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RAIN p.4 - Morning Routine by JocelynSamara RAIN p.4 - Morning Routine by JocelynSamara
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Introducing... COLOR!

Anyway, there's next to no dialogue here. In fact, this is the "quietest" page dialogue-wise. Fortunately, it is also the busiest artistically.

Depicted here is the busy morning routine required of Rain in order to pass in her presentation. Originally, I wasn't going to do this, but I thought it might be kind of insightful, especially to those readers who are in fact not transgendered. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the montage; it was the first time I'd ever had to draw a lot of these actions. And thanks to this comic, I wonder if it won't be the last.

You know... I'm starting to think maybe it wasn't a phase after all... ^^;

2004-2010
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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:iconcasylum:
Casylum Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Cute! :O
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Harryeagle Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Maybe I should have mentioned this a few pages ago, but TV Tropes brought me here. :) Seems interesting so far.
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Wiinner159 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Is it just me, or is Rain's home look more like a house then an apartment complex? Or am I just delusional and Rain always lived in a house
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Writer
It is a house; but their apartment is within the house.  Based on my experiences, I've lived in quite a few apartments that were simply houses.  One family upstairs and the other downstairs, or something like that (in this case, Rain and Fara upstairs, and Kylie and Heather downstairs).  It's seems this is not a very common setup since a lot of readers have been confused by this.  However, it IS a thing, as I've lived in like four apartments like this.  ^_^
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Wiinner159 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Ah okay, funny enough I was JUST on the page where Fara mentions it being an apartment when I noticed that someone responded. Now I understand, I had a friend who used to live like that.
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the1smjb Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Hey, I'm finally getting around to saving these comics to my computer so I can slay them nd whatnot (that is, make strip slays, not the world's weirdest videogame XP ), and I noticed how Rain is wearing that towel. It makes perfect sense, I suppose, but still, it's adorable.
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JamieAgathaRose Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's always a "phase", until it isn't. :blushes:
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lil-schadenfreud Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist
aww!
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Freddy-kun Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
.... now that I'm going through it all again, I'm suddenly noticing Rain's lack of definable hippage. Her boobs and face may fool people, but I love me some femme hips, so that's just about the first thing I notice on a person (unfortunately). Rain has a man's waist and hips still. not a criticism (though Rain herself might freak out over it) just an observation. lol
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Have you ever heard of the Akinator? That online genie thing that asks you questions, and tries to arrive at the character you're thinking of?

I did that for the character "Rain Flaharty". It didn't find her, but I added her to the cue of things that the developers look up. :)


I wasn't sure how to answer the question, "Have you ever seen your character naked?" Why? Because of panel four right here.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Writer
Rain is in there. You may have just given incorrect answers. When I tried some months ago, I was apparently the 12th person to try it.

(Also, her last name is "Flaherty".) ;)
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Maybe. I tried a few times. :P Then again, I WAS using the app version....

Well...uh...uhm.....shut...up? *best comeback ever*
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YukiMKitty-chan Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
this is totally me<3 love it<3
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Dispite all three times I've read through this page, attempting to get through the entire comic in one go, I never noticed the bunny before. :P

Bunnyyyyyyy!
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LeucisticRaccoon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like me when I first came out...
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wolf-blazer Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Student Interface Designer
oh shit !
how old are rain?!
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emeraldthechao174 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
this is awesome :D
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AmmyKaabiiPupupu Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
...Do I see a Black Jack manga back there? *has neer read Black Jack, just recognizes black&white spikes*
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Nope, it's "Black Wings, Kaminari".
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ivitek Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
cool skirt)
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:iconhipster-kei-rei:
Hipster-kei-rei Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ryan-rain, i get it XD
that's actually pretty clever!
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Student Writer
I just realized, does she have a pet bunny?
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Writer
Yes, she sure does. ^_^

It wasn't originally a planned idea; I just drew it on a whim. But as long as it's there, I'm keeping it. :XD:
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Student Writer
So how it seems to fit her personality.
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Pizza-niichan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011   Writer
2 hours? Geeze, it takes me twenty minutes to get myself ready for school and I wear uniforms.

