I’m still a bit groggy and feeling down, but I wanted to share with y’all what I’ve been working on. The pages still aren’t where I’d like them to be, but that’s okay, we’re just going to go with it and move on with our lives, right?
I went in and touched up the last two panels on the previous page, adding more shadows, and moving the frog’s attack from the last panel to the one on the left. Again, while I don’t really like this page as black and white, I think it’ll look much better in color (should that day ever happen!)
I started the next two-page spread. I spent most of one day penciling things in and moving things around. Looking at it now, I realize I need to move “The few of us who had our weapons out” up slightly, so it’ doesn’t block too much of the panels below. I don’t consciously use a “rule of three” when I work but I know it’s there: the fact that the text is cutting off half the face in the 2nd panel on the 2nd page is unacceptable. If it cuts off 1/3 or even 2/3 that’s fine… just not 1/2.
Below: I started inking the faces, my favorite part. I really like trying to evoke emotion in my characters, which is why I like this cartoony style so much over the other styles I used to draw in.
I also found a ton of references for frogs and toads, so I’ll be drawing those little suckers in later today, so you can see what everyone is fighting!