Hellboy Seed of Destruction

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Hellboy is a comic about a “Demon” that sprang from a portal during a Nazi experiment to bring old gods to the earth.  The plot revolves around Hellboy finding out who killed his “father”. I choose this comic because I like the use of shadows and simplistic details that I want to use for my comic.  The action scenes especially the ones where he is jumping and being thrown show that the panels should be open to the movement that is being made.  For instance Hellboy throws a frog creature down and jumps after him. The panel that is used stretchs from the top of the page to the bottom limiting the view to his movement and where he will eventually land. The use of shadows in the comic made me realize that there is a 3d world that must go on in the artists head the sun is at one angle and must remain at that angle to look like the light is natural.  When Hellboy and his companions stand at the door the sun highlights their backs and covers the right side of their face when the camera is pointing at them and when the camera points to someone at the door the light is on the left side of her face giving the illusion that the sun is coming from that direction.  The fighting scenes in Hellboy don’t always show the maximum amount of action or impact, most of them show a struggle.  For instance in one fight scene with the monster the panels show the after affect of the punch and a wrestling match of position.  When Hellboy is winning he stands higher than the monster and the same goes for when the monster stands over Hellboy. The final thing that I took away from Hellboy and the one that I am most impressed with is that Hellboy’s eyes are only drawn in one or two panels in the rest they are covered in shadow.  What this does for the character is make him sinister, even when he is doing good,  it hints that there is something in him that is dark.

Written by Mike Mignola and John Byrne Miniseries colors: Mark Chiarello Cover Colors: Dave Stewart Short story colors: Matthew Hollingsworth Publisher:Dark Horse Books

Source: Hellboy Seed of Destruction: Third Edition

 

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