Let it be known that I filed a formal complaint with the Management about having to draw a village full of shirtless tattooed elves, but the Management (ie, Chezhnian) would hear none of it. Apparently SOME people prefer their elves half-naked and covered in design work, sigh.
Though mostly what’s taken so long is all the buildings – when I have to draw a scene with complicated architecture or interiors, I make a model of the whole thing in SketchUp so that I can keep everything consistent and in perspective, and use the model to trace the basic shapes of where stuff goes for the backgrounds (especially useful in cases like this, where the buildings aren’t aligned to a grid and you’ve got different vanishing points for every house).
Ironically, as soon as I posted the “I’m done with design and am working on pencils now” update on Tuesday, the last bit of my last piece of blue pencil lead broke. So I had to make a trip to the closest art store that carries it (about 40 minutes’ drive) to get more before I could do any more on the pencils (it’s been that kind of two weeks). It definitely turned out to be worth the trip, though… I got some pretty cool stuff besides the lead, like some soft pencils that are turning out to be WAY smoother to use than the ones I’ve been shading really dark areas with. Wish I’d found those, say, a chapter ago…
I’m about halfway through the shading, so I should be able to finish and post the page after work tonight.
Also, the teas for Indiegogo backers are ALMOST ready to go, so we should FINALLY be able to ship out the last few backer rewards next week! (I am really excited about this). There are still a few people who haven’t replied to emails to give us their shipping address updates and reward choices, so if you’re one of them, please let us know (tamurancomic(at)gmail). We want to get you your stuff!
(EDIT: Finished page is posted.)