Here we are for another Patreon sketch, this one goes out to Rosemarie in Australia. Thank you very much! For her sketch, she wanted either Robin or Wren, but I can’t decide these things so the kind patrons at Patreon decided for me and Wren it was.
Wren is one of the more difficult characters to draw because of all the freckles. For the comic I used to draw them in individually in pencil but after a while gave up and did it in Photoshop instead. For the sketches however, I can’t use Photoshop at all so trying to find a way to do the freckles has always been a problem. In this case, I used a toothbrush and some watered-down ink which gave some nicer results but I lacked control — making concentrations of freckles for the cheeks, nose, and chin was nearly impossible. I went in and added more by hand but they look like freckles I added in by hand. Also, occasionally the splatter would form in a direction, looking more like s scratch than a freckle. I have a lot to learn.
Anyways, it’s done, I have to remember it IS a sketch and I don’t have the luxury of having an undo key. Every one of these is a learning experience and I’m glad to have done it.
I’ll be in Canada from July 25th to August 18th. I’ll be away from a scanner during that time, and I won’t likely have any place to draw these. But I have finished all the strips that will be posted during this time, so there will be no missed updates — something very important to me to keep the momentum doing these. During the summer you’ll see a lot of Robin (and a bit of Wren) as she gets a chance to come face-to-face with an old friend and how she deals with the anxiety and feelings that come with it. The Nope Door and The Plan also come back. It’s no coincidence that going back to my homeland for the first time in two years has made me think about the past, and it’s reflected in these strips.
Anyways, have a great summer and watch out for summer S.A.D. (the topic of the next strip). Even though I won’t have a scanner I’ll still be connected on Twitter (@depressioncomix for the comics and @claycomix is my personal). I’ll probably post a lot of what I’m eating because I won’t be able to eat it again when I return to Japan.