In which we say goodbye.
For Chapter 14 of the comic, I’m making some changes to my process to speed things along. For eons now, I’ve had a photoshop file that just contained the main colors for each of the main characters, and a few objects like glowy magic or Thorton’s bow or everyone’s goggles that get used over and over again. (Fun fact: every time any of the main characters’ goggles have ever shown up in the comics, it’s the exact same lenses from page 0001, just distorted to fit the angle of the drawing.)
Starting with the next chapter, I’m moving that batch of colors and objects to a folder in my main template for each page that I reuse so that I don’t have to recreate everything every single page.
I’m also debating redrawing the goggles, for the first time ever. We’ll see. (And yes, Eva, Ophelia, and Toby are all completely monochrome. Actually that’s not entirely true, Toby’s teeth are slightly yellower than the rest of him, I just use Hue/Saturation to do that instead of saving the teeth color. So when I color the comic, there’s a step where each of the heroes is just a big block of pink or orange or blue or whatever. The same generally holds true for villains and other characters.)
Anyway, I thought this was an interesting little look behind the scenes at how I make the comic.
I rewrote this week’s page into being two pages, as it was just too crammed. Then an allergy freakout prevented me from finishing it today before I work tonight.
Since the next two pages are very much linked, my plan is to post them both next week, work and mind and body allowing. I’ll keep you all updated.
Hey that Patreon thing is up and running, if you want to throw money at me!
Here are some slightly rambly thoughts about the Patreon page, and how you may want to best use it to throw money at me.
In non money throwing news, the Top Web Comics vote button is back. If you’d like to help the comic but don’t want to spend cash moneys, voting is an easy way to help increase the comic’s profile and bring in new readers. Rankings reset each month, so expect me to go on a voting drive on the 1st.
I’ve also taken admin of the Clockworks listing on Comic Rocket, and made sure that everything’s in order. If you haven’t read the entire archives yet, it’s an easy way to do so and keep track of your progress.
I think that’s about everything. I also did some minor tweaking to this site, nothing major though.
I’m making an experimental change to the update schedule, now that we’ve finished Chapter 12. I won’t be doing weekly page updates for Chapter 13. Instead, the comic is going on hiatus until January (final date tba), and when it returns I’ll upload the entirety of Chapter 13 in a burst of daily updates. Chapter 13 is shorter, should be only about 8 pages or so, so with a chapter cover image, just about two weeks worth of new comics.
If I like the way this update schedule works out, I’ll do it again on Chapter 14. If I don’t like it for whatever reason, we’ll return to the normal weekly updates in Chapter 14.
While the comic is on break, things won’t be entirely quiet here. Syhd has drawn another (entirely canon) Sir Wilhom Bloodbourne comic, this one two pages, that I’ll post here over the next two weeks. Also expect blog posts and art previews and such.
You may recall that last year I switched my Amazon Wish List entirely to art supplies for the comic. I was blown away by the response, and now I’m swimming in pens and markers, Scrooge McDuck style. I’m on the edge of filling up all of my sketchbooks with Clockworks art though, so if you’d like to support the comic and literally help make Chapter 13 happen, please consider throwing a sketch book my way. Clockworks has no ads, so if you’d like to help the comic out, a sketch book is really the ideal way. Or, if you really like me, Walmart.com has email delivery Dominos Pizza gift cards, so you can make sure I don’t starve to death before I draw Chapter 13.
Anyone who supplies art supplies or pizza will receive my eternal gratitude and also a custom made thank you doodle.
I think that’s about everything. See you next week for Sir Wilhom Bloodbourne’s Adventures In Highschool Romance.