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Comic 923 - A Girl Named Dorothy, Page 1

21st Jun 2020, 11:00 PM in 25. A Girl Named Dorothy
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Author Notes:

21st Jun 2020, 11:00 PM
Martin F.
Really curious how this one goes over - lot of little attempts to improve the art going on here. Of course probably the most notable one is the big city shot - we're trying to do more skylines and such going forward, try to make things a bit more lively on that front. Along with that we have a lot of new detailing going on with the trees, the grass, and the door in the last panel, plus on the tires and on the sweater in the last panel - I've been messing around a lot with making things look more detailed and less flat, and while I don't want it to be so much as to be distracting I do think little stuff really helps with making the world feel a bit more alive and lived in, though a lot of it was applied retroactively on this page. Kind of been a growing experience and imagine it'll probably improve as the chapter goes along.

So yeah, this is the main focus of this chapter - Alex spending some time visiting Dorothy's dad, step-mom, and sister. Very different flavor of things here, and wanted to really try and emphasize that we're in a different location from normal in the art. As you can imagine all of this will be playing a lot into the note we ended the last chapter on - we'll be revisiting that scene later on in the chapter for what it's worth, it's just being framed in a flashback instead of us seeing it as it happens, thought it worked better narratively.

Of course, tying more directly back to the previous chapter in the moment is the opening panel kind of revisiting the Patriot Initiative thing and showing they're not doing so great following the PR disaster that was the Black Court fight. Was a pretty needed capstone on the plot but it worked best bringing it up here as we move past it.

Speaking of other superheroes who are clad in blue, how about that shirt of Alex's, eh? Something I'd kind of had in mind for a bit and decided to throw it in while I was coloring this one.
21st Jun 2020, 11:13 PM
Adam C.
Yeah, this was a big leap forward in terms of art. There was a sort of bar raising feeling with this page, both in the use of shots and the material. Offhand, between that skyline image in the last WaR chapter and that one massive panel here I made sure to include a skyline panel in Blues' next chapter, just because I think I needed to keep up.

Speaking of, yeah, SO proud of that panel. It's actually a trace job; Greenville, SC is a real city and so I scoured around for a shot to trace and did so. It was a massive, MASSIVE time-sink despite the trace work, not helped by my picking a night shot to use. Yeah, more I think about it, I think more time went into that one panel than everything else, lineart-wise. But... It's worth it. Just LOVE how it looks. ^^

Dorothy's extended family, especially Jodie, was pretty fun. She's really a bright and happy figure that we enjoyed working with. ^^

One extra bit here I wanna draw attention to is the leafy tones that are in the background of the fourth and fifth panels. It obscures the horizon and makes the forest background look less empty without drawing the eye. That and the great effects on the mountain in the third panel were all Martin and just so, SO happy with how it looks. Like we said, a LOT of thresholds crossed with this page.

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21st Jun 2020, 11:38 PM
Very interesting, wonder what will happen next.