Discovered some comments that show Apothecary Supreme still has some readership and folks wanting more (incredibly!). To those people I say; thanks for making it clear you miss it and sorry to keep you leave you hanging.
I’ve been gone a long time but keeping busy on other fronts with animation and comissions for the past few years. It sucks that this all ground to a halt back in 2019 but the good news is that I did have two pages in the backlog I somehow never posted (below).
I’d like to do more, but I’m wary about making promises while I still have stuff on my plate. That said, I can forsee an opening in the relatively near future and was wondering what I might occupy the time with. Finishing this story could potentially be a fun thing to do, especially when so much was already finished.
My style may well have evolved a bit and it’d take some time to get back into the right headspace (I need to reread my old scripts and story plans for one) but heck, why not? We’ll see.
Lately I’ve been doing my pencil roughs digitally to speed things up and honestly there’s a temptation to embrace it completely. With the roughs I’ve found myself getting a little too neat, sliding into something more closely resembling a finished page than a loose draft (pictured below):
That said, I feel I would likely lose something of the existing hand-drawn aesthetic if I went fully digital. There are existing digital touches such as the speech and skin tone, but I’m not sure digital lines would work quite so well for this style, to say nothing of having the change mid-issue. At the moment at least, it feels like full colour digital pages are best saved for a new project with a different style.
I’ve been off in freelancing land for two months – besides the day job – and one way or another I had no time to work on Apothecary Supreme. For the most part it’s been lunchtime sketches just to keep in practice. Frustrating, but thanks to a lack of bank, necessary :(
On the brightside this one’s been done for a while so I figured I’d just go ahead and post it with another to follow soon. Sorry as always guys, I’ll do better in future!