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Chapter 01: Page 09
Originally posted on:08/04/2006
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I'm still experimenting with the art, with each passing page. For this page I've tried to pay closer attention to dramatic lighting - I've realised that I've been overly obsessed with trying to keep everyone brightly lit, but I'm starting to understand that "brightly lit" and "well lit" are not necessarily the same thing.

I have also done something which I never thought I was going to do: I've made the speech bubbles slightly transparent. In the past it has always looked kind of pretentious to me, like an artist loves his own work so much that he canít bear the thought of obscuring it with pesky words and stuff. In fact some photoshopped comics have bubbles so transparent that it makes the text harder to read than it ought to be Ė I don't see how that can be a good thing.

But when so much of the page is in darkness, and there's an emphasis on contrasting darkness with light, Iím starting to see the virtue in bumping the layer opacity down a little Ė just a little. It doesnít interfere with the readability of the text, but it's less jarring against the art. I think it helps gel the whole page together. What do you think?

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