So, I want to show how I work in different mediums and such on here as well as just show stuff I do. I am starting with the work I am focusing on the most at the moment, Red Plains. Red Plains is a western comic based in the latter 1800’s created and written by Caryn A. Tate. It appears on the 2.0 section of TopShelf comics website, as well as having previous issues to download via Graphicly.
Caryn was cool enough to let me show previews of pages 10 and 14 of issue 28. Today I am posting the thumbnail and full size pencils of each of these. You will notice my pencils are really loose and that some backgrounds seem to be missing. Mostly this is because I am doing all inking and gray tones digitally. After I do this post I will be posting the inking in progress along with what I use and explanations. For the moment though, I will say I do all of the inking and gray tones for Red Plains using Manga Studio.
I work super loose when laying things out when I am doing finishes loosely (most of the time anyways) and am doing all of the art myself.
So, here we go then.
This is the thumbnail for page 10. Actual size is tiny, I just look at the script and figure out general stuff, pretty typical stuff I guess. I usually have 4 thumbnails to a page in a sketchbook.
Now the initial pencils.
So on this page I will fix certain things like one of the characters face and add in more of the background details.
Here is the thumbnail for page 14.
and the early pencils.
So the of the reason for the lack of detail in the latter panels is because I am currently behind and trying to get caught up. I just needed to get the general look for the page down enough for Caryn to see that it has what she needs and the rest I do in inking. Though, the first issue or two I did, I sent more detailed pencils because I was working differently. Plus I’m sure she really wanted to see what the hell I thought I was doing. She runs a pretty tight ship, which is awesome because of all the detail the world calls for. It is based in reality and she strives to keep it firmly based there.
So this is where I leave it at the moment. I plan to try and have a post about inks in the next few days as well another “TreeBeerd” comic strip.