So here you can see what my wrist took as the final straw. As I’m going to be removing the between-chapter filler updates from the archives, here’s a recap for posterity: after about an hour of shading that dark background I started to experience carpal tunnel symptoms in my hand (this after several weeks of mild, off-and-on wrist soreness). So I’ve backed off and am working on rearranging my comic-drawing schedule and habits to avoid the three-hour shading sessions that probably played a big role in causing the problem. There may still be some slight delays – I’m going to be prioritizing my wrist health for the near future, since delays are better than compromising my ability to make comics at all. But for the most part I’m back on track. Welcome to Chapter 14. It’s going to be a fun one.
I LOVE tall ships, but boy are good reference photos a pain in the ass to find, since you need to see how all the parts fit together before you can recreate them on paper. I have a big folder of photos I took at the Baltimore Inner Harbor’s 1812 bicentennial event, but most of those ships were much bigger types than this one needed to be, and I couldn’t get very good photos of the smaller ships since they were cruising the harbor for most of the day. Eventually I found that the website for the Privateer Lynx (one of the ships that came in for the bicentennial, though I’d only gotten one or two photos of her) has really awesome, very extensive image galleries – so if you’re interested in that sort of thing or ever wondered what it’s like to be on a ship, go take a look. (I more or less loosely based this ship on the Lynx rather than drawing her exactly. It’s not 100% accurate, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out overall.)