Another day of dealing with our situation, so not much headspace for art. I managed to finish the missing details from yesterday. Tomorrow is another day, let's see what that will bring. Maybe treasure will rain from the sky for us too... I doubt it, but it could happen...
...and that is a good description of how much work I got done today. Well, when your "art time" starts at 23:00 after a very long day, it is difficult to get motivated. Progress was made and that is how I will look at it.
This is a little looser than I normally go. I am trying to do some of my "tight pencils" in the inking. I am quite satisfied with the result. Still a little work left.
Hadn't thought it but I did get some work done. And better yet, I decided to screen capture it. So below is today's work report. I decided to take a break form background inking on page 3. Someday I might show you why I needed this break. Anyway, I decided it was time to starting inking characters, so here is Page 2, panel 1. If you pay attention, I let slip some of my favorite tricks/cheats.
As always, any questions or comments, please fire away.
Yeah, so I fell of the face of the earth again... sorry about that. Between some family issues, personal illness, returning to my day-job and a change of projects, I kind of lost my way back here.
With all of the above (and I'll probably go into sons of it in some detail at some point) I think the "A panel a day" experiment is done for now. I am going back to having this blog simply be a progress-report for myself and if any of you find this interesting, all the better. And as always please let me know.
(Where I've stopped work on Jon Pay, PI: Prizefighters & Knickerbockers for now...)
So, Jon Pay, PI: Prizefighters & Knickerbockers has yet again been put back on the shelves. An opportunity came along thanks to my friend, Emmet O'Brien. Emmet is a writer of comics and creator of movies. We have done a few projects together here in Ireland. He wrote a story, Ghost Sails, which was pitched to Aces Weekly. I am doing the art and lettering and it will becolored by another local boy, Joe Griffin.
(Promo piece done for Ghost Sails. Linework by me and colors by Joe Griffin.)
I will be posting some WIP, but can most likely not show full pages. I am also trying to work in a slightly different way and adopting what I've dubbed the Keane-Method, after the talented Kevin Keane(who in all fairness probably stole...eh...adopted it from someone else.). Anyway, Kevin will layout the entire book, the rough out every page, the pencil every page, then ink the background and finally ink every character. (As oppose to going panel by panel, page by page). He swears this is faster. This is similar to how I did work when I had more time on my hands, but times changed and especially when it came to inking, I would go panel by panel.
Now with Ghost Sails, we go pay three-page chapters and so I am testing Kevin's method chapter by chapter (well, in all honesty, I'm still on chapter one....you'll see why...).
(Panel 1 of Ghost Sails, written by Emmet O'Brien, lines and lettering my me, and soon to be colored by Joe Griffin)
Anyway, there you have it. I am hoping to be back to more or less daily entries. Some days will be tougher than others to get stuff in, since we still have some time left of my son's treatment, but I'll deal with this when it is an issue.
Change of scene and of course, introducing more characters (Anybody keeping count of the supporting cast If you have, let me know how many I'm up to, cause I'm afraid to count.) These two handsome fellows are Tiny and Everest (after the mountain, not the pup...who is also named after the mountain, I think...)
Now, I did not have a chance to post yesterday, so I figured I'd better make this a little interesting. As such, here's a little bit of an explanation of how I ink. I have posted a few videos showing different panels (here, here, here and this one expands on the previous one. And this is a slightly longer one (5min) with a voiceover), but here I'll try to explain it.
Below you see how I first "rule" all the background. I don't worry so much about keeping it clean or exact. It's more about getting all the lines in and doing my best to keep the perspective correct (always a challenge). I also make sure I use thicker lines closer to the reader and thinner lines further back.
I then clean up the lines and add some details. Most of the detail work is done freehand to counteract the hard ruled lines. I always feel like calling it quits at this stage. I mean, who needs characters...really...?!?
That being said, at the time of pencilling this page, I asked for some advice on whether or not I needed the background buildings, especially as there is a lot of dialog in this panel. A good friend of mine, (whose name, in an attempt to avoid sounding like I'm name-dropping, I will leave out (Mike Collins, whose list of credits is WAY too long include)...) pointed out that everything always looks better with backgrounds.
Now that I have established the scene and made sure the background works, it's time for the characters. I always try to do the outlines of the characters first, again to make sure you can clearly see which character is in front of which and that they stand out from the background. After that is the fun part of filling all the details and presto, panel is done. (Minus lettering and coloring, of course...)
Any questions or comments regarding my process, please let me know.