everything that's sketched for the comic actually makes it into the final
pages. Originally, I was creating pages digitally, using a tablet. Unfortunately,
the pen met an unpleasant fate- and I have yet to buy a new tablet (though
I plan on picking up a new one, soon) so everything lately has been done
on paper. I'll be posting here a lot of material that a) served
as initial character/location designs and b)pages and/or sketches that
never made their way into the story. UPDATE: I've moved the wallpapers to the top of this page, until I can set up a separate page for them!
the death of the tablet, I use non-photo reproduction blue pencils to
sketch out new pages, but my thumbnails are done with a soft 4B pencil...I
love the softer pencils, even if they have a higher tendency to smudge.
After penciling, I ink with Sakura Micron pens (.005- .08) and thick black
Sharpies when I need to fill in larger areas of black. Older pages were
drawn using printer paper (the horror) but the new pages are now created
on 9" X 12" Strathmore Bristol board (smooth). It feeels nicer,
the pencils/inks are smoother, and I have less bleed-through.
inking is complete, I scan the images (B&W setting, 300 dpi) then
open up the completed image in Adobe Photoshop. I use Photoshop to color
the pages. Basically, all
my colors are set on different layers, using varying degrees of opacity
(so the underpainting can come through). All layers are set to multiply,
save for the layers that are for word balloons. I make two layers for
those- one black, the other white. I like the irregular shapes and chunky
outlines I get from creating the balloons this way- it just seems nicer
that making one layer and outlining the balloon shape. The dialogue gets
placed in the image last.
is complete, I reduce the image size, save it for the web, and upload
it. I always keep a full-sized image (in photoshop format) with all the
layers, since we plan on printing eventually.