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Monday Works Roundup, 2/12/18 February 12, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Falconry Glove (art | Miranda, Poe | worksafe)
Bunny Hoodies (art | Cybele, Bennett | worksafe)
Hardware Wives Meet Cute (comic | Constance, Sharon, Sparrow | G)

Leif & Thorn(/various)
Character vs. Inspiration: Rhódon (comic | Rhódon, Madoka, Rose Quartz | G)
Sword x Plant (sketches | Leif/Thorn | NSFW-ish)

Hellsing
Super Sailors Hellsing (art | Integra, baobhan sith | worksafe)

Moana
I Know Your Name (art | Moana, Te Ka | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 5 – Uncooperative weather (comic, G)
Purple polka dot background (free pattern, worksafe)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Baby Imri survives his first meeting with vampire Stanczia, and signs himself up for a second.

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Monday Works Roundup, 2/5/18 February 5, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Everybody Gets A Loaf And A Fish (art | Timothy, Reseda | worksafe)
Dapper Cat Ladies (sketch | Sparrow, Bianca | worksafe)
Sleepy Rabbit (sketch | Cybele | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Embassy Beach Episode (art | Róta, Alruna, Geirölul, Sigrún, Brynhildr, Mist | worksafe)
Screw the TOS (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Hellsing
An Armful of Integra (art | Alucard/Integra | worksafe)

Home
A Boov Calls (art | Tip, Oh | worksafe)

Steven Universe/Lilo & Stitch, /Sailor Moon
The Crystal Cosplayers (art | Lilo, Stitch, uncles, Steven, Lion, Crystal Gems | worksafe)
Rose Warriors (art | Connie, Mamoru | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Bookplate Borders (art nouveau, worksafe)
The Druid and the Paladin (commissioned art, worksafe)
Webcomic Woes 3: Getting on the radar (comic, G)
Webcomic Woes 4: Coming out even (comic, G)
Stars and clouds (stock art, worksafe)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Some final Leif/Thorn cuddling, then it’s on to Valentine vampires.

Monday Works Roundup, 1/8/2018 January 8, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Winter Nights (art | Miranda, Jany, Bianca | worksafe)
Graveyard Stars (art | Miranda, Sparrow, Bianca, Patrick, Poe | worksafe)
Silhouetted Singers (art | Camellia, Bianca, Patrick | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
All Downhill From Here (fiction | Leif/Thorn, vampires | worksafe)
Oh, Bats (art | Leif, a harmless swarm of innocent bats | worksafe)
Window Seat (wallpaper | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Gravity Falls
Starry Pines (art | Mabel/Dipper | worksafe)

Homestuck
Fishy Boyfriend (sketch | Cronus/Mituna | worksafe)

Read or Die/Witch Hunter Robin/Little Orphan Annie/etc
The Allies (art | Yomiko, Nenene, Joker, Paper Sisters, Robin, Michael, Amon, Annie, Mickey, Kim | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
To Unite All Peoples (art | Usagi, Chibiusa, Luna | worksafe)

Wizard of Oz
The Nationwide Network of Oz (fic! | Dorothy/Ozma, Scarecrow/Scraps, ensemble | T)

General/Miscellaneous
Xmas Chibi (chibi commission, worksafe)
Chibi Ridley (reward, worksafe)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif debates doing some possibly-seditious Googling.

New Year’s Resolution: update ALL THE PAGES December 26, 2017

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I kept telling myself I could print the original BICP pages, readers liked the art well enough at the time, or at least the ones who didn’t like it didn’t stick around as readers, it would be fine….

Then, at last, I caved and started doing updates.


Full shading! Touched-up lineart! Slightly nicer textures and effects!

The new versions of chapter 1 and chapter 2 are now live. (The original versions are still available at the Smackjeeves mirror, and I’ll put some side-by-side comparisons on the BICP Tumblr.)

The cover images are completely new — that’s happening for every chapter, at least in the early volumes. (The first five chapters had simple splash images that involved less effort than a typical page, not more, which didn’t seem right.)

All the new ones are homages to cover art from other series, mostly anime and manga. Points to readers who can track down the references.


