Scrapped page 1 layout

September 11th, 2006, 12:04 pm

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Reply Abt_Nihil, September 11th, 2006, 12:17 pm

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.

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User's Comments:

Reply Staniel, September 12th, 2006, 9:06 am

Damn!

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...

Reply sarafan, September 13th, 2006, 6:14 am

rough sketches are really important before creating something. ^_^ Anyway, just telling ya that I'm still loyally reading. ^^

Reply Abt_Nihil, September 13th, 2006, 8:26 am

@Staniel:
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.

@sarafan:
Thanks! I can sleep better knowing you're still reading this... :3

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