How I does it. 1-Thumbnails. First of all I workout the
thumbnails on A5. I don't do a script. With Ronin Dogs I make it up as I
go, so I do about 15 pages of thumbnails at a time rather than
scripting it all. I might write down bits of dialogue/jokes so I don't
forget though. My thumbnails are pretty scrappy and loose (Like me) but
they do the job for me. I mainly just wanna get the layout, angle and
Once I've got the thumbnails down I move onto penciling pages. This is
my favourite part of the whole process. I work on A4 at the moment. I
find it quicker and I don't really have too many problems working at
this size. I'll probably go A3 at some point in the future but right now
it suits me fine. As you can see I've changed the dialogue from the
thumbnails. I do this quite a lot and still change dialogue even at the
last minute. I use a clicky mechanical pencil with a HB lead. I'm
currently pushing myself to work on the pencil stage more. Getting the
lines really tight and clean. It's important to get things right at this
stage. They're still kinda loose though.
So, I've got the pencils done so now I move onto inks. I use a cheap
and readily available fine line pen (0.2). I used to use a 0.1 but I
find having it slightly thicker gives me a bit more flexibility to to
make thick and thin lines. Rather than using a thicker fine line to do
thicker lines I just go over the line a few times to thicken it up. I
use a Sharpie to fill in the blacks. Simple! I don't like all the fancy
stuff. Keep it simple is how I like it. Once I've inked I scan it into
my Mac. I whack it into Illustrator to make the lines into Vectors. I
find it makes the lines really crisp. Then I put it into Photoshop and
tidy up lines.
4-Tones. Next I add the
tone. This helps to give depth to the art. I constantly trying to make
this stage simpler. I don't really like working on a computer that much.
I'd much rather do everything by hand but I like how it looks at the
end so I just do it. I have a graphics tablet that I use to speed things
up. They're pretty cheap these days. Mine isn't a particularly
expensive model but it works a treat. Makes things much quicker. I
usually use 2/3 tones one the pages. At some point I'll do some full
colour comics but right now I don't feel I have enough time to dedicate
to it. I'm working on it though and at some point I reckon it'll happen.
there ya go. Once this stage is finished it goes off to the printers
gets made into a nice little book. I keep everything as simple as I can
but I might have left something out. If you have any questions just ask.