I may not be strongly inclined to post between releases, but that doesn’t mean I’ve not been busy. This last weekend I finally went through the nerve-wracking routine of sitting down and reading the latest chapter from start to finish in cold, sober silence. I’ve accepted that I’m not in a good position to judge whether what I’m doing is any good or not, but I’d like to think that I still know when something outright sucks and, to my great relief, I don’t think this does, despite some difficult scenes.
The last two chapters I’ve been using a slightly different process, which involves making a pass through the entire chapter for each stage (script → layout -> reference -> background -> line art → colouring -> edits), rather than completing one page at a time. I believe this time-lapsed approach helps to catch more flaws in the art before they’re compounded, but there’s still a lot that gets through, which I’m trying to edit out now.
In spite of family duties, the hot weather and the ever-present drudgery of work, I’m still making steady progress and I hope to have Chapter 9 out in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, the artist in me can’t let a post go by without pictures, so here’s an example of some of the rough references created for recurring costumes in the leave period. Dressing characters appropriately is fun, and working from a reference is vital to ensure some continuity between panels and scenes. (Hey, I do at least try…)