Commentary on Ondine Page 2:
Turning to the page itself, the first panel highlights one of my major weaknesses as an artist. The teacher is supposed to appear in her later 40’s/early 50’s, and instead she looks, to me at least, like she’s maybe in her mid-to-late 20’s. My real teacher was in good shape and had a youthful appearance to her, but there was no denying that she was not a young woman. In that depiction, I think I failed.
For one, I used the same facial structure that I use for, really, all my characters, and I think that’s one of the major problems I need to try to address. While I don’t want to go completely down the road of exaggerated cartoon design, I can certainly try to give characters more unique face shapes and proportions to try to differentiate them.
And I need to somehow figure out how to portray middle age. Young is easy, old is easy, but that area in between, where a person is older but still a healthy adult, is somewhat more difficult to pin down. I need to work on that, so I can create characters that are more diverse in age and design.
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