13 June 2010
Malaak IV pages 1-3
Long overdue, but for very good reasons I promise, the 4th chapter finally begins.
If you're bewildered as to why we're transported in the 6th century BC all of a sudden, then you're right where I want you ;)I know some of you at least are already putting clues together...
As hinted at earlier, I wanted a slightly different treatment for the parallel narrative, and I went the "clean sketch" route, as you may notice from the looser lines and coloring. I'm not 100% happy with the result, mostly because so far it's been a counterintuitive way of working for me, meaning longer finishing time and much trial and error and grinding of teeth. I'll just have to stick it out for the few pages it represents. For pages 2 and 3 it was simple enough, I laid down the basic lines with a pencil and then carried on with my usual ballpoint pen (which I do not recommend for this, really. It leaves too many little accidents in the lines that you then have to get rid of). Page 1 demanded serious construction so I had to complete the full scene and then use a light table to redo my clean sketch. except I no longer have a light table. I used to, and I schlepped it from home to my first studio to my second studio, and never used it once. When I left that last studio I didn't bother bringing it back.
Who needs a light table anyway when you have a window and masking tape?