The Making of a Comics page… the long way it seems.

By that I mean, some people (you maybe, and all the professionals out there) might sit and draw it once, maybe ink it, and that’s that… Me? Oh no… I have to worry it to death like a Jack Russel shaking a rat…

Anyway, here goes…

So, dialogue… that;s usually where I start… You can see a rough plot breakdown taking place on the far left, the centre and the far right being the dialogue, just happening on the page… oh and a little image test too.


Then thumbnails, there was probably more than this one… I tend to do lots of these (I’ll ad the others later once I’ve scanned them)… I find this the hardest part of the story telling. It here the pacing happens… I’m always in awe of people who can do this seemingly so effortlessly. Mignola, Oemming etc…

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Here’s the page as it first appeared in my sketchbook, pencils only… with the dialogue written in pencil also…

0 Comic Pages - Pencils

…this time around I tried to use a brush pen as part of my process. I’m looking for another, more economical way of drawing and generating pages, as I have a lot to get through and little free time to do it in.

0 - TBOSG - p001 pencils and early inks

Clearly, adding additional processes in doesn’t help… this mock up with all the blacks in I could have perhaps done as a thumbnail… but here it is in all its glory, full size.

0 - TBOSG p001 Blacks Test

Then (here I go again) going back to the start and redrawing all the key frames… this time on a halftone ground.


Then working those up into a final page, adding the dialogue proper in digital form (I would love to hand letter but I don’t think my lettering is consistent enough), here I used the LetterOmatic font…

0 - TBOSG - xxp001 first inked and final

I toned the colour down and tweaked a few areas that looked off in Photoshop and that’s that.

Am I happy with it? Of course not… do I have time to do it again… What do you think?

~ by hesir on April 3, 2013.

One Response to “The Making of a Comics page… the long way it seems.”

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