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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Comic Book: Issue 3 Page 14 Final inks

Not sure why, but I'm kinda beat tonight. Still, I managed to push it a bit and get the "inks" on this page finished up.
Remind me to go easy on the R's in the next page!
I had a little help from some of my favorite game soundtracks to spur me on tonight... Thank you Jet Set Radio Future, Rez and my all-time favorite Sonic Rush, for getting me through outlining all those "R"s!

I don't have any more pages for issue three thumb-nailed. So I'll have to spend a few days doing thumbnails for the rest of the book next. It's going to all action packed in the next half of the book so it should be pretty fun. Okay, time to craaaaash.

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Comic Book: Issue 3 Page 14 WIP

Tired today, but I still managed to clock in some drawing time. Some very lazy drawing time, but hey you take what you can!

I usually try to give my wife a break and take care of my daughter for most of the weekend, so weekend drawing time is almost non-existent... and are hardly restful. Not that I don't like taking care of my daughter mind you, but I do get tired out on the weekends. My 'rest' time is during the weekdays... and apparently so is my comic book drawing time.

I'm going to rely on color heavily to make this scene clearer.
All the robot silhouettes at the bottom might make it hard to read what's
going on. Hopefully the "Rrrr" text helps a little bit.

It wasn't easy to push tonight. My body was screaming for me to take a break or relax (I even indulged in some comic book reading). Still I was able to slog a couple panels out and get closer to getting this page done. Okay, time to crash! Maybe I can finish this off sometime mid-week...

Monday, April 07, 2014

My Comic Book: Issue 3 Page 14 WIP


I had to mentally "bully" myself into getting this page started.
So many distractions lately. And it's really trying to prioritize things that I'd like to do. When my baby goes to sleep my wife and I have a few hours of 'me' time. We've both found that there are SO many things we'd like to do during our baby's nap time, we end up trying to do EVERYTHING.

And doing everything, usually ends up with us not doing anything at all (freezing up since there are so many choices), or foregoing much needed sleep and trying to do it all. For me it revolves around, watching movies/ TV shows, Playing video games, Reading comics and making comics.

So to continue my momentum in getting this issue done, I've been trying to drop all those other things or really limit myself. My comic book reading habit has dropped also because comics cost so much. So lately I just cherry pick and wait for the digital sales of back issues on comixology. As for movies and TV shows, I usually have them running in the background while I work on a comic book page. Playing video games comes in odd bursts. Sometimes I'm too fried after work or my late nights, so then I push my comic book drawing aside for a day or so and allow myself some game time.

It's hard to balance it. Especially since I know how I can get if I 'relax' for one too many days in a row. I get lazy and the cycle starts over again!

Anyhow, I think I'm off to a good start with this page. I hope I can get it done by the end of this week!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

My Comic Book: Page 14 layouts

I blew up some really rough thumbnails to page size, to get my layouts going. I got the borders blocked in and my next step is to the inks.


I'm trying to re-enforce the left to right read by leading the eye with the "rrrr" lettering to follow that movement. I'm also thinking it might be able to break up some of the black spaces the silhouettes are creating in this sequence. That't the plan at least. As always, we'll see if it works once I start hitting the inks!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My Comic Book: Issue 3 Page 13 final inks and lettering


Final inks and lettering pass is done for this page. I keep looking at the final word balloon on this page and keep thinking if I need to move the little "speaking-arrow" over to the lower side so it looks like the voice is coming from Bomb Girl instead of Mur (the robot). But I think I'll worry about that later on, it works fine right now as is.

Good thing I used a different font and word balloon shape for both characters. It's tough enough to follow since we don't actually see two characters having a dialogue. The unique font and balloon shape per character helps differentiate the two voices in the conversation.

 I need to tighten up my layouts for page 14 next. Let's see if I can keep this momentum going.
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