First things first – I randomly noted a few days ago that Beyond the Tree had surpassed 500’000 total views sometime last week. It’s not all that much compared to some comics out there, but for me it’s quite an impressive number! Do note it’s views, not viewers, so it’s skewered in that direction. But still! So in trying to maintain time-honed traditions set somewhere else by other people, I made a wallpaper in time for the occasion, enjoy.
On the matter of the page itself, this is essentially the natural followup of #61 and part of the reason why #61 was an important page to have happen – one of the underlaying things in Beyond the Tree is the way the characters work, how they think and how they view and react to the world; this offering is meant to be telling of a few key bits of that. However simple they might seem on the surface, I do try to make the characters more complex in depth – the characters don’t exist to tell the story, the story exists because of the characters. And that’s applicable to most of the jokes and “action” as well.
I experimented with lighting a little for this page, based on some (rather constructive) criticism I got over somewhere else about making characters lit up like they were in the Tanaris desert – while in the middle of Ashenvale forest. It’s gotten me thinking, and I’m slowly finding I have to overcome this apparent concern about rendering things too dimly lit, with the result that they can often end up far too bright. With luck I’ll keep the lighting toned down a little for the future like in this page; the characters stand out well enough as it is anyhow, and you can actually see a little more detail when the lighting is a tad softer.