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Various brushes, mostly raphael 8404 no 4 or a W&N series 7 no 4 (I like bigger brushes) and pens, map & maru deleter nibs. I believe this was the last of my Eon brand black ink and Eon branded bristol board in a plate finish. This is about 3-4 hours of inking squished down under 7 minutes.
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One of the most often asked requests I get is if someone can watch me work. While I enjoy watching the process used by other artists I find my own way of doing things uninteresting. When sitting at a table during a comic con you just need to let go and not feel awkward drawing in front of people, but usually I'm in my studio with my dog as the only silent witness to my trash can full of awful sketches that will never see the light of day.
With the third chapter of Wretched Things out now I'm going to walk through my process for creating the opening double page spread, which included the credits page that is found at the front of all comics. Why the hell would you do such a thing? Well it sounded cool and cinematic when Devon pitched the idea to me and he did a helluva job describing the scene in the script. I'm always in for a challenge no matter how much extra work I create for myself.
From here it's scribbling on the script page and on random pieces of paper to come up with layouts and visual ideas.
I'll stop here for now and continue on to the inking process in part 2.
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Issue #1 has been out a few weeks now. Issue #2 is taking longer than hoped but we're only a few pages away from that goal. Working 48 hours per week at the fire dept. then the same if not more in the studio has taken its toll. That said I am happy for the opportunity to be doing both. It is a great feeling seeing the finished product and hearing the positive feedback and knowing that someone actually cared enough to already pirate it and make it available for illegal download.
One of the most asked questions I've been getting is along the lines of 'What's the most messed up thing you've had to draw?' For Wretched it has all been pretty crazy. Lots of fantastic environments, creepy things with lots of hairy legs and huge freakin fangs. Though spider on spider torture would probably be the most twisted item.
Back to the drawing board for now. Make sure to check out Wretched Things #1 over on comixology.com!
Issue #1 of Wretched Things is fully colored and the lettering is getting the final tweaks and polish.
I learned a lot about my production process during this issue. While I was happy with the results I was certainly producing slower than I had hoped. Some of that was due to scheduling and an injury at work but a big part of it was how I was working. I talked to a bunch of other artists and I think I've refined the process down where I can produce the quality I want in a more timely fashion. That and becoming more familiar with the tools I'm using and the characters Devon has populated this story with.
I've also made it a point to take weekends off, at least from drawing comics. Apart from family time it will be spent on sculpting and painting. Stepping away from comics for a day or two is definitely needed for both physical and mental health.
Now back to more mouse and spider action...