That took almost the whole week to draw. Hopefully by the end of the chapter I’ll be faster at this whole “dual shading” thing.
I shamelessly stole my sister’s house’s layout for Vicki’s apartment.
In the initial scene list, I had Vicki go along with. Then I realized that I can’t really set her up as having a safer, more stable life and have willing and able to go on this mission with no advanced warning.
Speaking of first drafts, Vicki and Bryn actually made it to the first draft of chapter one as crew members, until I realized just how bloated the cast was. The outline also included yet another crew member, an Earth-born member of an amphibious alien species, named Frida.
I hadn’t realized just what the height difference between these two was until I drew them together (even though Vicki and Tanja are the same height…). I’m kind of dreading all the interactions I have between upcoming characters Kyaye (150cm/4’11”) and Domro (210cm/7″).
I tried to get a bit more creative with my second arcology, instead of the cubical skyscraper that is Østhøjden. The shape of the balloon holding it up is from actual cloud city concepts, although I can’t find an explanation for why it’s better than a sphere. It looks cool, though.
Man, that looks even more painful from the front.
I thought I was overdoing it in my head, but when I started looking up reference photos of broken noses, I found that I wasn’t that far off the mark.
And don’t worry, it’s just this strip that’s doing flashbacks, not the whole chapter. At least this lets me redeem myself after how I drew those clothing racks originally.