Lookit all these already-transformed characters we’ve never seen transform.
Just look. No backstories. They’re just appearing for flavor to add to the diversity of the looming fight sequence.
*sobs* What am I even making this comic for.
I don’t have much experience drawing bodies tangled in other bodies, so panels 2 and 3 were a challenge. I don’t quite think I got all of their masses properly aligned here. It seems like Kestrel’s torso has been absorbed into Chuck’s stomach.
The further I developed Ash’s character, the more extreme I made his emotional responses to things. This is just about the pinnacle of what he’s willing to do in a charged situation.
When I wrote Page CCIX, I got it into my head that Demetrius’ reaction to his trashed sweater was as strong as it was because it was a gift from Ash. That started me thinking of a way to allow Ash to get retribution for Demetrius’ sake, and from there it was easy to decide on upping the stakes by writing in a direct attack on Demetrius.
Kestrel’s camouflage color is completely unrealistic given that glass is actually transparent, and that if you were standing on the upper floor looking out, you would clearly see this big blue chameleon woman, but I claim artistic liberty so you all can understand she’s supposed to be in camouflage mode.
This is UTC’s first two-page spread! I have to find some way to display 228 and 229 on the site in a way that doesn’t break the site format.
Normally when an artist draws a two-page spread, they lay out the entire thing at once. I didn’t. I actually stumbled onto this format while drawing page 228, which was supposed to be a regular page like all the others. I realized the arcing panels at the top could be continued onto the next page to follow the trajectory of the animals, keeping that part of the action distinctly separate from what was happening elsewhere in the cafeteria but still easy to read. Demetrius was falling, so I knew his panel had to be the lowest one spatially. That left me with the question of what to throw in the top-right, and I came up with the blast to the face for poor panda guy. An unfortunate side-effect is that the extension of the final panel on page 228 leaves the bottom-left of this page pretty bare when broken off from its counterpart. But, like I said, this was a haphazard spread. I’m surprised it turned out this decent.
It took a few sketches before I found a falling posture that looked good and dangerous. I tried for a more realistic “slipped down” look with his feet leading, but it just looked like he was jumping. So I flipped his body all the way around, with the insinuation that Keris’ tail hung on for a bit while Demetrius’ upper body fell forward. I wanted it to look obvious he is not going to have a safe landing.
That’s an uninteresting tidbit, but that’s all I got for this page and I had to write something!