So, recently I sketched some pages for what I consider to be a teaser trailer/prologue to Spectra. Today I started editing them, and since I like to use this blog more for behind-the-scenes stuff than finished work, I figure I might post a couple of pages and two different versions I have for the second page.
Pretty much how this happened is I sketched three pages a few days ago, and promptly dropped drawing, because don’t I need to color it all now? And I have to make the snowmobiles realistic! I know nothing about snowmobiles, I’ve just watched some videos on youtube. So I worked on outline planning instead (cuz Camp NaNoWriMo is coming!!) and then I came to my sketches with fresh eyes. Sometimes procrastination works.
I lined up all three pages on my computer, looking at the composition and pacing apparent in the layout. The second page popped out as needing the most change, because he (Des) just took a dramatic turn and then…immediately stopped? I don’t quite like the second version either, but it’s getting closer to what I’m after. I also doodled another quick version with him making a little jump in that panel, but…it looks terrible. Sketchy sketch with no in-person analysis and drawing of snowmobiles, oh yes.
On the other hand, perhaps I should just keep the original version and move ahead with the STORY and not have to draw a hundred million landscape shots when that isn’t the precise point of this scene. Except part of the point is that Des is having fun, so more snowmobiling makes sense. Whatever I do, I also want to change the top panels of page 1, to show less of the machinery, and more of him, and also I have to edit page 3, which I am keeping hidden right now (it’s like I have a pretend buffer page or something).
My sketching process has been to draw the base lineart on one layer, and then use another layer with a different colored brush to draw edits on. Then I copy and paste the portions I want onto a new page if I want to share it online. It all looks pretty messy to me, especially drawing the rider with all those limbs going everywhere, but I like this process of taking my time with the lineart and worrying about making finished products later. Except I would like to get through this story a bit faster…because it’s very long and there is so much stuff in it. Eep! And I would like it to not take two decades to make. ):/ ):\ ):|
I think the only other update I have to give is that I’ve had some planning breakthroughs and might be able to reattach the two halves of my outline that were snapped by Cool Villainess all those months ago…when I was momentarily a sad NaNo snail….
Also, I want to do some kind of character interview before Camp NaNo starts, but I feel like I can’t come up with enough interesting questions, OR that once my characters get together…they’ll probably kill each other….
*Places two enemy soldiers in close proximity to each other while asking personal questions.*
I’ll just stick Sheyla in-between them and they’ll stay peaceful?
The characters I want to interview are Sheyla, Des, Astarta, Dale, and maybe Rob and Blackwell. I’m not sure if Blackwell has been introduced other than in one excerpt from Nano? And he might not have been named then? Alternatively, I could interview Blackwell’s sister, Aurora, who befriends Sheyla. Who would you like me to interview and what questions would you like to ask them? Anything from super serious stuff that I might shush them on mid-answer cuz “SPOILERS!” or supremely silly stuff, just to see their reaction. The point is mainly entertainment, really.
Depending on how many questions I or others come up with, I might have to limit the amount of characters. Four is usually a better interview number than 6. Or 7. (I have too many characters and not enough at the same time.)
Some questions I’m thinking of:
-What hobbies do you have? (Des: Hmmm…I wonder what my hobby is….)
-Do you have frenemies/enemies you don’t want to kill? -What’s a major goal in your life? -What’s your unhealthy coping mechanism?
And maybe a couple other ideas. I feel like I need more oddball silly questions though.
Anyway, I think this post is long enough, so there it is, I’ll surely have another thing to write soon enough.
*Des revs up his engine and flies off the snow mound. And flops down into the snow as his snowmobile slides down the mountain slope.*
Des: I’m…I’m a better rider than that!