For the backgrounds, I tried something new–the oil paint tool in MangaStudio. I was afraid of this tool for a long time. It just didn’t seem like something I could finesse or control. There are so many variables to set in the tool, with inexpertly translated names (the program is Japanese): “amount of paint,” “density of paint,” “color stretch,” and “brush density.” There’s no way to really know how each setting effects the feel of the brush until you just mess around with it. So here I just kind of jumped in and played around, and found that I really liked some of the effects. The door looks pretty great, I think.
For the curious, the packages in the large sack read “ПЕЧЕНЬЕ К ЧАЮ”–Tea Biscuits.