I've been able to capture more expressions with Baeve. When I started, I could pretty much only make her look blank or mad. That has changed quite a bit. Part of it is getting better at drawing, the other part is getting better at observing. You'd be surprised at how much you improve as a cartoonist by just looking at the world around you (or maybe you aren't that surprised, because that sounds a lot like common sense!).
As I mentioned in the last update, Baeve's father - his name is Fion, in case I've never mentioned that - was cleaned up significantly. I wanted him to look more like Baeve, but I'm also realizing I want him to look clean so that he could feel like a strong, put together figure. We've already seen Fion come back in a flashback to teach Baeve (and the readers) about the world she lives in. I wanted him to appear both strong and sagely. We don't know Baeve's mom, so we have to infer all of her up-bringing from her dad. A picture [of a well cropped beard] is worth a thousand words.
While we're on the subject of Fion, the very last panel is the only major layout change. In the original, we get a close up on Baeve as she hugs her father. She's being as brave as she can given all the info she's asimilating. But Fion's head is cut out. I guess I wanted the focus to be on Baeve back then. But this is really the only interaction between the two that we're going to get that isn't some sort of flashback.
I had said I wanted Fion to be strong and sagely. This last panel, however, shows his tenderness, I think. It's a trait that Baeve has. It's always behind something else, she keeps her guard up. But she is tender. Her dad always was. While this seems like a small change, I think it makes sure the reader knows, from the get go, that Fion and Baeve consider gentleness a strength.
Anyway, that was more in-depth that I was originally planning to go! Hope you enjoyed reading as much as I did. These pages have been a fun way to examine both my own growth, but also effective ways to use the medium of graphic story telling. Talk to you soon!