Sunnyville Stories Episode 1, pages 5-6

A few announcements before we kick off the next pages of Sunnyville Stories episode 1.  First off, if you haven’t already, stop on by Lulu and purchase a copy of the Sunnyville Sketchbook!  It’s a cool 21-page photo book full of rough sketches and conceptual art from the development of Sunnyville Stories.  There’s a second book on the way and I plan to have it out next month.  In addition, Sunnyville Stories Episode #2 is currently pending printing via Kablam.  It will be a magazine sized comic that will be available to the general public through Indy Planet and available through Comics Monkey for brick-and-mortar comic book stores to purchase.  I’ll keep you posted here and on my Twitter account.  And now, back to the show.

Picking up from where we left off last week, Rusty Duncan and his family are on their final approach to Sunnyville via the local train.  Rusty still isn’t thrilled though about his new home in spite of his father’s reassurance.

Episode 1 page 5

Notice Rusty’s disappointment in the middle panel – his silhouette is moping.  Maybe…just maybe…he’ll find something in his new hometown that he likes…but I’m getting ahead of myself.

If you notice that upper right panel and the middle panel, I use one-point perspective.  Linear perspective is something I’ve been working on for quite awhile.  I usually make use of one-point perspective.  Two-point is something I’m still working on and I haven’t attempted three-point as of yet.  I’m more like the famous graphic artist M.C. Escher in my approach to perspective – I tend to be more visual and intuitive rather than mathematical than some others out there like David Chelsea.  Speaking of Chelsea, if anyone is interested in learning more or brushing up on your perspective skills, I’d recommend Chelsea’s text, Perspective! For Comic Book Artists.

You might notice in the middle panel that I have two vanishing points on the horizon.  When I showed this to Tom Hart, he didn’t like the use of two vanishing points.  However, Josh Bayer (creator of Bam Bam and the Barbarians) and Lauren Weinstein (creator of Goddess of War) like my use of perspective.  They also both noted my strong inking and well-defined compositions.  🙂

Episode 1 page 6

As Rusty and his parents continue their trek from the train station to their new home, they assure Rusty that he’ll come to like Sunnyville.  As you’ll see in that lower left panel, Rusty is quite skeptical.  I need to keep reinforcing that Rusty is a fish out of water and that he’s in a completely alien environment.

That image BTW of the very skeptical looking Rusty was done again with a brush.  It makes him pop out more and if you remember that image of the avian conductor I did in brush, this one looks more controlled by comparison.  I’m still kind of clumsy with a brush.

I wonder what the house looks like.  What will Rusty’s new home be?  Alas, you’ll have to wait until next week, loyal readers.  Until then, so long.

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About Max West

I am a freelance artist and the creator of Sunnyville Stories, an independent slice-of-life comics series.
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