Monday, March 26, 2012


Moebius died recently, and it's no exaggeration to say the world of comics lost a giant. This pic might seem a little less than referential, but I like to think that Moebius had a sense of humour, and comics like 'Is Man Good?' seem to prove that.
So, this is meant to be how Arzach met his flying bird. Dodging it's poo.
I've been asked a few times about how I draw, so here's a bonus process bit for anyone interested.
This is the pencils, all straightforward.
Except these have been flipped, as I actually draw them mirror image on the other side of the paper. This was in preparation for the next stage.
Next I ink (brush and black ink) the lines I think I'll need with the paper right way round on a lightbox, and colour areas with an eye to picking the areas I think need to be clearly delineated. Colour choice isn't really important here, but primary ones make the photoshop stage easier, and there's aspects I like that I think get lost in the final stage, so I need to work on that.
Finally, I scan and work on it in photoshop. To colour I make separate layer for each colour and one for the black linework - which is set to multiply. Because I want the texture of the watercolour paper to show through the colour isn't flat, so I do an 'undercoat' of flats where I make the colour choices, then I select areas in the other layers and alter to (almost) those colours. After that I filter another colour over it - I don't do this on the art that still has line work, but it seems to work here. For now. I might drop it, or at least tone it down.
Then it's my usual method of creating another layer (set for multiply) to add tones. This is done with a colour rather than black as don't like the greys it creates, and a colour choice on multiply creates more interesting tones.
And unless I decide to put a layer of one colour with reduced transparency over the top to unify colours (I didn't here) that's it. And it's actually not as long winded as it sounds!


Garen said...

A most excellent drawing, a very interesting method, and a superb result!

paulhd said...

Thanks, Garen!
I definitely need to simplify, but I like the direction.