Anatomy of a Comic: 3

Next up is getting the sketches from the sketchbook to bristol paper. Ideally, I would be able to fit everything on one sheet of bristol, but I drew all my sketches too big, so I'll be putting them on several pieces of paper and then consolidating the picture in PhotoShop. I hate to do that, because that means there is no "original art" in the traditional sense (i.e., a single one-page comic). But when I'm less sure where I'm going, having some latitude which how to arrange the pieces is a good thing. (Or at least it's a reasonable trade-off) Anyway...Using a lightbox, I traced the sketches onto better paper. This step is a mixed bag. On the plus side, you can eliminate all the mistakes and stray lines. On the minus side, the image loses a lot of it's "aliveness" (for lack of a better word). In addition, tracing inevitably means you are going to miss a few details accidently.

Then comes the inking. Again, in this step, you lose a lot of the original look of the image, but you gain some cool qualities as well. It's a strange trade-off.

But for a few lines here and there, these are all inked with a brush.

INKED (a few) Click to enlarge