FOR LOVE AND LIGHT #1 “A Strawberry Memory” page 20

In this page, Wren goes in search of alcohol. Of course, this being a comic, it isn’t that simple as she runs into an obstacle.

Some things I was thinking of while drawing this:

In panel 1, I wanted to make it seem like Wren was going on a journey, so I chose a view from behind her. It looks like we are following her on some adventure. By framing the scene on both sides with something dark toned, I was hoping to achieve the feeling of her entering some new territory and she was going there alone.

In the final three panels, I wanted to show the scene from the perspectives of the characters.  Wren is looking up at William which makes him more threatening. William is looking down at Wren who is in between two people, making her seem small and trapped (William is the name I wrote in the script although I don’t think it will be mentioned in the comic).

Something I think a lot more about when I do this larger sized comic is how I can use angles and panel sizes to create a feeling.  With the four panel comic I am very limited to what I can do so I’m glad that doing this comic gives me different challenges to work with.

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FOR LOVE AND LIGHT #1 “A Strawberry Memory” page 19

In this page, Wren finally drinks. Raven on the other hand, returns to normal. Raven has been a generally belligerent character when she has shown up on other comics and that side needed to be on display somewhere in this comic. I didn’t realize I needed it until two thirds the way down the page, and the page, I think, improved because of it. I believe this is Raven’s adieu in the comic, her job was to give Wren a reason to go to this bar where more important things plotwise happen. In the original script none of the last six pages happen, I’ve gone on a tangent a bit but I still have my eye on the goal. It’s too bad these two have become enemies in depression comics, I kind of like them hanging out together.

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FOR LOVE AND LIGHT #1 “A Strawberry Memory” page 18

In this page, we find out a bit more about Raven. I had a lot more dialogue intended for this scene but I had to remind myself the story is about Wren and I can’t just let the supporting character take over the story (like what happened in Sunflower). But I really did enjoy drawing this, especially the top row shots of Raven. Using a static shot and showing the character moving around in it really gives a nice sense of animation.

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