Chapter 3 - 15

August 3rd, 2011, 10:54 pm
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salis August 3rd, 2011, 11:33 pm
Stepping on someone is definitely not the best way to wake them. But Hotaru is on his way out and Naoki is in his way, so yeah... LOL! XD

And here's a progress picture I posted on my sketch blog to show you how I create my pages!

I'll make an actual tutorial to show you guys step by step how I create my pages a little later on. Maybe some video recordings of me drawing, too! :)

And please vote for Hotaurgari in the Smack Jeeves Awards! It's been nominated for Best Banner! Thanks a ton!



- Naoki receives a great deal of abuse from Hotaru, doesn't he? The reason for this is later explained in Chapter 4, along with a few other details of Naoki's past. Although I can't say there's a terrible amount about Naoki in Hotarugari, you will be able to read more about him in the printed version of Hotarugari. ;D And thanks for the vote! I appreciate it!

Jazeki - You're gonna have to wait and see! :D

Hyli_Tuben_Mechanic - I know! I've had that happen to me several times. It hurts. XD And turtlnecks are totally in right now. <333

CityBreak - Yay! Glad you enjoyed it. ^V^ I'm hoping to create a more detailed tutorial on how I create Hotarugari pages later. Hopefully someone out there will find it helpful!

megami23 - Thanks! My process is definitely not the best way to go about creating pages, (WAY too many steps in my opinion, haha! XD) but I'm really happy with the results and even more so to hear others are, too! Thanks a million, Amanda! >//v//<

SolaratheHedgehog - LOL, not at all. XD

potatoshot - Yep! Almost every step is on a different layer.

pokesam - Not too often, no, but Hotaru usually finds some way to hurt Naoki somehow on purpose whenever they are together. XD

CactusJuicy - That's so good to hear! Thank you! I'll be looking forward to your comic! ;D

myscreame - To be honest, I hate it too. I'm definitely going to simplify things down for my next comic. (Like, nothing beyond the plot stage. XD) But despite dying from the complexity of Hotarugari, I'm kept alive by the sweet comments like yours. ;u; You notice all the details! And yeah, I've kind of had the temptation ever since Naoki was introduced in this comic to hit him in the gut, so this page is rather to satisfy my own, odd desires. XD

ChiakiAida - Mine too! XD Hahaha! And thank you! I love to hear that! >w<

HaKu10 - Thank you! I kind of slapped it together real fast, so maybe later I can show my process in more detail.

Bluey306 - No apology necessary! I have the exact same feelings! XD

Kawaii-chan<3 - Haha, your sister must have it out for you like Hotaru does Naoki! XD Be careful, Kawaii-chan!
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torchthewolf August 3rd, 2011, 11:47 pm
Oh poor Naoki It seems he may never catch a break. Also I wounder will we see a bit more into his past? Anyway great as always keep up the work!

Oh and Banner voted for! Hope you win! *Throws up a peace hand gesture*
Jazeki August 4th, 2011, 12:27 am
I wonder if Hotaru will find Yumi.
Hyli_Tuben_Mechanic August 4th, 2011, 12:40 am
Wow, Hotaru, Ouch! Poor Nao-kun. But tanuki in turtlenecks...<3 <3
sala218 August 4th, 2011, 2:25 am
time to make run away!!!! XDD~
CityBreak August 4th, 2011, 7:04 am
cool page and tutorial. it's quite nice to know the basic outline of your process. I'm sure others who read it will feel the same ^__^
megami23 August 4th, 2011, 8:40 am
Your progress page is amazing! You go through a lot of steps, but the end result is just so smooth and beautiful ;u;
I love the way you've drawn Hotaru in the last panel, proportions and movement = perfect ;A;
Your art is just so pro <3
SolaratheHedgehog August 4th, 2011, 9:00 am
Not a pleasant way to wake up, I take it?
potatoshot August 4th, 2011, 9:00 am
ahahahaha he would do that.
Do you have each step on a different layer?
pokesam August 4th, 2011, 10:25 am
Oh poor Naoki.
I hope this doesn't happen too often. ^^;
Christo556 August 4th, 2011, 11:02 am
haha, nice wake up call XD
CactusJuicy August 4th, 2011, 11:08 am
It was really awesome to see your process! I'm working o a comic and mean to start on pages soon and I think it will help a lot!
myscreame August 4th, 2011, 4:41 pm
I would absolutely HATE to be this detailed =_= My god, you work hard. Just looking at the progress is making me feel tired and lazy. I'll never understand how you have lasted this long, I would have died.

Anyways, I noticed how the outline in the last step of your progress sheet REALLY makes the characters pop out. I mean, the step before that looked good as it was, and it looked complete, but adding the final touches REALLY makes a huge difference. I'm still amazed on how precise you are. Everything is in excellent detail, and it really turns my toilet knowing I'm not capable of it XD

And I can't blame Hotaru for diving right into Noaki like that. Who can resist his belly?
Shiuze August 5th, 2011, 11:56 am
Haha, I love him. XD
ChiakiAida August 5th, 2011, 4:33 pm
the thumbail is my favourite xD haha
=7= ahh there is something I really like about this page-the lines *u* I am feeling I am watching a anime just black and white xD
ivorybreath August 5th, 2011, 6:05 pm
XD wonder where he's in such a hurry to go?
jollymark August 6th, 2011, 6:53 am
if I ever woke up like that I would be sick of my stomich all day XD
HaKu10 August 7th, 2011, 2:37 am
Kawai sou, Naoki-chan! >_<
Awesome progress page, Sal! :3
Bluey306 August 18th, 2011, 10:07 am
Then again...Naoki does have a big tummy. I mean, forget prodding it needlessly, let's jump on it!

...Sorry. Q 7 Q
EEVEELOVER!!! (Guest) June 27th, 2015, 11:15 pm
Waaaaait, how did Hotaru's shoes randomly apeer on his feet?
salis June 28th, 2015, 1:22 pm
He also gets his jacket too! Their clothes and shoes are in that closet next to Hotaru, but since it's not shown in the comic, it could be magic. ;)