I have had a few questions about how I work on the "Soldier" comic pages, so I thought that I would take a few in-process scans to show how it goes from sketch to finished page. Please keep in mind that this isn't a tutorial so much as a walkthrough of how I work. I do not claim that this is the best way, the easiest way, or the most correct way to create a comic page. It's simply the way I do it.
1. Lineart. Each page (dialogue included) is scripted well in advance, panel by panel. My partner ~EvilInstinct
does the panel composition and lineart. If you have any questions about this portion of the process, please note him or leave your questions/comments on the original lineart page here:
2. Texture addition. If there are portions of the page which require the addition of texture, I complete that part of the painting process first. Generally, I use Golden Paint products for texturing: [link]
The texture used on this page is fiber paste. The texture is added first, with layers of acrylic over it once dry (using darker washes and lighter dry brushing).
3. Background painting. In general, I like to work on the background first, as I find it the most tedious part! It gives me something to look forward to painting later, the characters. I work on multiple panels at a time rather than completing a single panel and then moving to the next. I use Ceramcoat acrylics, which has a fairly "watery" feel compared to many other brands.
4. Shading and colouring. I work on shading at the same time as I colour the base coat.
5. Finishing touches. The last things that I add are the details: fur highlights, outlines, and (last of all) whiskers.
6. Black panel borders are added in Adobe Photoshop CS4, but almost any digital program will work. They can also be added in by hand, but I lack the steady hand for it.
7. Dialogue. My partner ~EvilInstinct
, again, does this part. He has a tutorial on it here:
And that's it! Please let me know if you have more questions (or point out grammatical errors, since I'm too lazy to proofread). Happy painting!
Artwork is © ~EvilInstinct