spqrblues: (Blues 5 Felix colour)
2017-10-17 05:48 pm
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Chapter V: LXXXXIIII

Back again, after the break for getting the printed book sorted out.

For the month of October, I've decided to try drawing the comic digitally, since I planned to be on the road a lot this month (and sort of on the road, at NY Comic Con). There may be a bit of a learning curve, and some panels may end up being tweaked (by which I mean, "obsessively fussed with") after posting. So far, though, the learning curve isn't as severe as the last time I tried drawing the comic digitally. I think that's because of an improvement in the tech, not me.

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I find that drawing digitally makes my line a lot looser--not necessarily evident in this comic, since I forced the line into line--so we'll see how that develops.
spqrblues: (Blues 5 Felix colour)
2017-06-19 12:01 am
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SPQR Blues Chapter V: LXXXIII

Once I got started drawing--after a lot of warmups--finishing the pencils and inking went quickly. The dialogue started fighting back and being stubborn, though.

I accidentally left a speaker ambiguous a couple of comics ago, by having an off-panel not-yet-seen speaker. This time I thought I'd try doing it deliberately.

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spqrblues: (Blues 5 Felix colour)
2017-06-02 12:11 am
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SPQR Blues Chapter V: LXXXII

I kept falling asleep all day, or this would have posted before midnight Eastern time.

I'm not sure I'm awake right now, either. This is a common condition for me.

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spqrblues: (Blues 5 Mus colour)
2017-05-29 03:00 pm
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SPQR Blues: Monday extra

A little scene. Painted with the ancient pigments--some ochres, malachite, indigo, a touch of cinnabar, a tiny bit of lapis lazuli, and some smushed-up bugs.

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spqrblues: (Blues 5 Mus colour)
2017-05-26 05:13 pm
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SPQR Blues Chapter V: LXXXI

This here is a comic and all that:

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Sometimes you burn the finest grapevine shoots for your black paint, sometimes you just grub around in the oven.
spqrblues: (Blues 5 Iusta colour)
2017-05-20 12:01 am
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SPQR Blues Chapter V: LXXX

I found the missing art boards (I'd left them at the art space where I work once a week, because I'm just that aware of my surroundings) and finished up the inking and scanning today.

I have a big project to complete tonight and tomorrow, so I'll aim for a Sunday comic next, but probably not a Saturday one :)

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spqrblues: (Blues 5 Felix colour)
2017-04-16 09:47 pm
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SPQR Blues Chapter V: LXXIII-LXXV (row 1)

Time to try posting a comic entry here!

Some were already posted on LJ, but the more recent ones didn't make it there. I still need to tweak the page layout here to display the comics more tidily, but it looks like everything's working.

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spqrblues: (Ave Sweetums)
2017-04-15 09:07 am
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Where to find SPQR Blues

With the confusing new LJ user agreement situation and some confusing concerns about restrictions on LJ content, I had decided to update the comic only on spqrblues.com and Pateon going forward. Some folks suggested transferring everything over to Dreamwidth, so I'm working on that even as I type. (This has definitely been a bonanza for Dreamwidth...)


If the import works, the new address will be spqrblues.dreamwidth.org. I'm hoping it successfully transfers all the comments too. I would hate to lose all the great conversations we've had over the years. I'll update here s few more times to let you know what's going on with the new location.


I really really hope all of you here will come read SPQR Blues on the other site(s). A lot of you have been along with me on this story a very long time, and I'd like you to stay with it to the...whatever the end may be :)

spqrblues: (Blues 5 Iusta colour)
2017-03-08 04:30 pm
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Chapter V: LXXIII, row 2

This isn't complicated at all, right?




 
spqrblues: (Blues 5 Iusta)
2017-03-06 10:15 am

SPQR Blues Chapter V: LXXIII, row 1

I'm still fighting a battle against cold season--cough cough sneeze wheeze--but I did draw a comic :)

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spqrblues: (Blues 5 Mus colour)
2017-03-04 01:21 pm
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SPQR Blues Chapter V: LXXII

Here's the final version...

