This is the end of Arc 1. Arc 2 will be ch.12 onwards and have a new main character and shift away from romance! Hope you enjoyed this arc with Jake/Austin :D.
Chapters 1-11 [Arc 1] are compiled (along with some other short stories) in HWA book 1 (available in print https://lovelovehill.com/product/here-we-are-1/ or digital https://dirchansky.itch.io/here-we-are-book-1).
I had to redraw A's cardigan pattern a bunch of times because I drew the elements wrong (I remembered the order of patterns wrong). It's based off a cardigan that I own (that Wai got me a long time ago, we have almost matching ones). A's aesthetic is cozy cabin. I like quilted patterns a lot because it gives me cozy vibes too. I don't actually own anything quilted!!!
I created extremely gaudy artwork for this diner's decor. Actually some of them are old filtered drawings from years past. Look closely, and you may recognize some of them. Mentally I was inspired by Fran's. I should go there again.
In theory I should like drawing plants, but in practice, the overlapping leaves and curves make them quite hard to draw unless you're just going for a squiggle look.
This chapter has a lot of references/call-backs/parallels with previous ones. Like previous chapter, I'm never quite sure how to draw food with mostly b/w that looks appetizing.
I have a lot of other ideas about how their relationship progresses (spoiler: the slow burn continues). Specifically all good couples need to go to the aquarium on a date, right?? Drama must ensue. We must see shrimp and goby. I just want to draw animals.
Full author notes: http://dirchansky.com/hwa/11
Chapter WIP: https://dirchansky.com/freetalk/hwa-ch11-pages-from-draft-to-tone