Commentary on Ondine Page 5:
The shape of the eye and the “glare” spot on it represent the one time in the illustration of the comic where I used the shape tools. I simply could not draw a line using the Wacom that looked right, so I broke down and used the ellipse tool to make the shape. I scrunched and pulled the edges a bit to make it not look uniform, and it ended up overlapping my pencil lines perfectly, so I can’t complain.
Here is where the color starts to really come into its own, and starts to hint at something else. The protagonist’s eyes are green, and we are now entering into a “world” within his eyes/mind that is dominated by green. The protagonist, then, is connected to this dream world due to the dominance of his color. The world is his world.
But there is another color in this drawing: the blue of the water. And the blue in fact takes up a considerable part of the image. If the protagonist’s color is green, why is there blue? First time readers probably don’t even notice, or really think about it, and that’s fine. But the blue is intentional foreshadowing, that even though we are entering a world born from the mind of the protagonist, there is another “force” at work, and when we finally meet her we see that blue is her color, and that her blue runs all throughout the dream world.
Oh, and I like the gradient effect on the background green that runs into the implied tree canopy at the top of the page. It’s just the right mix of subtle and direct to show that there are green leaves high in the trees and that the green of the trees goes on into the distance, creating a slight impression of depth.
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