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chop, chop, again
Cover art for The Green Knight's Belt, nearly finished.

This is the third version, and I'm getting closer. I need to clean it up (working on it until 1:30 AM took its toll on my ability to spot faults) and some more shading is needed, but for the most part, this is it. I'll add lettering and maybe a little extra along the sides before publishing it to the main Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan website.

I spend nearly as much time on Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan as I did when I was still creating new pages and struggling to meet my deadlines. For a while, all the time went into getting ahead with translating and editing the old pages; lately I've been spending it on practising my drawing and colouring. In addition to the three versions of the Green Knight's Belt cover I did a simple thing called Mute Rage and a more involved piece called In the Bath House. That last one didn't turn out the way I had hoped, but that doesn't matter right now; what mattered was having something to practise Photoshop CS 2 on. I want to master as much of that program as possible before my free trial ends. I haven't even done any lettering in it, let alone used the vector shape tools. Also, I have to avoid getting out of practise. I noticed that it took me a long time to draw the latest Gang of Four comic, and that told me I was losing routine. Too much time spent fixing up the old stuff on the computer, and not enough at the drawing board.
Both drawings are based on sequences from the old Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan books, by the way. You'll find them on the main site some day.
While I'm overloading you with stuff I've posted on DeviantArt lately, look at this Trial page I did for the Webcomics Hurricane Relief Telethon. I'd thumbnailed out this script that I thought would be suitable, and decided to draw the first one, as quickly as I could, to get an estimate of how long it would take me to finish the story. This page was done in just over 2.45 hours from ruling up the panels to having it posted on DA. The first panel fell way short of what I had in mind for it, but even with that compromise, it was clear to me that I would not have been able to finish the story in time without cutting into my other work. And there were some more demanding pages ahead. So I nixed the idea and scrambled to do something else. The good news here is that a script that had been in my notebooks for a while is now much further ahead, and can probably be drawn properly at an average speed of five hours a page. I'll get this time management down to an art eventually!


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