Here is a lovely photo that Jocelyn took of the same vista (at higher tide). She takes the loveliest photos!
[update] Poor little site is having problems right now… :(
That being said, I’m actually quite proud of this comic! I’ve mentioned before that I tend to render outdoor scenes more faithfully and carefully than indoor scenes, and this is certainly an example of that. I’m starting to feel as if British Columbia itself is becoming a character in this ‘story’, if it hasn’t already!
I’m in the middle of processing a million emails, please accept this thing that was dreamed up over drinks with Trian, Lucky and Red!
[UPDATE] I’ve had this in my back pocket for awhile… haha! It was fun to draw, reminds me of my Wondermark guest strip. :) The ‘faded paper’ was just a textured photoshop layer on multiply, probably could have put more jazz into it if I wasn’t desperately trying to finish it in, like, thirty seconds! My brother in law showed up randomly at midnight needing a place to crash, and the only place is my studio so that kind of cut my photoshop time out. Should’ve been in bed anyway ;)
[update] Let there be gouache! So this is the first time that I’ve used a non-white gouache as an actual design element. Haha I know that’s kind of a dubious “progress” step, but it’s a big deal for me. Paint is scary. Well, paint that isn’t watercolour is scary.
Kind of took a big risk with it, relying on it very heavily to “pull everything together” as a last step. In the end I think it overwhelmingly dominates the composition. The markers look really bright in isolation, but next to gouache… wow! POW:COLOUR.
Overall I’m very happy with the texture effect and solid colour the gouache lays down. Noticed some differences of solid gouache vs. gouache-mixed-with-water, I think I need to experiment some more with that. I need a new way to mix gouache, a paint tray or something. I thought I had one of those *goes rifling through the art desk*
Anyway, otherwise there is a lot that I am happy about with this comic. I think the forest and peak environments came together really well, environments are really a challenge for me. Someone pointed out that I copied the same asian-tourist trope from this comic, which I wasn’t really thinking about. It’s interesting to compare the two strips.
[update] - Gotta get back into the swing of artist notes for these :) This is one of those “I really don’t have much to say about this comic, I barely got it out in time” comics. v_v It’s been a really fun week with Cassandra (featured to my left, who was staying with me all week). I was able to ‘write’ next week’s comic with her, too!
Had a grammatical error in this comic. When you hand-letter, it’s easy to zone out and fail to see the forest for the trees, so to speak. As a result, I got all the way to finishing my inks before I realized that it should be “Noises… are” not “Noises… is.” I photoshopped in the correction, which I almost never have to do. Be more careful, Angela!!
After over a year of planning and stress, our day was really amazing. Thank you so much to everyone who helped make it happen!
[update] - Very late with the update on this one, but just wanted to note that this comic is very mixed media and is also the first time I’ve used gouache for more than just a correction (it is used for my veil.) Figures are marker, background is inktense pencil. I think it worked out okay!