Early in the process of making Ace Wonder, we had little idea how the end product would look. John had an idea, and I think we got close to that idea. But here are some other possibilities for how the motion comics might have turned out:
In these first three concepts, I tried to feel out how much detail John wanted. I believe I did these before getting the script.
These next four are variations on line, texture, and level of detail. As you can see, I still had a very comicbooky style in my head.
After that we decided to make the motion comics in an idealized photograph style. We actually created the first motion comic in this photograph style before realizing that it needed to change.
It would be an entire year after being brought onto the team before we would land on the current highly-polished painted style, thanks to a suggestion from Isaac Botkin.
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