Thursday, November 19, 2009


Young talent Brian Churilla axed me to post more process stuff.
Since he's almost the only one looking at this blog......sure, why not?

Today I'm posting layouts from the last Issue of Firebreather.
When i draw a funnybook I usually do the entire issue as thumbnails
first (see yesterdays post). I do these 1.37" x 2.25 "and I can fit
an entire issue on a page of 8.5 x 11 paper.

I then blow up my thumbnails to about 3.25" x 5.25"
and redraw them on tracing paper.
These are what I've posted here.
At this point I am changing and fixing the layouts.
I am also spotting blacks as well.
For most artists the next step would be pencils.
I work much tighter than many artists at the layout stage
because I try to do as little pencilling as possible.
At every juncture I am trying to fix and refine the work
to the best of my abilities. Many times I'll get to the finished page
stage and realize that i need to completely change a panel.
My motto is, whatever works, works.
Tomorrow, finished pages.
As always, thanks for looking.


Charlie Gavin said...

This is really cool to see - I'm in the thumbnail phase on a project right now. I'm sort of a rookie and not used to thumbnailing. Thanks for posting this!

Brian Churilla said...

Rad. It takes some confidence to ink fairly rough drawings, but with as much experience as you have, it makes sense. Thanks for posting. More! More!

Declan Shalvey said...

Thanks for posting these; i love looking at other artist's layouts, roughs, etc.

A actually work very similarly to how you described. Put a lot of work into my layouts. I do pencil more, but i'd prefer to pencil less, like it seems you do.

mjartist said...

So you really don't do pencils then if I read this correctly.

That is really cool and you just stepped up on the comic artist list for me.

Thanks for sharing your work and thoughts here too.