I know, it's been like 33 years since my last submission. The comics will continue. I was worried my Mass Effect 2 story would wrap up when we were all playing Mass Effect 15 and the 'kids these days' won't even know who Liara or Commander Shepard are anymore, but then Andromeda came out and shamed the franchise into hyper-sleep, so now it looks like I've still got time.
I've been working on some pages, for Luxuria, but here's the deal. Some things are going to change.
The last few years have been really great for me in terms of artistic growth. The reason Luxuria changes art style every few pages is because I didn't know how I wanted to draw, and I was trying lots of stuff out. Over the last couple of months I've come to understand that there is no 'picking' an art style, one's style develops as a result of them drawing as feels natural to them. So that's what I've been doing and what I'll keep doing.
Drawing has taken me so long because I've always been trying something new. If I just do what comes naturally, my style will become consistent and I will become a faster worker in that style. And I've been fretting for a while because I can't please everyone, and some people might not like my new look. But it's the look I'm keeping and fuck you!
I don't owe you anything!
The thing is, I'm not that fond of rendering, the process by which drawing objects are given depth using complex colour work. So I've been studying contemporary comics with flat colour styles, and the accompanying penmanship that makes it work and not completely 2d and dull. Lots of black and shadow in the line art to do a lot of the toning so the colours don't have to.
And the other thing I've been looking into and practicing is abandoning local colour. 'Local colour' refers to the colour of something in a neutral white lit environment. My local colour for example is a pale pinky colour because I'm a pasty little white girl, but if I went outside during a full moon I'd actually look quite dark blue.
My pictures so far have been almost completely rendered in local colour. I managed to kick that somewhat in the Mass Effect comic, but I really want to make an effort to stylise my pages now, theming them and differentiating scenes with different coloured light environments.
If you want a taste of what that will look like, I recently completed the first page of a three page commission for , who was kind enough to lend me his characters so I could test this new style out:
I like it. I'm happy with it, so that's how it's gonna be!