August 12, 2010
Page 7 Book 5: Malevolent Machinations
In-combat conversations: It’s what’s hip.
So, page 6. I’m not above admitting when I’ve made mistakes, and page 6 is an example of a rather significant one. I still think the idea was good, and even whilst drawing it I repeatedly noted it would have been better in legitimate, actual, motion than frozen or time-lapsed in a comic frame, but the way I actually did it was sub-par at best even then.
I could have done better by shrinking the view and adding motion lines to the gates to better show what is going on, which would have better shown one gate rotating onto its side and moving infront of the mage and the other rotating flat and moving behind him. As it stands, the sheer bulk of the gates makes it difficult to actually see what is happening in that pivotal frame.
I’ve done almost 300 pages using the traditional standardised frame layout, so this is still a pretty big and drastic departure from my artistic history. As a consequence there are bound to be some teething problems and issues cropping up, of which I count page 6. On the whole though, 7 pages in I still think it’s a very significant improvement and I intend to stick with nonstandard frame layouts and greater expand my artistic variety in effects and perspectives and such. I’m an untrained and completely self-taught artist and it’s a wonder I’ve gotten as far as I have already.
Perhaps strangely then, take a look here at frame 4, then go back to Book 2 – Page 27.
Notice something familiar? That’s right, rather strangely the artwork for page 28’s 3rd frame is used almost entirely unchanged in the 4th frame here. It certainly surprised me to find a pre-existing piece of art in Remember fully suited and reasonably up to date for this page, so far back in the archives. I’ve virtually disowned my artwork in the earliest Books and it generally makes me cringe to look at it but here’s some proof that I did make advances far earlier on than I originally thought.