• Some Pictures

     

    This is the first draft of the first page of a mini comic I'm writing. The roughness of the art work will carry over into the final draft. It's a story about a crazy old drunkard war vet who has to go through a bunch of crazy stuff to take care of this guy he finds in this car he's wrecked. It's all based on a short story I spent all summer writing and I wanted to have a visual version of it because I want the fury and ruggedness and violence of his personality to be the defining characteristics of the comic.

    This is how I start coming up with ideas for funny comics. I draw goofy stuff and think of situations where this goofy stuff could make sense in a way that's funny.

      

    This is me doing the same thing but on a spanish quiz. Luckily we didn't have to turn it in, but this happens to me alot. I'll start doing a light-bit-of-doodling in class and before I know it my homework is covered with random images.

      

    These are pictures I drew of Jesus of Christmas break. Self explanatory. Under the red picture on the left is a drawing of a friend as Voldemort choking Harry Potter.
     

  • Creation

    The process in which I create my comics can be roughly broken down to six stages of development. The first of the steps starts with a concept that I want to run with for a particular strip. In the case of “The Hanna Express”, as the strip plays with the tropes often found in manga or anime, I take a particular trope and develop that. The next step is to sketch out a rough draft of what it is that I want to create. With digital media, this means that I create a layer solely so that I would be able to sketch with. In cases where I require certain action poses, I usually look for a certain reference in order so that I could produce a rough sketch that looks similar to the effect that I am looking for. Often, this is done with a light blue colored digital ink as this allows for me to perform the next step with relative ease. In addition, the panels that would define where the art would be contained, along with any word bubbles, are also drawn in, to see what the end product may look like with all the elements in place. The final inking stage is where I use black ink and line the art based on the rough sketch. The final step of the process involves the use of gray tones, to produce depth and contrast in an art piece that would have been merely black and white. From there, if there is any need for particular dialogue, the artwork is then imported into Photoshop, where the words are then applied to the appropriate spaces in the comic strip. Once that has been completed, the product is then saved as a .jpg file and is sent to the editor for him to look over the artwork. Any additional suggestions are then taken into account and integrated into the comic to create the comic strip.

    The tools that I normally use are an Intuos Wacom tablet, Paint Tool Sai (for rough sketches, final inking, and gray tones), and Adobe Photoshop (for any dialogue).