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Not ready for to actually draw the aforementioned comic, so here are some scenes for now!

Jake really likes to go to the aquarium, so he dragged Austin to go too. Austin's favourite past time is camping/hiking (always loving nature).

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Thumbnails

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WIP photos. The aquarium one is loosely inspired by my trip to Osaka Aquarium, specifically the "central" main stage pacific ocean tank with the whale shark! Originally both colours were going to share the same colour scheme, but it diverged at some point. I outlined the aquarium one with a fineliner because it felt too low contrast, but then I immediately regretted that decision.

I probably could have done more work to define shapes and increase contrast, but as soon as I rip the painter's tape off, it's over!

Inaccurate colour scans.

I was listening to this 80s remix of Ariane Grande's "Into You" on repeat... too catchy! I don't even know what the original sounds like!

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Finished and submitted the comic for the next Love Love Hill zine, Love Love Heels! It's a pretty short story compared to what I usually cook up.

(Cover WIP here)

Thumbnails in notebook

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Larger thumbnails in fire alpaca

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Inking in fire alpaca

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Photoshop bitmap tones and test prints (600dpi, 70lpi round)

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Please look forward to the comic in the fall!

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Love Love Hill's next zine is the older lady counterpart of Expired Seafood! I'm drawing a quick short story for it, featuring the characters below. Big thanks to Papermaiden for planting the seed and inspired this story.

One of the characters above originally appeared in the Expired Seafood 1 anthology...!!!!!

We are going to debut it at Lake's International Comic Festival happening October 13-15 in Kendal (UK)!

Stay tuned!!

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These are not particularly exciting drawings, but I wanted to practice mixing skin tones with my travel watercolour palette. One thing that I noticed was that my brush is very powerful at soaking up water/pigment, while the metal palette is super hydrophobic. What this means for me is that it makes it very hard to do light washes because any/all colour pigment/water gets sucked up from the palette, into my brush. Anything liquid on the palette just globs into droplets because of surface tension. I might have to use a plastic palette to mix skin tone in the future, or pour water directly into the metal palette.

It's Austin and Jake again, this time in logger sports uniform in the locker room. This picture would make more sense after you read Motivation, Concentration oneshot comic. The theme was more or less, "passing the baton" to the next generation.

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Materials

  • Col-erase 20066 scarlet red
  • Canson XL mixed media paper (7"x 10")
  • Various from Pentel watercolour and SHINHAN SWC Premium Professional Artist Grade

Insider details

  • I find ballcap bills to be extremely hard to draw, so I took photo reference of myself for these paintings
  • The captain hat's mascot is a reindeer, inspired by a reindeer plush I got from Tokyu Hands in Tokyo ~2012.
  • Their sense of organization is different
  • Jake is overall not really into wearing hats, but will wear it for tradition's sake, during public competition only (it gives him hat hair)

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The skintone here is a mix of red and ochre yellow from the pentel set. I put a bit more brown/blue in Austin's tone, and a bit more red undertone for Jake's.

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My scanner freaked out when I scanned the pictures. I was applying pressure on the scan bed to flatten out the ripples. When I didn't apply pressure to the scan bed, it scanned as normal.

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More recently I've been drawing character sheets for my own reference. It's nice to be able to look back at something for consistency sake. Just the act of drawing through a character sheet helps me problem solve and go into greater depth/build-up the character to have a bit more substance. Needing to consciously think about the fit and style of clothing, etc. makes me put myself into the characters mindset.

I enjoy making these, but the reality is that a lot of details will not necessarily bubble up to the surface in any story/comic... but it's a nice to have.

Here are some recent ones for Jake, Austin, and Ceilic, all drawn in Fire Alpaca! I like the animals parts the most, as you would expect...

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IDK why but I'm always calling Austin Jake, instead of Austin. Maybe there's something very Jake about Austin's look? But conversely, Jake looks nothing like an Austin.

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I originally wrote Ceilic's name as "Celic" in this picture, and wondered why it looked strange. I had to reread my own comic to find out the correct spelling. Amazing! I also found these amazing plush bears in armor while looking up scabbard reference to draw Ceilic. WORTH IT!

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I've been doing moderate amounts of brainstorming about these two characters, Jake and Austin, for the past month or so. I'm contemplating during a longer form comic about them.

Paintings below are inspired by the comics found in FujoSports (autumn hiking, younger in age), and then Expired Seafood: Tied Up (winter hiking, older in age).

I did a quick thumbnail for the autumn hiking scene, while the winter one was pretty much a random sketch.

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Materials:

  • Col-erase 20066 scarlet red, 20053 Terra Cotta
  • Mitsubishi Fine Prussian Blue (hard 2453)
  • Canson XL mixed media paper (7"x 10")
  • Various from Pentel watercolour and SHINHAN SWC Premium Professional Artist Grade

After sketching I painter-taped both sheets onto the smooth side of a masonite board. The paper I'm using is NOT thick or great for watercolours, but I more or less just consider these to be studies, and I'm not even using high end watercolours either.

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My original intent was to re-outline the pictures, but I decided to keep it blobby instead! Final version are below and/or in the gallery~