Here’s another artistic/Design process article for you; showing how I created this illustration with pencil, paper and Photoshop. (See more of my illustrations at my portfolio: johniwhite.com)
Where Did the Idea Come From?
I wanted to experiment with pencil drawing – and Photoshop. So: no inks and no graphics tablet for the drawing phase. But what to draw?
The subject idea probably popped into my mind after walking through Knocksink Wood, near Enniskerry, County Wicklow here in Ireland. There was lots of ivy all over the trees, and it reminded me of tentacles (and snakes, which I can’t bear!).
How Did I do it?
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
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
Some notes on the creation of the ‘Minefield’ strip ^
The initial sketch
I thought I’d give any other budding comic creators out there a look at this. And who knows? Perhaps those more experienced than me can offer me some tips!
It really didn’t change that much between the sketch and the finished piece did it? The second panel was improved – with more facial expression. And I flipped panel 4 – so that the characters are consistently walking from left to right. Continue reading
The quick ones are the best
I must view this quick sketch daily: it’s simple, cartoony, funny and lively
And here’s how it began around about July 2014:
I drew this and wondered “Why didn’t I think of doing something like this before?” Continue reading
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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?