Though my drawings are very synthetic and cartoon like, without accurate proportions, modeling shadows and textures with the paintbrush gives sometimes a realistic touch, a bit like grained photography. This is the wonder of illustration. We can create the universes we want and present it to people’s eyes. Perhaps my lack of virtuosity is a blessing.
This should be the main purpose of this blog: sharing the development of CHRONOS. My concern with posting daily makes me digress. Maybe sticking to the basics might assure such rhythm. One post with the pencil sketch, the next with the outline and the last with the panel done.
Will this become too repetitive and a huge bore? Well, I might have to do some writing on each post to spice things up. Let’s try that.
This panel, again, has two images, and it’s the first with dialogue. Most of you have no idea of what’s being said, but you’ll get it soon enough when I publish the English version on the CHRONOS page in this site. You can always go there through the link in the MENU.
A succession of smaller panels accelerates the pace of the narrative and the reading. I think this bit should move faster than the previous moments of narration.
As you might have noticed, I am not a virtuoso when drawing. The hat gave me some pain, but I think it’s acceptable now. I must practice!
Stories, regardless of the media, are all about ambience, atmosphere, sensation. Plot and meaning are just part of the tools. Consciously or not, authors and artists seek the expression of feeling, as accurately as possible. Most audiences will feel differently and in unexpected ways, close or far away from the original and undefinable purpose.
Ambience can be brought through exquisite sequences of words, sounds, colors and visual shapes, and by the composition and design of a single image or object. This is also called style and each author or artist has a personal one. This uniqueness of style and expression is sometimes called voice.
Comics might be my favorite microphone to convey the ambience of my feelings. It is all immediate, when drawing fast enough. This panel of CHRONOS, without words, was particularly joyful on the making. I really feel the urge to accelerate production. It will happen soon.