Using the thumbnails as a guide. The task of designing characters and backgrounds began. A huge undertaking for sure, but once a routine could be established it would be a fairly smooth ride. That needed some initial insight. So one of the spreads was chosen to work on. In these pages, the doctor has been sent for, to tend Henri, who’s gravely ill. He makes his way through the Toulouse family home and examines the situation.
Apart from the initial character work. The doctor was the first design to be put into actual page. I like to work with individual components and be able to control as layers as I build up the roughs. I also add tones of grey with scanned textures to define the layouts. Picking up a momentum was a must if the work was going to retain consistency.This process of seeing roughs finished like this is a kind of diagnosis for the full book. Visualising a complete page is an important phase and the means to carry on.
In the Next post, I’ll be looking at drafting colour work taking the process of visualisation further. Plus a look into the scale of character design needed to complete the pages.