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And now it's back to quaffing cold medicine for me. Boo.
 
spqrblues: (Blues 5 Felix colour)
2017-02-21 09:00 am
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SPQR Blues - Chapter V: LXXI

I'm setting this up to post automatically in the morning, but right now it's the middle of the night for me, and I'm suddenly awfully sleepy, so, something something something um, yeah, ::sleep time::

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In case you missed it, there was a sketch of the day earlier, too.
 
spqrblues: (Ave Sweetums)
2017-02-12 06:00 pm
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SPQR Blues - Chapter V: LXX

Maybe I can make like a soap opera or sitcom and suddenly all the kids will be ten years old in the next comic....

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spqrblues: (Blues 5 Mus colour)
2017-02-05 01:00 pm
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Chapter V: LXVIIII & a sketch of the day

How'm I doing with making Mus not look so much like Damon, what with them being not at all related and a decade apart in age and whatnot?

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Plus here's a tiny Iusta I did as a tiny warmup this morning:

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Materials used: Sakura Pigma Micron 005 pen; Sennelier (Phthalo Blue, Yellow Lake, Rose Madder Lake), M. Graham (Azo Green), Holbein (Mars Yellow), and Kuretake Gansai Tambi (Orange) watercolours; on Fluid 100, 100%-cotton cold press paper (I have a big crush on this paper at the moment); using a Mimik #2 Round brush that is meant to mimic a squirrel-hair brush at about a third the price (so far, so good, and I'm not afraid to use it, as I am with my one-and-only Kolinsky sable brush--10x the cost of the Mimik).
 
spqrblues: (Ave Sweetums)
2017-01-20 04:18 pm
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Chapter V: LXVIII, for real and true

It's a new era in Rome!

Well, it's a new, borrowed laptop at home, so I can actually get work done--on the comic, on the hideously-long-delayed Kickstarter, and on freelance projects--without everything taking hours to process and crashing in the middle and shredding the files. And I didn't even have to burn Rome down to start over again. (I didn't have to, but that doesn't mean I won't. Just sayin'.)

The borrowed laptop (which henceforth will be dubbed simply "the laptop") saved the big Photoshop file for this comic in 3 seconds instead of 5 nail-biting minutes like the old laptop. I'm still figuring out how to set up preferences so the cursor behaves the way I want it to instead of skittering drunkenly all over the screen when I try to dab some shadow under the Emperor's nose, and I don't have all my fancy Photoshop brushes installed yet, but I'm working on this.

Click through for finished comic )

One downside is that I'm not liking the new Photoshop (trial) version's overeager attempts to get me to feed its overlords information on everything I'm doing. Sshhh...don't tell it I said anything mean about it. I'm a little scared of it.
 
spqrblues: (Blues 5 Domitian)
2017-01-14 12:00 pm

SPQR Blues Chapter V: LXVIII

I was able to get the lettering done, but the computer is balking at handling shading. The laptop woes will probably be over soon, though! I'll tell everyone about that anon :D

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spqrblues: (Blues 5 Felix)
2016-12-26 07:56 pm
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SPQR Blues Chapter V: LXVII - work in progress, row 1

Scanning, lettering, shading, and saving this one row took all day, amici. I'm going to try to finish the comic tonight, but technical issues mean no promises :)

ETA: That is Damon in this comic. I promise to work on faces more.

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spqrblues: (Blues 5 Felix colour)
2016-12-11 09:00 pm
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SPQR Blues Chapter V: LXVI

Recommended reading: Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity by Sarah Pomeroy


Venus deems today's comic a little saucy, but not too saucy now that drapery, panel borders, and word balloons have been strategically added.

The WIP for this was posted on the website earlier, with some commentary I'll repeat here:

more to say... )
 
spqrblues: (Blues 5 Felix colour)
2016-12-04 07:11 pm
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Chapter V: LXV

Here's today's finished comic, finished. Read more... )
 
spqrblues: (Blues 5 Felix colour)
2016-12-02 12:39 am
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Chapter V: LXIV

So, I did a comic.

I mean: WAHOO! COMIC!

I'm a little tired right now :)

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