Anyway, I hope you enjoy it, because I'm really quite proud of the final work. More commentary after the story (don't want to spoil it for you!). Enjoy!
The decision to use this particular model (named Jana Horova along with a slew of A.K.A.'s) came from the picture featured in the seventh frame (tiny pink weights). That picture was originally supposed to be the second or third frame, but early on, I decided I wanted to see what I could do with showing the physical transition. So, the number of "before" frames jumped from 1-2 to six (or eight, depending on where you draw the line).
I used no less than seven different body models to achieve the transitional effect, and there are a couple where you can't really tell that I swapped the faces around; that means that I spent A LOT of time searching for suitable pictures. Some were originally black and white. Some were changed to black and white simply because I haven't come close to mastering color yet (I'm getting a lot better, though). Others, I changed for dramatic effect.
Stylistically, these aren't really that different from most my recent caption designs. Extend the picture, put a box and a frame on it. Nothing special. Though there were a few of them that gave me fits (because the original photographer doesn't know how to compose a scene properly). On these longer caption stories, the framing is probably my least favorite part. It's so tedious that sometimes, the photographs sit on my hard drive for weeks, waiting to be framed (though I jumped right into this one).
The story itself isn't terribly groundbreaking, but that was by design. I'm not saying that it's not a good (I wouldn't publish it if I didn't think it was solid) - just not terribly original. But I suppose it's almost an archetype in this genre for a reason - it works. My favorite thing about the story is how it serves the visual aspect; the slow, deliberate transition coupled with the protagonist's eyes gradually opening to what he's becoming.
The story actually had a final frame (just text) where I detailed exactly how he was changed. But it felt kind of tacked on, and I think it works better leaving it open-ended. Besides, who's to say I won't revisit this character with a sequel?