Well it just seems I just can’t get ahead right now, so rather than delaying this week’s page, here is a peek into the process once again. As I post the progression over the next few days I’ll archive the previous images into the post.
An the final color is done in Adobe Photoshop with a little magic and luck.
This is the layout stage, done digitally via Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop. It gives me the freedom to explore the layout and composition without killing too many trees. It’s nice to have the ability to quickly scale images and repositioning them with out an opaque projector or photocopy machine. If you’re not old enough to remember those, Google it.
The lettering is done in Illustrator and pasted into the comp in Photoshop. I’m still tweaking the script at this point, running it past my wife, Beth, who has become my reliable editor. I make sure to lock everything down at this stage.
Here is the pencil stage where I print the layout at 11″ x17″ and transfer it in light blue Col-erase pencil onto a 2 ply Strathmore Bristol. I tie everything down at this point putting the characters on model and making sure tangents are avoided. I work pretty tight because I find I make stupid mistakes when I leave big decisions for the inking stage.
The inks are done with a Windsor Newton Series 7 brush and miscellaneous tech pens. After scanning at 1200 dpi, I tweak the dialogue balloons to the final art.
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