Practical Things to Consider When Designing a Character's Look

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 30, 2022



When designing a character's appearance, we want to come up with cool, original elements that make an impression and distinguish that character from all others. So it's tempting to give them a gazillion cool belts with buckles running up their legs and arms, chains hanging off them, high ...

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Panel By Panel: Phantasos and Perspective

hpkomic at 8:09AM, July 29, 2022



Hello and welcome to Panel by Panel, an analysis of panels from comics right here on The Duck and exploring what they do, how they work, and what we can learn from them.

This week we will check out a panel from the webcomic Phantasos by user jslongstreet. This is ...



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The Immortal Challenge

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, June 18, 2022



The idea that an individual (or many) have managed to escape death has always been alluring to creators. being able to live through history, being a constant in an ever-changing world, never having to die, can have its perks: you have innumerable chances to live the ‘good life’, you can ...

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Steph’s Story “Wavelengths” Shows the Untold Beauty of the Nine to Five

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, May 2, 2022


Photo: Life is Strange 3, bonus episode “Wavelengths”. Square Enix, Deck Nine.

The studios at Square Enix and Deck Nine have delivered a third installment to their Life is Strange series, titled True Colors due to the protagonist’s ability to see auras, that is both sobering and surprisingly critical ...


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A Matter of Perspective

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 16, 2022



Consider this typical fantasy story:

There was once a young handsome man who was good with the sword, excellent with everyone in the village he lived with, and loved and cherished by all. However, he was unhappy because the one girl he fell in love with did not love him ...



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QUACKCAST 572 - Myths of fiction part 2

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, March 1, 2022

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Last week we did a thing of the persistent myths of fiction- fictional conventions that we all just accept, and are repeated over and over and even ...



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How Many Moves Ahead Should One See?

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Feb. 28, 2022


Photo: “Rhino and Zebra Playing Chess”. Illustration from The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base. (1988)

My uncle could see nine moves ahead in chess. Nine moves. I could never understand how one could predict the future moves of an opponent by sheer chance. A predictable opponent makes predictable moves, yet ...


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The Twist

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 19, 2022



I remember the first time I watched The Others in the cinema. (how I miss going there…)

It was an awesome experience. Not only because the horror/thriller film was excellently shot with really good actors, but because it played with shadows and your mind in an elegant but unforgiving ...



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Happy Valentine’s Day, Ducks.

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Feb. 14, 2022


Photo: Venus and Adonis by Peter Paul Rubens

There are few days more appropriate than today to write about Love as a topic. Aphrodite herself, the goddess of love, fell in love with the beautiful Adonis, before his ill-fated day when he encountered the wild boars.

Love comes in many ...




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