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about: vana
Age: 17

Nationality: Filipino

Location: Australia

Hobbies: Drawing + all sorts of other arty stuff, not sleeping, daydreaming, gaming (casually), hoarding pictures

Likes: Things victorian/rococo/baroque/gothic/lolita, costuming, books, potatoes
Thoughts about Somnium:
Basically, Somnium was a story I thought of way back when I was in grade 7. I guess when I was young I thought it was a pretty amazing story! It wasn't long before I then started drawing characters and other art for it, and finally, pages. Well, in hindsight, I probably should have developed it more and given it more though since it wasn't very good at all. Even then, though, I haven't stopped this long-term project of mine or restarted it. I suppose I'd like to see this through to the end.

Maybe as the backbone/draft for the real thing.

about: somnium
Genre:
Light fantasy

Type:
Web manga

Update schedule:
Almost weekly, or whenever school allows

Story:
Once upon a time there was a girl call-- Wait, no?

Catherine is bored.
Very bored of her surroundings the people around her. As a writer that specializes in fantasy, she of course comes with that dream of something life-changing happening. Something magical. The call for adventure.

Is boredom really all that pushes her to want something like this though?

One night, accompanied by floating lights (fireflies?), a creepy guy called Alexius appears and tells her that he's been watching her. A stalker?!

Setting:
Somewhere on Earth

Characters:
unavailable

misc: thank you
Thanks to ~

• My bestfriend, Isabella for giving me the idea for Page 13 -- Catherine will soon be a violent girl under your guidance hahaha!

Kelsey for helping with all my asthma questions -- I promise I'm never gonna mention the word asthma again lol

Rach, for helping me find mistakes with her god-like eyes! Haha I would've died in frustration if you weren't there to tell me wtf was wrong with my drawings

Toya, for helping me with the somewhat disturbing phrase in page 2 of Tainted drops LOL

Hazel, for... your unnending support? IDK I JUST LOVE YOU AND YOUR COMMENTS

Beans, my slave bro, for all the Somnium discussions. I get to think about things in the story that I might've missed :'D You're pretty much my information bank... dump... thing.

MY SYDNEY FRIEND, FOR BEING AWESOME

Jade, for... all the fanart ROFL;; goddamn, woman D< stop spoiling me!

ShadowLight, for all the good times chatting and drawing each other comments. I love youuuuu ; 3;

• And of course, you -- for reading and supporting Somnium! I wouldn't have gotten past page 5 if it weren't for all the readers supporting and putting up with me. Thank you!

• ** Oh yeah, and Falconer for the super amazing archive script!
misc: faq
Q: Did you draw that?
A:
Yes, I did, lol

Q: What do you use to make your pages?
A:
Paint Tool SAI for the lineart and basic shading work, then Photoshop for adding in the tones, dialogues and other necessary polishing at the end. Instead of a mouse, the tablet I use is Genius G-Pen 560 (but despite it being cheap, if you plan to take drawing seriously, I recommend buying something from Wacom instead)!

Q: Where do you get your screentones?
A:
I got most of them from here: http://psychobob.xepher.net/screentonez/

Q: How do you add screentones? Can you make a tutorial?
A:
That's been something that I've been planning to do for a while (more like a year), but I just don't have the time for it right now. I'm sure there are plenty of tutorials out there :) Generally it's just:
1) Fill a new layer with the pattern / tone using the paint bucket
2) Set the layer mode to Multiply
3) Erase what is unwanted

Q: Will Somnium ever be printed?
A:
Mostly likely not. This is just a practice comic for me so even though I take it seriously, I don't really mean to do anything with it. Also, the pages are made in that exact same size that you see -- not exactly printing quality.

Q: How / When did you come up with Somnium?
A:
I got this idea back in grade 7... quite a while ago. I'm not sure how though (at the time I was doing another comic... I guess I just got really bored). The original is very different from what it is now!

Q: What program did you use to make this website?
A:
Dreamweaver and Photoshop. I only use the coding window though because I have no idea how to use anything else :(