This page and the next were inked and scanned on April 10th; after getting those two ready for shading I decided to continue with line art production operations and wound up drawing, inking, cleaning up and coloring the entire scene prior to shading. After shading it sat on disk while I thrashed out and finalized what I’d be doing with the ATC Patreon page. I got that rolling on May 6th and posted the entire scene on the 25th and 27th – in HD and with script pages for $5 pledges and with a support image for $10 patrons. $10 patrons will be seeing more soon, as I started development on the next scene last week and got a bit of build work done this weekend and I plan on posting some “behind the scenes” as the scene develops. I plan to be drawing again in late June and hope to post the pages in July, though I don’t really know what this month looks like for availability yet so it could easily play out differently.
The first panel of this page is intended to match with the last shot of the previous page, which it does for positioning and camera distance though can’t for spacing due to height differences between Raven and Tantek. These shots are a transitional companion piece to the final panel of Water -15- (Raven) and the first panel of Water -16- (Tantek) and are intended to remind the reader of that arc and the relationship between Raven and Thad, which is something you’ll be seeing more of over the course of the next couple of pages.
In panel one, Thad is taped up to prevent chafing. This is a real enough thing that there are multiple products for it. I don’t know if this is a consideration for modern EVA equipment or not – the suit in this scene is a type of Space Activity Suit, and chafing is almost certainly an issue.
It’s been about two months since the last page was posted – if you need a refresher just about everything of relevance to this page was set up a few pages ago. Though if you want to get technical plot construction starts much further back.
There are four more pages completely complete and waiting in the wings – you can read those on Patreon right now, or you can wait for me to post them whenever it occurs to me to do so. I might burn them off this week or I might stick with weekly posts in an attempt to get things back on something resembling a schedule. Which way this goes depends on factors outside of ATC and this time next year it won’t even matter so… they’ll be here when they get here.
In the meantime, stay tuned to Patreon!