ink line and wash with digital tint H20 cms x W13 cms
Some interesting techniques have been used to make this striking image (originally, just a small frame in a comic strip). Look at the eyes and notice the different treatment in each - unusual, unexpected but effective as a way of expressing not only startlement but sudden movement (one eye is in shadow - the head is turning even as we watch). Why that shading on the left of the face as it touches the hair? Roy Newby could have left it smooth but instead gives it life by blurring the edge - suggesting the head turning abruptly to hear the sound of footsteps. The mouth is open: the girl has drawn her breath in suddenly. There is opulence in the rich curves of her hair and the bold treatment of the lace collar. A less accomplished artist would have worried about that shoulder, but here there is no need for it and so it is omitted. The use of colour-wash forefronts the head against the natural background and that thinks-bubble floats in the space between us. (The white of the bubble and the teeth have been digitally enhanced.) Here is an artist using the small tricks of the trade to create emotional intensity - in the reaction of the beautiful young woman and also of a sudden dramatic moment in the story. Cinema comes to a strip cartoon near you!