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Your turn, Dave!

Dave (tozocomic) and I are taking turns doing a page each for our Airship mini comic, mostly inspired by this exchange we had a few weeks ago. I'm trying to keep mine quick and simple, a morning warm-up sketch type thing, and not obsess over making it too perfect. We have no idea where it's going.


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Aug. 25th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Oooh shadow. Hmmm, where am I going to take this now...?
Aug. 25th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
If in doubt, go simple! (That's what I'm trying to tell myself...)
Aug. 25th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
This looks great -- I greatly admire your style. In fact, I also admire the fact that you have several different styles and seem able to switch between them pretty effortlessly. Keen to see where the airship thing goes.

There is a great kids' book called Sector 7, by Caldecott winner David Wiesner, which I think of as containing airships but which might in fact be more cloud-centric. Anyway, it has no words at all (like Flotsam) and the story is entirely told with pictures. That's what I thought of when I saw the airship idea (plus, of course, The Golden Compass books...)
Aug. 25th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I like David Wiesner books, he's so good at turning things on their heads. :-) I liked the Golden Compass, but I thought the colours were a bit over saturated, I wish they'd bumped them back a bit.
Aug. 26th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
You're talking about the GC movie? I had to stop watching it -- the gap between my memories of the books and the reality of what was happening on screen kept growing wider and wider with every passing scene, until I couldn't stand it any more. A couple of nice moments, but a classic example of how not to do a fantasy literary adaptation (i.e. rather than trying to convey the entirety of the book, with oodles of compression and clunky exposition, just winnow away a bunch of stuff and be satisfied with a more streamlined narrative, a la Lord of the Rings.)
Aug. 26th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
I agree, it wasn't anywhere as good as the book. It did have its moments, and I thought the characters were well cast (and I liked the Texan's hare daemon), but it didn't have any of the interesting complexity of the book.

I went to see the six-hour play (over two nights) at the National Theatre and that was very good, but again, even that wasn't enough time and it felt rushed. They stripped out the whole thing with Mary Malone and the wheel creatures which, considering the time restraints, was probably a good decision. Oh, and the current Bond makes a better Lord Asriel than the former one (Timothy Dalton it was, he just shouted and stormed around a lot).
Aug. 26th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
sarah, someday you must do some tutorials on your website. i would love to see a step by step of how you do this on photoshop. i wrote it all down the last time you explained it to me but now i've forgotten it. my brain leaked throughout this summer. another thing i would selfishly like to see on your blog is a video of your work process - how you use your graphics tablet, etc.


Aug. 26th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)
Okay, it's on my to-do list... if you'll direct it! ;-D

I did the black lines with a fountain pen this time.
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