I reflect on my 2015 Webcomic Award Nomination, from Irish Comic News
Ah well. I was being realistically optimistic about winning the best webcomic 2015 Award for my Between * Wars comic. After all, I’m pretty new on the Irish Comics scene. I only raised by head above the parapet this year and went out and actually met other creators! Continue reading
An updated look at the production process of my comic. The previous blog post about the process « can be seen here.
“Where do you get your ideas?”
That most often asked question… The « Peace-keeper strip idea came to me in a flash, as usual, but this time as I walked with my wife, Gabby from one building to another. In the space of 5 or 10 seconds. I mentioned a kid who used to be in school with me, and suddenly I had the concept of the whole strip in my head. Some dialogue and lot of images.
Developing the idea – scribbles
This is the illustration that made my mind up that I had to do this comic. It was terrific fun to do and it really cast my mind right back into childhood.
Wear and Tear
The basic production process of my comic strips.
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.
Full-size pencils and inks
Jamming it all in
I bit off more than I could chew with this page. Remember on the < last page I seem to have learned all of these important nuggets of wisdom via trial and error? You’d think that all the trouble I ended up going to with revisions would have taught me something? Not so.
Well, I just learned a valuable lesson – that never should have had to be learned:
Get the drawing right first– before proceeding to colour.
I know I’m not the first or only person to make the mistake of thinking:
“It’s good enough, it’ll all come out great when it’s coloured.” Wrongggggg.
So this morning, I went to the considerable trouble of re-doing last week’s page 3 of the comic [See the differences below]. It’s more than changing the drawing, you have to patch the new bits into the page – erase the old bits of line and colour and tone, and redo all the flats and other colours and tones for those areas. Hours of work!
So, lesson to me: Don’t rush – it’s a false economy – more haste = more waste!
Oh, and there’s another thing: I should get some proper model sheets done. Clive, from all angles and and with lots of different facial expressions. I suppose this is why Disney and Pixar like to sculpt 3d models of their characters for the animators to refer to in-the-round.
So here it is, page 2. Drum-roll…. Ta da!
I hope you were surprised by the twist that this page has taken so soon into the story, and that it strikes a chord w… No, actually. I hope it doesn’t. I hope you like getting up each Monday morning and going to the job you love. There’s nothing quite like going to bed on a Sunday evening with a smile on your face, and springing back out of bed at 7am knowing you’ll be doing fun, interesting work which people will enjoy – especially kids.
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So here it is – the very first ever page of the comic! Now I must make sure to do one a week. It’s funny, I did a version of this page about a year ago that took me days and days and DAYS to create. Very detailed, fancy, too complicated stylistically. So it all went on the back-burner. The week before last I tried simplifying things – and succeeded to an extent. But as I coloured away in Photoshop, the embellishments crept in: a shadow here, a skin tone there, here a highlight – there a highlight – everywhere a highlight. Old MacDon…
I’m new to this so I mustn’t expect instant greatness from myself. What will Clive do next we wonder..?
I hope you enjoy my new venture!
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