» Comics - (Please hold - The Last 2 Pages Making Of Edition) - March 21st, 2018, 3:23 am

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Torino, March 21st, 2018, 11:06 am ( Reply )

A moment of silence... - ...for my computers motherboard. I was right to worry last week because the poor thing died on Sunday, and I'm glad it let me finish the last page and back the rest up on the external HD as an act of mercy. The last page was a better place for a cliffhanger than the one before it!

But I didn't want to upload absolutely nothing today even if I have been unable to draw due to not having a computer. But I do have an iPad, which lets me unload pages to here, so as a bonus I decided to upload photos of some of the many, many different drafts of the previous two pages with the help of an app to combine them together (which is what that watermark is) There are three reasons for this: first of all, I wanted to upload something, second of all I thought the making of process might be vaguely interesting to somebody, and third of all my draft pictures are really silly looking and make me laugh sometimes.

When I said that these were the most difficult pages in the entire run of the comic so far to write, I was not exaggerating, because I drafted them more times than any other pages and kept changing things, including the number of pages (pages 3 and 4 were originally going to be one page) As you can see there's a version where Sydney is a good deal more casual, and there are multiple versions where Mel cries a lot. There's even a version you can see some of in the last bit there where he runs off dramatically like the heroine in a shojo manga, which was honestly too much even for him. The decision for his eventual facial expressions were almost last minute. The absolute hardest part of this moment was to keep them in character while presenting an unseen side of them and that is extremely challenging and not at all what I expected to be doing when I started a goofy gijinka comic in 2011.

Mel's final line also kept changing, and there's multiple versions (two are shown here) where he says 'don't you think this is too cruel?'

By the way my favourite goofy draft face is Mel's on the version with 'KNEE'.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my comic writing process and the unintentional humour in the simplified draft faces. It's impossible for me to draft on the computer itself for some reason so drafts have always been scribbled out by hand - ideas flow a little better that way for me. I'm not sure if this is how everyone does it or not.

As for the next page: I still don't know when my computer will be better, I will find out this Saturday how bad the damage is and what the repair cost will be, and decide what to do from there. You will find out next Thursday for better or worse but there will be some form of update then - although most likely bonus content I can upload as a photo from the iPad again. If anyone has any particular requests for that, do let me know in the comments.

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Mel's face is very endearing even in draft form :D
Also, I was on my phone with the screen brightness way down when first reading this, so I misread part of the dialogue in the penultimate photo as "Is this really that furry?" and I was immensely confused for a moment :p

posted by L (Guest) on March 21st, 2018, 12:15 pm

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I have two other friends who do arts and they both do draft sketches on paper before making them nice on the computer :3

posted by Mastakazam (Guest) on September 22nd, 2018, 2:04 am

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