Comic Process


The image shows the digital process as I make my comic book illustrations. The pencil drawing was kept very simple, as I have then inked them myself. Pencil drawing, ink and colors, all created with a Wacom Cintiq using Clip Studio and Photoshop.



While trying out my new software Clip Studio Paint EX I did a quick blueline sketch of Supergirl. And because I really like how the dynamics in original sketch art look like I tried to capture some of the dynamics by directly doing the inks over the layouts.

I like some of the results and probably will stick to this approach when working on sequentials. In comics everything is about dynamics… so I think this will work. What do you think? Would you read a comic with this kind of style or do your prefer a more “traditional clean” look?


Supergirl Sketch

While working on the game design stuff I’m using my spare time to get more mileage for my character art. My goal is to return to sequential art soon. This image is showing another page from my actual sketchbook featuring my quick version of Supergirl.

Wonder Woman


Here is a Wonder Woman sketch that was photographed directly from my sketchbook. The lasso did not come from me and was added before I had drawn mine. I just left it so that the family blessing stays healthy. :)
Usually I do not show this kind of sketches in public because they contain a lot of flaws. So there are problems with the pose, the anatomy and also perspective. On a comic page, I would fix these issues in a rough layout before even going to pencils. Here I wanted to test the rendering I had in mind and have skipped the step therefore … in the assumption that it will never get public and seen anyway. Silly me ;)
Not only do I want to show clean-up work here, but I also want to give some insight into how I practice and show how dirty sketches look like. I am convinced that every artist has endless sketchbooks on his shelves that are full of junky sketches. Therefore, my advice to all draftsmen out there: Just draw a lot and quickly with courage to the gap. Only because of your mistakes do you learn to become better. Ultimately, it is only important to recognize the mistakes so that you can improve yourself with a little more effort. But you do not need that in the sketchbook … it’s enough to recognize the mistakes and jump to the next sketch.

BTW: Wonder Woman’s pose inspired me to do the Captain Future pose from the last post.