Monday, 23 April 2012
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Today we succeeded in going to Tropical World in Leeds and I took my sketchbook and camera. I was not prepared for the sauna like heat which was great and well worth the £3.30 entrance fee in itself. This was the plan in cold January a few months ago but we managed to pick a day when they were closed and so ended up at Leeds Museum again. Tropical World is a great place to go for drawing , there are a variety of animals and some are really slow moving which is ideal. I have not sketched from life (with all the storytelling going on) for a long time, so this was quite luxurious in fairly comfortable surrounds.
Monday, 16 April 2012
1) Starts with a Ben Haggarty script.
2) Page thumbnails and layout, very rough but becoming aware of the amount of text needed in each panel.
3) Pencil art drawn on scraps of paper at A3 size, scanned and arranged into a 300dpi A4 page using Photoshop.
4) Next is lettering, this is important so I don’t waste time colouring up a patch that then has a great big speech bubble plonked over the top of it.
5) Sepia colour layer with highlights and shadows painted in using the Dodge and Burn tools.
6) Using the Lasso selection tool I select areas and use the Hue/Saturation slider to get colours into the panels. Ideally this should be done all in one go, flesh, Mrs Ma Blue tunic etc, that does get really boring so I tend to work on it panel by panel.
7) Tweak areas with Burn and Dodge tools.
8) Experiment with effects. Exported the art layer into a free program called paint.net and applied a photo filter I like called Soften Portrait, then imported that layer back into Photoshop on a separate layer. Applied Overlay to the Layer then erased areas with a low opacity Eraser to keep some of the subtle details from being lost.
9) The finished colour page with tweaks and editor and writer editorial changes to make everything work on the page.
Mrs Ma and the Dumplings can be seen in The Phoenix Comic #15
Friday, 13 April 2012
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
This is a follow up to the last post where I had just ordered a box of the new Artline Ergoline Calligraphy Pen 2.0, I was expecting to have to wait longer with ordering them over Easter but they arrived in this mornings post. I was giddy opening the box.