Sunday, February 20, 2011

UXB 33 and some process stuff...

Well what do you know, I got the latest page up just in time...
I'm not going to set a specific day or time for the delivery of each page, I'll be happy just as long as I get it finished and uploaded "sometime" within the week!


I thought I would share some of the stages of getting this thing done.
OK, first is my really rough layout/thumbnail. I usually keep pretty close to the original thumbnail- however a few changes were made on this one. I changed the angle of the carriage in panel 1 and pushed the guys back a little in panel 5 for better readability when the chain comes up into frame in panel 6. I also decided at the last minute to give the "horses" gas-masks ...


I then create an ink layer- lower the opacity of the thumbnail and away I go. It's all pretty organic at this point- resizing when I need to, erasing and redrawing until I'm reasonably happy with the inks. The backgrounds are inked on a separate layer.


Then the speech bubbles are added. The lettering was done by none other than Sean Philips! Yeah, he had some spare time...

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No not really. I simply used his font, bought and downloaded from the Comic Book Fonts website.
Then it's time to get into the colours. I decided to keep them quite muted and as a final touch faded the backgrounds out a little to give the art a little more depth (another good reason to keep the BG on a separate layer)

And that's it! I'm a terrible fiddler though (no, not a fiddler on a roof or the other type -- you know what I mean!) so I'm sure I'll hate it tomorrow- but for now, at least at this precise moment; I'm quite happy with how it turned out...


Now just to stick it up on the UXBCOMIC website.

4 comments:

galvinator said...

Amazing work man!

Lubbert Das said...

Thanks Tom- really liking your latest stuff.

Donna Leong said...

Yeah, I like this page! The style is a little different than the previous one, but the black and white contrast works very well with the color tint.
Thanks for showing your work process. Definitely, the change on panel 5 reads better.
Wonder how long it would take you to do something in this level of detail?

Lubbert Das said...

Thanks for the feedback Donna.
I'm trying to ease off the level of detail - spotting the blacks gives the work a lot more energy and makes it much easier to colour.

The flashback sequence (mainly all line-work) took a lot of time to colour. Hopefully this new method with speed up my process a little.