Q:Art question. How did you make that sunset effect on the latest page? Whenever I try to do anything like that, I have to resort to multiple layers and gradients in a Photoshop program.
Oh man, I use so many layers. It’s embarrassing. Here’s all the layers for today’s page - usually I flatten some of them down so the file isn’t as big, but I was sore when I finished yesterday so… didn’t bother.
I’ve been playing with different ways to do the lighting lately. So far having a layer between the foreground and mid-ground and another between the mid-ground and background that I fill with a solid color has worked well. I use a yellow for sunlight and a blue for night. Areas with heavy trees and leaves like a deep forest would maybe get a green color? I haven’t had a chance to try that yet.
The level of haze I want determines how opaque I leave the layer. I usually set the layer between the foreground and mid-ground at 10% opacity and the one between the mid-ground and background anywhere from 10% to 40%.
This time I wanted a little more haze in the background, so I added a third layer of solid color with part of the sky and ground cut away - this way the color would mostly be on the buildings, helping them look like they’re faded and further back. At least, that was the idea anyway. I’m still experimenting.
Q:your wrist still bothers you? i thought that got better.
Yeah, it’s still being a bear. Usually it’s somewhat under control, but when I push things or do something stupid, like play with the markers apparently, it flares up again.
Basically it’s mild carpal tunnel mixed with some odd nerve blockage up in my neck/shoulder area that causes this strange stiff, swelling feeling in the knuckles, inability to fully close my hand, and sharp pain from my palm up through the elbow and into the neck. Annoying and unfortunately it sounds like something that will be with me for life.
Regular adjustments and this odd pressure point technique the doc uses helps relieve some of the discomfort. I just don’t like having to go in for that because the pressure point technique hurts and leaves my hand twitchy for a day.
But, I’m not dropping things anymore!
Q:why are you excited about horses in a page?
I just like drawing horses. They make me happy.
Page finally finished. Now we are so happy, we do the Dance of Joy…!
Q:Could you stay in Fey longer than 24 hours without getting locked in if you brought along not only water and food, but compressed air as well?
No. Just… no.
In today’s comic…
Hey guys! Free Week is over, which means it’s time to kick off Issue 21!
Here’s the synopsis for this issue…
Nyx has been located and the rescue team is on its way. Meanwhile, we check in on a few familiar faces as Moraine discusses magic with the young prince and Ruby decides to search for Max.
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