If anyone's been reading this on Drunkduck where the story is further ahead then anywhere else, you may have noticed that from the second half of chapter 2 (from Page 8 onwards I decided to alter the art style, giving (too) much emphasis on the cel-shading, and abandoning outlines, Samurai Jack-style, however this didn't work out so well for me. To be completely honest, the first couple of pages (8-11) the cel-shading is over-the-top, and so I tried toning it down for the remainder of Chapter 2. But I'm sick of not using outlines. So, from Chapter 3 onwards you can expect to see characters having outlines again.
I think that the best style I've done so far has to be in the unreleased Chapter 21 of Draft 2/Draft 3 in which I did the inking and colouring on Photoshop (Elements 8, in case anyone was wondering). I found it gave me smoother looking pages, I could still have a cel-shaded sort of look and best of all, the Eyedropper tool, something not featured in Manga Studio unfortunately. It's likely that post-Chapter 3 I will return to a painting-style, with cel-shading. If not the characters, definitely the backgrounds.
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|Chapter 21 Page 1 Panel 3|
If I seem really critical or harsh about my own work, I'd suggest getting used to it. I can't look at my work without wanting to be better than I am. I'm all for self-improvement... perhaps a bit too much...