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Page 09 Author's Notes: Something is wrong with me--there is just so much going on here. But, welcome, officially, to the Spiral. Rory is now a statue and we meet two new characters that will soon be caught up in the journey, along with glimpse of worlds to come.

"Silence denote and Sanctity enforce thee, Passenger of Infinity." -Emily Dickison


Infinite Spiral: Chapter One: Awakening
James Hartwell and Christian Rafferty aren't your average tweens and teens. The two are considered Wicked Children, which means they are a mixture of human and unknown, feared "magical" beings, that have since seemed to disappear. What is in their past? What is in their future? And how does Rory connect to them? Who was that white haired youth? What's next? We begin the journey here.

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Tadpole7 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Good looking page, nice design.
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novemberkris Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you, I really enjoyed working on this page. I can't wait to dive into new pages this week. Traveling, work crunches, and computer problems really cut into my routine the past few weeks and I'm missing working on this (especially without rushing like a few of the library pages).
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Dark-Edyn Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
WOW excellent page! Everything is so smooth and the lineart is amazing *jealously* Do you use photoshop or another program?
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novemberkris Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you so much. My lineart is done in Illustrator (layout on one layer, then each panel in its own layer or a new horizontal artboard if necessary for details). I then copy separate parts of the layout into Photoshop for coloring, that way I can always correct the layout or lineart if it doesn't work with the color applied.
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Dark-Edyn Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow that is intense! I have never used Illustrator but will need to when I start art school. Is it complicated. I am so used to SAI that I have a hard time navigating anything else. I have CS5 but...scary D:
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novemberkris Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
It is. I used to hate it, but now it is go to tool. Vectors for lineart is just so clean! Just don't be afraid to play with them. You can learn a lot that way.
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Dark-Edyn Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
GAH! Having so much trouble with clean lineart! Gonna have to check that out!
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novemberkris Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Raster programs aren't always built for clean lineart (though you supposedly can tweak settings--Photoshop won't let me adjust pressure sensitivity so I can "paint" lines), and my pencils (even blue ones) always wind up to dark for a clean use of the "threshold" tool in traditional media. Illustrator has been nice. I pair the tablet with the pencil tool, with a large artboard (11x17 at least). The trick is, the pencil tool (with a tablet, if you use the mouse, learning to use the pen tool will be your friend) will modify selected lines if you draw too close, so sometimes you have to plan for that as you draw, but eventually you get the hang of it. The pencil tool places endpoints (usually more than you need), that you can edit with the < looking tool(I think it is called modify bezier) under the pen tool. You can also adjust smoothing on the pencil tool, which is handy when I need to free draw architecture details like arcs (though there is an arc tool). I keep meaning to do a screencast when I start lineart on a page, just to take into iMovie and do a video walkthrough of what I'm doing. There's so much to these programs I know it can be crazy to try to dive in.
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Dark-Edyn Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh that would be awesome! I love watching others draw, it helps so much!
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novemberkris Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Cool, I'll try to set that up once I have thumbnails, even if it is just for layout, speech balloons, and a couple panels.
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Lovelyinblack Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Artist
I love the color scheme you used!
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novemberkris Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! I was a bit worried about that with all the different places being shown on one page! Glad to know it works.
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vulcangirl14 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Cool! I like the Spiral page set up
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novemberkris Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks. I kept thinking, I have to get a new page out for vulcangirl14--she HAS to meet the boys. :D
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vulcangirl14 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
:D Well Thank You. I now know a bit more about them now and can't wait to read more about them :D
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SpiraxDracowolf Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Amazing chapter page! I admire the symbolism of the spiral and the events all flowing together!
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novemberkris Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks so much. This page was hard, and there are some Easter eggs for folks that knew me as a kid in there too ... Some teasers too, and places even I have discovered the real meaning of yet (that world with the green orbs is from a dream when I was in middle school-all I know is it will be signficant! :D). Simultaneously a fun and excruciating page. :) I think I tried to nitpick to death.

Oh, and then a song from "The Fountain" comes on Pandora ... lovely ... :)
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SpiraxDracowolf Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
You can really tell that you have placed so much effect and meaning into this page (but skillfully so, as it doesn't feel overwhelming). I just have to keep taking another look to find more things hidden!
Do you know if you have plans for print yet?
I thinks it's lovely that you're still exploring the story as well and drawing on so many personal experiences. Your story is very captivating and I hope one day to be able to create pages that show as much depth as yours.
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novemberkris Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks so much again. I haven't made formal plans for print, but every page gets the 50% reduction treatment and is 300 DPI. So, I made sure to keep print in mind with the pages. My family is after a print version, as they remember bits and pieces of this from when I was running around the backyard with my sister. Of course, I'm on 9 pages into what promises to be a long comic (so much material ... so many old notes ... O_o)

I think some of the symbolism comes from all the days as an English major (oh, undergrad), but I think some of it too is being inspired by shows like "Fringe" and "Firefly" that really weave a lot in for the writers to build on and the audience to catch. I only hope I can keep it up--I sure don't have a writing team or any of that!
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