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July 25, 2014

One thing I've been trying to do more of again is ink "texturing" of the background art. It's something I tried to do a lot of back during the first year of the story, but I got a bit overzealous and ended up with a lot of art that looked a bit too messy and cluttered (to the point where I eventually went back and erased a lot of the uglier linework to fix it). I might have swung too far in the other direction after that though, as I had way too many surfaces and walls in the Tenchimori chapter that are just outright blank plates of color.

As of a month ago I've been trying to work towards a better balance. While the simplistic and easy to read art style is something I live by, I do need to put a little more effort into "implying" more detail (such as the light gaps in wooden surfaces, or the gritty spots of concrete walls). The additional lighting effects are a part of this too.

I should take some time to re-watch some old cartoons. There's probably a lot I could learn just by paying attention to the details.

 

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