I’d thought I share some of the process I go through when creating Comic Critics.
When I receive a script from Sean, I first do a quick breakdowns in a sketchbook. I then switch to working on my computer.
I first use Illustrator to layout the panels, letters and word balloons. From there, I import the panels and letters to Photoshop and, using a Wacom tablet, sketch the characters and backgrounds. I then send that to Sean to see what he thinks.
After getting feedback from Sean, I move to the “inking” stage. I switch my sketch to gray and draw on a separate layer. I draw the characters and some more important foreground elements. Next I draw in the backgrounds and get rid of the sketch layer. I then send this to Sean for another round of feedback.
After getting notes from Sean, I fix things and move to the coloring stage. I switch the B&W to a layer that multiples. On a layer underneath the B&W art, I add add the colors. I use a limited color pallet of various mixes of 25% increments of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. This give me a good range of colors, but also helps me not go overboard with the color. After finishing the coloring, I then add a layer thats is in-between the B&W and the colors. This is where I add shading, effects and any other extras that are needed.
This goes to Sean for one last look-over and then goes into the queue to get posted.