Commentary for Ondine Cover:
(Note: commentary will always be hidden behind spoiler tags. I strongly advise you to read the entire comic first before looking at the commentary.)
One of the best accidents to come out of this piece was the development of the art style that I decided to use for the whole comic. I knew going in that I wanted to use a simplified style, relying on cartoon-like character design and strong silhouette. I also knew that I wanted to use minimal color, and that color would be a design tool as opposed to a default aspect of every page.
But in the course of inking and coloring this page, the final style more or less spontaneously created itself. The lines became thick and bold, the color became flat and solid, and the white flourishes solidified a motif of broad strokes based on graphic design principles. Somehow, through a combination of my vague ideas and my dubious skill with Photoshop and the Wacom, I managed to create the exact visual design that I wanted. And I thought this drawing captured the whole story itself so perfectly that I knew it was perfect for the cover.
One minor thing about this page is that, because it was a concept drawing and not intended to be an actual page, I drew it on basic 8.5×11 copy paper. All of the actual comic pages, on the other hand, were drawn on professional grade comic boards measuring 11×17. When it came time to start posting everything and organizing the archive progression, I noticed that this page didn’t match up in size with the others, so I had to go back and expand the edges of it just a little bit. Luckily the piece doesn’t really suffer for the modification in dimensions.
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