Comic 354 - Smoke, Steam and Mirrors: Page 8

27th Apr 2019, 12:00 AM
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27th Apr 2019, 12:00 AM
systemcat
Referencing was needed again for perspective. In reality that's a bottle cap. But what he is holding is based upon a real jewel.

A lot of thought and research went into this. At first the idea was it was to be some exaggerated in size gem, what he'd be holding but after a little thought I went against that idea. Here I'm using VILE agents and given the idea of them originates from the Carmen Sandiego fandom. I wanted to continue the same inside trivia used when she made her one appearance in Iron and Steel. The form of trivia being real world knowledge applied to fiction like how it would be with CS in canon. When she was drawn for Iron and Steel. That one flashback panel. It's in the Vatican City and she's stealing a Roman vase. Here I used the Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond. The money was harder to figure out. I wanted it paper money and not a currency people normally talk about. The use rijksdaalders came after normal searching, and normal wiki searching failed. The currency came up in an online store that focused on valuable collectable currency. When I came across rijksdaalders, I had to further research it to discover if it would have existed back in 1895.

When I had decided on the use of the Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond as to what he'd be holding. The research then went further into learning how large was it for drawing reasoning. After seeing it a couple times held by people in an image search. That's what told me the bottle cap was about the same size as it.