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"I'm Aki, nice to meet ya!" - Getting to know everyone - 16
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Not much happening - but still no double update for you. For once, the cliffhanger has to hang a bit (ohhh, teh suspension), and secondly... I know I've said I want to catch up a bit, but despite having "only 5 relatively simple panels" (which didn't even come out that well) I've only just finished the latest page, meaning I'm now one entire page behind my schedule - blame MM9. :P

Maya's bangs are flipped, partially because I thought the source I checked was mirrored but actually wasn't. But it looked too good to mess it up by "fixing" it, so I left it that way.

Something else though: If you go through the previous pages, you can probably notice several "inconsistencies" in my drawings (not just on the whole chibi matter). Partly it was because I am/was too lazy to check the sources properly, but a lot of it is also due to me still experimenting. One particular matter: tones, especially in terms of shading. The common opinion seems to be "the more the better", but personally, I kind of always admired those artist able to make everything work with using almost only black, and I'd really like to aspire such level. The pros and cons for tones I see:
+Easier to look good (especially when trying to mask lacking background)
+It's what we're used for Eva, even in Manga form.
-I still don't quite have the hang of them (not that I would of the other style)
-It's more time consuming and takes lots of layers

So far, I'm using both combined (which is pretty common anyway), and likely will keep doing so, but the question is to what extend (especially for small patches like eyes and tongue). So it will probably not make much of a difference, since I'm likely to keep going by feel, but still, I'd like to hear your opinions on that matter.

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