Torino is just your average comic/history/paranormal nerd who likes cats a whole lot.
Introducing Melbourne Again
8 hours ago
OK SO FIRST OF ALL: Mel's page cooperated a lot more than Syd's first one did - the only rendering error I cant seem to fix is that the shading on his jeans completely disappears (and -only- the shading on his jeans). I didn't have time to fix that so I might try later.
Second of all: this was meant to go up last week, but i completely underestimated how little time I'd have the week before coming back to Australia to visit (turns out you're really busy before a 2 week break) and the first week in Australia (turns out you don't have a lot of time for sitting in your room like a hermit drawing when you're visiting family) so once again this page is not only a week late, but finished at the last minute (i have a flight back to japan to catch tomorrow...)
Obviously I am not good at buffers even though this comic really, really needs one.
For that reason, the next page won't be up for another month (Brisbane's)! And hopefully then I'll be able to upload more regularly.
Introducing Sydney Again #2
July 5th, 2017
*As you can see this one is mostly the same as the old one but I changed Sydney's dialogue in that one frame where he looks like he enjoys money a little more than someone should enjoy money. The old one is actually really funny to me because I have NO idea why 2011 me considered $20 parking to be expensive (Granted I knew even less about driving then than I do now, which is still not a lot, but seriously??). I got to experience some of Sydney's ludicrous parking fees myself when I had to visit the US consulate to get a visa for my vist back in 2015.
The second point about the housing prices is based on the fact that apparently, the median house price in Sydney has now reached 1 million. The skyrocketing cost of living in Sydney in recent years has been a major topic for a while now and is regarded as a massive problem, so Sydney might not be keeping his popularity for too much longer. Or his alleged 'liveability'.
Anyway about the art itself - I thought I had the issue from the last page figured out, but I actually hadn't, and it required another whole week of battling with Clip Studio. The good news is that I kind of got it, the bad news is it still isn't 100% how I want it (I dont like the checkerboard moire pattern that appears on some of the tones and the dots still look kinda big to me) but the lineart has now survived the export intact.
Next up is Mellykins, due for July 20th which I will be uploading from the comfort of my house back in Australia as I'm visiting for two weeks. I am looking forward to escaping the horrific summer in Kyushu and cuddling my cats. Unlike Syd's only being a touchup Mel's intros will be almost a complete rehaul (he had the worst ones in the original in my opinion), so look forward to that!
Introducing Sydney Again
June 21st, 2017
Not dead, just sleeping!
A good while ago I said I was going to redraw all the intro strips, half because looking at the art and page layout of some of the old ones makes me break out into hives and half because I wanted to change some of the things in them. As you can see Sydney's first one is content-wise basically the same as the original, although future ones will have more differences.
Anyway HOO BOY gather round and let me tell you a tale of the most cursed page in the history of Southern Cross - this one. This was originally meant to go up in May, but I had the worst art block in the world and didn't finish it until halfway through June. I redrew some of the Sydneys on this page up to five times because it was like I suddenly couldn't draw the git anymore.
I'd also decided to get more used to Clip Studio, which I'd previously used for the halloween special last year with no major issue except it didnt look as good as I wanted it to. Well.
I have no idea why but this page, despite actually looking good in Clip Studio, would not render. No matter what. Any attempt to save this page resulted in a hideous mess of horribly rendered tones. It kind of looked like what happens when you accidentally move the colour layer above the lineart layer. I think a lot of it was due to the size I drew it at, but resizing it didnt really help. Basically, even though I had the page completely finished and ready to upload last thursday, I -literally couldn't- because of this. I spent the rest of the week trying to figure out the solution to the problem, i kept tinkering with the settings and trying everything I could think of and rendered the page at least 30 times in different settings, none of which looked any good. You have no idea how easy it is to get sick of looking at Sydney's stupid face. I came pretty close to throwing in the towel but I didnt want to have to redraw the whole damn page after how long it had taken.
So eventually I went 'screw it' and screencapped the page from the program in two halves and spliced those together, which is what has been uploaded here. It's far from a perfect solution, because as you can see, now the tones don't look like tones at all, and instead just look like flat greys. Which kind of defeats the purpose of using Clip Studio to begin with. Maybe I'll fix up this page in future but at the moment its gone on long enough.
