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4th Oct 2017, 4:46 PM

HPLehkonen

Not smart enough for CSS.

Do you know the feeling when you see this and you just get so exhausted even before you've even done anything?

If not, then you are a genius! I am not though, and just seeing CSS code makes me tired. Well, I did my best with it anyways! And here's the stuff I did!
I started from this layout that was pre made:

and then I just edited it enough to make it look like this:

I changed the background image, some font sizes and colours and even made the navigation see through! I'm very proud of my accomplishments now! This look might still change, especially the background... I mean the comic itself hasn't been colored yet. My assistant Ida Mäkelä will be in charge of coloring the comic so I have no idea what the colors will look like yet! We might want to change the background to match the colors when the coloring starts. For now, my favorite texture can act as a placeholder just so that this website will look good enough that I can let people in to read the blog and follow the process of making the comic. This particular texture is something I made myself with watercolours. I have used it in some stickers, postcards and badges I've made. Look at this badge box for example! Same texture! I love this texture too much...

Anyways, I just sent emails to the people I chose/couldn't choose to the guest art project. Just wait, I'll blog about them a bit later too!

H-P Lehkonen

3rd Oct 2017, 8:07 PM

HPLehkonen

Making of the cover!

Here I am again, explaining about the process of making this comic... I want you all to see how this thing is done after all! So, here's some images that tell you more.

I started drawing the cover by separately inking the characters.

For Ivalo's pose I asked my boyfriend to hold his hands like that and I took a reference picture of that. Photo references aren't cheating guys, it's learning. USE IT!

Then I just combined these two images in photoshop and added the title.

And after that I just printed out the cover a couple of times and did some changes to it... Then I inked the title again with the use of a lightbox. (My lightbox is not a box, it's an ikea table with a lamp underneath.)

And after that I just added the hand drawn text under the font! Now I like how it looks!

This is how far I've gotten by now. I'll tell you more when I get a bit further with the cover!

- H-P Lehkonen

2nd Oct 2017, 6:52 PM

HPLehkonen

The Beginning!

It's Monday, second day of October. About a week ago I was coming home from UK from the Thought Bubble comics festival, and on the flight back to Finland I decided to do page layout plans for a comic that had been in my head for the longest time. I love the characters Ivalo and Trash Lord from my webtoon Immortal Nerd, and I really wanted to make an erotica comic of them. On the plane ride I planned everything, the comic, how I want to publish it and how I might want to make a self published paper version of it too. Here's what my page layouts looked like right after the plane ride. I had the whole comic in my head so this was easy to do, I knew exactly what I wanted to see. Beware!! The next image could spoil the comic! So do NOT check it out super carefully if you haven't read the comic yet!! (I made it bad quality on purpose!!)

After I got home and did some more planning, I posted a tweet like this:

Well, people started dropping into my DMs. So I decided to make a better announcement for the comic! That one looked like this:

After this one was published I started getting so many comments and DMs! My inbox is so full! So now we're here. I have pretty much decided which artists I want to take in to do the extras for the printed version. All I need to do is contact them... And draw the comic myself! I also decided to go from 2 guest arts to 4, just because so many great people applied! I just checked if it's possible to publish erotica in comic fury, and as I noticed it is, this is the place where the comic will end up in. Next up: I need to ask my assistant (who's also the colorist of this comic) to do something about the layout of the site. Let's see how things will start looking like soon! I mean you can't see this post yet. This comic is still hidden as I write this, but after the site is ready, you'll be able to read my planning process!

Also just so you know, as I write this, this is how the comic looks like:

Not very pretty... When you'll be reading this, let's hope there's more content here!

- H-P Lehkonen