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Ophelia – Part One

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I have been attracted to darker themes and imagery my entire life, and when I started drawing and writing stories at a very young age, those darker interests were very present. As a child I searched for and became obsessed with anything macabre I could get my hands on (despite the efforts of my parents to stop me from getting my hands on such things), and by the time I was a teenager that search lead me to horror manga and anime.

While a lot of what I read was very gory and sad it was considered Shōjo manga, and had very beautiful art and imagery. My favourites were pretty much every work by CLAMP. If you aren’t familiar with there work you can get a look at their gorgeous art style by looking here. CLAMP was a huge inspiration for me because they perfectly expressed and married my two interests; beautiful, flowing art and graphic, disturbing horror. They were the main feed for my emerging artistic style…that I would call “beautiful disturbing”.

Ophelia is very special to me because the intention of her design was to meld soft, elegant beauty and body horror. She is a very satisfying expression and homage to my influences and innate attractions. Through the years, Ophelias character design has stayed very close to the first draft I made when I was 17. I loved drawing Ophelia and have many sketches of her from before the world and the story of West Seven was even properly formed.

I am actually pretty reluctant to post these imagessss (๑´ㅂ`๑) but here are some early drawings of Ophelia. The very first is on the left. Now, looking back on these, I feel like my artistic abilities have progressed to the point where I can express what I stuggled to in the past. My true vision of Ophelia has definitely come into reality with this most recent piece! ( ˃̣̣̥ ω ˂̣̣̥ )

Chapter Five, Page One – Process

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Hello! I wanted to show an example of a page that went through about a hundred rounds of edits until I let it be. ( >_< ;;) My tolerance for badly done/ineffective page layouts seems to have disappeared between chapter four and five, so I went over and over the first few pages of chapter five.

The ideal process for a page is: Script >Thumbnail Draft> Final Thumbnail> Pencil Page>Photoshop Editing>Final Edits and Text.

For this page that didn’t happen at all. ( ´༎ຶㅂ༎ຶ`) Haha. Shown above is the original pencil page that I drew from a smaller thumbnail. Although it looked alright as a smaller thumbnail, the page seemed too empty when everything was drawn at full size. I went ahead and did a full edit on it to see what it looked like, but I still really disliked it.

So I re-arranged the panels about three times, got it to a point where I thought it was alright, so I started on the next page. After the second page was nearly finished, I decided the transition from the first to second page wasn’t clear at all and I then decided to draw a whole new panel and add more detail to the first page!

So that is how the first page of chapter five went, hopefully I can avoid such chaotic processes in the future. I will be back with a full page process post, with pictures, very soon!

-Sam