Recently got approval to share a few pages from the Joe is Japanese
graphic novel that I've been drawing for Humoring the Fates
(that's the 2D animation studio
where I spend my days) this past year.
This (scene, not this page. By this point I'd been at it for a dozen pages or so) is really the first time I've tried doing super-dramatic lighting like this, and I think in retrospect I should not have gone for such dense framing in the window, 'cause it makes for this annoying conflict between consistency and clarity. I gotta have the shadow of the framing cast across the figures, but too much cast shadows muddy the contours and create tangents. It's also a pain in the ass to track consistently.
Lesson learned about casting window shadows, you bet. Next time, ultra-modern minimalist high-ceiling frameless plexi. Thankfully, in the final art they're reduced in opacity somewhat to let the figures come through, but I know that width bounces all over the damn place from page to page.
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Drawn in Manga Studio EX v3 on the Cintiq 18SX. ©2010 Humoring the Fates
. Each page is averaging a pretty steady 6-8 hours from layout to finish line. The final pages are in color.