Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Colouring Waterton Comic Pages

Colour details from pages 4, 5 and 6 of ‪the Charles Waterton Comic‬: The Early Years

Shot with a vague camera so as not to give the complete story away.

I'm working in three page sections at the moment, that is pencilling three pages, then inking, then colouring. I did the first three pages a page at a time but the down time in between each page was slowing me down. The three page section has sped me up a lot.

Inked Pages 4, 5 and 6

Young Waterton pages ready for a bit of watercolouring.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Waterton Comic Page 5 Pencils

Waterton Comic Page 4 Pencils

Pencils and lettering layout for Page Four. I have never been very good at drawing animals in a consistent style and the cow took forever to get right (and it's still not great). Time to move on though. The fox and the hare need to look startled and surprised.

Note: The WHACK! SFX in panel 3 needs to be consistent, the curvy and pointy lettering in panel 5 (and on Page 3) feels better. The Master applying corporal punishment in Panel 2 needs to say something even if it's muttering a frustrated "Oh-Waterton." under his breath. Try not to be too creepy with this panel though! 

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Waterton Comic Page two

Artwork Copyright © John Welding 2015

Pretty much the finished page two for the Young Waterton Comic Strip. I feel it needs a few bits and pieces adding to it. Maybe a hint of Walton Hall in the background in the first panel. Waterton's sister going "No, no, no!" in panel Seven. Waterton saying "Ow! and "Bleurgh, Mustard!" in panels 10 and 11. That sort of thing. I'm my own worst editor sometimes although it is good to look at these things with different hats on.

Just to mention that the Waterton Comic strips have been written by John Whitaker, Curator at Wakefield Museum.

Note: Tudhoe (County Durham, Northern England) still exists today, although it seems to have been superseded in popularity by it's neighbour Spennymoor. I couldn't find reference for  the school circa 1792 that was there when Waterton was a small boy and so went for the vague long-shot.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Waterton Comic Panel

I really enjoyed drawing this panel late last night. The composition flowed effortlessly, unlike the other night where I was locked into drawing and redrawing a panel that just didn't feel right.

Draw, draw and redraw.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Inking Waterton Comic Page Two

I started inking page two after a devilish time laying it out. I'm sure this bit of the process will get faster but at the moment it's taking far too long. Some panels needed some extra TLC to make them work, in places I resorted to roughly cutting out lettered patches to place them comfortably in the panel. I'm working to a 16 panel grid for the layout expanding on the panels that need a bit more space.

I like this way of doing comics, it (hopefully) creates a rhythm to the work that can be manipulated. Trees growing outside their borders, a wind swept Northern town seeming a bit more desolate with a little bit of extra space, and so on.