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Mending Embrace by BuddhatheBob Mending Embrace by BuddhatheBob
This originally started out as a comic about how R.J. was diagnosed with autism, but I realized I didn't know the specifics of how one is diagnosed (even though I went through those tests myself ^^;).

So instead this slowly morphed into the day that Wesley found out R.J. had Asperger's :D
This was actually kind of weird/interesting to draw, because I've never drawn R.J. so shaken up before.
I mean, I've imagined him being so, but I don't think I've ever actually drawn him like that.
I used to be scared of admiting to people that I had Asperger's too.
In fact, I still don't.
It's not that I'm ashamed to have it.
Hell, I love having it, weird as that may sound.
But the problem is that most people think of autism and mental disorder and immediately start thinking you're either handicapped in some way or that you're not as intelligent as they are or that you're violent or some such crap.
So usually I avoid telling people until I know them very well and can trust them to see past the stereotypes :D

I think R.J. would be more guarded about it though. Even though he's very based off of me in terms of my autism and way of thinking, he hasn't had the same experiences as me.
The constant bullying doesn't help, and neither does the fact that his parents aren't with him very much (which is one reason some people get mad at the Brotherhood because family units aren't together very often).
So he'd be afraid that Wesley knowing about his disorder would have a bad effect on their relationship and would be terrified of Wesley finding out (though we see that Wesley doesn't care).

And oddly enough, I think this would be the moment that Wesley realizes he's in love with R.J. (hopefuly you can gather it from the dialogue).
I guess it seems like an odd moment. I mean, R.J.'s sobbing his heart out and whatnot.
But I guess this sort've reassures Wesley of R.J.'s humanity. That he has a tender side that Wesley can protect :D

BTW this happens when they're still bros :D

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy this.

BlueJay (c) me
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Critique by DGJTTDDW Aug 1, 2012, 3:14:28 AM
First off, this was most defiantly the most touching artwork I have seen in quite some time, carefully and slowly plotted out, it really brought out the characters in RJ and Wesley. BuddahTheBob had brought out the characters through their eyes and words.

The way the story progressed as first stating out what Wesley was yelling about, then suddenly narrowing down just to RJ slowly pulling out what he was so worried about.

Then, 'boom' the big scene where BTB had drawn RJ in his own panel, I would say this is big scene number 1

Number 2 would be Wesley slowly realizing RJs' worry, then finally pulling him in to a hug, thus where this would be the most touching and impacting scene.

This panel is just stunning, the hug was just so sudden and pull the reader in. BTB had (in my guess) had shown the hug with RJ's face in view to bring in the shock of RJ to complete view.

The impact of this artwork is truly just amazing, it was just so stunning and sudden. The technique would be higher than average, but could be a little better. For example, when it was just Wesley's eye in view, the eyebrow was a little too far up, therefore, I couldn't see the frown, making me think, it was a little strange for BTB just to be focusing on the eyes (even though it was appropriated, just, the frown wasn't clearly in view).

Also, in the sixith panel, what Wesley said just was probably (in my view, I hope you won't take any offense :D) wasn't shocking enough for a 'shocked' or 'stunned-by-words' background. Perhaps RJ looking down would be a better one.

But the vision in this piece was definetely clear, with some anger and friendship trust in this artwork, it was a full of fluff scene.

Personally, in my point of view, it was a wonderful short comic piece and I truly loved it, cute, a little sad, it brought out a new trust between RJ and Wesley.
Wonderful job, BuddahTheBob, I'd love to see some more RJ and Wesley soon :D
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Since I love your art I just put my oar in and give you the requested critique xD

What I like:
- your perspectives~ The panel where Wesley brawls at R.J. "I thought you trusted me!" was very good, this view from the bottom. I noticed this talent especially at your works with BRS :D

-your coloration~ The coloured bubbles were a good idea. And how you ink and shadow your characters is always great xD

But there were some parts where I would complain a bit:
-the speech bubbles itself~ bubbles should fit to the atmosphere and emotions of characters and story. Size and form are very important for this otherwise they break the flow of reading :/ Some are too pointed oval. They don't fit to your drawing style and divert from your protagonists :(

-font size~ it's quite tiresome, you changed too much o_O; For the reading flow it's better to stay at one size or change it minimally. Only if you want to emphasize something you can turn it bigger of course :D Or if someone is murmering smaller aso. And if this troubles you, try to deform the speech bubbles~
It isn't always necessary to rewrite the text :3

-the background behind R.J. when he broke out~
it doesn't match to his mood and situation. It's more giving you a puffy fluffy feeling not a disturbed anxious one D: R.J is in a apocalyptic mood!
And the background when Wesley hugs him is way toooo plain~ It should underline this very moment and make it unforgetable.
Okay you don't have to add putti and flowers to the scene but it would be nice to give this more fluff :D

All in all the plot and characters are great as always also their feelings to each other and the feeling you want to give the reader. But if you want to create comics instead of pictures there is more practicing to be needed :)

To my person I have no talent in drawing and colouring pictures but I can give at least critiques very objective :D I hope I could convey my opinion to your work properly~

But there's one thing which is getting on my nerves: the couch! D8 R.J. merges with it nearly...
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WinxSurprises Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I HATE living with autism Waaaah! 
BuddhatheBob Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm sorry buddy. It's not an easy disorder to have.
WinxSurprises Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, hon. And you're right. It's not!
risuchan23 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
^..^ cool
1deathgod Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Mental disorders are nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to mock.  They don't make you less than those around you, nor should you ever let someone make you think that of yourself.  This is a rather personal topic for me, so I tend to get angry when I see people getting bullied over this.
bookchomper101 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hello! I love your art so much and these two boys especially! I was wondering if it is posted elsewhere as a webcomic- since I saw once that you are on a free webcomic publisher website! If you are could you please please please tell me the address so that I can read it? :D
also, what program do you use to draw this artwork. I downloaded some programs into my laptop and they aren't what I actually wanted
again, you're amazing and thank you for creating this awesomeness :P
BuddhatheBob Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I did at one point have the webcomic up and running on this site and on another site but I took it off and put it on hiatus for revisions. I'm glad you like the series though :D

As for what program I use, I used GIMP 2.8 for this, but lately (as this comic is quite old now) I've been using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 6 for almost everything except filter effects.

Thanks you so much!
ArtemisWest Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Are R.J. and Wesley modelled after KF and Rob from YJ? Cause... y'know.. they look a LOT like Wally and Dick...
BuddhatheBob Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's funny, in the beginning R.J. was more based off of Batman. But yes, KF and Rob were the initial inspiration for these characters. I've revised R.J. and Wesley so much since then though that I think the resemblance (or I hope) is fleeting.
ArtemisWest Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
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