This post will contain all the material that I produce while working on the 2nd chapter of my comic Lunatic: from thumbnails and sketches to finished pages. Lunatic is a wordless story, with one image-per-page. I’ll add new material to the top of the post as I do it.
April 19-May 5: Crawling to the Finish Line
Other nuisances of life interfered, and it took me ages to do the last page I had to do. Not actually the last page of the story, but a transition page, to indicate that it’s morning in the last sequence. It’s a repeat of an image I’ve drawn twice now, of the exterior of the girl’s house, roof, chimneys etc. I’m getting kind of bored of drawing it, so I want to come up with something fun to do with this “morning” version. A different angle, to begin with. First, a light pencil sketch, just for composition:
Then, 10 DAYS LATER (!) (Really, I had other things to do. Or was it the boringness of the page that kept me from getting to it)…. a couple more sketches:
Thinking of ways to make it interesting, I think of using masking fluid to define the clouds, with a light wash for the sky, shading the clouds to show the dramatic light of the sunrise. A bunch of wash studies:
Letting the ink wash pool up at the bottom (on the tilted drawing table) accidentally makes that “burst” effect happen when it dries. I decide to try and make use of that for the sunrise itself.
On to the final version. The masking fluid is gooey stuff and hard to apply with precision. I don’t really want to muck up a brush with it, so I used a pencil eraser to draw the cloud shapes with it:
Brush on the washes, sloppily so that it pools up just above the roofline.
Once this is all dry, I peel off the masking fluid, so that there is a white edge to the clouds, with the darker shading in the middle.
Washes added to the building:
Ilm not sure if the wash effect feels like a sunrise… or is the building on fire? But I’ll go with it for now. It doesn’t have the dramatic lighting that I want, though… so I add more gray wash to the front of the building, and some cast shadows on the roof:
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