Take a second and look at where I started. Compare that to where I am as an artist now. See what things are similar, what things are completely different and what elements I kept. Then pull out some of your own old work and compare. How are you progressing?
Here is the first color piece I did. This is before I found out the wonders of photoshop and got myself a Mac. The page is done in color pencil, color marker, and airbrush. My page layout is a lot wonky here. Jetta's appearance is pretty much the same. Except her structure is slimmer. Later, I found myself drawn (no pun intended) to thinker female figures. Besides, if she was going to kick a person through a brick wall, she would have to be built in order to do so.
Here is black and white artwork from the same page sequence. As you can see, her costume is completely different. The inking is a bot rough. But, it's getting there. Also, at this point, I was doing hand lettering which I found extremely tough to master. Thank God for lettering in the computer.
One thing that I decided early on was how I wanted to depict action in the book. I always wanted to show action in a martial arts/anime type a way. That is one thing that I'm glad I hung on to.
This is when I started to firm up on Jetta costume. Yes, cleavage became a part of the character as well. I purposefully wanted to make her a voluptuous woman. That was in direct contrast to how she was drawn before. I sometimes wish that I had reduced her breast size at the beginning. I think that it stopped many from taking the book seriously after all. Oh well. Live and learn.
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