Went for a walk through the downtown today, and was reminded of all the reference photos I took when I started drawing Friends with Boys. Although it isn't set in Halifax (it's set in Generic Coastal Small Town named ... *cough* ... Sanford), I decided to use Halifax as a reference point because, hey, I live here, and it's a very attractive city.
A friend of mine rented a room in this house for about 3 months. I visited him and asked if I could use it for reference... it was absolutely massive. Rooms and rooms for days!
Prettiest graveyard ever.
The Oxford movie theatre is a bit famous, having previously shown up in an issue of Local by Bryan Wood/Ryan Kelly. I saw Pan's Labyrinth there.
This is a record shop around the corner from Strange Adventures. I've always liked the way it looked, so made it into a barber shop for the comic.
Quinnpool Street, one of Halifax's two "downtown" streets... (I kid. Except not really.)
The characters visit this museum, but I actually have not. So those of you who're actually familiar with its layout can laugh at my inaccuracies when you read the comic.
Anyway. I have become more and more enamoured with the setting of a comic book, and have turned into a bit of a reference whore. I don't know if this is a good or a bad thing, as I find sometimes I'm paralysed because I don't know what a particular building looks like, or what I want it to look like, but I think the reference adds my work a weight and realism it didn't have before. Also really good for reference: IKEA catalogues!