Monday, January 30, 2006

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Train Sketch ... 1-24-06 ...

...with some homework added :)

Thanks to everyone whose been stopping by, and especially thanks for the comments, they're always appreciated and very welcomed.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Dave Sim talks.....

.... about working on Gun Fu: Showgirls Are Forever.
You can read the interview at Comic Book Resources. :)

Gun Fu: Showgirls step-by-step #3

Rough Layout

Finished Pencils

Inks (by Howard)

Colors (by Etienne)

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Friday, January 13, 2006

Big Barda inks..... Howard (Swashbucklin') Shum and his mighty brush!
This is why I don't do finished drawings, after seeing Howard's inks I've thrown out my Rapidographs (anybody remember those?).

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Gun Fu: Showgirls step-by-step #2

Rough Layout

Finished Pencils

Inks (by Howard)

Colors (by Etienne)

Gun Fu Thumbnails

I did some rummaging around and found the thumbnail drawings for Gun Fu (I thought I'd tossed 'em out). Nothing spectacular, but this is the very first step in doing a page. These were done on a 10 1/2" x 12 1/2" piece of animation paper, and are for pages 1-5. (By the way, the previous page posted is pg.#1.)

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Gun Fu: Showgirls, step-by-step

For those interested, I'd like to briefly show the steps taken in completing a comic book page for Gun Fu: Showgirls Are Forever (Image Comics, March 2006.... shameless plug #1).

Step One:
Howard Shum (along with Dave Sim) writes the script. The script is very similar to a screenplay, but each shot is an individual panel. Descriptions of what goes into each panel are given, along with character dialogue that needs to fit into the panel.

Step Two:
I get the script, read it over a few times, and start to visualize things. I make a list of characters and reference items needed for the story. Are they existing characters (which I can use past comics for reference), or are they new characters (which I'll need to design)? The list of reference items may include anything from a hand gun to a World War 2 bomber. A trip to the library and Google image searches are soon underway.

Step Three:
Thumbnail the whole script out in little 2" x 1" sketches. These are decipherable by nobody else but me, but an essential first step in transforming the written word to the drawn image. Page layouts really begin at this point. (Unfortunately, I tossed the thumbnails out...aarrgh)

Step Four:
Do a rough layout of the page and send it to Howard for his thoughts. I like to do these on 8 1/2" x 11" paper, with the drawing being the printed comic size, 6" x 9".

Step Five:
Blow up roughs on xerox machine to original comic art size (about 11" x 17"). Trace off, and use as refer for final penciled page.

Step Six:
Fed Ex batches of penciled pages to Howard for inking.

Step Seven:
Howard e-mails high resolution files to Etienne Simon for coloring.

Step Eight:
Etienne e-mails high resolution colored files back to Howard for lettering (in process as we speak).

Final Steps:
Completed book is sent to printer.

Printer sends book to Distributor.

Distributor sends book to Comic Shop.

Hopefully you will buy it from Comic Shop (Image Comics, March 2006... shameless plug #2)


Big Barda

One of my favorite Jack Kirby characters, and the main squeeze of Scott Free (Mister Miracle). From an age of comics long dead and greatly missed ...sigh.

Sunday, January 01, 2006