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Torino, June 21st, 2017, 8:37 pm ( Reply )

Not dead, just sleeping! - A good while ago I said I was going to redraw all the intro strips, half because looking at the art and page layout of some of the old ones makes me break out into hives and half because I wanted to change some of the things in them. As you can see Sydney's first one is content-wise basically the same as the original, although future ones will have more differences.

Anyway HOO BOY gather round and let me tell you a tale of the most cursed page in the history of Southern Cross - this one. This was originally meant to go up in May, but I had the worst art block in the world and didn't finish it until halfway through June. I redrew some of the Sydneys on this page up to five times because it was like I suddenly couldn't draw the git anymore.
I'd also decided to get more used to Clip Studio, which I'd previously used for the halloween special last year with no major issue except it didnt look as good as I wanted it to. Well.

I have no idea why but this page, despite actually looking good in Clip Studio, would not render. No matter what. Any attempt to save this page resulted in a hideous mess of horribly rendered tones. It kind of looked like what happens when you accidentally move the colour layer above the lineart layer. I think a lot of it was due to the size I drew it at, but resizing it didnt really help. Basically, even though I had the page completely finished and ready to upload last thursday, I -literally couldn't- because of this. I spent the rest of the week trying to figure out the solution to the problem, i kept tinkering with the settings and trying everything I could think of and rendered the page at least 30 times in different settings, none of which looked any good. You have no idea how easy it is to get sick of looking at Sydney's stupid face. I came pretty close to throwing in the towel but I didnt want to have to redraw the whole damn page after how long it had taken.

So eventually I went 'screw it' and screencapped the page from the program in two halves and spliced those together, which is what has been uploaded here. It's far from a perfect solution, because as you can see, now the tones don't look like tones at all, and instead just look like flat greys. Which kind of defeats the purpose of using Clip Studio to begin with. Maybe I'll fix up this page in future but at the moment its gone on long enough.

What annoys me is that I wanted to have a buffer in store for this slew of updates but this crap took up all the time and I never got to (the next one is at least at draft stage though). I want to figure out wtf the problem is -before- i take forever inking a page this time but I think I know how to prevent it happening again.

Next Sydney page will be up next thursday, -hopefully-. Then there will be a week break before Melbourne's new ones start.

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ooh, he's so fancy~
also the fifth panel made me start laughing because it starts out he's all cool and suave and then he's just like "ah yes i am indeed the shit" to himself in the mirror and it just amuses me greatly xD
also I am deeply ashamed to admit it but I'm pretty sure that I did actually think Sydney was the national capital of Australia before this comic (the comic as a whole not just this page ehehe). I'm not sure if this is a failure of geography education in the United States (iirc we never did capitals of other nations except maybe European ones) or just that my geography teacher dedicated most of class time to telling us about apocalypse conspiracy theories. x__x

posted by L (Guest) on June 25th, 2017, 11:13 pm



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@L: Well, if your teacher has to be crazy and bad at their job, they might as well be entertaining.

posted by Mastakazam (Guest) on July 30th, 2017, 8:56 pm



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