Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Elevations Connections: Dingo Dongo Bingo Bongo

This post Covers all previous and current (as of posting) pages in Chapter 2. Entries are divided into their respective week by the following sections:

  1. Foxtails and Medallions

  2. Dragons, Weasels, Penguins, and Tea 

  3. Tobleron Dingos 

    Feel free to scroll down to  each section or read in entirety at your pleasure!


 Foxtails and Medallions 

This post covers Pages 25, 26, and 27

Typical Foxtail

 Foxtails are pretty to look at, but are a nuisance to human beings and potentially fatal to animals. Common in wild grass, they primarily serve as a means to spread grass seeds over a wide area. In fact, they are designed to lodge into animal fur as a means of doing just that... to an extent. For short-furred animals native to the region the spores cling on briefly before the seeds eventually dislodge. For long-furred creatures (like dogs), they can stay lodged and will burrow in with added muscle movement. This can cause complications with potentially fatal infections, especially near openings such as the nose and ears.

The idea of using foxtails as a weapon came from a conversations with friends on the plant spore and its harmful effects sometime around June of 2015. Over the summer I let my imagination run wild. What would Elias use as a unique defense that could bring down any invader inside? Foxtails suddenly came to mind and I ran with it. Given the Dingo's location, it only made sense he would have a limitless amount of them around his house.

This is the symbol of the Sundog. What it is and who it belongs to will come be revealed soon. How it all plays out will too eventually be revealed. Keep an eye out, for it has potential contained within.


Dragons, Weasels, Penguins, and Tea

This post covers Pages 28, 29, and 30

90% of what you see on the comic that isn't in the script was very much likely a last minute addition. The penguin was one of them, composed as I drew the page itself - it wasn't even in the script (the original script called for a Doge spoof)!

Here we introduce Edward. One of the first characters I conjured up for the comic early on alongside Elias. In fact they were made one and the same.... kinda. Back in 2014.
Closest to original concept of Edward, from 2015 test comic
I am aware of the placement of the two pages between Terry's foxtail encounter with Elias is, indeed, arbitrary, like a Big Lipped Alligator Moment ,but I feel it's a nice change and sets up two major roles as a "meanwhile" if you might say.

Also, for page 28, in panel 5 when Edward slams the door shut, there is a screaming text bubble muffled out. The dialogue states "You still owe F&W five months rent"


Tobleron Dingos

This post covers Pages 31, 32, 33, and 34

 Concept art for Elias' house... hill view.

I cannot mention enough how excited I am to reach this part of the story. Elias' introduction is effectively the catalyst to the story proper, and combined with the upcoming Act 2 get the story moving into high gear. He is a focal part of the current arc.

The house itself, while loosely based on a location somewhere in Marin, technically doesn't exist; a location where one would see Tiburon and San Francisco is theoretically impossible; at least development on such a location would be (save for immediate area around 101 and the bay, the majority of Marin County is protected land). The view on pages 32 and 33 is based off a view off Wolfback Ridge and Morning sun trails. I'll gush over the beauty of this region in a later post.

I waited for months to use this. 

I've  personally have never been to Tiburon, but it is an affluent little seaside town. I recall first hearing the name years ago when I was fresh into the Bay. The name caught my eye and just stood out to me. The result? Potential wordplay humor.

During production of these pages, I've had challenges making Elias look.... old (he's a Dingo in at least his 50s). The robe and smooth lines might have made him look more like a blond teenager with a touch of Harry Saxon

The art deco motif of Elias' house was accidentally last minute. I misplaced my original concept designs at the time, which had implied a more earthy, cabin-like appearance,  and scribbled in what immediately came to mind. More style practice! :D

And that's it for this week...month... chapter! I shall be getting a more regular review again now that my personal schedule is cleared up. Until next time, 

stay Elevated!

(yeah, I'm still working on that closer).

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