Tuesday, June 19, 2007

HANA PART 2: Page Eight, Final Fate

I'm going to go to hell.

Yep, what you see below is the lineart for this page. This picture of Hana is ALL I drew on this page. I'm a lying, cheating and swindling bastard. NBC and all the HEROES fans should lynch me.

So how the hell did I get away with artistic murder? Well, I grabbed the satellite that I drew from panel 3 of part 1 and enlarged it and distorted it a bit so its perspective worked for the angle. I cleaned it up so that it worked at this higher level of detail. I believe I had to redraw the "wings" on it. I then drew Hana on top.

This is one of the few times that I break the fourth wall. If you look very closely she is looking directly at us. It's like when you're about to die that your life flashes before your eyes, well I figured that just before she dies she realises that she's just a character in a story.

Then I added all the flame, re-entry effects on the satellite. If I could do this again, I would add flames to her suit to show her burning up. I don't think it was totally clear that she was burning up and going to die. Lastly I added a close-up of the planet earth, specifically Australia as per the script. I decided to flip it upside down to add to the disorientation. I wonder if they mentioned Australia specifically to totally distance it from Nathan and Peter?

Here's an earlier layout of page 8 also. As you can see, it was a great deal less dynamic, and lacked the scale of the image I eventually went with.


RyanGibsonStewart said...

You win the prize for resourcefulness--stealing images from yourself is awesome.

I agree, it could have been made clearer that she actually died--a lot of people have debated that fact. Personally, I like a bit of ambiguity when it comes to the story, even if that wasn't your purpose.

Funny, I totally thought you referenced Australia, not Aron. Go figure.

AcidBurn133 said...

Poor Hana looks a little toasty!
But gosh, stealing images from yourself? Cheating us like that?! I want a refund! ....j/k ;) I highly doubt that many (if anyone) noticed that, it's really quite seamless.
As for "the breaking of the fourth wall", that makes me laugh that you say she realizes that she's just a character, because the only e-mail from wireless@samantha48616e61.com since her death has been a reminder to go check out the lates Heroes novel featuring the mysterious Haitian, lol.
Aw, and I forgot that it was set over Australia (watch out for falling debris! ;)), but that was kind of a fun idea about Hana and Peter, lol. ah well.

The Polsons said...

Maybe Australia was a nod to YOU? But really, I think they try to drop satellites in the Pacific, and didn't Skylab end up somewhere near Australia? I dunno, I'm babbling.

And I really need to remember not to be drinking anything when I read your blog. 8-)