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Comic 2 - Information Spaces page 2

20th Feb 2012, 6:27 PM
Information Spaces page 2
Average Rating: 5 (2 votes)
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gary cramer 21st Feb 2012, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
gary cramer
I see some very good things going on here!!! I like your character designs. A couple things jump out at me like the backgrounds, which are excellent but inconsistant. They appear..then they don't, throwing the balance the page off a little. Maybe leave a panel open from time to time and give them a different angle. Overall a great start, looking forward to more stuff!!!
Kim Allman 21st Feb 2012, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Gary,

Thanks for the compliments. I love doing backgrounds and will continue to work on this particular challenge of creating sequential art. Originally when working on the chapter Information Spaces I had intended to show a larger area in the castle library; however, whether due to the confines of the original pages, lack of ability, perspective, or all three, it did not come off as well as I had envisioned. Regardless, as one writer once told me you just have to go ahead get the darn thing done and move on to the next story. I am committed to making Nigel work if for no other reason than the need to create. I will be curious to see what you and others think when I post the next two installments which are finished. Those installments were actually drawn before I did the Information Spaces chapter and looking back on them I think they were more successful as far as the backgrounds, but the characters are not as consistent in design to my eye.

One thing you may be seeing here is that I am attempting to create establishing shots. Then when I want to focus on the characters and dialog leave the backgrounds blank or just use black or a pattern so as to not distract the reader. As you have noted it seems inconsistent, therefore, I need to figure out how to balance this out in the panels and overall page design.

Of course, the test will be to see if the quality of story, lettering, page design, and art improve over the longer haul. I appreciate the observations and look forward to more input from you and other readers. It is this last aspect that I think makes the web comic format such a fantastic medium for this art form.

Kim