Once more, here we go! Some delays due to personal issues, now mostly resolved.
When we left, our heroine (me) was on a phone call to Mother, talking about coming out.
The text of the letter was a challenge. I don't have the original letter any more, but it resonated with me. I tried to simulate Mother's handwriting, which was illegible to anyone but family. I will include the text in a supplement in the finished book, but here it is.
"Grandma put in a good garden this year- Should be a lot of green beans- and of course wild pie plant for when you come up-
I've been thinking a lot about you - what you're doing seems right- but be careful- sometimes the relief of making a big decision can be confused with it being the right decision
Just something to think about-
Read the most fascinating book about Ghengis Khan"
Mother didn't use periods. Everything was dashes. I debated typesetting this, but reproducing her handwriting seemed more - well, proper.
In narrative and in design terms, this page advances the story well, but the content is static. I toyed with a couple ideas for the first panel. I wanted to convey that we were still in the same phone call without using the same visual devices. I reused the poses from the previous page and just changed the positions and expressions slightly. I thought the split and reverse of heavy blacks worked well. And I liked the wavy line!
Panel two: I wanted an emotional moment without a close up. Too many close ups lately! The 3/4 shot of me and Mother embracing shows emotion, and shows me out of "boy cosplay" in front of family for the first time. The action lines give it a little weight. Panel 3, the letter, was a strategic narrative choice. It brought the page to a satisfying conclusion, and said something about Mother's thought processes.
Tools used on this page:
- Papers: tracing paper, various sketchbooks, Canson Bristol board
- Pencils: Lyra 2B graphite stick, 4B lead and holder, 2B Ticonderoga classic, tech pencil and 4B lead
- Erasers: kneadable, vinyl eraser, Click eraser
- Hand Tools: 6" and 14" straightedge, triangle, T-square, French curves
tools: Dr.Martin's Black Magic ink, nib and holder, Princeton Deerfoot
1/4" mini detailer brush (can't get enough of this brush!), Kingart 8 Gold Synthetic
- Markers: Micron 0.25, 0.5, 0.6, 0.8, and Copic 0.25, Copic Brush and Micron small brush
- And of course, Photoshop
Next: Mother gets irritated.