After sending the final files off for The Awakening, a short comic I made, I figured I would post a bit of the process behind making it. The Awakening is a 16 page, black and white comic about a young boy’s dreams of the dark forest that surrounds his house.
Let’s start with the cover and the small thumbnail sketch.
I scan the thumbnail sketch in and work on it digitally until I get everything how I’d like it to look.
After getting the drawing tightened up and an idea of the type placement, I’ll print out the sketch and draw it in blue pencil and ink it traditionally.
Final inks scanned, color added, and typography placed.
Next, the process of making the interior pages. I start with small thumbnails to layout the story and make sure everything works sequentially over the course of the entire issue.
Next I rough out the thumbnails to a larger size, correct dimensions, proportions, etc. Then I’ll scan in my rough sketches and work on them digitally correcting anything that looks strange or incorrect.
I also start working on values and shadows. After I figure like the compositions and values I print the picture out either black and white or blue line and move onto inking.
Final inks above. After the inking is cleaned up in photoshop I move onto adding color, or in this case black and white values, then the typography.
Here’s a preview of the final issue which will be on sale in February.
Thanks for reading!
Today is Will Eisner’s birthday. I got to draw him for the Boston Globe last week. You can check out the article here.
Issue #02 of my comic is on sale at www.downpourcreative.storenvy.com. We have some issues left over from Akron Comic Con so feel free to pick one up. Issue #01 is on sale as well.
Hey everyone, pretty pleased to announce that we’ve launched a website for The Low as well as making issue #01 “This Worm Will Turn” on sale now. We did a larger run for the regular cover and a small run of the same issue with a variant cover. You can purchase the first issue at www.downpourcreative.storenvy.com for $4.00 or for more information check out www.thelowcomic.com
About The Low
Welcome to The Low. A town jailed off from the rest of the United States after a nuclear blast left a third of the country destroyed. A town sentenced to thirty years of imprisonment by Terry Brill, commander in chief of The New America.
The book follows the lives of a small group of young men and women trying to survive in a world where the police run wild, the government has been destroyed by the private sector, disease and famine are rampant, and every day is a struggle. On top of all that they will soon find out that there are things happening in their world they could have never dreamed of.
I got some copies of The Low Issue 01 in yesterday. I’m hoping to have them for sale by the end of this week or early next week. I’ll keep you posted. I got them printed through Comixpress and I must say they did a wonderful job! For more information on The Low you can check out the Facebook or hold tight for the website coming soon.
If you’re into comics of any kind I recommend reading “The Realist” by Asaf Hanuka online at www.realistcomics.blogspot.com
So I’ve been talking a lot on here about the Graphic Novel I have been working on with Stansberry. Here are some progress shots of different frames. I’m really enjoying doing this. Hopefully we can get book 1 out sometime in the future. Check it out.
Also, I was digging through some of my old posters in search of things to hang up around my kitchen and found THIS!
Also, figured I would throw a funny one in there. Yes that’s my family with Sparks and some other random kids at Kent Fest and yes… that is a Coal Chamber shirt I’m wearing… oh boy…