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My Friday Post on a Cold Friday In February

This week’s Dark Horse Presents (Issue 19) features another chapter of Brooklyn Blood by Paul Levitz and myself along with other stories by a plethora of creators. Below is page one of Chapter three (sans copy).

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I also did a little reportage type drawings and thought this particular one was an interesting failure. If you can tell what it is then, that’s great. But over all, it went so far off the rail it’s embarrassing. And interesting.  And embarrassing…fail

 

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Friday Info-Process-tainment

As I can now talk about the Dark Horse Presents story called ‘Brooklyn Blood’ I’m working on with Paul Levitz, and I’m teaching a Summer Residency in sequential art at SVA this summer, I thought my Friday post could be about just a small teeny tiny bit of my process. Where the class I teach is mostly concerned with telling a story, making that story clear on the page, using panel layout to guide the eye, finding that story inside of you that haunts you and causes you a small bit of metal pain when you dig it up (yes we did that in my very first class), I thought I’d post something a little more basic here. How I draw a comic page! Or part of a page. Note that what you see below is just the bottom third of a page from the upcoming ‘Brooklyn Blood.’ We’ll skip the writing part as Paul did that.

Step A: After I read the script I draw several thumbnails with a black marker. I throw most of them away in disgust. You see here the thumbnail I settled on. Then I scan this winning thumbnail into the computer and place it in page template (the template being the correct proportions that it will be when printed).

Step B: I draw the rough pencils on a Cintiq (if you don’t know what a Cintiq is just hit the Googles). If you don’t have a Cintiq, many people use a light box to draw finished pencils on top of the blown up thumbnail which you can enlarge on a copy machine or computer.

Step C: Then I get back out of the computer by printing out a blue line version of the pencils on Bristol board. Blue line because I can now ink it in the real world with black ink, and when I scan it back into Photoshop, the blue line will not show up in the scan, only the black lines show up.

Step D: You can ink using a Cintiq also, but I still like using messy ink and brush or pen or wooden sticks. I personally like making marks on real paper. Too much work in the computer ends up putting me to sleep.

Step E: I scan the final black and white art back into the computer and on a separate layer from the black art in Photoshop, I add the colors! I also add the word balloons early on in the process because that does affect where the reader’s eye goes, but for this brief art example, I left that bit out! And there you have it. The exciting, amazing secrets of an illustrator! I just now see that I wrote “step A” in the text, and “Part A” on the art. That’s called a mistake. I make many of those! It’s part of the process. Brooklynblood proc 3

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Thrilling Thursday: “Superman! Drawn badly”

Long ago in the early 90’s I had been drawing some books for Malibu, Dark Horse and even illustrated a Green Lantern and Justice League story here and there. I lived in Ithaca where Prolific comic book scribe, Roger Stern also lived, and in an effort to get more DC work I asked Roger if he had any unused scripts I could draw in order to create more samples for DC editors. He graciously gave me a Superman script (He was writing the book at that point if I remember) that had never been used.

You can see the results below. I  cringe looking back at my need to draw every brick, how stiff it is and the fact that Superman’s face is very…Nick Fury-ish or over wrought. I do think I had a handle on the storytelling, though. I think you get the basic idea of the action here. Superman is having some troubles with his powers and his temper. I’m not going to post the plot as Roger may one day use it and thus I don’t want to give it away to the internets. Oh, and if you wondered, I never did work on any Superman book. Enjoy! Super ManSuper Man 2Super Man 3Super Man 4Super Man 5

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