I’m now well over 100 thumbnails into the project, and I’ve decided to start the ball rolling by scanning and formatting the first 120 of them (it took nearly a whole morning just for scanning!). I’ve been giving a good deal of thought to how I’ll be presenting The Firelight Isle on the web, and after some deliberation, I’ve decided that the pages, once done, will should in two different directions. When in print, they can be arranged into a series of double-page spreads that work well together (that’s how I’ve been thumbnailing them), but they’ve been drawn in such a way that they will also stack one on top of another seamlessly, and form “ribbons” (of about 10 pages at a time) that can be scrolled down from top to bottom – something that works well for webcomics.

By increasing the spacing between certain panels, I’m hoping to give the webcomic its own scroll-contingent pacing, whereas the print comic will have pacing that relies on each double-page spread being absorbed at a time. This is no mean task, so I’m presenting these first “web strips” to contributors who are interested in being beta readers. Hopefully the feedback will help me streamline the finished product for both web and print. If you’d like a chance to beta-read The Firelight Isle, but didn’t get a chance to contribute to the IndieGoGo campaign, I’m running a Patreon Campaign, since every penny I raise for the project can be put to use in the production and promotion! I’ll leave you with a thumbnail of the thumbnails to give you an idea what I’m intending:

Comments

  1. Ronna Lee says:

    Hi Paul! I’ve been following this project ever since discovering FreakAngels and finding me way here, almost a year ago, as I fell in love with your style. I fell in love with it even more after seeing the trailer animation. But I saw your update didn’t have any comments yet, so allow me to stop lurking and be the first.

    The project already promises a comic of quality that is rare in print and I dare say even more rare on the web. I wish you all the drive and luck you need to complete the project and receive the recognition it deserves.

    Also, as someone who has been visually creative from a young age and has great appreciation for visual storytelling, pouring years into illustration before finally finding my forte in photography, graphic novels and the like will always have a very special place in my heart and seeing your creative process is a priceless experience, so thank you for sharing it with us.

    Good luck, and I hope you make time to rest, take a break, unwind, and see friends and family! Can’t wait for the next update.

    P.S. When I did art and illustration, one of the things I would be conscious of is that I didn’t have a set style and so my work seemed inconsistent. One of my biggest complexes was the fear of never developing my own signature style. I noticed that your work can stylistically vary – is this something you ever struggled with or were conscious of? Or did you see it as your strength?

    All the best!

    Ronna

  2. Hi Ronna :)
    Thanks so much for the lovely comment! To answer your question, style is an issue I think about a lot. Sometimes it drifts of its own accord, like during the process of drawing Freakangels. I felt like my style and my techniques progressed with the story, meaning that the characters looked quite different from beginning to end. In the case of differing from project to project, that’s something I try to think about very carefully, so I can come up with something that’s suitable for each particular project. To begin with I did worry that I’d have problems establishing a recognisable style, but I started to realise as time went on that it’s actually something most artists can’t avoid, like it or not! It’s very unusual for an artist to not have a recognisable look, even if they do change style, and it’s more a case of having to work hard to get rid of it if you don’t want it, instead of having to work hard to make sure it’s there!
    Best of luck with your work, and I hope you enjoy following The Firelight Isle!
    All the best,
    Paul.

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