Everything except for the initial round of thumbnails was done in photoshop CS6.
I consider it a great victory that whoever did the lettering put the text in more or less the same spaces I allotted for speech bubbles and text boxes (although you can see that I underestimated how much space the text would take up for panel 3 on page 4, where there’s just barely enough room to squeeze in the text…). HIGH FIVE, MYSTERIOUS LETTERER!
So at the request of keithwtsmorris, here’s part 1 of my sketches/process work for the short story I illustrated for Kill Shakespeare, plus commentary!
All of these characters are from the comic proper, so for the most part all I had to do was make some base sketches to bring the characters into my style, and to reflect the prequel-ish setting. I did have pretty much free reign with Sycorax, who’s basically a tree in the comic proper.
A few thoughts:
I made Sycorax to be physically opposed to Lady Mac in a lot of ways. Lady Mac has a sort of glossy magazine cover sex appeal, and you don’t really need two of those characters in five pages so I made young Sycorax to be wide-eyed and kinda cute.
Sycorax is basically wearing a bastardized flapper dress, which gives her a silhouette distinct from Lady Mac’s long, elegant dress.
to make Lady Mac ‘younger,’ I tried to find standard depictions of Lady Macbeth in paintings, but the most solid, iconic image I could find with my light search was that greenish beetle wing dress. So I tried to strike a balance between elements of that dress (green and gold, the belt with a hanging bit) with KS Lady Mac’s usual appearance (big earrings, loose hair, a neckline that emphasizes the bust).
Will is basically referenced from paintings of Shakespeare, with a simplified doublet.
Prospero has a face??? Okay.
the last image is actually a style test I drew of Juliet before I went about trying to ‘design’ the other characters to work in my style.
If you’re already into the comic, Kill Shakespeare has an official tumblr! They’re going to be doing a giveaway/contest type thing soon, so keep an eye out for it.