Interesting..
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very cute! love the bedhead! YOU CAN DO IT, RAIN!
one teensy critique: that's not how you put a bra on :) you fasten it in front then swivel it around. Nearly impossible to fasten in back.
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kidotrar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always fastened it in the back, that's how my mom taught me. I think it depends how you learn.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks! "Bedhead Rain" was fun to draw. I probably won't have nearly enough chances to work with that look. ^_^

As for the bra, yeah, I know. ^^;
I originally meant to draw it just as you describe, but I couldn't make that look right for the life of me. After the eleven-thousandth attempt (give or take), I finally just tried to have her go about it the other way. And then I'm happy with the result on the first try. Go figure.

So, it might not be the ideal method for putting on a bra (I can do it like that, but why would when there's a MUCH easier method), but I guess it looks good in that it's clearly identifiable as to what she's doing.
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kidotrar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always fastened it in the back, that's how my mom taught me. I think it depends how you learn.
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, there's that XD and we can pretend that maybe she's taking it off for some reason :)
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superdeformedchibi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's too funny! I've worn a bra for 20yrs and I've never actually thought about how I put it on and take it off, but you're exactly right! In situations where I need to put it on by clapsing it in the back I have never been able to do it quickly or correctly by myself. But I have zero problem taking it off that way (especially when I had roommate in college and needed to houdini the bra off while keeping a shirt on!)
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i only think about it b/c my mom got me training bras and didn't explain how to put them on
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Writer
Heh. Maybe one of the straps was all tangled, and there's just no way she was going to deal with that all day. Hence, she takes it off to adjust it and put it back on. Perfect. ^_^
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
You LIKE updating, don't you?

Admit it!
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Writer
Of course! ^_^
I've always loved updating!
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
*Gasps* so forward! So audacious! So... Lynny?
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shadowlord19 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work! can't wait for the next page.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Writer
Thank you very much! :D
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I hope you can do this to Rain being the lad of a webcomic is not an easy thing. Especially for someone in your position.

I can admit it is busy, but to make a good impression you need time. It isn't just throw on jeans and a big T and rush out the door when you get to high school. But it does say a lot about routine for Rain as well. About her feeding Puddle, how she keeps her padding in a secure case, the care taken to her hair and how she keeps what I guess is Vol. 1 of Kaminari close to her bed like a bible. In some way, it is a really an illuminating moment to show that she really holding hopes to be a girl in every sense of the word.

I'm not even going to argue about the anatomy and preportions and the physicality of the objects in the panels considering that condensing your images into smaller panels is much more daunting than expected. Trust me, I made that sad attempt myself and so far you are doing better than me. The color may be bland when ccompared to the previously seen art in your gallery, but again, its still a learning experience and I don't know when the first pages were sketched.

All in all, you have made your point in introducing Rain to us and I'm sure we all look forward to seeing where we are taken next into her journey for acceptence.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Writer
I love your keen eye sometimes. I worried some people might look at this page and just think, "So, it's just a montage of the tedium you have to do to prepare for school?" But you can actually learn a lot about her character from this page, even through these seemingly monotonous tasks.

The art in this comic is overall a little downgraded from my usual works (I sincerely hope that's not a deal breaker or anything). I don't shade because it's too time-consuming, when I need to put these out in relatively quick succession, and many pages are frankly devoid of any real background (because I suck at backgrounds). But it's all for keeping up with time constraints and keeping everything looking as consistent as possible. As with most any comic, the art is very likely to improve as it goes as I'll simply get more comfortable with what I can and can't do.

Anywho, thank you for the comment, and of course, for reading the comic so far. ^_^
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kidotrar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Besides, if you look at the first page of ANY webcomic, you can always see how the artist's style changed over time, often to be a lot better or worse.

I think my favorite reference for this is Questionable Content.

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Same guy, seven years later.
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks very much, as I said before, I never hold back an honest review when I believe its for the best.


And don't worry, comics are hard on me too, but I'm sure they will be better in time just like yours. My dad always tells me that we have no where to go but up, our ability to create becoming greater with each idea. He really is an inspiration outside of art.


:hug: and I will always read it silly.
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naminenam Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
just for curiosity is she living with her parents at home and did they take to this when they first found out
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Writer
What I can tell you for now is that she is currently living with her aunt only. Where the rest of her family is, is something I'll be revealing some time later.
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DivineValley Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
BUNNY! Lol sorry. Shes adorable!!!
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Writer
Heh. No problem. I tend to react the same way when I see a bunny. ^_^

And thanks!
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