This week begins a new ongoing series of mine titled Valen the Outcast, drawn by Matteo Scalera and colored by Archie Van Buren. Normally, I’d post a preview of the series here, but since you can find the preview of this first issue elsewhere already, I thought it’d be fun to show you the evolution of one of my favorite pages from this issue instead (and you won’t find this one in the preview, so bonus!).
Take a look at these…
What I love about this page is how Matteo creates such a sense of dangerous motion. You can almost hear the fire raging and the timbers cracking and you share the character’s sense of urgency. Oh, and that last panel is just sick. Also notice what a great job Archie does in the lower half of the page, creating a sense of atmospheric density as if the smoke is getting in your eyes, clouding your vision yet still keeping everything clear and visible. The farther down the page you go, the thicker--and metaphorically more dangerous--it becomes. Metaphor through color! Seriously, how awesome is that? It’s all just so damn good. And the art gets even better from here.
And here are some nifty original character sketches of our main characters.
One of the best things about this job is seeing the artist bring your characters to life. It’s such a unique feeling to see something born inside your head materialize into something tangible. This series is looking better than I could have ever hoped.
Issue #1 hits bookshelves this Wednesday, so make sure to go to your local comics shop and pick up a copy.