April 18, 2013
I’m running late and have a full day of stuff tomorrow so I’ll keep this brief…
- Second panel came out EXACTLY how I wanted it; has just the right combination of motion and sexy murder eyes 0_O
- I seem to be getting better at design and placement of SFX.
- Curt’s expressions of horror continue to amuse me.
- Backgrounds are a little too sparse this time around.
- Panel three could have done with more exaggeration and breathing space.
- Perspective and anatomy on the guard is waaaay off in the last panel.
Till next time ;)
March 27, 2013
Hey folks! Stuff on the jobbing front has been quite intense lately so unfortunately I had to put this page on the back burner, particularly frustrating given that I’ve had it sat on my hard drive in a near finished state for a week or more.
On the bright side, for my first real shot at action this turned out remarkably well and there was even room for some experimentation along the way.
Besides the anatomy and poses – which I covered in detail a couple of posts back – I spent a long time mulling over exactly when I’d break the tension and how I would make the transition over to an action sequence. I settled on going big, bold and sudden to maximise the impact and perhaps communicate some of Curt’s evident shock over to reader; I doubt that it was too hard guessing that this was coming but my hope was that in going from 0-100 mph in a single page I’d have a shot at creating a real surprise.
More importantly a major shift has taken place here, over on The Duck someone commented on this being ‘the page that defines your character’ and now I think about it they couldn’t be more right. I gave this moment a whole page and extra effort not because I want to make a masturbatory display of excessive violence but rather because this is the point where we begin to get a sense of who Scratch is. Up till now she’s been little more than a scowl and trench coat; crude and unpleasant as it may well be, this is the first genuine expression Scratch makes and it’s one that provides the lead in for much of her future character development.
Lest I begin to sound too pretentious objectively speaking there are some areas that could have used some reworking: The background is a little sparse, the floor shadow appears to be fractionally off and I felt like I was forced to include the SFX caption to maintain stylistic consistency, but considering how much I’ve dawdled with releases this would be an ideal point to really push forward and rekindle my production efforts as things kick up a gear.
Now forward! Like an elbow to the face! THWACK!
February 16, 2013
I was initially undecided on whether making this page or skipping abruptly to the next would be more effective; it’s likely fairly obvious where this is going but I dare say the sequence will be far more effective when read in one sitting as intended as opposed to weeks apart…
Still at least Branch lives again and now I’ve made a proper start I have no excuse not push myself for more regular releases, I’ll also see to it the blog gets frequent updates too rather than radio silence for weeks on end.
If I lie may chickens attack me in improbable numbers and sap my metaphorical health bar…
January 14, 2013
Done! Massively late but here it is nonetheless; the concluding page of Replay Value!
It’s been a busy Christmas to say the least, there was a house move in there somewhere amongst all the food and booze and besides struggling to sit down and finish this thing the page itself had a few troublesome spots. Wanting to raise the quality of the finale typically resulted in a bloated schedule – like my stomach post Xmas – such are the perils of being one’s own master…
I’ve also got something of a postscript I want to write on my inspiration for this one, however I imagine it’ll be a sizable essay in itself and right now I’ve got to stress out over a few other things for the next 24 hours or so. I’ll see that it arrives ASAP along with the massively overdue continuation of my old flame Branch.
Apologies to everyone I’ve spectacularly failed to follow and communicate with this yuletide – I haven’t forgotten you and I’ll hop back on the digi-wagon very soon, honest!
November 28, 2012
One more to go!
I am going somewhere with the gunghoism and violence here so bare with me, all shall be revealed! ;)