What annoys me is that I wanted to have a buffer in store for this slew of updates but this crap took up all the time and I never got to (the next one is at least at draft stage though). I want to figure out wtf the problem is -before- i take forever inking a page this time but I think I know how to prevent it happening again.
Next Sydney page will be up next thursday, -hopefully-. Then there will be a week break before Melbourne's new ones start.
Happy Easter 2017
April 16th, 2017
@L: No spring colours intended given that easter is in autumn lol. I have never thought of easter as having specific colours, only being 'colourful' due to the foil on the chocolate eggs.
Happy Easter 2017
April 15th, 2017
Woah! An update!
...technically, anyway. I would have liked to draw an easter comic, but I don't have the time lately.
I really wish I could update this comic as often as I'd like to.
But I promise new content will come eventually. What I can't promise is when. Do check back within a month, though!
Super Valentines 2017
February 13th, 2017
Welcome to 2017, Southern Cross!
Sometimes I'm amazed this comic is still running haha. Its the first update of 2017!
Anyway the valentines special i did back in 2013 was one of the most fun things I've drawn for the comic and I wanted to do another one some time and never really got the chance, half cos of time and half cos I didn't really know what to draw. Luckily for me, I discovered its actually possible to make a vaguely educational valentines episode for this comic.
Melbourne's fangirls from the 2cities arc are back - and they're also right, it's true that many of the miners became so wealthy during this period that they were able to splurge ridiculous amounts on Valentines gifts to send home. Apparently the preferred gift was a ludicrously decorated silk pillow. I couldn't find any pics of these, but I did find pics of the ones in France which they were apparently similar to. It 's said that the Australian ones in particular featured a lot of seashells as well.
There were apparently much more elaborate gifts sent, such as taxidermied birds, which is not exactly romantic in my opinion.
As for the city identity of those fangirls, I still haven't formerly decided. Maybe they're french.
I hope to have more updates in the coming months so keep on checking back.
2016 Christmas Requestathon - Now live!
December 24th, 2016
Christmas Requestathon is up! vvv
See it here: http://southerncrossthewebcomic.tumblr.com/post/154894473345/requestathon-2016
Unfortunately I couldnt get through every request due to having a lack of time to do these.
Southern Cross will return in 2017!
Thank you so much to everyone who stayed with this comic for another year, and to those who have recently started reading who plan to stay.
2016 Christmas Requestathon!
December 2nd, 2016
It's back! Rules are below, please read em:
The Requestathon I did back in 2014 was a lot of fun so I'm gonna do it again.
The old one got deleted when I lost my tumblr blogs, but I just reuploaded it on the new blog if you want to relive the memories, or know what it's all about:
Rules of the Requestathon:
1. Make the requests at the tumblr's ask box. The url for that is http://southerncrossthewebcomic.tumblr.com/ask
You don't need to have a tumblr account to send a request!
2. You can request something from any character from the comic - this includes their child forms and the assorted animals.
3. The comic's rating is PG13, and I'm sure none of you want to see my awful attempts at anything more risque so just use your best judgement here. No 18+ requests is what I'm saying here.
4. You can submit more than one request, but I might not get time to draw them all.
5. In the event I end up with a lot the ones with a christmas theme get priority.
6. THE FINAL DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 21st.
Depending on how many I get, I might post them in small batches leading up to Christmas on the comic site (ie here), or I will dump them in one hit on the tumblr blog on christmas eve(like last time).
October 31st, 2016
and then syd used a nightlight for 3 months.
I'm glad I technically had time to finally do another Halloween special, but I wish I'd had more time because this was intended to be at least one or two pages longer. The original draft from a few years back also introduced a few other haunted places in Sydney but there wasnt enough pages in the final one.
Anyway, I'm going to be taking a little break from Southern Cross for a while - I don't know for how long yet. I want to take the time to draw some other things - if I manage that they'll be on my art blog (torinoart.tumblr.com) - but there's still SC content I want to do as well. Maybe I'll manage a christmas special, I definitely can't guarantee that (I'll definitely upload -something- though, even if it's just an illustration).
