Hello! On my last post here, with all of the features, I stated that in a couple of days, I'd be back here and posting again with a new pattern. Because of that, I started work on one this afternoon, featuring Sunohara from Clannad, since he was requested before the advent of Sprite Patterns December and had been left waiting for a long time. It had been quite a while since I'd made a portrait pattern, though, so I was going really slowly and didn't at all think that I'd get done in time. After a couple of hours, though, I had what I think is a nice pattern of Sunohara done and ready to post! I probably should have done this blog post then, but since I felt like getting off of the computer and doing other things at that point, that's what ended up happening.
This pattern is a little different from portrait patterns that I've done in the past, regardless of the character they depict, since the outline for most of it isn't all that dark. For Christmas, my dad got me the artbook for The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, by Arina Tanemura (which I haven't read and now would like to), and one of the things that I really thought was cool about the art in it was that none of the outlines were black. It took me a bit to think of a good reason as to why that looked nice, but I decided that, since all of the drawings were filled with ruffles and flowing hair and giant stereotypical manga eyes, the lighter outlines allowed for more detail without the drawings starting to look dark and messy. Since detail clutter seemed to be a big problem working on the Clannad portrait patterns in the past, I thought it might be helpful to give that a try on this pattern, which I think worked out for the best. It might be a bit of a pain to switch outline colors according to the object, but it makes it look less intense and more like the source material, which is always nice for cross stitching fanart. I hope that you guys like how it looks, too!