Everything that follows is original 2005 commentary except where noted “–RN 2012″:
The dragon has a really soft voice, almost like talking is too much of a hassle for him. His words are breathed more than spoken. I used water effect screen tones for his scales. Cool effect, huh?
I can actually imagine the ensuing fight sequence fully animated with Depeche Mode’s “I Feel Loved” playing in the background. I would study snake-eating birds (such as kookaburras and certain hawks) and their hunting and killing techniques to get the Gryphon’s fight moves down pat.
This was also the page on which I caught myself sleep-inking. My eyes were closed, but my marker kept moving around the lines. When I opened my eyes, I found the black lines were right on top of my pencils, but the inking quality was poor. So, I went to bed at last.
Suggested listening: “I Feel Loved” by Depeche Mode