Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"Will & Whit" Samples

I'm please to announce I'm now working full throttle on my second YA graphic novel with Abrams Books...Will & Whit! I finally just signed the contract so it's official! My goal is to be done by Christmas, and it's slated for release in May 2013.

The look of Will & Whit...
As I'm editing my script and developing thumbnails, I thought I'd start playing with the look. I want it to have a different look than Page by Paige, since my new character's subconscious is expressed through her shadows rather than her illustrations. I know I want the panels to be rounded, to bring in some dry-brush texture, and use fewer ink washes than Page by Paige. So here are a few variations I'm tinkering with! Process pics...
Sample 1
Border: Black outside the border, with dry brush edge.
Linework: All dry brush-pen. Thin outlined fox shadows.
Shading: Darker digital shading.

Sample 2
Border: White outside the border.
Linework: All clean brush-pen lines.
Shading: Digital shading using some drybrush texture. (subtle)

Sample 3
Border: Black outside the border.
Brushwork: Combo of clean brush-pen & dry brush-pen lines. 
Shading: Lighter/less digital shading. Darker wolves shadow.

If you have an opinion, I'd love love love to hear what you think! 

Friendly reminder...
I have an event at The Strand this Saturday 3-4:00!  
I'll be doing a reading and leading a little workshop making Mirror Self Portraits. Please come by!


Casey G. said...

I vote for sample 1. The style feels cohesive with the dry brush border and I like the darker digital shading.

Liz G. said...

I like the second one- it's really clean. The first one sort of bothers me because I want to clean it up... and the third looks like it needs the border.

page said...

i like number 2. the white border, white wolf eyes, white coming through the door and white of the umbrella-holder's eyes cause the viewer's eye to be drawn to each and every element. it's cohesive.

Janeners said...

I prefer #1. It seems to convey the sense of fear more concisely with the darker shading.

Laura Lee said...

Thanks so much for the feedback! It's really helpful. I think I'll combine the successful elements from a couple of them together and do a new sample. Thanks so much!!!

Mark said...

I preferred the first example by far, but for reasons that may be apart from the issues you were seeking comments on. My eye processed the second and third image immediately as a whole -- as if what I was looking at held no secrets. The first image, however, forced me to move from foreground figure to background figure to the wolf shadows, piecing it together as I went -- which I of course found much more engaging. (Nothing flatters an image so much as tension.) I don't know specifically what caused these differences, but because of them I greatly preferred the first image.