The drawing and layout and lettering process starts with sketches. As you can see, after I sketched it, I had a go at a some bits in ink as a sort of dry-run. This is rare. Now take a look at the next few stages of production. I’ll do Blog posts in the future detailing each stage as separate articles.
Above: Pencil sketching the concept and layout on A4 copy-paper
Full-size pencils and inks
Above: Full size blue-pencil and ink on A3 Bristol Board
Scan, Clean-up & Isolate Black Ink
Above: Scanned, with blue-pencil removed in Photoshop. Then the black ink is made pure black and cleaned up and completely isolated on a transparent layer [larger]
Lettering and Framing
Above: At this stage, the layered Photoshop PSD file is placed into InDesign for framing and lettering. I like to do this before getting too far along with the artwork. I start with a previous strip’s file and make the necessary changes. [larger]
Above: Back into Photoshop to work on ‘flatting’ the blocks of colour. Instead of using a polygonal selection/lasso tool, I usually just scribble with a non-anti-aliasedpencil tool. Usually, flatting is done in garish colours for total separation of the blocks, but I like to start thinking about the final colour ASAP. [larger] >
The Finished Page!
Above: Using the flatted blocks of colour to make selections, I do the more refined colouring and tonal work on lots of separate layers. [larger] >