(Note: This is a partial repost from an older blog I had, and was written way back in June 2009)
I started prelim work on Punto Ciego around September 2008. Many of those early sketches are lost deep within the many sheets of paper I’ve used, but like many projects, it all started with a simple idea. From that idea, a visual component was born, and this visual component influenced the story, which influenced the story, and so on. It all started with Alva and Greg.
The idea was to, somehow, get together a stereotypically shy, artistic “long-hair-covering-her-eyes” kind of girl, with a cool, handsome, adventurous, daring kind of guy. Of course, this basic setup wouldn’t work, so it became necessary for both of them to have a couple of skeletons in their closets. It was also necessary to bring more characters into their lives: Thus, Meche and Julia were born. Armando would come around November, when I was writing the Chapter 0 script, in order to give more coherence to the world. Meche and Julia, though, were created shortly after the concept for both Alva and Greg was more or less set.
Julia and Meche exist as a complement to Alva: Julia is a rebellious, playful figure, more sociable as a way to contrast with Alva; Meche, on the other hand, represents a motherly figure, responsible and hard working. Originally, they had different personalities from their current incarnations; these changed soon after I developed both of their backgrounds and realized their personalities should be coherent with their past experiences.
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Here’s some more old sketches from that Preparation Stage:
Since then, there have been other Non-sequential pieces of artwork related to Punto Ciego that I’ve done for multiple reasons.
For example, here’s a winter-themed pic of the entire cast from the beginning of Chapter 1:
There’s also this other pic I did for reasons I can’t remember (Probably a flyer or card?):
She also appears as a toy, along with other toy-ified characters of fellow local artists in a poster I did for a local Toy Charity Drive in which we would give away sketches for people who donated toys for poor children.
There’s the colored Chapter Pics I’ve done for each chapter:
And then there’s more… Experimental work:
All in all, I think there’s been a lot of progress since that “Stereotypical Shy Artist Girl Meets Daring Adventurous Boy” first emerged in my head.
Next week, we’ll take a dive into the memory lane, and see if I can dig up some really, really, REALLY old character sketches, and how some character’s concept has evolved over the years.