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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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Theunkowngirl3 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i have to live with shot term memorie some time i cant remember my own family
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BuddhatheBob Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm sorry about your circumstances buddy. 
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Theunkowngirl3 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem I didn't take it to heart
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WinxSurprises Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I HATE living with autism Waaaah! 
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BuddhatheBob Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm sorry buddy. It's not an easy disorder to have.
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WinxSurprises Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, hon. And you're right. It's not!
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risuchan23 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
^..^ cool
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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.
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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
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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!
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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...
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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.
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ArtemisWest Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Uhhhh....
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BuddhatheBob Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Is that a good uhhh or a bad uhhh?
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ArtemisWest Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Yes the charateristic traits of the characters are mostly different, however, the appearences are nearly uncanny, and some people are liable to get upset at that. I want to suggest some stuff but my opnions are usually crap. *looks back at the first sentence* Wow. I had no idea I could write something so... intelligent looking!
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BuddhatheBob Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah, I see. I got a lot of that in the early days but as I kept redesigning them I got those less and less so I figured I'd finally changed their appearance enough for the inspiration not to show. Plus I figured half of it came from the way I personally drew Robin and KF and not the way they actually looked, if that makes any sense.

What would you suggest I change? 

Also, although I have drawn more recent ver. of the characters these refs are the most up to date. Do you still have the same opinion when you look at them? aspiesaurus.deviantart.com/art…
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ArtemisWest Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
I just think you could make BJ(That feels so strange now cuz that's usually what I call my sis) have extremely dark brown hair(almost black, yet not quite) and make Momentum have, I dunno, check this: amacci.net/blog/wp-content/upl…
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BuddhatheBob Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So it's just the hair?
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PinkSpace101 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This story touches me. I also have autism and I know how he exactly feels. I remember that I thought if I even try to talk to other teens. They'll think I'm weird. So, I always think that having Autism doesn't make me human enough to fit in into a big world. I always think of other teens as "Popular kids" or "Normal Humans" in my head when I'm angry, but this story touches me. No matter what if I have Autism or not, I'll always have friends with me or the other side of the world.
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BuddhatheBob Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I know the feeling all too well. The key is to find people who don't care that it makes a difference and trust me that's not easy because I've only found a few and managed to keep even less of them over the years. Keep fighting the goof fight dude :iconsaluteplz:
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PinkSpace101 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!Happy cry (Tears of joy) 
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Nightjaybobs Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this was amazingly drawn i omg just LOVE your drawwing style ive tried it and when when my friends ask me what i draw is say "The style of the Budah!!!" lol

this is beautiful i to have aspergers and its a long journay its all about working hard and doing your best and to those who make fun of people That have worked hard all their lives going through the emotional stress of it WELL SHAME ON THEM
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BuddhatheBob Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad it meant so much to you :D
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randomkitty101 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...This is amazingly drawn, written and shown.
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randomkitty101 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would you mind if I ever used his dialogue in a story? I'd give credit to you and all that jazz. Just wondering...
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MasterWigglesworth Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As someone who has Asperger's too I tip my hat to you BuddahtheBob Hat off 2 
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thelittlewierdo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
:C -sobHeart Heart I think I've fainted. - so CUTE
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CeciliaArt Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
This is amazing...
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Meek-the-DJ Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so amazing. It just...tugs at my heart stings, wow.  Im Crying Rainbows So Much Plz 
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lolgrace14 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 I know how you feel. I have mild case of autism. And people called me a retard and a weirdo. I feel like no one gives a crap about me. But I started thinking " Those people don't know me. So why in the hell should I give a crap what they say?"
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MissMarieMjolnir Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
my best friend have a metal disorder
and this made me cry, great job
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justsomguy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Sarcasm?
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MissMarieMjolnir Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
no
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justsomguy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
That was a joke because you said it made you cry, a negative thing, then you followed it with good job, a positive thing.  Thusly the joke pointed out the irony of the situation by implying that the statement, good job, was sarcasm.  I'm still in trouble aren't I? T_T
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NEVERNEUTRAL Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
This really just shows you what kinds of people there are in the world. And I absolutely love this comic, and how it shows that things aren't just black and white like most people see them, or at least, that's how I read it. I think this is great and sends a great message. I love the art and I love you!
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NEVERNEUTRAL Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
I absolutely love this and anything that involves these characters. Because I really admire the fact that you are able to come up with and write/draw your own comic, I would never be able to do something like that (even if I could draw that is).
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Nightjaybobs Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this comic really means alot to me i have aspergers and i felt the same way. its alway grat to have that person who cares
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BuddhatheBob Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Don't I know it.
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Nightjaybobs Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ya anyways great job on the art ive always liked how you do your art its really good
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BuddhatheBob Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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AutisticIcelandic98 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Fack yea! Those kind of bros FTW!
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darkknight6667 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:iconsomanyfeelsplz: :iconfeelsplz:
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aurum88 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student
Okay, so first off, that was the most freaking amazing and touching thing I have ever seen! Like... I just... I... just awwwwww *sniff sniff* That was just so good! I must've read it like 5 times by now! Oh my gosh! I really feel the need to hug someone right now[link]
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Darkenet Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AGSJAhgsfakkjsgd :iconsulkplz: People always think i have aspergers syndrome.
Thankies now can i go crawl into a corner and play with my cat?
(PSHT, this is cuteeee ^_^)
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pup0202 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
this made me fucking cry.......................... i spend my weekday mornings working with autistic kids and i have an autistic brother, plus just last week i clocked a jock in the face for making fun of them and got detention for it....but it was worth it, so if you are autistic or know someone who is...........BE FLUBBING NICE!!!!! don't be the dumb jock and have your ass handed to you for saying shit like that and i know this post is sappy and i don't give a damn, i admire you, buddahthebob, you are truly amazing, keep it up :)
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youtwitface Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
oh, wow. I dont know what to say, this is so inspirational.
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Thaliag2 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, I don't think I have ever teared up while reading a comic or looking at a piece of art. However this changed that. I outright sobbed. This was so beautiful and well written. I don't have autism, but I feel like I can relate to your character. R.J. Is very strong, but he has a side that isn't as strong and he needs someone to take care of him. I feel the same way some times.
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Thaliag2 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really really loved this. I loved the way you draw your characters and write your dialogue. But I mainly love this because of how heartwarming and beautiful this is. I can't express my appreciation over this.
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SniffingSharpies Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh god, I just have to say I love this comic. I don't have Aspergers but I do have ADD, and the whole retard thing almost made me cry because that's the way I feel sometimes. When I can't focus on anything, or have a hard time understanding things, no matter how hard I try, I always feel extremely stupid, even though I know I have a mental disorder. It doesn't seem to matter when I'm upset, I just feel...like a retard. Like it's just me and I'm some sort of defect.
RJ is one of my favorite characters because he feels so real. I love how he found Wesly, who comforts him and loves him so much. I guess I'm jealous, because when I told my mom I felt stupid because I couldn't do my homework one night, I got a ten-second-long hug after twenty minutes of being left in the bathroom to cry.
All in all, awesome comic, awesome characters, awesome series!
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katerlin Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I really wish I had a friend like this, someone to hold me when my Aspergers brings me down.

this is so touching for me
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