Just finished the line art for the last page of Chapter 7, only 19 more pages left to go. This chapter ends on a cliffhanger, with Porter being captured again by Alderic. The exciting part is seeing the pages that I scripted two years ago finally start coming into fruition. Hard to believe I’ve been working on this for that long.
Here’s the line art for the latest Athanor page. This is a pivotal point in the story when Porter discovers the truth of the alien reactor. This page was drawn in PS with my Intuos tablet.
I’ve been plugging through chapter 6 of Athanor, and thought I’d post some of my latest pages. I finally feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (bad cliche, I know, but I really couldn’t think of a better metaphor). There looks to be about 30 pages left to go, and feeling a lot more confident that I’m actually going to make it through this thing. Anyways – onto the art. I picked these two to show, because even though they were a pain, I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out so far. The architectural details were pretty labor intensive, especially trying to keep them consistent from panel to panel, in order to maintain a sense of place for the reader. Also I definitely feel as though I’m getting better at using perspective as a means to direct the reader’s eye around the page rather than just as a means to create believable space. Maybe it’s obvious to a lot of other artists but it sort of struck me during the process of designing the page, that I could use the vanishing point to draw attention toward the Horde in the background. Also I decided to work on paper for these pages, becuase for whatever reason It always feels awkward drawing detailed backgrounds on a tablet. I can never seem to get my lines to go exactly where I want them when drawing digitally, they always trail off in one direction or another. It’s especially frustrating when an illustration calls for accuracy. Maybe its the disconnect between the tablet and the screen. If anyone out there on the world wide web (there’s a throwback, how come no one uses that any more?) can relate I’d be interested to know your thoughts on this. Anyways without further adieu here it is: