I hope that folks took my previous recommendation to read http://dirchansky.com/comics/motivation-concentration after chapter 4, before chapter 5 and 6.
I lost my previous comic font because my HDD failed (earlier in July). I'm saddened by this, and for now, I just hand wrote the dialogue, until I remake a proper font. I am grateful that I backed up all these comic files, otherwise I would be SCREAMING. Back up your files!!!!!!
I did the first draft for the majority of this chapter back in October 2018 (a pretty long time ago). Truth be told, this chapter was meant to be chapter 2. Since these pages were drafted before I decided on doing a webcomic, and on the font size, etc. there are a few pages that are a lot more compressed/compact (in # of panels per page) than the rest of the comic.
In the original draft, Jake wasn't wearing glasses, but I decided to add them in because they make him a better character (hahaha). Unexpectedly, Sal became more troll-ful through this chapter.
As I was inking these I thought I could get through them faster, but no, there are way more panels (and therefore, things to draw!!!) than I expected, so each page took a few hours to get through. So many backgrounds for transition purposes...
I recently got the new Tamagotchi ON and have been very distracted with my parenthood responsibilities. In the game there is a ~~ wavy line ~~ that appears around characters when they have to go to the bathroom. I channeled that ~~ wavy line ~~ for Austin!
Austin's eyes became more shoujo-ey as I drew more shoujo-ey things. His eyelashes also bloom when his heart is swelling with love.
The biggest things that I had to fix over and over again are (1) missing Austin's arm hair, (2) Jake's mole/piercing on the wrong side, (3) watches on the wrong side, (4) bag straps on the wrong side.
So much toning, so much sadness.
When Jake wears ballcap, it reminds me of b-boying/breaking. It really isn't his style...
Although I wasn't planning for a "get drunk and confess" trope here, it ended up being one anyway. Liquid courage, right? Guess this one didn't turn out very well though. I now have an elevator pitch synopsis for this arc: Jocks try really hard to fall in love.