Monday, March 10, 2008

Un-men Tuesday 3/11


Hey all!

Here's an all new installment of the Un-men Tuesday, a preview comic page for issue 8 (which ships tomorrow). Things heat up for Kilcrop as he continues his investigation in Abberance's red light district. Be sure to check it out!

Mike

5 comments:

patrickwedge said...

One of the cool things I like about your pages is that you're varying the camera angle and changing the perspective during the course of the scene. Instead of using straight on shots or similar close ups or whatever. Not sure if the script is dictating that or if that is a decision on your part but it makes such a big difference to throw that wrench in there and change the pace. My best bud was getting some feedback from JG Jones one time and that was one of the first things he said would help shift his art to another level was just by thinking about tilting a panel or varying the camera angles without jarring the reader.

Another fascinating page. Can't wait to see the colors!

Mr. Hawthorne said...

Yeah, I think you have to mix it up in terms of camera angles.

This page is a little unique in that I have been following the 180 rule lately. If you're not familiar, check this out - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/180_degree_rule

Panel 5 breaks the rule because I wanted to emphasize that panel. That one panel is important to the story and I decided that by breaking the 180 rule to make the eye linger on it for a moment even if only on a subconscious level.

The 180 rule is not THAT important to comics. Not as important as it is in cartoons and film. BUT, I find if I try and use it as much as possible it allows me to change angles drastically without loosing the reader and also avoiding that "jarring" effect.

Mike

patrickwedge said...

Very interesting to see you point out the rule. I knew about that from a friend who is in film school and from film, it is a very standard approach. I've never really considered or applied too much film terms or rules to comics because sometimes it is not too applicable in the sense of execution, too much variance as you say. Theory, yes, that can be applied, execution, tough depending on the situation. But it is interesting to see your thoughts and approach. Most times, like you said, subconciously, we won't notice that as a reader, heck, I wasn't even thinking along that lines. But you made the concious decision to do that and I give you more credit for approaching a page that way.

BTW, TwoMorrows press put out a great book called Panel Discussion, have you ever read that? They interviewed a bunch of artists regarding their approach to laying out a comic page. Me, I have no hope for drawing a comic but I'm very interested in disecting pieces of the comic process from writing through coloring and lettering (more of an editing perspective), this was a very interesting book. Got interviews with Eisner, Mignola, Simonson, Schultz, Mazzucchelli, Stelfreeze, Chiarello, etc. I pour through that book always looking for little nuggets of knowledge.

Mr. Hawthorne said...

It's on my "buy" list! Looks like a great idea for a book.

Mike

Mr. Hawthorne said...

Just to be clear, I don't normally think film making rules apply to comics. I just liked the idea of trying to incorporate this 180 rule as a way to improve readability and flow even more, and as a personal challenge.

I've also only just started using it, and just with the Un-men.

mike