Added 2 new A* pages:I may just give in to digital gray stuff because certain kinds of hatching with the pencil just don't seem to be coming naturally to me, or at any rate I can't get the results to look as nice as I would like. I made a couple tries at using hatching to get the shading I wanted on the backs of the two main figures in page 48|
and they were just too speckly or uneven or...really just too distracting, I suppose. Anyway I'm trying to resolve not to get too bent out of shape about having to use a digital gray here or there to get an image to hold together.
I've also been a little worried that the hatching work seems to have been troublesome since I switched from the mechanical drafting pencil to regular wooden pencils, and certainly in some ways it's a little trickier to get even lines with a regular pencil's potentially more variable tip, but really I was having hatching difficulties in the plst pages I did with the drafting pencil too, and then as I switched pencils we also changed scene to much more complicated interiors, so I don't think I can blame it all on the wooden pencil, tempting as that may be. ;)
I did take a break to go on an online shopping spree for Japanese erasers, though--these big wooden pencil points throw way more graphite around, and it would be nice if I could find an eraser out there that could clean things up even better than the Staedtler Mars Plastic erasers that have been my standby; I'm a bit skeptical that I'll find something better, but you don't know until you try, so I've got I think about 15 different Japanese erasers that should be incoming from several parts of Asia, although I think three will take some weeks to get here...if they pass Customs at all, since I could have sworn one of them, which has become legend as a great eraser--such things are usually blown way out of proportion in rose-tinted hindsight by old users, was banned for import due to it containing something some government decided was unhealthy. Well. I guess we'll see. : o
Here's a sketch I sketched yesterday when I was frustrated with how yesterday's page 46 had come out:
Frustration sketch, yay! Like the last one this is really more how i would like to draw the regular A* pages, only I can't quite seem to stay this free and easy when it's "for real." Or maybe it's just that these sketches are tiny and the layouts and poses are very simple. Hum maybe I should draw the A* pages on tinier pieces of paper!