A showdown, and a Flashback from the Sheriff- gives the reveal that Elijah Holman was a preacher before (now a skilled gunslinger), and we learn that Jessica Belmont doesn’t care- and in her words “Elijah Holman can meet Jesus!”- the last few pages lead to an explosive finish as we continue to raise the stakes!
From a layout standpoint, this page was HARD- look at the changes from pencil to final inks- added panels, extreme changes etc. etc. but dammit- it works! Thank god I get some great advice from people to make changes to make my work better. The flash back middle panel serves as a stark contrast to the top and bottom. One of the tougher pages I have done so far.
From a technical standpoint, I used alot of solid blacks – this is for the mood of this page going bad as it moves forward and to switch up the style a bit to not get too predictable- a touch of Frank Miller in the bottom panel? It really highlights the detail work in the middle panel on both sides and acts as a solid frame for the wonderful inks in the background of Jessica at the bottom with Elijah’s dark frame all around her. I loved the contours of the hand at the top, and the religious banned in the middle and Elijah’s hair in the foreground at the bottom.
For me this page was like a wall to get past when I pencilled it and was a barrier in the inks- It was hard, like the wall you hit creatively to get to the finish- I’m sniffing the end of the project now! I’ve included the pencils, line work and final inked rendered page for review and analysis below.