Friday, October 13, 2006

EMPEROR B&W page 5

Finally the fabled page 5.

Fight scene!

I still wanted to communicate a sense of the ethereal, even in a fight scene like this. I also realised that this is the height of my Ultimates/Bryan Hitch influence. Widescreen panels (look at the Ultimates, every panel is wider than it is taller). I'm only just starting to get over this fixation as I'm realising that they have pans and dolly's and we have tall panels etc.

To restrict yourself to only widescreen panels it to basically restrict yourself to a non-moving frame.

Also, a total lack of sound effects means that you have to work harder as an artist to communicate the power of things. I love comic art, you can go totally over the top with things at the cost of $0 to your budget. I love how extreme panel 5 is and in panel 6 where he looks out you're supposed to see a trench disappearing away with a smoking body in the distance.

ZERO-G: Got that page done! Now to hammer some more out...


Liz/Azahru said...

The Emperor pages are making my heart go pitter pat - I lived in China when I was small for a few years and it has a special place in my heart. You've managed to catch an essence. Page 4 is my favourite thus far as well.

Mikey and I are going there next year for honeymoonness, which is unbelievably exciting. We have a plan to eat from one part of china to another, possibly visiting the Shaolin Temple on the way. Give us a yell if you need any particular references by next March :)

jasonb said...

Oh my god! An eating trek! That sounds like the BEST idea in the world.

If you have a digital camera and are planning on posting the photos, I'd love to see them.

I drive my parents crazy on holidays, cos I'm taking reference photos of everything. I'm finding nice shot compostions and they're always screaming, "What about us?! We should be in the photo!"

I'm like, "Why? You know you were here."

Liz/Azahru said...


I think we'll be taking copious amounts of photos, we're a bit hopeless at putting them up for folks to see, so the idea that they might make handy references might help.