Sunday, February 24, 2008
In most cases, I get the script for the whole issue. I hate getting the script in pieces. I read it and make small doodles on the page, just to set the size and format of the panels. First ideas about composition. These are just for me, hardly readable to anybody else. You'll pardon me for bluring the letters, but script's not mine, so it's not for me to show it in public.
Then I draw the layouts. They're A5 format (15x21 cm) , not very elaborate but enough for the writer and editor to see (following the script) what I'm planning to draw.
After their eventual notes or my questions, I start working on pencils. Quite often layout of the actual page is different from first thumbnails. Sometimes it's because of a suggestion from writer or editor, but mostly it's because I've changed my mind and come up with better solution. As you can see, it's just a clean line without blacks. Most of the time, I know what I'll black out in ink and even more often it's a texture I can get only with brush, so no point in using pencil for that. It's a luxury you can afford when you're inking your own stuff. : )
I scan the pages and send them the to the writer and editor again. This is the crucial part where they can see if I got everything right.
Then comes my favorite part - inking! : )
First, Winsor and Newton brush, series 7, size 3 for the blacks, then Conte nib and Faber-Castell PITT artist pen for the lines. I scan those pages as greyscale, not bitmap, to preserve all the shades I get with dry brush. I send those scans to editor and writer again, but more as a proof that I'm done then for checking out. Any request for changes at this stage are very, very rare.
Then - THE MAGIC!
Matt Hollingsworth's wonderful colors! : )
Clem Robins will do the last part - lettering. Balloons with dialogues and writings above the store and on the postcard. But you'll have to buy this book to see that!
And read it, of course! : )
Monday, February 18, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
MySpace Comic Books, the comics community of the world's most popular social network, and Meltdown Comics, the renowned Los Angeles-based comic book shop, today announced a first-of-its-kind event for the comic book industry: Y: THE LAST PARTY.
Taking place on February 8th at Meltdown, the party is a celebrates the conclusion of the internationally acclaimed comic book series Y: The Last Man and is a benefit for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Joss Whedon will appear in person to toast Y: The Last Man co-creators Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. All proceeds from this once-in-a-lifetime event will benefit the First Amendment work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Y: THE LAST PARTY is made possible by the generous support of sponsors from across the comic book industry: Y: The Last Man publisher Vertigo Comics; Dark Horse Comics; Image Comics; and Top Cow Productions.
I've been asked to contribute, too. Spent couple of hours trying to draw a pin-up of 355 and got completely frustrated how lame it turned out! So I decided to pick one of the original pages from the small bunch I kept for myself. It wasn't an easy choice, but I finally decided to go with the one that could raise more money then the others ... : )