Midnight Delivery Service Page Process

Hi, there:

Yesterday I posted about my newest work, my first story penciled and inked by yours truly, for an american indie publisher called Double Barrel Theatre, with scripts by Matthew Kayal. Besides taking the penciling task – which I haven’t done that much last year – I decided to start exploring and experimenting with digital penciling.

Some posts ago I also posted about layouting a comic. Check this of you want to see what I meant.

Here’s a process of one of the pages.

MDS process page 1

On the left: The layouting, where I studied the flow of the page, the dynamics of the reading and the lettering placement.

On the center: The penciling of the page. You can see on the bottom panel that the lay outing of the page was changed since the writer wanted me to move a girl character out of the camera view.

On the right: The final inked version of the page, the approved one.

Let me tell you the most important thing I learnt during this process:

Penciling digital it become slowly easier one page at a time. The most common mistake is that your eye can’t decide when a detail is not necessary to be in the page. The Zoom in and Zoom out plays evil mind tricks to your eye. You must have present that your page will be reduced and printed – luckily – in an offset print machine, so small microscopic 1 px details seems that will enhance the final view of the paga but NO, it won’t. It will increase the mourè effect on paper and you’ll loose countless time in useless information to the reader’s eye.

(Tip: Look at the second panel. and tell me what do you see regarding unnecessary info… yes, there’s a lot of detailed demons that won’t be noticed on print; there’s many structural damages that also won’t be noticed printed…).

Captura de pantalla 2014-01-02 10.29.50(2)

See below. Yes. looks great – inho- but see it printed (on my personal printer, of course)

Foto del día 09-12-13 a la(s) 19.03 #3

See? Well that’s the best suggestion. While penciling, try to print the page in order to see what are you drawing, i this will be completely seen or if this will be blurred by the printing process.

Once you have that in mind your page set will have another look.

Here’s the final version of the page.

MDS Page 01 inked 100 dpi




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Born in Barcelona, 1977, now I live in Chile. I'm currently working as a inker or letterer for several American, New Zealand or UK publishers like Beyond Reality Media, Alterna Comics, Advent Comics, Insane Comics, IDW Publishing, Ariete Producciones and Dogitia among others.

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