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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).

Locust Vasectomies

Locust Vasectomies

Locust Vasectomies published on 5 Comments on Locust Vasectomies

For me, the best part about this comic is the blood spray in panel one.  That’s because, as I masked the page with frisket and splattered the page with a toothbrush dipped in ink, my son was watching intently.  When I peeled the frisket back to reveal the effect, he said, “that’s cool.” It may not seem like much, but when you’re able to impress your world-weary teenage son, it feels like the best thing ever.

BTW, frisket is the real-world equivalent of the Lasso Tool. And use an old toothbrush, not the one in current rotation.  Unless you’re into Heian era tooth fashion.