When Last we left I started to show you a commission I was working on...then got distracted by making fun of the deathtrap known as Elon Musk's "cybertruck". If you are a fan of my work...don't ride in the front seat of one of these contraptions, a frontal collision of any meaningful impact will almost certainly spell your death. Before I was a comic book illustrator, I was a mechanic...just don't do it.
Anyways...here was the commission request- Judge Fear and Captain Britain...
In a lose interpretation of this famous scene with Judge Dredd fighting Judge Fear
The sketch originally had Captain Britain in a newer costume, fighting Judge Death
...but he decided he wanted the old version of Captain Britain vs Judge Fear. Fine by me...it's no more or less challenging. so off I went with the finished pencils...
Now the hard part...those impact lines.
Impact lines are something I pretty much never do when I'm illustrating. I don't have anything against them, per se. And they are very effective.
I just...I dunno...I feel like it's too jarring for my personal style of visual storytelling. Every single panel I do has some hint of the background in it, and I prefer to not have the figures in a panel absent of that. In real life the background doesn't vanish and get replaced by beams of light when someone gets punched. It feels a little like "breaking the fourth wall", because it is completely admitting/betraying to the reader that this is a comic book not an event.
Just so I'm being clear, and because none of these terms have been written in stone anywhere...an impact line would be different than a "motion line". Look at this page below.
The boxes I put a red border around have what would be "motion lines' they are used to imply motion. Repeated shapes imply motion the the sub-conscious, is why I think illustrators came up with using these. It's an obvious directional signal anyway, even if they weren't being that cerebral when first coming up with this technique.
nd the panels with blue borders around them have "impact lines" they all converge on ...well...an impact, usually a punch or kick or sometimes the point at which something crashes into something else. These are repeated lines, but all converging, which sends a different signal to the sub- conscious.
I dunno...like I say, it doesn't bother me when I see it, and often it is very effective...but there is give an take to using it. and the "take" is breaking the illusion of this being some event happening somewhere because the background and sometimes even part of a character is just completely replaced by them. Know what I mean? The motion lines do this a bit also...as does writing out a sound being made. But words and sounds being written out is going on continually and can happen without leaving out any background.
anyways, Rather than having them all come to one focal point in the picture, I gave it two focal points and winged it in the middle...so it would be a bit less oppressive to the readers eye.
...I guess it turned out alright. I am currently taking on commission. I did BUNCH last year during the Holidays and winter, I won't have as much time this year, but I can do a few. Send me an email if you'd like on douglaspasz - at-- arseniclullabies.com
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