I am plugging away at Uptown Girl – The Lazarus Heart and just finished inking the 10th page yesterday. I think that puts me at about…3% of the book being completed so I have quite a way to go.
Anyway, I penciled page 10 the other day and it took me two days to ink it until I was somewhat happy with it. There’s a scene early on in the book with The Walrus throwing a bad guy into a window. Here’s what the page looked like after I scanned it before I did Photoshop to it:
It looks pretty rough. I kept working at it until I sort of gave up on it and decided to scan it and let Photoshop do the rest. I make it sound like I don’t like this page, but I actually do. I know I can do a better drawing of the Walrus hitting a guy into a window, I mean, there’s no background, there’s no scenery, there’s nothing here that really indicates what is really happening…but I like the energy of the page. I like the drawing of The Walrus…it’s a dramatic scene and I like how it plays out.
I like looking at original art, and although I am not always happy with my own art, I like seeing pages I’ve done years ago and seeing little notes I wrote to myself in the margins, or seeing what was there before the wizardry of Photoshop took over.
Yesterday morning I scanned this page and got to work. It took about an hour of putzing around with it until I liked it. Doing a page like this is similar to cleaning up after a huge party.
So, there’s how it looks now:
So yeah. That looks pretty sharp. I like the crispness of the black, I like the panel layout, the way the cape breaks out of the page a little…
Like I said, I can do better when it comes to a scene where someone throws someone through a window, but it’s hard to recapture the energy that is in a first draft. There have been many times when I liked a sketch better than the final piece, and this is like that. Choosing energy over skill isn’t always an easy decision.
My Photoshop skills are rather lacking and I know maybe 10% of what I could do with Photoshop but I’d rather draw than fiddle with it. I also want to avoid becoming too dependent on it. I know what I need to know when it comes to what I need to do.