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.
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.
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.
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.