Just for fun I thought I'd go through a step-by-step how I make comics. I'm always fascinated reading how artists do their work, so thought people may be interested in how I do things. We'll be taking a look at how strip 13
for October 30th was put together.
Tod handles the pencil sketches, so first off I need to get scene and script info to him. Usually I will give a general description of the setting and characters, then will describe how I'd like the pages to look frame-by-frame. Sometimes I'll draw general diagrams like I did here for Lucian's apartment
Next comes the script for the page!
Panel 13-1 (Left 33%)
Upper torso view of Lucian reading the scroll. His lips are pursed in mild interest and thought, though he doesn't seem very excited about it. Simple apartment walls background.
Narrator: "Father only wrote me for two reasons. Either to demand I return home, or announce that he would be visiting me."
Narrator: "The latter of course only when he had official business in Caerreyn. Usually a side trip before bickering with the Queen and the Council..."
Panel 13-2 (Middle 33%)
A blank open scroll from Lucian's point of view (so that I can fill in the text). Lucian's thumbs can be holding it if you can make it work.
I will be arriving at noon on the day you receive this. I implore you to meet me at the dock as I leave my ship, as we have much to discuss and I won't have much time before I meet with the Queen and Council.
Lord Julian Urocyon
Panel 13-3 (Right 33%)
Lucian rolls his eyes as he begins to crumple the paper. Behind him, the messenger stands in the doorway, one hand extended as he asks his question.
Narrator: "Well, that was to the point..."
Messanger: "Do you require a response, Sir Mage?"
Lucian: "No, you may go."
Tod processes that information, then uses dark magic
to produce a raw sketch of the page.
Now the fun begins! (For me, a least!) I then cut the comic in half, convert the pencils to red, then print it out on matte photo paper. This comic is a rare case in that it splits in half nicely. Most of the time I will do two panels on one page, and the last on another. The idea is to get the panels big enough to do a nice ink-over in pen.
I use Faber Castel pens and a few others to go over everything in nice thick black lines. I used to just do this all digitally with the pen tool in Photoshop, but printing it out and doing it by hand is waaaaay faster.
After that it's just a matter of scanning it back in and piecing it back together. Setting the brightness and contrast of the scanned image to 100% makes all the black lines stand out nicely and the red easy to erase.
Ready for coloring!
I use a Wacom tablet to color in all the areas coloring-book style. Finally I add in text and speech balloons. The finished product!