March 28, 2013
Page 167 Book 5: The War Diaries
Trying something out, bear with me…
With updates being so sparse, I thought I’d try something out mildly inspired by a recent xkcd comic. So I’m going to post the pages on time, however they may be in production at the time, and then update them on the site as I wade through the drawing process. This means you all get to peek into the procedure I go through with making the pages, have legitimate reason to check back here throughout the week, and still get comic pages. Hopefully this sits well with my dear Forgetfuls, I can certainly see arguments against posting unfinished pages (and in this case, a series of blank empty frames at the time I post this). If this isn’t your cup of tea, for whatever reason, stop by later to see things more developed and there’ll be a new Chaosville episode out tomorrow as well.
I’ll be keeping this blurb updated with each new version of the page too, so don’t forget to stop on by down here as I wax artistic or what-have-you on my way through things.
On that note, the frame layout. I tend to spend a fair bit of time on this stage actually, compared to what one might expect. Not something you generally think about but how things are laid out on a page can have a profound impact on what it conveys and how. Larger frames tend to imply more significant events for example, but smaller and more central frames can do the same with the added implication of secrecy or discretion.
In this case, I have to show two fairly significant events in one page, can you figure out which frames they happen in?
With frames worked out, backgrounds can be done. Depending on the complexity of the environment and what’s happening, this stage can take a while, but the current scene is fairly straight-forward. This will definitely not be so for the next page, so I enjoy it where I can. I try to make sure that no two frames have the exact same background, regardless of their relative positions on the page, because it looks lazy and boring.
Once the backgrounds are reasonably finalised, I shift up a layer and plug in my base models for the characters involved. This should help you all get a better idea of what’s happening in this page, though the finer details are still be done in the posing stage that follows this. Occasionally I get lucky and can use stock poses like those already on the models or like the top two frames where I’m repeating an earlier page’s action, but generally I try to do things fresh each time and even those repeated frames here have posing elements to be done to fit them to the content.
To update the page, I’m adding the new version to the server and deleting the old version, but I’m keeping all the versions on my harddrive so when all is said and done I might compile them into an animated process gif to stick at the bottom here.
FINALLY! This page has been sitting on the front page unfinished while I’ve been getting a whole ton of university work done. I’m now down to I think just 3 more assignments before month end, and I managed to find the time to get this completed. There’s still the odd thing I’d like to improve, but I thought you’d all been sitting in suspense as to what this page actually means far too long so here it is.
The next page promises to be pretty sweet, so I’m curious how many will have already foreseen what’s about to happen.