If I often talk about process it’s because it’s kind of my bread and butter as a comic artist. It’s not the only thing that is part of making comics but it’s a big part and it certainly is a huge part of looking to better one’s self as an illustrator and visual storyteller.
As some of you noticed, Vince Dorse’s Big Foot made a subtle appearance in last week’s strip. As with a lot of things in Trouble on P57-Exodus, it was not planned and doesn’t have any inter-dimensional existential meaning. It’s just how it turned out – I hope Vince won’t be too disappointed. In the strip we see Wayne and Yok making their way to Exopolis to address a matter that calls for Captaincy involvement. As the two partners talk, we find out more about the situation and who is involved. Illustrating the roadside with a big more detail is meant to give you, the readers, a bit more insight into the state of P57-Exodus which is more that a very dry place. Exopolis and its surroundings seem to be way past their heyday and you could almost say it’s partly abandoned. It certainly looks as thought it’s experienced a massive… Exodus.
As Wayne negotiates a tight corner, we see a cylindrical billboard covered with various weathered and torn posters. Although the billboard is made of concrete, it’s reminiscent of the kind of poster displays we find in many European cities, especially Paris. As I was sketching the comic, I started thinking about the kind of things that would have been advertised in the suburbs of a busy metropolis on an off-world colony. Somehow, Big Foot crossed my mind and before I knew it, there he was on a wanted poster! The gallery above will give you a bit more insight as far as my process goes for the strip. It’s pretty straight forward really, as I sketch out the strip, ink it and add the halftone shading before adding the word balloons.
While I make the comic entirely in Manga Studio on a Cintiq, I do a lot of sketching and conceptual work on the iPad. At the moment, I don’t have anything I could share that wouldn’t contain any spoilers but I do have these short videos from my last two entries for the weekly Comic Creators Minigroup Sketch Jam. I like to use this as a chance to explore different technique avenues and discover more about what the software can do for me. I like to learn by doing. I hope you enjoy the videos!