Notes: I feel I might actually have gotten some of humor and advancement at the same time
for once. At least that's how I judge it considering I felt I had to do this, and when I finally
managed to come up with an end to this at all was pleased that it had a punchline in it.
To talk briefly about this: Action based comics are always a bit iffy in my mind. People need to do things, and it's not always easy to leave the action implied. However, devoting a lot of these panels to only drawing was a bit of a call for me, for while this is how I see events proceeding, it's not a lot to really fill a comic. The sword swings sorta had to happen, and I feel those were at least pretty. The two panels of jumping in are a little less certain in my mind. Could I have done it with only one? Well, yes, but it'd have a different feeling of movement then. I mean in a perfect world I'd love to do an animation, but the matter of doing the background alone for that would be far more time than I'd like to give to any one thing in the comic.
Speaking of the firey background filling everything, like doing that, like how it looks, and will hopefully never have to fill an entire comic's worth of it in again. Some things are good in limited supply. Also the writing in the middle of it not my favorite thing. Still, it was necessary to give the proper feel that everything is sorta caught in this, except if you know how not to be.
Mmm, last note, it was rather interesting mapping out poses for this. Probably the first time I've ever used anything like the line and ball strategy (look at the bottom of that page) to drawing. Mostly I just have things come out fully formed and then slightly tweak to perfection. In this case thoughtflow tended not to turn out right, not only in how body is formed but also how someone would hold themselves doing what she is. Doing stick figures just to get the shape right really helped out a lot once I figured out to do it. It's a lot easier to get the lines moving all in the right direction when there's only one per limb. Good thing that I've wasted quite as much time as I have drawing 10,000 different versions of this guy in my class notes. For practice of course.