Hey guys. I've the two cards sketched and awaiting ink. Work will resume on those in a bit. But first, I wanted to get the rough sketch of Issue 15, page 2 set. Matt and myself will be at FA: United this weekend and I'd like to be able to bring a page with me to work on. I won't be taking commissions or sketchbooks due to my wrist acting up, so I'll need something to do during my off-time.
A page goes through a few steps before it's ready for the comic board. I won't be showing much work in progress on future pages - certainly not to the level that I used to - but I did want to share the various steps.
I first do a thumbnail of the page. This give me a general idea of the panel placement and basic dialog.
Next, the borders are added in. This page will have a background that bleeds to the edges. This made things a little more interesting during the layout stage. I usually use a preset outer border.
Now it's circles and ovals time. The goal here is to get the basic idea down. Each panel is done on its own layer. This way if something needs to be moved, I can easily shift it.
After the first pass, the lettering and balloons are added.
Once I'm happy with the dialog and balloon placement, I go back and tighten the sketch a bit. It's now ready for the comic board.
This process can take anywhere from an hour to three hours. It all depends on what's happening in the page - both visually and dialog-wise. This one took a while due to me trying to draw horses from above and figuring out how to match what the characters are saying to their facial expressions.
Okay, I need to get going on those sketch cards. Later.
Mad Hatter: "Are you the dreamer, or merely part of somebody else's dream? That's just the question Tweedle-Dee put to Alice in Through the Looking--"
Bruce: "This isn't some silly storybook!"
-- Batman: The Animated Series