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
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I’m still experimenting with a method. Though I do love to look back on the full colour pages, as I said before, I just don’t have the free time to make them.
This new approach almost works, but it’s becoming complicated again. I’d hoped to work in the ink and pencil on paper style, but I still haven’t quite managed to capture that look when it comes into Photoshop. I’m drawing in graphite pencil, inking over in black, ersasing the pencil, then shading with blue pencil. The whole thing is turned into greyscale – including the blue – in Photoshop. I then hopefully have the option at some later date to remove the blue shading from the artwork and go full colour if I want to. Continue reading
This is an experimental page – which doesn’t fit in with the running order of the story. Jumping ahead really.
I was writing yesterday about how I might attempt the pages in ink and pencil only – to save time – and increase output. I really can’t continue with the full-colour approach that I’ve previously used. It’s just too time-intensive. If I was 20 years old, living with my parents, with no job, then maybe…
Anyway, this is a humourous webcomic, not a graphic novel which is meant awe graphic art lovers. My aspirations here are more humble than that. I think if I try it this way, my ink line-work, and my pencil-toning will improve, which is good. On the next one I’ll probably go large format again. This was dashed off on a sheet of A4 office-printer-paper. Not the best for quality and it creases like hell when you use the eraser on it.
I’d be grateful to read what you think?
You know, I really don’t think it’s… no. I KNOW that it’s not feasible/practical for me to keep trying to do these pages full-colour graphic-novel style. I simply don’t have the time.
I was flipping through the sketchbook last week and I had a eureka moment. Why not just do the whole comic in ink and pencil?
Would any of you tolerate a comic done in this style and with this limited level of finish?
I reckon I cold knock out a page each week – easily in this way. But what if I ever wanted to retrospectively do them full-colour, for print publication say?