This week’s Matriculated (Which updated last Wednesday… catch up already) is a classic example of how good lettering can save dreadful art. Or at least cover up its mistakes. I choose to highlight for the tumblr blog this close up on Dan reacting to the bad ass PCU reference form last week but it’s in the next and last panel of the strip that I made a big mistake. One that thankfully Phil was there to back me up on.
I just left too much damn room. I was sure how to translate this distance between them, where I should put the camera, how I should layout the panels, etc… After hitting send on the strip I realized that the better thing to do would be to stretch it out across the bottom. Translate distance with actual distance instead of “near/far” parlor tricks.
Anyway, I was left looking at this huge unused space at the top of the panel. I knew there would be dialogue but I knew it wasn’t a ton. I tried to play with the buildings, switching the perspective and sort of having them fishbowl bed around us. It looks pretty cool but I had zero faith that it was enough.
Thankfully Phil nailed the lettering, filling the space beautifully and putting a nice bit of punctuation on the joke. (PUN INTENDED!!!)
I’m loving this arc and I’m loving sharing my thoughts behind the scenes with you guys. :)