Nnewts live in a developing civilization that is just learning to harness energy. It’s similar to where we were at when we used steam but considered electricity. I wanted to explore how technology developed with a community, and this is one of the core aspects of Nnewts culture. They’re hunters and warriors, yet family men. They haven’t abandoned magic, but don’t rely on it as a sole source of enlightenment.
The energy bugs in today’s page came as a real surprise to me because I saw them as dancing lights, but our colorist Katherine saw them as dancing colored lights. She sent back the page and my first response was “Ooooooooh!” I’m not sure why I don’t consider color in my creations, it could be from years of training without it. I draw characters and the colors never occur to me. Color is something to be added later.
Below is the pencil sketch of this page so you can see some of my process in illustrating it: