While I’m at it, here’s a bit of a look at this panel without some of the various overlays and such.
Pic 1: the panel as it appeared in the recent comic.
Pic 2: without the Standard Grunge Layer I’ve been using on almost every page for the last 50 pages or so.
Pic 3: without the gradient overlay I’ve been slapping on every panel for the last 20 pages or so. (These are different colors or shapes based on the location the heroes are in and the mood etc. This one was a warm golden glow. I’m still very much experimenting with these.)
Pic 4: without the other gradient overlay that’s over the background, as well as without the background shadows. The background overlay might go away at some point in my Comic Making Process. Everything’s basically an experiment as the style of the comic continues to refine and evolve. The middle two panels look weird to me, but I don’t mind the simplicity of the last one.