn't quite so well-stacked, TBH.

I don't really think that her bosom is more accentuated now than it was in the beginning. Just compare them. *shrug*
YMMV.

Gez
2009-04-27, 08:14 PM
This is a very far-fetched conjencture at this point, but, you know, if the change is intentional, it might reach a point where Parson and erfworldians would become... anatomically compatible.

Yeah, but nobody wants to read about a fat nerd having affairs with representatives of the Lollipop Guild. :smallyuk:

Claudius Maximus
2009-04-27, 08:21 PM
Yeah, but nobody wants to read about a fat nerd having affairs with representatives of the Lollipop Guild. :smallyuk:

You, sir, are vastly overestimating the internet.

Alexei P
2009-04-27, 08:58 PM
Yeah, but nobody wants to read about a fat nerd having affairs with representatives of the Lollipop Guild. :smallyuk:

I had in mind a more psychological development - Parson is your average sexually frustrated gamer. Wanda is a brilliant personality-reader and manipulator. Now that they look (to me) on the verge of conflict, Wanda might be looking for ways to keep her "Perfect Warlord" in line... perhaps subtly at first: hints, innuendo, that sort of thing. I think it would be like her (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0054.html) to try something like that to get what she wants - especially seeing her superficial resemblance to a person (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0016.html) whom Parson probably fancies from the real world.

This of course assumes that the growing similarity between Parson and the erfworlders is intentional and not just an evolution in style. And I might be reading way too much into superficial details. But, who knows...

Gez
2009-04-28, 04:46 PM
While everybody has noticed the proportions, there's a more subtle difference between Earth and Erf: shading. All the pages on Erf have flat shading for the characters, from start to finish, while those that depict Earth scenes have smooth shading.