I forgot to save the page I was working on last night before I left the house and when I got back 2+ hours later the computer had gone into asleep-and-won’t-wake-up-until-you-turn-it-off mode and I lost a lot of the work I’d done on the last panel.
So far like 80% of the work I do on Maria is figuring out how to draw a thing I haven’t drawn before. I don’t mean just acquiring the skill and knowledge necessary to move the pen to make the lines I need but also stuff that I can’t find a reference for — I wanted to draw a black skirt with grey/speckled highlights and I spent at least half an hour figuring out where the different layers should go and in what order I should create them and so on.
It’s weird! And it’s weirder because I can’t remember if it was like this with A Girl & Her Shadow. Probably not though because the style was much simpler?
Over the past couple of months I’ve been busy with other things (travelling and jobs that pay with money) but managed to get some things done: page dimensions set, title and chapter title fonts decided, main character’s house and school blueprinted, main character’s town mapped out, main character’s classmates’ designs finalised.
The status of chapter one: script completed, 13/100+ (estimated) pages thumbnailed, 5 pages drafted in manga studio, 1 page partially inked. Chapter title page thumbnailed. Comic title page spread — I’ve got a concept but haven’t thumbnailed yet; I’ll probably go straight to a draft in Manga Studio or Photoshop.
so I just realised I have to draw like a hundred tiny trees in the first panel of the first page of Maria
why is it taking me an hour to thumbnail one page (the answer is because I can’t draw landscapes and burning wreckage)
The script for chapter one of Maria is with the editing-and-proofreading department (that would be my mother and Key) so I can’t start thumbnailing yet, but I have a fourteen-page pile of minor/background character designs that need to be inked so I think I’ll go do that now.
Things I learned today:
- There are at least three different standard sizes of tatami
- The type made in the Nagoya area is called ainoma and is .91 x 1.82 meters (a little under 3 x 6 feet)
- When it comes to laying out the tatami, there are auspicious and inauspicious layouts
- Types of auspicious layouts include ones where the junctions of the tatami form a T shape, and ones where the layout resembles a backwards swastika (a Buddhist symbol)
- Types of inauspicious layouts include ones where the junctions of the tatami form a + shape, ones that are grid-like, and ones that have a bisecting line
- Tatami should not be laid so that a door opens on a junction between two tatami or on the short end of one tatami
- Shops and teahouses traditionally use layouts with 5 1/2 tatami
- If there is such a thing as a standard size for ofuro, no one mentioned it on the internet
- Ofuro are really really expensive (we’re talking in the thousands here)
- Drawing a blueprint for a house in a country you’ve never visited is difficult and frustrating
- Any and all of these things may be completely wrong since all I did was Google a lot and some of the articles and images contradicted each other
- Except for the one about drawing blueprints
I forgot that the main character doesn’t have a bath in her apartment son of a gUN
I just spent a day and a half figuring out how to draw Rina’s hair I’m so frustrated and satisfied right now
Eplans.com is a website that sells blueprints for houses.
This might not seem that helpful but if you want a characters house you can make selections based on what sort of house you want them to live in.
Then browse through the results and find the house you want. Then you can view the blueprints and have a room layout for that house, which can help with visualising the space they live in.
It makes describing generic homes so much easier.
I just finished the very last page of A Girl & Her Shadow and now I’m sitting here thinking: wow … that sure was a project that lasted for a little over seven months.
So now I get to take a break, visit my post-surgery grandmother, do some NaNoWriMo, and then I can really get started on Maria! Hmm I’m pretty excited about that. ^^