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Issue 5 Splash Page Pencils by comic-chic Issue 5 Splash Page Pencils by comic-chic
When ~sojourn78 read the Issue #5 script for The Dreamer he said that it really, really, really needed a big "hero shot" splash page. I had no idea where to put it. I read through the script over and over again and didn't know at what point in the action would such a moment enhance the drama to the appropriate level. Mike insisted it shouldn't be Alan killing someone, since, well, killing is 'bad' and he didn't want me to glorify it. So... I got grumpy because I didn't know what moment would be worthy of such attention and made him sit down with me and go through the script together. We put stars in the script at possible moments that would work, but in the end, we decided to put it here.

It kicks off all the action that's about to happen, so it makes it feel like a big, dramatic moment: how are our heros going to get out of this scrape?

I re-read through Ultimates 2 and was astounded to find that Brian Hitch uses 3-4 splash pages (single page) in every issue. That floored me. I always knew that the story felt epic, but didn't realize that was one of the reasons why. I have a hard time with this making webcomics, because I don't want a reader to feel 'cheated' by a single panel image. I feel like a lot of webcomics abuse this. But now that The Dreamer is a print comic, I dunno... I guess I'll have to think about this more.

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:iconraven4ever:
raven4ever Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Your lineart is incredible. I found myself drawn to this the minute I saw it because the lines are just perfect.
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downcaste Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny raven says the "Minute" they saw it. It's minute men, right?
Agree, excellent lines. I think I learned two new tricks just by looking. The main tip I gleaned is that I don't just need to change the line width, but maybe the opacity too for the non-silohouettes and for the details.
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downcaste Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Also by changing the opacity of the black lines, I what ever color I do under it should tint it the right shade.... theoretically.
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igcreator Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008
are those Hessians up there? jus' wonderin.

awesome job, yo! you never fail to disappoint!
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional
Nope. They're British Dragoons. The Hessians were just a diversion. :D
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igcreator Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
darn, i thought i totally had it then. :doh:

thanks for the correction though :giggle:
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional
The Hessians either wore green/red coats like I used in Issue #4, or red and blue coats that look confusingly like the continentals. Just for visual distinction, I put my Hessians in Green.
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igcreator Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
hey guess what? :confused: i totally blew it by not paying attention to the COLOR splash picture that you posted afterwards. i didn't see the red and white uniforms.

:stupidme: silly me. my observation skills are down the toilet.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional
lol. I answered you without even noticing that we were talking on the black and white verson. lol. silly both of us! ha ha!
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igcreator Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
ha ha ha, indeed! :lmao:
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