From The Past: “Beauty and the Gamer”

Here’s something I’ve been meaning to post for some time now.  It’s a page from a comic I did from my Comics Illustration class. It’s a story about a struggling relationship and a personal obsession.

BeautyAndTheGamerPage3SampleByJTJRThe Process

  1. After a script is written, the thumbnail sketches are drawn out to get a visual idea on how each page will appear. This can also be done the other way around (thumbnail first and script second). After making a few changes, they’re ready to be drawn and inked.printreadyFinal_3_sampleProcess01ByJTJR
  2. Each page is then sketched and inked on a Bristol sheet of paper. The measurements for the pages vary. For mine, I drew on a 7.5″ x 12″ in. sheet. Like most artists, I usually draw with a mechanical pencil with blue led in it, before inking them. Any errors made during this part of the process (e.g. lines sticking out of the panels) will be corrected.  Once the pages are finished, they’re ready to be scanned.BeautyAndTheGamerPage3SamplePhase02ByJTJR
  3. After all pages have been scanned and transferred onto a computer, they’re opened in an image editing software (e.g. Photoshop and Illustrator) for further touch ups. Here, word balloons are added, any errors are fixed, black areas are filled, and more.  When finished, each two pages are placed together on a separate file document, ready for printing. How they’re ordered depends on whether I’m printing single sided to show to friends and family, or double sided when making a book.