Here we are with page 15. Not the best one, and there’s a few things I would have done differently if I had time to try again, but I’m sticking to the NaNoManGo schedule for now.
The final panel ave me some real difficulties and I ended up asking Aggie Janicot for advice. She demonstrated how to lean into the action lines of the flying Liath figures a lot more.
On social media, I’ve been talking a lot about how much I’m enjoying working traditionally and how I’m striving to get spotless inks on the paper. But in the end, this page ended up not very clean or error-free and a lot of it was cleaned up or redrawn digitally. I’ll keep working on this, though.
Lettering was done, again, in Affinity Designer for iPad and the learning process for that continues. It turns out that Affinity Designer does not have a feature for warping text, but I could fake it by running the sound effect text on a path and manually changing the size of each letter.
When I started Cultish Manners, I decided that this comic would not be touched by Adobe Photoshop at any time, and that I wanted to move away from the custom Stripschrift font I’ve been using for years and years. The body font is Out of Line BB from Blambot, which I paid for. The sound effect font is a free Blambot font, Bada Boom BB, which I’ve had for many years as well. I did shop around for fonts before settling on this old one, and Blambot has a few that I liked better, but before I decide, I want to figure out if I’m actually going to do the sequels to this story. The font I like the most is one of the most expensive ones they offer and I don’t want to buy it just for a one-shot.
With seventeen pages in seventeen days, I’m on track. A panel a day is a nice comfortable pace for me to work at, but it’s not a pace at which I’ll get the story finished by the end of the month. So I will probably continue to work on this through December. However, I’m also kind of itching to draw something else right now.