This was my next attempt at doing a first page. It would start directly at the airport.
It got scrapped because I figured it doesn't give much helpful information... the location is only hinted at, and the fact that Naomi is in a hurry doesn't need a whole page to get across. When you look at the opening scene in the finished comic you'll notice it gets much more across in a relatively small amount of pages: It gives an impression of the city, A.D's institutionalized paranoia and special judicial status (shooting down a civil aircraft at suspicion), Naomi's inner monologue, the security at the airport, etc. etc. :3
I didn't like this one aesthetically either. The final version of the first page is almost like a splash page (despite being broken up into separate panels for timing purposes), its composition evokes a rather static, quiet mood. This layout right here is rather hectic... I decided I didn't want to convey this sort of hurried impression right from the beginning.
Is all I ever seem to say in comments "I adore your layouts" ??? Well, I do. I'd tear some, if not most, of my finernails out to be able to layout like that! gorgeous.
In other news, I love the running man. Nice legs. Nice drawing of the legs should I say... I don't find his legs attractive...
rough sketches are really important before creating something. ^_^ Anyway, just telling ya that I'm still loyally reading. ^^
Don't worry, I do enjoy redundant praise. Even though I'd encourage you to praise other things besides the layout :3
I guess layout-ing is one of those crafts that have more to do with planning than inspiration. So I think the only real progress I've made concerning layouts is that nowadays I take more time planning'em in advance... and I'm not afraid anymore of throwing'em away if they're not good enough.
Thanks! I can sleep better knowing you're still reading this... :3