For the interior art, the total shading alone makes it a lot fresher. And I’m more willing to mess with lighting and adjust local color to make the focal points of panels stand out. Sometimes it’s as simple as fading the background so it’s easier to see where a character is actually standing.

And then there’s the lineart. The most persistent issue is this reoccuring face-skew — if a character is in 3/4 view, almost invariably the forehead is sticking out while the chin is kinda sunken in. Which makes it kinda fun to flip back and forth between original and updated art, and watch everyone’s heads change shape.

At this point most of the working files only have two layers. Speech bubbles get their own layer, but gradients, textures, lighting effects, they’re all flattened together. Aaaaawkward. If you look closely, you can see that I got more aggressive about redoing textures between chapter 1 and chapter 2, extra time investment and all.

So, yeah, it’s taking a while. I got through most of the audio version of Carpe Jugulum (Discworld) while updating chapter 1, and did a whole start-to-finish marathon of Sherlock working on chapter 2. (Rounded off by an episode of the Thinking Sideways podcast…by complete coincidence, #233, which references a Sherlock episode.)

For chapter 3, let’s find out what the library has in stock.


In between all this, I’ve been transcribing And Shine Heaven Now strips from 2005. That’s 6 years older than the BICP pages from 2011, which in turn are 6 years older than the present. Symmetry!

Trippiest moment: transcribing a Shine sketchbook page from 2005 that collects what I called “old, bad sketches” from 2004. To my 2017 eye, the 2005 art — which was shiny and new and hot-off-the-pages at the time — does not actually look any different.

It’s comforting to see that things are appreciably better by 2011. Back in 2005 you have to squint to pick out the wonky-face issue, because everything is so skewed and funny-looking that it doesn’t even stick out.

Progress!


New Year’s Resolution: to get more than half of BICP updated and available in print over the course of 2018. At the current pace, that’s more than doable.

…it would be nice to get the Josh/Marian/Saxon interlude published in time for Easter, but that’s probably a little optimistic.

Monday Works Roundup, 12/11/17 December 11, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
Remembering those we’ve lost, 2017 (sketch | Henriette | worksafe)
Pillowed Patrick (sketch | Patrick | worksafe)
BICP Cover Tests (art | Patrick, Bianca, Sparrow | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Northern Lights (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
All Downhill From Here (art | Leif, Thorn | worksafe)

Big Hero 6
Hamadacest (sketch | Hiro/Tadashi | worksafe)

Fake News
Galactic Amity (fic! | “Stephen”/aliens, “Stephen”/Jon | NC-17)

Harry Potter
Talk Murder To Me (sketch | Bellatrix/Voldemort | worksafe)
Written? Smitten! (sketch | Ginny/Voldemort | worksafe)
Snarry (sketch | Harry/Snape | worksafe)

Precure(/other magical girl series)
Wild Card (art | Joker, Nanoha, Cure Black, Usagi, Madoka, Sakura | worksafe)

Seraph of the End
Feed me Yuu (sketch | Mikaela/Yuu | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Timothy picks up another ally for the quest of Team Not-Killing-Beings.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif is safely out of the way, and gets to enjoy a week of wrestling.

Monday Works Roundup, 11/13/17 November 13, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
Starlit Fights (wallpaper | Poe, Kara Lynn, Patrick, Reseda, Cybele | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Deleted scenes 2017 (extra panels, worksafe)
A Mouthful of Leif (art | Leif, vampire!Thorn | worksafe)
Two Years of Leif and Thorn (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Harry Potter
Doe-Eyed (sketch | Lily/Snape | worksafe)

Hellsing
Ultimate Sailors Rip + Laura + Helena (art | Rip, baobhan sith, Helena | worksafe)
Ultimate Sailor Integra x Alucard (art | Alucard/Integra | worksafe)
Integra-Seras Role Swap (comic | Integra, Alucard, Seras | G)
Highland Lady (art | baobhan sith | worksafe, shockingly)

Sherlock
Cute in a Coat (sketch | Sherlock/Molly | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Out Of This World (comic | Ronaldo/Peridot | G)

Voltron: Legendary Defenders
Let Me Show You Why They Call Me Loverboy (art | Lance/Lotor | worksafe)
I’m Following You Now (art | Keith/Lance | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Doctors and Diamonds (commissioned art, worksafe)
Hands and feet (life drawing, worksafe)
Trial of the Century (commissioned art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Miranda’s lurking in graveyards again. This time she has company.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Violet drops off her assignment, and asks about her sister.

