I'm still loving the ancient-fresco look - it's so awesome! The stylised drawings and dull colours really make it stand out from other comics I've seen. It'll be nice if you can sort of keep the 'essence' of this style throughout the entire comic, I think it works very well.
We'll see! The actual story in the comic is in a bit less stylized, er, style..but hopefully enough cues will remain to keep that essence. Actually most of the characters in these stone pages are pretty much the way they're going to look in 'reality', aside from making them look slightly more believable as living characters.
You are really hitting the mark... the restraint is great. I would be tempted to throw some blinding highlight on there and ruin it but you manage to keep it subtle. My only thought, and I'm only saying this because I'm trying to think of something to crit, is that I'm not yet sure what to think of the surface. I assume is some sort of egyptian type wax pigment on stone or the like... but it also could be kind of a mental place.. if your planning on some kind of reveal later it makes sense. I know you have a plan but definitely a smooth transition from this storytelling language is key, that is an assumption, unless you are going to do it all in this style, but I have a feeling this is more of an intro. Can't wait to see more!
Yeah, I'm really trying to stick with the clean line style and not do much as far as rendering goes. It's really going to be mostly flat color and cell shading. Hmm, haha, you have me worried about the transition now- I was working on it just as I got this comment. It's probably going to be a little more abrupt than you'd like, I think. This is sort of an intro, but not technically a real place, or one we see later in the comic. It's more like how Miyazaki does his opening credit pages, I think- he'll explain the back story in the visual language of his characters, but it's not necessarily a place we visit. I guess we'll have to see how it works out!