There is something about moving into double digit page numbers that is really satisfying. This little side project is becoming more and more real, and the work that I do to produce it is now an daily ritual - a habit.
After doing the previous page I decided I needed to try something different and think outside the box. Being that the was about cleaning up a sneeze, I decided to go with a wet handkerchief look. I used a linen texture in the background of the page and applied colours using a wet sponge brush. I really loved the finished look in places. This combination gave the page a water colour painting look that I wish I could reproduce using traditional supplies. The panels themselves weren't boxes either but shaped like splatters. This was a lot harder to achieve than I initially thought, but I got there in the end.
More frustrating for me were the constant mistakes I made whilst managing my layers. Constantly, I found myself inking or colouring on the wrong page - the flowers in Molly's lap, for example, were colouring on the final line art layer. I assume this is a constant grip for most professionals. Perhaps I was rushing my work at times as I am mindful of the fact that I've been working on this webcomic since November 2019 and yet I'm only ten pages into the first chapter. If I maintained that work rate then who knows when this thing will be finished? One chapter a year is far too slow a work rate. I have to get faster.
Still, small progress is better than no progress.
Thanks for reading.