Today’s post is a quick run-down of how we make a page. It goes through several revisions before it’s finished, mostly because I am a messy, messy person.
- I do several thumbnails of various layouts until I find one I like. Sometimes this is on the computer, sometimes it’s in a little thumbbook I carry around in my purse () They’re amazing, I love them!) When I find a thumbnail that I like I blow it up to the correct resolution in Manga Studio. This is what the first example is in the image above. Messy, I know! Just enough to figure out the right feel of it.
- This is where I start figuring out the pieces. It’s scattered over lunchbreaks and evenings, so it also ends up being pretty piecemeal. I use color coding to distinguish the lines between characters and backgrounds. Sometimes, like the running Rofaryn on this page, I’ll draw a character on a lunch break in pencil, and then scan it into the digital page to ink over.
- Once all the information is there on step two, I turn that layer’s opacity down and start inking! This is the longest step and it makes me cry alot. I ink in Manga studio, using Frenden’s fancy brushes ()
- Once it’s inked, I pass it over to Margot, and she colors! She can go into further detail for this in another post, but essentially she lays down the flats, and then stamps in colors for textures using photoshop brushes. She’s not a painter, so we just try and give it an interesting texture instead, something simple and soft. And then she adds word bubbles and text, and it’s all done!
And that’s our process! It usually takes us a week and a half to two weeks, and we work together while we do it, to get opinions. I’m always a page ahead of her so we can keep the pipeline process going. And that’s basically it! If you guys have any other questions, we’d be happy to go further into detail. :) Thanks everyone!