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.
I prefer to create blog posts that talk about something personal and insightful as those are the types of posts that people love to read! At least that’s what all the experts say. Today though, I am simply posting self indulgent promo. As a freelancer, I have to do this! I’m sorry. So, so, sorry!
First! My Patreon page. I just posted new pages of my long form graphic novel, Red Ryder And The Big Bad Woods. I post new pages every month and you can read them at the low low cost of 1.50!
Check it out HERE. Read a sample page below:
This summer, July 4th to be exact, Brooklyn Blood will be released by Dark Horse Comics. Brooklyn Blood is a graphic novel written by Paul Levitz and illustrated by myself. Order it using these amazing numbers! SBN-10:1-50670-630-4 ISBN-13:978-1-50670-630-6
And don’t forget my own self published comics, Rabbit Who Fights on Gumroad. It’s my one man anthology printed on high quality full color paper. Issue three just came out. See details HERE! See a sample page from issue three below.Painful self promo is over! Next post I do will revolve around promoting some graphic novels and or books by other people which I have read and found interesting, aggravating or boring.
Thanks for reading!
The new issue of my one man anthology, Rabbit Who Fights is on sale at Gumroad! If you live in the NYC area, I will also be selling copies at MoCCA this weekend April 7-8 at table A-104. The 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 7-8th, 2018 at Metropolitan West in New York City with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).
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!
The second issue of my self published anthology will be published in August 2017.
You can get a copy (and much more) right here.
For now, a preview of the cover and a few pages from the lead story (colors not entirely final).
I hate ice coffee. I love coffee, but ice coffee is just a chore. Kind of like medication that you need to take. Yesterday it reached 90 degrees in Brooklyn so…it’s ice coffee season. It also means that soon people will be outside enjoying summer. As they should. So I’ll squeeze in one more promo concerning my self publishing empire! If you haven’t yet signed up to get the first issue of Rabbit Who Fights, you can do so HERE. See a sample page below:
Is it political? Is it a super hero type book? I’ll be honest, it’s evolving as I work on it. Issue two has a completely different type of story related to the above characters.
The first week in June will also see part three of Red Ryder and the Big Bad Woods. A bit of which you can see below!
Is that not the most EXCITING dialogue you have ever heard?
In conclusion, ice coffee bad, check out my Patreon- comic publishing empire if you get a moment.
Half of you will need to look up who Jack Chick is and why he’s in the news in order to “get” my Joke. If it is indeed a “joke” or “funny.” Either way, Happy Halloween!