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"Corinne Morgan, Corbie" issue 2 is here! Really proud of this one - I feel CMC has started to find its feet now visually, and this issue has more of the "Corinne as HSP" theme that, to me, is the heart of the series.

(BTW, I recommend enjoying Corbie in PDF or CBZ format as it was originally intended! It's a better reading experience and includes the bonus Birdy Rappinghood column.).

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Hi! I'm John Porter. INFJ, enneagram 4, Transformers collector, Xennial. I'm starting an ongoing superhero webcomic for introverts and HSPs called "Corinne Morgan, Corbie". My plan for this account is to share some insights into what I've learned so far.

Back view of Corbie's character design from pre-issue 1. When everyone received updated model sheets prior to issue 2, only a few minor tweaks were made compared to what you see here, most notably that the "backpack" element of the armor was switched from blue to red.

A glimpse into what goes into the creation of a single panel of Corbie! Or at least, what did - things have changed a bit since this art for page 1 of the first issue was drawn.

Thumbnail stage came first - it was just a very crude pencil doodle to figure out how elements would flow on the page. Finished pencils are also shown here, alongside a redrawn panel that was never used. Finally, a digitally inked version of the panel was drawn in Clip Studio Paint and coloured.

Two of my favorite panels from Corbie issue 2. By this point I felt like everything was starting to gel, and I was getting to grips with how the characters and pages of the comic should look. I also really loved seeing the chemistry between Morrigan and Corinne starting to develop.

Comparison of the scrappy pen sketch that was the first ever illustration of Corbie with how the character looks today.

It doesn't feel fair to compare a scrappy pen doodle to the finished product, but I do find it interesting to look back and see how certain elements of the armour were retained or modified while other aspects were dropped, like the face mask.

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A digital version of my inital pencil sketch for the simplified Corbie design from December 2017. Pretty close to the final design used today, although I usually draw the "feathers" that sweep back on the helmet a little longer / spikier than they are here!

Corinne sported several different outfits in CMC issue 2, so multiple model sheets were required. For expediency they all used the same base art and were modified as required. This is the workshop look briefly seen when she's working on building the Corbie armor. Might be my favourite ensemble, and hopefully I'll get to draw it again in the near future...

Me on Friday evening: This weekend I'm gonna really knuckle down and do all the issue 4 page layouts.

Me on Saturday evening: ONE. One page. That's all I have to show for a day's work. Eighteen more to go.

I mean, it's a good page but...

A panel from issue 2 of Corbie. One of my goals for this go-around was to produce much cleaner, simplified art. By the last few pages though, I kinda fell back into aspirations of being Gene Colan, utilising heavy blacks and hatchwork. It seemed to fit the literal and metaphorical darkening of the scene...

Final set of Corbie expressions drawn over the festive period. Looking forward to getting back into my normal routine and making some progress on the next two issues of CMC this weekend.

ProTip: Take some time to go through your work folders add a proper date to your files.

Doesn't have to be the Master/Working files, you could do it on a backup copy. Just trust me on this one. I just spent the last day digging up old image files hunting for start dates. Many had no date on the image (like sketches I worked into digital pieces later), others were final pics I forgot to sign. The digital creation dates were charged during a HDD update.

Save yourself the pain. Date your files.

There's a difference between being strong and being mean

Being mean hurts people, and you surprisingly enough

Being strong often involves allowing a vulnerable space that may end up well, and may end up hurting

Vulnerability is a strength, given you have a tank in your party lol

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