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Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans published on 4 Comments on Best Laid Plans

ROUGH PENCIL
After thumbnails, I work to size, with a #2 pencil and a smooth lightweight paper.  No more small stuff, I rule out my page, and panel edges. I work from loose scribbles, slowly tightening and erasing.  Dialogue is quickly scribbled in, to give me a sense of how much space it’s going to take up. Hopefully by now my research is serving its purpose and the drawings are flowing without much time spent comparing to reference.  Sometimes a new pose or new way to frame the action occurs to me, and I re-draw that panel on a separate sheet because the panel on the main sheet is too cluttered to easily erase.  I’ll composite that panel back in as I work on the tight pencils.  This stage takes the most effort, as this is when problems in rendering and structure present themselves.  It’s a constant effort for me to slow down, and fix or more thoroughly realize an element that’s troublesome, as it’s my nature to put it off.  But if I don’t know how it’s supposed to look, and I try to wing it in the inks, it will only look like crap.  It’s taken me a long time to learn that lesson– I’m still learning it! Drawing can be a constant fight against our own inertia. Without an undo button, I’m forced to learn good habits, or get used to publishing crap (or throwing a lot of stuff away).

Spiritual Hygiene

Spiritual Hygiene

Spiritual Hygiene published on 14 Comments on Spiritual Hygiene

The Black Phantom above is modeled after my son’s character in Dark Souls. He is very proud of this fact, but wants it to be clear that his gamertag is not KoopaKutie83. That was a bit of artistic license on our part. He hasn’t yet invaded someone’s game to grief them, but I know the temptation is strong. The Book of the Guilty has been a good deterrent, so far.

There can be only dumb.

There Can Be Only Dumb

There Can Be Only Dumb published on 3 Comments on There Can Be Only Dumb

It’s pretty obvious I’m hand-lettering these comics.  I’m working on that, but my handwriting’s always been pretty awful.  I’m doing as much as possible by hand actually.  The gray tones in this comic are added digitally, but I’m trying with each comic to make it as complete as possible using traditional tools and methods.  At the end I scan it and make any touch-ups that are necessary.  Most corrections are made with gouache or white-out tape, though.

That said, I did cheat with the reverse text in this comic, by inverting the panels digitally.