#3: Faces
Back to the development process, in overlooking what I want to do with Peace on Earth, it's become apparent to me that I'd like to play up the human element of it. It also seemed increasingly apparent to me that this would be difficult to me with my more stylized artwork.

I've done a few hundred comics that I haven't bothered posting on this site. They've largely remained offline because of the time involved formatting and prepping the website for accessible content. Anyway, I mention that because they've been an interesting ground for experimenting, and one of the things that I suppose could be obvious is that you can alter the default seriousness of a story simply by changing how much the people really look like people.

This isn't to say that you can't stretch away from the default, but it would be difficult to do high drama using stick figures. Their faces wouldn't be expressive enough and they simply wouldn't feel as relatable at a glance.

Here we have a couple face pages out of my sketch book, so you can kinda see the development process.

I suppose the other reason mention my other comics is as explanation of the first face on that page, which I pulled from another idea for a project as a basis for this experiment.

I have a motto to always finish a drawing no matter how bad it looks initially, which I've clearly failed at following in this example. It's a shame too, since looking at it one of my unfinished profiles actually looks fairly close to the one I eventually settled on. Which is why I say to always finish drawings: Because things that look wrong separately sometimes look right together.

The process can be done either in pen or pencil. Pen is better for whipping out a lot ways of doing it, pencil is a bit better for refining it. Actually, the comedy part of this drawing is that after making one version I liked I then proceeded to spend an entire page trying to just recreate it. I suppose that once you get it right, you then have to figure out what it is about it that makes it 'right'.

I suppose the other bit of comedy is I look at the circled sketches and sigh when I think about how much work I'm creating for myself in revising her body by doubling the height of her face.