Suzie Sterling lives in a strange and beautiful place, and because of her magical grandpa she has to balance between school and the world of the supernatural. [RATED YA FOR MILD LANGUAGE AND SOME HORROR ELEMENTS]
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Seriously messed up Suzie's house

JitterbugJive

So with my new job I get driven around the city a lot which lets me get a good look at how the neigborhoods there look, and I realized something because of it. Suzie's house looks NOTHING like a portland house, or at least, the yard doesn't. This is suzie's house:


Meanwhile a typical Portland house looks like this:




One of the things that makes Portland uniquely Portland is just how much green is incorperated within the city, there's a tree at least every 10 feet in most areas and in residential areas the plants are overflowing. This house Suzie has is just a standard typical cartoon character's house and it just doesn't work, especially with Suzie's obsession with plants. So at some point I'm probably going to add a lot more to any of the pages with house and street views, I can't claim I'm showing off my home land when I can't even get the details right. I even forgot the fact that there are huge rolling hills and mountains on all sides of us.

I feel ashamed of myself ><

Comments:

authorloremipsum
22nd May 2022, 9:12 AM
authorloremipsum
It took me three "books" of my comic to realize that my character's house didn't look anything like London either.
I just made the change the next chapter and didn't point it out to anyone.
You could even make it part of the story that Suzie's parents wanted some more green in the yard so they bought a LOT of plants! You got this
bobadventures
22nd May 2022, 2:59 PM
bobadventures
Hi, just wanted to let you know the image of Suzie's house is not loading for me. You might need to check the coding or something.

Yeah, in my own comic, I went the "Springfield" route and have left Generictown's location deliberately vague. That said, for all intents and purposes it's central Pennsylvania, where I went to college, except that I made the mountains in the background much too tall and pointy to be the Appalachians, even in a cartoon.
JitterbugJive
22nd May 2022, 3:47 PM
JitterbugJive
Should be fixed now, it wasn't showing because I ended up updating the page
23rd May 2022, 10:41 AM
someone
Hey, in your defense, you've admitted that you still struggle with backgrounds and few backgrounds are as annoying to draw as trees -- at least when you want to keep them consistent and no exceedingly abstracted into a brown stick with a green ball on it. :)
Ceaseless-Enemy
28th May 2022, 6:29 AM
Ceaseless-Enemy
In your defense, it's easy to mess up a town/city's aesthetic even WITH a reference sometimes! If you wanted, you could easily explain the discrepancy with the fact that this is a fictional universe, or give it meaning and say the area Suzie lives in is rather unextraordinary in this unique city. The point is, mistakes like this happen, and I hope whatever shame you feel about it fades away with time.
JitterbugJive
28th May 2022, 6:40 PM
JitterbugJive
It's alright, I only really needed to fix two pages and it didn't take as long as I thought it would.
jawbone
30th May 2022, 11:39 AM
jawbone
There's a part of Sacramento north of US50 between 18th and Alhambra that looks a lot like that, with similar post-Arts and Crafts homes and a few Victorians, and a lot of Craftsman bungalos, one of which Friends[0] who are friends own and occupy.

[0] Ron and his Friends built themselves a meeting house on the former site of the first Skakey's Pizza parlor