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Unexpected Turnaround
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Monday's Comic: Unexpected Turnaround

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So this weekend, I managed to complete a couple tasks on my to-do list, which is always a good feeling. Now I'm stuck between completing the chapter to close up Volume 4, while simultaneously working on a couple exclusive short stories for the book... and plotting the upcoming chapter which I promise is going to be quite a handful.

Switching brain from short "daily" comics to long-form can be really frustrating. I have a story I want to tell, and brain keeps trying to break them into 4 (or less) panels. Having a whole page to tell a part of a story can be pretty daunting. Too many possibilities. Gah.

But now I am in the process of scouring the local channels for Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils. I've been using them for my commissions and originals in lieu of ink or graphite. They work well with my copic markers and gives everything a much softer look. I can find them in *sets* locally, but I'm looking for specific colors... and looks like most shops here don't do that.

Much less carry my specific brand of hot-pressed watercolor paper... :\

Please tell me why I still live in Hawaii? *cry*

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You do? *o*!

I'm looking for the Verithins in Terracotta, Dark Umber, Tuscan Red, Dark Brown, and Black~ If they're available, can you grab 2 of each? ToT~!

The watercolor paper is: Fabriano Artistico Traditional White Hot Pressed Block - (pinkish paint splotch on cover) in 5x7"

I use the verithins to line my work - I sketch onto the hot-pressed watercolor paper with colerase blues, line over gently with the verithins and then erase my lines. This way, I have a guideline to work with that don't dirty up the copic markers.

After coloring, I go back over the light lines with the verithin pencils to get a softer outline than if I used ink.

Here's a sample of what I was working on this past weekend:

I'm currently using Arches watercolor paper for this particular drawing, but find it darkens/saturates the colors a little... which is why I prefer the Fabriano. (But this works in a pinch~)

Of course, you could always move over here too. No income taxes and silly things like the snack tax and we're about as close to Hawaii as you can get outside it (we even have an L&L as well as several Hawaii item stores!). Oh, yeah and we're about 3.5 hours from LA and 5 from San Diego! Yes, I'm pushing but it's been so long since I've seen you (pouts).

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