in this week's page it's only the narrator talking, discussing what happened after the husband got the letter from the princess. No dialog, just narrative captions. Pretty exciting, too!
This was the first time, in panel 2, that I had attempted to do "realistic" cast shadows. It took a while, I'll tell you. There's a technique to drawing shadows from a light source. It has to do with where the horizon is, where the vanishing point is, and where the light source is in relationship to the horizon and the figures who are getting the cast shadows.
It turned out pretty well, all things considered but I had to draw it and re-draw it over and over. This was an example of where I had some concept in my mind of how a drawing should look but I lacked the technical knowledge to execute it. I remember the first time I asked someone about how to ink shadows, I said "how do you add blacks to a drawing?" It's like I didn't even have the conception that the thicker blacks that were distinct from an object's outline were shadows, I just thought of them as some abstract "black parts".
Also, now, even 16 years after I had inked this page we are looking at, I realize that there must be a way to add shadows to the egg in the last panel so that it has some three-dimensionality. There are some feathery inks on the right side of the egg, but not enough.
The technique to add the convincing illusion of three dimensions, I do not have. It's like I think to myself, there must be some easy way to do this that takes five seconds. So I cast about in my head, trying to find that easy five-second way to do it. If I can't find that easy way, then I won't take that step.
The truth is, of course, that some things take time.
Okay well I've got to cook dinner and stuff so I'll see you guys later! Come back next week, huh? Also I need to think about what comes next after this story is over!
Bye for now!