Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Process

Well, I thought I'd explain my extremely tedious process of creating comic book pages. I really dig it when other folks do it. So, here goes. We'll take a look at a page from my recent Rex Mundi stint.

I do a my layouts with a fairly soft pencil. These run fairly small, only taking up a quarter, to half a sheet of letter-size paper. I take the comic page template I use (which is really just a scan of a Dark Horse comic board) and print it out really small. I do my layout on that, so the layout itself stays precisely proportionate to the finished page.



Then I scan it in and convert the file from greyscale to a light monotone blue. I drag the layout over to a template I use for pages (the same scan of a Dark Horse comic board, only, comic-page size (11" X 17")). I then size it appropriately using the free transform tool in PS, erase things I don't need, and sometimes add things freehand using the Wacom tablet. This is also a time to incorporate editor suggestions and/or changes.

I then use the line tool to plot all of the perspective, using the same light blue color for point A, and a light pink for point B.



I reduce this image to about 20% transparency and using my Epson 1400 jumbo inkjet printer, I print it out on a sheet of 11" X 17" Strathmore 400 bristol. The image itself prints super light, and after the page is inked, this "under drawing" is easily removed from the scan by tweaking the brightness/contrast. This whole process saves me time, believe it or not, eliminating hours of erasing and re-drawing and on average, saves me an hour or two per page.

From here I start penciling. I usually start out using a light blue erasable Prismacolor pencil, and later clean it up using a mechanical pencil with a 2H lead. Hey look, it's a penciled page:



Then, I get to work with my Scharff #3 sable and some Higgins black india ink. Oh, hey, what's that - it's an inked comic book page.



And there you have it. Thanks for taking a look. Feel free to comment, you dang lurkers. I know you're there.

2 Comments:

OpenID prdl said...

Thanks for the insight into your process. Doing the perspective lines in PS never occured to me. Great tip.
The page looks great, all the different angles and use of shadow is very well done.

October 28, 2008 at 9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your my favorite Hondoo...well, maybe second favorite. I think nutella might have you beat.

November 24, 2008 at 7:14 PM  

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