dylanndr:

I threw together a character lineup rough sketch for my Beyond story, to get a sense of everyone’s relative size, and to try to figure out once and for all the clothing design that’s going to feature in the story.
I have real trouble with clothing design. Everyone should just always wear jeans and sweaters and have done with it. But that’s not really going to work here, and anyway I admit it’s lazy of me to default to that all the time. SO. How do these people dress? Well, the Daraz Harcos (those bug-lookin’ people on the right) don’t wear clothes at all, so that’s easy.
The humans. Hmm. They’re all engaged in field research and lab work, so “relentlessly practical” seems to be the way to go. I recently decided to ditch gender as a concept altogether - none of these cultures got around to developing a concept of “gender” as a thing paired with but distinct from physical body, so they’re all gender-neutral all the time. That means the notion of gendered clothing can be jettisoned as well. Once I made that decision, figuring out the clothes got WAY easier.
Amihan is wearing pajamas, and really doesn’t understand why this story can’t start later in the day.
Beneke and Razi are shown wearing the same basic outfit. Razi’s got on full field gear of vest, bracers, and gaiters. These accoutrements keep clothing from getting snagged on underbrush, and in the case of the gaiters, they also keep snakes from chomping on your ankles or spiders from crawling up your trousers. The outfits are designed to be modular to minimize resource usage.
tl;dr: Look, only half the people are naked.
Next up - I’m going to ink this and figure out shading.

dylanndr:

I threw together a character lineup rough sketch for my Beyond story, to get a sense of everyone’s relative size, and to try to figure out once and for all the clothing design that’s going to feature in the story.

I have real trouble with clothing design. Everyone should just always wear jeans and sweaters and have done with it. But that’s not really going to work here, and anyway I admit it’s lazy of me to default to that all the time. SO. How do these people dress? Well, the Daraz Harcos (those bug-lookin’ people on the right) don’t wear clothes at all, so that’s easy.

The humans. Hmm. They’re all engaged in field research and lab work, so “relentlessly practical” seems to be the way to go. I recently decided to ditch gender as a concept altogether - none of these cultures got around to developing a concept of “gender” as a thing paired with but distinct from physical body, so they’re all gender-neutral all the time. That means the notion of gendered clothing can be jettisoned as well. Once I made that decision, figuring out the clothes got WAY easier.

Amihan is wearing pajamas, and really doesn’t understand why this story can’t start later in the day.

Beneke and Razi are shown wearing the same basic outfit. Razi’s got on full field gear of vest, bracers, and gaiters. These accoutrements keep clothing from getting snagged on underbrush, and in the case of the gaiters, they also keep snakes from chomping on your ankles or spiders from crawling up your trousers. The outfits are designed to be modular to minimize resource usage.

tl;dr: Look, only half the people are naked.

Next up - I’m going to ink this and figure out shading.

dylanndr:

Here’s the inked and shaded version of my Beyond character lineup (if you want to see the pencils, and to read paragraph upon paragraph about clothing design, this is the post for you).
This is a test of possible shading options (the book is b&w). Might change some of this up later if it seems like it ain’t gonna work for the long haul.

dylanndr:

Here’s the inked and shaded version of my Beyond character lineup (if you want to see the pencils, and to read paragraph upon paragraph about clothing design, this is the post for you).

This is a test of possible shading options (the book is b&w). Might change some of this up later if it seems like it ain’t gonna work for the long haul.

niki-smith:

Layouts for Islet, my story in the Beyond anthology.
I’ve found it’s a lot less stressful doing my thumbnails like this directly in Manga Studio. I can see how much space the text will take up, and panels are easy to slice and adjust.
Pencils next!

niki-smith:

Layouts for Islet, my story in the Beyond anthology.

I’ve found it’s a lot less stressful doing my thumbnails like this directly in Manga Studio. I can see how much space the text will take up, and panels are easy to slice and adjust.

Pencils next!

Finally in the same city, we spent today editing so hard we made the neighbors gay. NEXT: crystal robot space pirates.

Finally in the same city, we spent today editing so hard we made the neighbors gay. NEXT: crystal robot space pirates.

reedicule:

Penciling an ugly cry for my #beyondanthology story.

reedicule:

Penciling an ugly cry for my #beyondanthology story.

Anonymous asked: Hey! How are you? Im from Argentina and I'm interested on reading Beyond. Where can I find it?

In the future. It’s still in fairly early development.

mixtapecomics:

I keep accidentally greyscaling my digital pencils for my Beyond anthology pages. Someone please help me quit doing this. Making more work for myself is no good.

mixtapecomics:

I keep accidentally greyscaling my digital pencils for my Beyond anthology pages. Someone please help me quit doing this. Making more work for myself is no good.

niki-smith:

My script for the Beyond anthology got the official a-ok, so I get to start on my layouts and pencils, which is very exciting.
Islet is about ptsd and family and sickness. There are raft villages and hand-poked tattooing.
More soon.

niki-smith:

My script for the Beyond anthology got the official a-ok, so I get to start on my layouts and pencils, which is very exciting.

Islet is about ptsd and family and sickness. There are raft villages and hand-poked tattooing.

More soon.

findchaos:

I’ve been thumbnailing our pages for the Beyond Anthology, and I just got too damned excited about how this layout is going to keep it to myself. It’s nice when the ideas in your head translate smoothly into reality.

findchaos:

I’ve been thumbnailing our pages for the Beyond Anthology, and I just got too damned excited about how this layout is going to keep it to myself. It’s nice when the ideas in your head translate smoothly into reality.