Monday roundup, 10/23/17 October 23, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
We’ll Call You (art | Walker, Gaillard, Köhler | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
A hope-we-don’t-get-caught kiss (comic | Leif/Thorn | G)
Making Keyite A Thing (comic | Leif/Thorn | G)

Hellsing
Ultimate Sailor Alex + Enrica (art | Anderson, Maxwell | worksafe)
Ultimate Sailors Heinkel x Yumie (art | Heinkel/Yumie | worksafe)
Ultimate Sailor Alucard x Walter (art | Girlycard/Walter | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figure drawing 10-21-17 (life drawing, NSFW)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Sparrow’s gonna get the hang of teleporting any week now.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Happy second anniversary to the comic! Also, Violet has a solo adventure.

Monday Works Roundup, 10/16/17 October 16, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
We Are The Crystal Masters (art | Bianca, Miranda, Sparrow, Patrick | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Moss and Thorn (art | Moss, Thorn | worksafe)
Rebuilding (wallpaper | Mata, Pato | worksafe)
Gone Floating (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Teaching something new (sketch | Birch/Annie | worksafe)
Cooking together (sketch | Leif, Katya | worksafe)
Objectified Objects (art | Leif/Thorn, Katya | NSFW-ish)

Hellsing
Ultimate Sailors Pip x Seras (art | Seras/Pip | worksafe)
Ultimate Sailor Kim (art | Kim | worksafe)

Revolutionary Girl Utena
Ensnared Juri (art | Juri/Shiori | worksafe)

Rick and Morty
You Would Be Great On The Council (sketch | Rick/Rick | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figures, Hands, and Feet (life drawing, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Jany tries her hand at hacking! Not on her own, thankfully.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif gets an update from Katya, and wants to go visit Thorn…if he can finish his work first.

Monday-ish Works Roundup, 10/3/17 October 3, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
Fashionable Slogans (art | Sparrow, Bianca, Timothy, Miranda, Jany | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Leif & Thorn Calendar Vol. 1 (calendar! | Leif/Thorn, Kale | worksafe)
Hy Fashion -AI ver.- (art | Hyacinth | worksafe)

Ava’s Demon
Flaming Arrow (art | Ava/Odin | worksafe)

Game of Thrones
Fire and Ice (sketch | Jon/Dany | worksafe)
Saving the North (sketch | Jon/Sansa | worksafe)

Hellsing, Saint Tail, Madeline, TCR
Shine Profiles – The Catholics (art | Maxwell, Anderson, Heinkel, Yumie/ko, Timothy, Madeline, Renaldo, Seira, Meimi, “Stephen” | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figure drawings (sketches, NSFW-ish)
ION Officers (commissioned art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Your questions! My answers! Exciting behind-the-scenes content! By which I mean thumbnails.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Thorn chats with subordinates old and new, but feels Leif’s absence . . .

Monday Works Roundup, 9/25/17 September 25, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
Spotlight Noir (art | Walker, Cohen, Being ensemble | worksafe)
Glam and Dapper (art | Camellia, Reseda, Kara Lynn, Jany | worksafe)
Rising From The Ruins (art | a whole Being ensemble | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Blue Sea Glass (comic | Gem!Leif/Thorn, WiB, fusion | worksafe)
A Magical Flight (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Hellsing(/Sailor Moon)
Sailor Hellsing sketchpile (sketches | ensemble | worksafe)
The Hellsings (art | Integra, Alucard, Walter, Seras, Pip, Jeeves, Arthur, Thien, Penwood, Integra’s mom | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Ribboned Wrists (art | Madoka | worksafe, suggestive)

General/Miscellaneous
Moon Windows (art nouveau graphic, worksafe)
Priests and Clubs (commissioned art, worksafe)
Comfort sketchpile (sketches | Sunset Shimmer, Adagio Dazzle, Moana, Te Fiti, Stephen, Sam, Pocket Gloria Steinem | worksafe)
Handy Escape (commissioned art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Cybele recompiles! Did the experiment work?

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Thorn lays the foreshadowing for a Significant Contest.