As you can see, I’m still shading the characters even in normal light. This is the first time I’ve done this since page CVI. After the last few dramatic pages, going back to flat color seemed to ruin the visual flow of the story. As the plot has matured, I wanted to continue visually showing dimension on the characters. After comparing the shaded and non-shaded versions of this page, I feel this version is much more compelling and worth the extra touch.
Cass and Noah are running because they played it safe and took a detour to a staircase to get back down to ground level. I had a line for this in the script, but this page was dense enough already without that insignificant detail thrown in.
I was really excited to finally focus on Cass’ hooves. There are certain obvious features of the characters’ transformations that are just “there,” that don’t get pointed out or utilized often. I went out of my way to create a circumstance where Cass would need to climb something really difficult so that we could see her put her cloppers to use.