Ask @Soul_Symph:

Your own comic aside, do you prefer to read color comics or black and white ones? does it even matter

Aria
I don't think it matters to me, but....I seem to only really be reading color comics right now. Only black and white one I keep up with regularly is Chainsawsuit. That might just be a coincidence, but I would say in general I probably prefer to read color comics.
That said, 2 comics I read (Monster Pulse and Octopus Pie) switched to color semi-recently. I thought they both looked just as good in black and white.

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What types of brushes/pens do you use to do your lineart? Sizes?

In Photoshop, I think I bought "Kyle's Ultimate Drawing Set" brushes, and use the Inker: Simple Round brush. On Manga Studio, I use the default G-Pen in the pen tool.
For sizes, there's not really a single answer. It all depends on what size canvas you're working on. Before I shrink my SS page down at the end, I feel like most of mine lineart hovers around the 12-25 size for the G-Pen.
Instead of using a set size, I kind've just have a mental intuition for how thick I want the lines to be. Like...in my mind, there's a set proportion between the thickness of the line and how "zoomed in" to something we are, and I just try to honor that proportion as much as possible. Sometimes I'll mess up and you'll see a character in SS who's lines are thicker than they "should" be at that distance. I think I'd rather my lines be too thick than too thin.

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Who is YOUR favorite character?

As many creators will cheesily say: I don't have one! I love them all. And I've grown to love the main characters more and more as time has gone on. Even when they're not in the current scene of the comic, they've developed more and more in my mind. They've rounded out and become more nuanced in ways that sadly we'll never see in the comic.
What I WILL say is:
-if there were any character that I'd most love to see as the protagonist of their own spin-off series, it'd be Charlie. Whether it took place before or after SS, I'd love to see things unfold from his perspective. I feel like he'd be a good character to follow.
-if I could go back in time, the character that I most wish got more attention and involvement is Ashley, because I feel like in the comic itself I've only barely hinted at the character she's fully like in my mind. She's cool!
The solution to both of these things sounds like some solid fanfic. Written by a fan or....by me....after the comic ends.

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Was there any special reasoning you had in mind when you decided on each kid's instrument?

Aria
It's a bit hard to remember the exact reasoning, but here's what I can recall:
Olivia and John's designs definitely played a role. Olivia is small with black hair, and wears cool colors. John is tall, blonde, and wears brighter, warmer colors. So I associated clarinet and trombone with that. I wanted the powers to be inspired by the instrument too, and since my idea was for Olivia to have flight and non-offensive spells, with John having powerful, stereotypical "JRPG/anime protagonist" type powers, I picked instruments whose sounds seemed like they would produce those. The idea of a trombone as a sword and a bazooka was also a mental image that pre-dated Soul Symphony for teenage me. I was a lame little boy.
The essence of Olivia is also just what I associate with non-saxophone woodwinds, in terms of the instruments' designs and the sounds they make. At the risk of sounding stereotypical....maybe more "elegant" or "calm" or "serene?" Same for John and brass, which I thought of as stereotypically the opposite. In my mind Olivia has more of an air of formality and precision, while John is loud and super casual.
The rest of the characters were for musical diversity, and the types of people that might come from those groups. Charlie for metal fans and kids who love music but don't take music classes in school [because they have no interest in that], Ashley for a talented percussionist who is equally talented/involved in "Olivia music" and "Charlie music" [but doesn't like the former], and Eric for a string orchestra student.
I wish the reasoning was more symbolic than that, hahaha.

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i love your coloring! is that also from manga studio?

Thank you! That means a lot!
Yes, it is. Most of it's your standard paint-bucket-fill affair, but I use Manga Studio's default "Blurred edge" watercolor brush on pages like the recent 429, 430, 431 triple combo. That's been my go-to painterly type brush for things lately. I've been impressed by Manga Studio's painting tools!

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do you use photoshop along with manga studio for the comic? How long does each page take?

I've been trying my best to not open Photoshop at all if I can help it. I don't think I've used it on a page since maybe around page 412 or 418. I feel more comfortable with text, gradients, layer masks, and filters in Photoshop, but I've been really trying to keep everything in Manga Studio at this point. If I'm lucky, I won't have to open it at all til the end of the series.
The average page seems to take somewhere around 8 hours for me, give or take a few hours. But also keep in mind the average Soul Symphony page is a billion panels long because I'm Weird.

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