There's also some stuff I kinda want to do concerning what the -others- were up to dring the Two Cities arc...and I really, really want to redo the character intros cos seriously. Those things suck.
October 28th, 2016
That's two pages on the days I said I'd upload them! (even if this was intended to go up in the morning, not at night...)
Hopefully the last one can actually be posted on Halloween, although it might end up being posted at night too.
better luck next time Darwin.
October 24th, 2016
Here we go!
I decided to give Clip Studio Paint another whirl. I like the tone effects but it's got a bit of a learning curve and I'm still not very good at it. Hopefully I'll get used to it.
Just to remind you of the schedule for the Halloween episode:
Page 2: Friday (28th)
Page 3: Sunday (31st)
(and a standard disclaimer that this could end up changing without notice)
(fun fact I havent drawn Adelaide/Canberra/Perth in so long I kinda forgot how)
Part 3 - end
October 17th, 2016
There we go.
I really wish I could have gotten a break in before this but due to the timing I wont: The halloween special starts next week and will be three pages long.
Here is the schedule for that:
Page 1: Tuesday (25th)
Page 2: Friday (28th)
Page 3: Sunday (31st)
Part 3 - Page 31
October 10th, 2016
There's one small bonus page after this. It's not much, but it will be up next week.
The actual story arc finally finished here though.
I started it in February 2014. It seems weird to finally finish this chapter. It was the biggest undertaking I've done for this comic so far - it had the most research but also the most 'translation' (as in 'translating' historical fact into dramatized fiction). It was a slightly different approach to how the comic has been until now and I don't know for sure if it truly worked. I'm sure I lost a few readers along the way, but I know I also gained a few. I'm really thankful to the people who stuck around to the end. Even though the tone is different to 'regular' Southern Cross, this has been the story arc I've wanted to draw since I started it.
To tell the truth there are plenty of areas I'm not happy with at all, and parts where I have no idea why I drew them the way I did. Several parts were redrawn many times and I can't help but feel that the ending is too similar to the Federation arc in which one of the female characters hugs Syd and Mel simultaneously. But for better or worse, it's finally done.
I hope you enjoyed it at least a little bit.
There's stuff I still want to do with Southern Cross. There is a Halloween special I've wanted to do for years now, so we'll see if I can get that done. After that, I need a break, but the comic will return in time. I hope you're still around.
Part 3 - Page 30
September 29th, 2016
: there's no deep reasoning behind syd's eyes being green, it's just the colour that suited him best. (he went through a lot of redesigns way back when I first thought of the concept of this comic purely as a joke and didnt actually intend to draw it seriously.)
I also kinda wanted his eyes to resemble a cat's.
Part 3 - Page 30
September 29th, 2016
@Mastakazam: Just dont stuff four in your face at once.
Part 3 - Page 30
September 26th, 2016
This page comes with the same disclaimer as last week: it'd be cool to have the next one finished for next week but it's more likely it will be the week after, although it's impossible to say at the moment.
#27- It's Just a Stereotype. Really.
September 22nd, 2016
: It's actually just a happy coincidence that her hair is wine-coloured, the reason it's this colour is actually solely because the single person I knew from Adelaide at the time always drew her self-portrait with this colour hair, and so it was originally kind of a homage to her.
I can't exactly remember why her eyes are that colour, and its probably just because I liked the way the colours went together.
Part 3 - Page 29
September 22nd, 2016
: I'm really glad you like it! I had fun reading your comments. I really appreciate when people take the time to comment because it feels like the work pays off more.
I'd be very grateful if you really did make it more known, I dont really know how to do it myself.
Part 3 - Page 29
September 13th, 2016
Back again, although still a day late. I'd like the next few pages to also be weekly but its harder to get time to finish them when they're in colour and I work full-time. But check back next tuesday just in case, otherwise it'll be the tuesday after.
Part 3 - Page 28
September 5th, 2016
@Mastakazam: Unfortunately next one will be a week late again due to me running out of time/being too busy and also cos its in colour.
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