I’m super happy with the shadows on this page! I’m no lighting expert but I work to learn something new with every page, so it’ll get there. I changed up my shading technique as well to save time. I was clinging to my old school “pick a shade for every base color and have 5 total shades and spend forever meticulously shading everything” because I love how vibrant it looks, but this is good too. And I did wind up editing some of the shading, like on the blond/e hair (both Kev and Amanda) and on the darker skin tones (Devin and Maddy, I can’t recall if I had to adjust Nancy’s highlights as well. Nancy is Asian and she’s got that rich coloring too).
I’ve also been playing with the “puppet warp” option in Photoshop CC. I was using CS2 for the last, oh…. FOREVER. This puppet warp thing is AMAZING. You can see an example of it on Nancy’s skirt (with the multi-colored chevrons). It makes it so much easier to warp patterns around clothing wrinkles and I’m just in love. I use it sometimes on the tattoos, like with Kevin’s forearm in the bottom panel since it’s twisted. Actually, his arm is probably turned too far out at the elbow, but whatever. Now we get to see more of that awesome tattoo. …and maybe he’s, like, double jointed?