With that in mind here is the second page in Cursed Pirate Girl vol. 2 issue one -the Bright Star
-First I write out the script
-then I break the script up into what I think will fit on a page
-then I thumbnail out the script. This I do almost literally, my thumbnails are 1 by 1 and a half inches and are very rough. Some key dialog to let me know what I was thinking at that moment and usually just an idea of what panel structure I thought would work at the moment.
-then I start working up a full size rough. By full size I mean 6"x9" with a half inch border on the top and three quarters below and five sixteenths on each side.
-then when I get the parts drawn up to what looks good I transfer the rough images to bristol. With this page I worked up the main image then scanned it and adjusted the size of Haftu's head and then the whole figure. I printed that out and worked up the fish on top of the print out. I take a piece of tracing paper and trace it then transfer that to bristol. I did it this way because of the minute details involved with the figures. If there is an image with less complicated details I would have just lightboxed the print out.
-once it's drawn out on bristol it's just a matter of inking.
-the last thing I do is erase any pencil I see and then put in the dialog. While the entire piece is inked with a brush, I write the dialog in with a crow quill dip pen.
Here are the individual pages involved with making this page.
|first rough, full size|
|print out w/ penciled water and fish added|
|tracing paper contour drawing, ready to be transferred|