Thursday, May 5, 2011

Abyss Stares Back - Page 1 - Draft 2

I just got a new computer.
Not really a new computer, an old/new computer.
As such it was better than my old one, that poor ol' box was shaking on its last legs.
This one... isn't so much better... but it IS better, and that's the point.
I've been struggling with it a bit, the previous settings did not make a lot of sense.
I don't have a lot of things up and running yet, such as my scanner or my image editor... so I was scrambling to find something already scanned and edited to upload, as it's been awhile.
So here we go, a second draft of Abyss Stares Back.
It's very timley as well, because in my time between Dave the Punk Rock Cat pages, I've been toying with and re-tooling Abyss.
I think a huge part of the reason I was having such a hard time with it was because I grew up watching horror movies, and as such have desensitized myself. So I'd go over my plot synopsis for Abyss and realize to myself that it wasn't scary, it was just weird. I wasn't going for weird, I was going for SCARY! Scary is so hard to do in comics, since you're turning pages and can pretty much see what's coming anyway.
So I did a little experiment. Over the past few months, I've been testing my own fear tolerance. Conventional horror really doesn't work on me anymore, so I delved into the deepest, darkest realms of the internet, looking for inspiration in all the wrong places :)
After months of scowering the pages and short films of some of the most twisted minds online, I think I've pretty much figured out... exactly where I'm going with this story. I'm still thinking that it will start this way... although I am still not overly thrilled with this art...

It will have to do until i can get my scanner operational again :)

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