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Brooklyn Blood process Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I posted this some two years ago as I had just started working on Brooklyn Blood with Paul Levitz in the pages of Dark Horse Presents. As the graphic novel collection was just released (to a comic shop near you!) and it is in the news, I thought I would repost it today. For those who are process junkies or just curious, this is how I usually illustrate a comic! Way too many steps if you ask me! 

Step A: After I read the script I draw several thumbnails with a black marker. I throw most of them away in disgust. You see here the thumbnail I settled on. Then I scan this winning thumbnail into the computer and place it in page template (the template being the correct proportions that it will be when printed).

Step B: I draw the rough pencils on a Cintiq (if you don’t know what a Cintiq is just hit the Googles). If you don’t have a Cintiq, many people use a light box to draw finished pencils on top of the blown up thumbnail which you can enlarge on a copy machine or computer.

Step C: Then I get back out of the computer by printing out a blue line version of the pencils on Bristol board. Blue line because I can now ink it in the real world with black ink, and when I scan it back into Photoshop, the blue line will not show up in the scan, only the black lines show up.

Step D: You can ink using a Cintiq also, but I still like using messy ink and brush or pen or wooden sticks. I personally like making marks on real paper. Too much work in the computer ends up putting me to sleep.

Step E: I scan the final black and white art back into the computer and on a separate layer from the black art in Photoshop, I add the colors! I also add the word balloons early on in the process because that does affect where the reader’s eye goes, but for this brief art example, I left that bit out! And there you have it. The exciting, amazing secrets of an illustrator! I just now see that I wrote “step A” in the text, and “Part A” on the art. That’s called a mistake. I make many of those! It’s part of the process. Brooklynblood proc 3

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I Finally Get Some Credit(s)

Last week a movie opened called , The Last Living Boy in New York. I can’t lie about the less than positive reviews it is getting, but I had a very small (very very VERY small) hand it it’s production. I illustrated the cartoon images you see in the opening credits (They were animated by a special effects house). I’m unclear how much I can show of my art, I can’t post the entire animated credits for example, but let’s assume I can post a few little snippets. The credits as originally envisioned showed scenes of “old” New York compared to present day New York. Thus, the modern Times Square below. Below that are images (both roughs and finals) of Warhol, Lou Reed and a certain female singer that was not used in the final cut. If you can’t recognize her, then I didn’t do a very good job!

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Frog Friday

Early in the morning, before I started working on the daily grind of a project I’ll talk about later, I warmed up my fingers drawing some frogs. This character is featured in my on going story Red Ryder And The Big Bad Woods on my Patreon page. Although I’m on Patreon and those who subscribe get to see all sorts of behind the scenes sausage making, I of course will still post fun stuff here for all to see!
(If you want to see more talking animals…head over to my Patreon)

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