Kav's Tips for Comic Artists - Page Process
by A. "Kav" Kaviraj
Comic book artist, A. Kaviraj, continues his series of providing useful tutorials for comic book artists.
Today I thought I'd share with you my page process learned from studying Sean Phillip's system. I have two different sets of panels which I have first 'penciled' with non-photo blue fine point marker.
Then you can see how I first outline all the images with a 0.5 Copic Multiliner.
Next, I fill in the black areas with a brush tip and thick marker.
Finally I fill in the detail work, with brush tip and the 0.5 again. You'll notice I use photoshop blued photos of buildings and ink over them a la Sean Phillips. This is a bit of a tricky process and does take some practice.
What to leave out is as important as what to leave in. I've also included a Sean Phillips completed page where he uses the same process so you can compare. I'm not saying you have to also copy this process-there are plenty of artists who have a completely different system-I'm just throwing it out there. The important thing is to have some type of process so you can produce pages at a regular rate. In my case I pencil out 5 pages in a day or two then inl a page a day after that so that I produce 5-7 pages a week.
If I ever get a contract and can quit my day job, that output will effectively double. You may also notice on the overhead rooftop panel the squiggly lines I used to add texture to the rooftop. I accomplished this by taking a thick piece of glossy card stock and tapping a knife along the edge to make divots so when I use it for a ruler I get those great squiggly yet straight lines.
A. KAVIRAJ: Kav is an artist, teacher, and biologist who lives in Sacramento, California. He is the artist forThe End of Paradise, Rapid City, and Dr Death vs The Zombie. He is the writer and artist for Dr. Death vs. The Vampire. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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