maelstrom

Maelstrom 1 p20

Another one that’s been reworked to accommodate the modifications in the scenario. Rarely in comic books, do we leave so much on the “cutting room floor“. Especially when working as a writer / artist team, once the scene is written and put down to paper by the artist, there’s not much we can afford to change. Since I do it all myself…

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Maelstrom 1 p12

Knee deep in snow. Feels like home.

While waiting for spring to wake us up from hibernation, the action here is on hyperdrive. The design of the page needs to give a sense of urgency. Smaller, vertical panels will help us get that feeling across.

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Maelstrom 1 p11

Two videos for this post. Again, this page was a tough one. Not because it is a fight scene per se, but because I wanted to show a fight scene in a different way. This is more about the confusion that reigns in such a situation.

Different ideas I tried…

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Maelstrom 1 p10

Big post! This time, the videos are for the whole thing, sketching, penciling and inking. But first, the thumbnail sketches.

This was not an easy scene to direct. Many sketches were needed.

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Maelstrom 1 p8

The trick for this page was to have subsequent horizontal panels featuring a bunch of vertical shapes, the trees, without them looking too much like they’re one and the same. I tried to make them go out of the frame in different spots and changed the grey VS black tones to avoid as much confusion as possible. Not as easy as it seems.

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Maelstrom 1 p7 – Behind the Scene

This is the page where the Raven, being our narrator, propels us into the story. In a way, Maelstrom is nothing but a campfire story. Only here, it’s a raven that has a flashlight under its beak. Ha!

Here is the thumbnail sketch used for the final page. Note that I decided to drop the top layout later on, it was redundant.

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Maelstrom 1 p6

Here’s the second half of the “big” layout. I waited until now to show you the thumbnail sketch. Trying to avoiding a spoiler, here.

To me, it still works as two single page as both halves show the character answering each other. It’s as if the first half is one character speaking and the second one is the other’s answer.

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Maelstrom 1 p5 – Behind the Scene

For this one, I hesitated. I didn’t know if this page (and the next) was just redundant and made the action slow down. I still don’t know. You tell me.

What made me keep it is the design, although I wanted to get the story moving progressively faster with more panels per page, the idea was too cool to throw in the dustbin.

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