Comics Looking Weird

I’ve spent the last days laying down the basic colours and getting more pages done.

It really looks like I’ll be able to finish this step tonight and start the proper colouring tomorrow.

Before I started working on “Warden of Time” I knew that making comics takes an incredible amount of time but dear Lord – I still underestimated it! But that’s why I loved making it even more. I’m a great friend of challenges. Especially working with tight deadlines gets me!

I split up the process in different steps and work my way from step to step instead of page to page. Some artists do that but I don’t really like it that much. It works with smaller projects like 4- 6 pages but definitely not with 30 +.

Here’s my list of completed (and coming) steps:

  1. Rough layout of the pages
  2. Pencil sketch
  3. Inking
  4. Flat layers
  5. Highlights & Shadows
  6. Lettering

I didn’t included the step of creating the characters. This took me a couple of years. But it doesn’t necessarily have to take that long. I was just playing with that story while I was still in school and developed the characters and the plot over the years.

But as you can see – it won’t take me much longer! I’m so excited! The exhibition will be in 5 weeks and by then I will have it finished!

I remember one teacher who was really … supporting when it came to being nice to his students. He promised me that I would never get anywhere in life. He got an invitation to the exhibition.

While I was checking for mistakes in my flat layer I temporarily hid the lineart (inks) layer and it turned out to be pretty weird-looking.A bit of another sneak peek here!

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COLOURS!

I finally got around to start colouring! I was really looking forward to this part because now the whole comic project starts to look “real”. As in: it’s really happening!

I decided to go with a technique used by many comic artists. Using Photoshop I have one layer for the line art so that I don’t mess it up accidentally. I use another layer for the “flats”. The flat layer contains just the basic colours that I want to use but they don’t have to match a 100% . With another layer on top I can adjust the colours and make them match, change colours to my liking or change the overall tone to create atmosphere. That’s also when the magic with shadows and light happens.

I really love the way flat layers and the finished layers look so different and how the flat layer is just an idea of the final look.

Here’s an example for you to see! More coming soon (:

 

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