violetseptember asked: I can't believe I didn't notice how the stylization of your characters has been changing until now! I've been trying to pin-point when exactly it's changed, but I guess it's been gradual. Can you tell us anything about that process?
i think the biggest change happened between chapters one and two!
basically, i’d just started drawing differently in my art outside of the comic — my art got more stylized and less painterly — and eventually i just couldn’t keep drawing the old way so i decided to switch over in comic.
i think the reason a lot of people didn’t notice is because it was a series of gradual shifts instead of one big overhaul all at once. but basically it goes — the beginning; then by the end of chapter one i was painting less, tho still painting; then, in chapter two, i started doing a mostly flat style, tho i was still painting; this page was the first time in comic i drew george with the sledgehammer hands that are now such a big part of her design; but it only really became noticeable in the pastel magic phase of the comic; once that sequence started, i began handling the art in a different way — instead of drawing all the lines on the same layer, i separated each character onto separate layers and handled the background completely separately; i also colored the line art via layer modes; i think it was around this point that i started working off model sheets that i made of the mp! cast over the summer; because of this, my work got more regular and more on model, but it also meant that i couldn’t go back to a painterly look because it wasn’t supported as well by my model sheets.
since then, all the changes you can see in mp! have really been just things to make the pages closer to the model sheets — not because i need to be on model, but because it makes sampling from the model sheets easier. for a while i was just inking normally and coloring the lines (apart from hair, which was drawn separately). now, what i do, is silhouette the characters on top of the sketches, color the silhouettes appropriately, then add lines on top as needed. this works especially well on franny, tho it doesn’t work as well on george because her pale skin is hard so see. i’m still working out the kinks with this latest change in my drawing style, but i’m having fun with it!
mizbingley asked: MONSTER POP IS SO POPPIN' I'm gonna fucking die between you and Ava's Demon I have all I'll ever need from webcomics ever again also your music is so cute!! I can't wait to hear more!!
ahhhh gosh thank you!!
es-ca-pay asked: Hi, I went on Monster Pop! to read yesterday's update and I got an error page from Wordpress. It said this: "There doesn't seem to be a wp-config(.)php file. I need this before we can get started. Need more help? We got it.You can create a wp-config(.)php file through a web interface, but this doesn't work for all server setups. The safest way is to manually create the file. Create a Configuration File." I don't know if it's just my cpu, but I thought I should let you know.
dangit every so often WP decides to be a huge poot and upload files i don’t want on my thing so i have to go through and delete all it’s dumbo jumbo
thanks for letting me know, it’s fixed now
twerkintwinks asked: Hey! I just wanted to say that I love your music, and uh do you have any tips for aspiring singers who dont actually sing very well? ;w;'''
thank you! i am entirely self taught so unfortunately i don’t have any cool tips or anything… all i can say is just… enjoy yourself! have fun, it makes a huge difference in your voice.
bluebird-88 asked: You did say there would be a smooch before the end of this chapter.... ;)
yep there will be
roseofdeathyetfulloflife asked: Hello~ I figured I'd ask you this question hehe. So, I was wondering, when planning for the next chapter or the next two pages, what is your process on planning it and developing it? Do you try to have it complete before Wed-Thurs? And, what is something you always try to keep in mind while doing so?
i write out and thumbnail each chapter before i start posting pages. occasionally i’ll add scenes at the last minute (like the scene with sasha, which originally was supposed to happen in chapter three) or add an extra panel or two if i think it’ll make something clearer or funnier. i try to have each week’s updates ready the week before (or at least done by the weekend before), but sometimes life just kicks me in the face too hard and i end up having to finish a panel the night before or the day of.
the most important things i try to keep in mind are: is it clear and is it funny? i always try my best to make things as amusing as possible (even if there’s not really a joke in that update), especially since these days i don’t have a lot of time to spend on making the art super pretty, so i try to compensate by making it as funny as i can (unless it’s a scene where humor would detract from it).
thenewnewnewnewplan asked: Hello! I have a question about making good patterns. I really don't have many ideas on what to do so I usually find myself kind of lost and unsure what to do. I was wondering if you could give me some tips. Thank you for your time
not really? just make things you like. like, if you like pink, make pink things. or make a christmas thing if you like that. or if you bloody organs, do that.
theweirdname asked: How long did you plan Monster Pop! before beginning to post pages?
about seven months i think? on and off. monster pop! didn’t really take a lot of planning honestly.
identitypollution asked: I'm a big fan of all of your lovely comics and I have been working on my very own little comic project lately, I was just wondering if there are any words of wisdom, tips or whatever that maybe you wish someone would have told you at the beginning of your first comic? I'm super nervous about the whole thing!
the best advice i can give is: just keep going. start making a thing and then keep doing it. the hardest thing to do is to make the same thing for an extended period of time and not give up or fall behind.
yesterdayspockets asked: I just discovered Monster Pop through the article on Autostraddle, and I just wanted to say how much I love it! Your imagery is so beautiful! I love the way you draw the characters with such movement and freedom, and their personalities are so great! I can't wait to keep following their stories! I'm also an Illustrator, and you've really inspired me to have a go at my own comic sometime soon! :)
thank you so much! i literally just read the article myself and, wow, i’m just beaming with happiness! i’m going to go ahead and post it i think…