The Lady of Astor from Chapter 1, animated in a quick run cycle. This is replacing the current “coming up” animation when you get to the end of the currently published pages and hit “next”.
I used Muybridge‘s photographs to base this horse on. His work is very interesting for animation, albeit old.
It’s a painted remake of this pixel animation I made of the same character last year:
I enjoy making full-spread pages. They allow me to fill them with a lot of information while being visually descriptive. They take a little bit more thinking ahead.
I usually start by writing down the speech bubbles, to see how much I need to say (or how much I can say within that space without over-crowding the page with information).
Telling a story with panels and speech bubbles is a lot problem-solving.
I pay attention to the page division in the middle, where I want to avoid any text or important visuals (which would get cut off or difficult to see in the book binding).
I can choose to divide the image in as little or as many panels, too and I like to stretch the panels horizontally from left to right. It gives for interesting composition. Sometimes it’s not about showing the characters straight on but their motion, the distance between them, the speed and direction of their walking. I took advantage of the horizontality in this page to show the icy water of the cave and the characters’ reflections on the surface to describe their emotions and to bring variety to the point of view. Too much of the same angle becomes quickly boring and it’s important to show the environment where the characters evolve.