Dev Blog Update #12 (Part 2)

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Welcome to the new Crazy Sunshine website!

I love watching art evolve.

Ever since the start of 2013 I have been working incredibly hard every day to redesign and improve the website, characters, and more.

In this blog entry, I’d like to talk about major changes to the cast of characters!

Lacie

Lacie’s design hasn’t changed much over the years.

That’s because I really like it!

Personally, Lacie needed a much more naughtier vibe, so I decided to spice her clothes up with a little sex appeal.

Lacie’s dress now has an open area at the front revealing a panty and garter belt combo that keeps her traditional striped stockings in place as she sprints away from the police or a certain pink-haired beast.

However, it’s not all about being sexy, this change has deeper connotations too.

I want to work on developing Lacie’s bold and confident side, expanding her ego even more than before, and showing that she doesn’t care about what the world thinks about her.

Lastly, as for main character Shelbie’s one-sided infatuation with Lacie, I feel that Shelbie needs more reasons to be madly in love with with our demonic protagonist, and nothing beats flashing some panties  every now and then, right?

Right?

Shelbie

Shelbie was formerly an elite soldier who lost a bunch of memories and brain cells after falling out of the heavenly Perfect Paradise.

I wanted Shelbie’s new design to reflect her past, and remind readers that she wasn’t always a complete idiot.

Now, Shelbie sports a cream-coloured Lumian military uniform with long sleeves, a silky blue leotard, and a streamlined tights/high heels combo. Her hair has been parted to reveal her forehead, and as for her breasts? Well, they’re still pretty darn big.

As Crazy Sunshine’s universe evolved, so did each character’s race.

Personally, Shelbie and Lacie’s outfits were too similar (long dresses with matching zippers), and considering their extreme difference in race, I felt like this visual gap needed to be widened.

Lastly, contrast!

I want to be able to express Shelbie’s inability to do, well, anything purely through her silly facial expressions, body language, and speech.

Candy

Candy’s design was changed in the Crazy Sunshine Chronicle Beastruction!

Once the Beastruction story arc was over, I began redesigning the site and the cast of characters.

Since Candy’s design had already changed recently, I didn’t feel the need to improve her.

She is still animal-like in appearance, and her new clothing changes will be explained in a couple of weeks through the comic itself.

Until then, look forward to it!

Peppermint

Ah, Peppermint. The brains of, well, every operation.

A scientific genius and the creative force behind almost every mechanical invention within the comic.

So, why was she wearing nothing but a fluffy pink coat until now?

I decided Peppermint needed to look smarter and have a colour palette which really complimented her hair.

An off-white and teal lab coat should do the trick, right?

Peppermint is still as young and naive as she always was, which really contrasts with her slightly mature clothing.

So I reused her oversized zipper and some nuts and bolt cuff links to give her outfit more of childish feel to it, like a child’s toy or action figure.

Peppermint’s skirt and shoes have also retained their original design, but the colours have been swapped around to give her a much more minty feel.

Additionally, these colours will also be a prominent feature in all of her inventions from now on.

Daifuku & Mochi

Daifuku’s previous outfit was a revealing red and gold china dress, which I have honestly never liked!

I wanted Daifuku’s clothes to be inspired by Japanese culture, and replaced her china dress with a traditional kimono, and tied her hair up in a classic “mochi” style with chopsticks.

To compliment the demonic spirit possessing her belly, warning tape was used to express Mochi’s “lips”, and the pink splotches on Daifuku’s dress along with rice cake-shaped decorations on her kneesocks represent the Japanese confectionery the odd couple were named after.

Like Daifuku’s hair, Mochi’s tongue also changed colour, as did the inside of his mout- I mean, Daifuku’s bell- wait, how does her body work again?

Anyway, it’s a slightly redder, and matches the inside of her kimono’s sleeves.

 

Hope you enjoy these new changes as much as I did making them!

Thanks for reading!

Dev Blog Update #12 (Part 1)

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Welcome to the new Crazy Sunshine website!

Website

I love watching art evolve.

Ever since the start of 2013 I have been working incredibly hard every day to redesign and improve the website, characters, and more.

In this blog entry, I’d like to talk about major changes to the website!

Title

The new title banner embeds the previous Crazy Sunshine logo onto a giant, mechanical tower that showcases a main character on each of its panels.

The giant, golden orb in the centre represents the sun.

I wanted to create a smaller banner that can be easily customised while still retaining the same “base” image.

This way, I can change what is shown on the machine’s panels, or even add more should new characters appear!

Background

The previous background was a bird’s-eye view of two areas within the Crazy Sunshine universe; Solemn Skip and Massive Metropolis.

Combined with the comic’s transparency in certain panels, this background would appear in the distance.

However, due to the comic’s colour scheme changing every week, sometimes the site’s background would clash with the atmosphere I tried to create.

I would like to use less of this effect, and keep the background unrelated to the comic as I try to improve my colouring skills.

This new background compliments the title banner, keeping the site’s mechanical theme consistent.

Navigation Arrows

The navigation arrows have also been improved, with colours that match the title banner, and unlike the previous set of buttons, detailed shading to make them really stand out.

They now have a depth rollover graphic to give the feel of pushing a physical button, and on the First and Latest pages of the comic, are shown with transparency instead of not showing up at all.

Social media buttons

Redesigning the cast of Crazy Sunshine meant the site’s infamous social media rollovers also needed a change, but are still similar to their predecessors.

Bug fixes & additions

  • Extras page
    • Video links have been removed from the Extras page and put into the new Theatre page mentioned above.
    • New fan art has been added.
    • New CS: AGES timeline artwork has been added.
  • Links page
    • Links have been cleaned up and sites that do not link back to Crazy Sunshine have been removed. If you would like your site to be added, please return the favour!
    • New ad designs have been added. If you are an affiliate, you can grab the new ones here!
  • Gallery page
    • The old wardrobe images have been removed and replaced with new ones.
    • Outdated illustrations have been removed.
  • Cast page
    • The cast page has been updated, naturally! Now with even more character stats!

Thanks for reading!

In part 2 I would like to talk about changes to the cast of characters.

Please give it a read and don’t forget to leave a comment!