JP1000 & Friends #2
August 24, 2009

 - Project Date:March 3, 2007

Shortly after the first illustrated JP1000 ep was 'published' I started working on the second. Using the lessons I learned from the first image, I think I came up with a pretty good looking second one.

Things are a bit simpler, there's not as much going on in the background. The big change was the addition of shading. It's not perfect by any stretch, but it's a learning process not a learning... uhm... jump to... perfectness.
In the second illustrated episode of Minimate Headquarters' JP1000 & Friends the location is moved from the good guy's lab to Evil Overlord's lair. I can't recall the storyline here but I think it was the bad guy explains his dastardly plan to the good guy captive shortly before his escape part of the narrative.

For this one I needed some feedback on the scene layout so I mocked up a basic outline and sent it to Fujis. I didn't have a good feel for how it should look and I didn't want to get too far into the process before realizing it wasn't working. Here's that 'sketch'.

I got some good ideas back and tweaked the perspective a bit. Moved some elements around, added some color, and bingo-bango this comes out the other side.

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The major difference between this episode and the last is the addition of shading. Before working on these I never really paid attention to graphic styles or techniques. Of course I looked at other peoples work online and off, but I never took the time to figure out why a particular image looked good.

Shading is obviously an important step. My attempt here is pretty rudimentary, but you can see how much of a difference it makes when you compare to the non-shaded image below.

Looking back, I wish I would have put more effort into the rock walls. They were a late addition because I couldn't figure out what the captive should be leaning against. They don't seem to fit in with the scene. The perspective is off. They need to be shaded, etc. etc. They just come off as very half-assed. Oh well.