Friday, May 18, 2012

The White Stag

At least... that's the working title. This has been an interesting journey. I'm working on a comic that is 50 pages long....actually its currently at a standstill because I freaked out. I've got it all thumb-nailed out but egads! character design??? Me???  So I started my "How to make a Perfect Pie" Comic only 25 pages long, still struggling with consistant characters... Then came this: "The White Stag" Only 12 Panels. Now that I've gotten this far, I'm feeling more confident about the other, bigger projects. 

Thumbnails, character design, layout,  and even some facial expressions!(though... they are covered up....)

Close up of one of the panels. This is done on a 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch paper. This allowed me to work out some of the kinks, and see how to do it better before I went big. 

Layout Question: Should I have the layout 1,2,3,4 across the top, or should I have it more like a book as you can see in the Critique's layout below. It goes 1,2 then down to the next row 3,4 as if it were on two separate pages... Similar to the traditional comic book layout. Thoughts?

These are things I know I already need to fix, which is why I did it small in the first place. Having to redo this much work and detail at a 7in size would have been a pain. Even so, this took me a couple of days of concentrated work. 

Ps. Thank you Ray for the idea, and thank you Hollie for be excited for me and cheering me on!


Mike Grace said...

Woooo!! Go Cas! This is going to be a great finished product! Let's make a mini website for it once it's finished! You finish it and I'll build it. It will be awesome! : )

Emily Davis said...

What a fun project! My first critique was to the stag- the whole style of it is so crisp and clean and he looks a little unkempt instead of wild and lovely. Tough thing to portray... I would recommend taking out the describing lines that show his "effort" on his face and make the curls more deliberate and designed. I think he should be regal and a bit anonymous.
I like the 1,2,3,4 across layout better. It made more sense to me.
And I hate to say it, but when I read "White Stag" I thought of Harry Potter...
Maybe on panel 9 you could have it more zoomed in on her and what she's doing and only show part of the stag. I think it will help with the "surprise".
There's my two-cents. Hope that helps!

Shara Mills said...

Wow Cassie! This is so exciting. I can't wait to see more. I like your character with dark hair better. It seems like it'll be very tricky to keep the highest contrast where you want it working with greyscale and the strength of ink lines. I also wanted to comment on how well developed your self critique is. Way to go!

Cassie said...

Thank you guys for the great critiques!!! Emily you are right about that panel.... but I don't wanna!! But your so right. I'll have to redo it.

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