So yesterday was the first day of MIX and I was talking to my friend, the honorable Steve Stwalley. We were talking about frustrations in drawing comics. I had mentioned that lately I hate every page that I draw. I had brought a couple pages with me to the convention to ink and I showed him the one I was working on. I wasn’t really happy with it, but since I use Photoshop for a good part of each page the artwork is really only half of the finished page. I don’t know if I like a page or not until I’ve scanned it and played around with it for a bit.
So I thought that I’d find out with you if I liked one of the pages I inked yesterday.
So, first up, the original page:
As you can see, I don’t even ink the panel borders or write legibly in the balloons anymore. Pretty lousy page so far, but I get to work on converting the art from grayscale, to bitmap and then back to grayscale. God do I hate this art.
I then delete the scribble in the word balloons and start blackening in the appropriate parts.
I fix the poorly textured background in the second panel and it’s really pulling together. I clean up some of the stray lines in the floor and I’m close to liking it.
If you look behind the girl with the cellphone on the left side of the page in the second panel, we see a movie poster for the upcoming film ‘The Walrus’. I thought about calling it “The Walrus Begins” but decided (wisely) against it. I didn’t want to keep the poster as it was, so I decided to change it.
The movie has now changed into a Julia Roberts-esque movie called “I Like Love”. Ticket prices has also been added to reflect the charges for adult as well as children tickets. I wish I was better with layers, etc because the poster is a little clunky but I can live with it. I add the lettering in the balloons and I’m done.