-How did the comic start?-
Character prototypes popped up in 2007. They were inspired by a song. Played with abstractions throughout high school.
I wanted to write something that would retain my attention long term while challenging me. Figured that I shouldn't be ashamed of inserting elements with personal interests or connections.
Characters with contentious views on art were explored early in development.
The current version started to formulate around 2013 or 2014. The comic made its official debut in 2015, took the year to work on something else, and then dedicated myself to the comic in 2016 onward.
The story goes through lots of revisions and changes, leaving layers and residue along the way. It has direction and a conclusion set.
-How did the protagonists develop?-
Before they were given proper names, they were just "Guy" and "Girl". Girl was the initial focus, until I fleshed out Guy and eventually created teenage David. The reason for the switch was to try something different with a male protagonist, because most of my stories back then featured female.
Guy and Girl became distinct characters, with human counterparts.
The personalities went through phases, but it has been a fluid process. They're a mixture of what I find interesting or fun, of what I experienced from others, what I find plausible, befitting to the narrative, and because they grew with me over time, they ended up picking up parts of myself.
Their designs however, haven't changed too much.
-What is the process like?-
I have an outline with chapter summaries and lots of notes.
I draw chapter thumbnails, which help me with pacing and arrangement of events.
Then I create several blank Photoshop documents and scribble out thumbnails again, this time to draft layouts and dialogue. As I work on a page, I like to load future pages to adjust pacing, refine dialogue and doodles, or add notes.
I sketch and do lineart on Photoshop. I just use the default brush.
I colour on Clip Studio Paint, with the Paint Bucket tool referring to other layers selected. I shade with the Clip Layer Below button available on the layer palette.
I bring the file back to Photoshop, and use an action to instantly resize the file and then upload it to whatever site.
The pages have a "crisp" look to it because I use the "Bicupic Sharper (reduction)" resampler under Image --> Image Size. I also reduce artifacts by flattening my layers before resizing. I work in 300 dpi, printer paper size because it takes me back to my comfy toddler years diligently working on MS Paint in which I then proudly and loudly print my results and don't stick it on the fridge.
-Where is the comic page?-
Maybe I'll bring it up on twitter, however I admit I'm somewhat adverse to announcements. It's safe to assume I'll post it in the following week, especially if it hits Wednesday.
Unless I go through some deep revelation, I have a close attachment to this story and I intend to have this project completed, even if it will take a long time with breaks here and there.
-Where do you post the comic?-
Here on this site, Tapas, and Patreon.
I used to mirror on Webtoons, but removed it.
The comic on Tapas is censored, whereas the comic here is uncensored. On Patreon I provide both with commentary.
-Top Webcomics link?-
Comic will portray explicit heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual scenes. :^)