anatomy 101

so i’ve been working a bunch on some comics recently. mainly on a multiple parter on my tumblr telling the story of getting round to watching Trollhunter, and also a bit on a new thing that i’m doing (which i’m excited about). (this is all i’m showing of it for now.) 

so i thought it could be good to do like an anatomy of a comic type blog post. so here’s how i went about doing a comic i did a couple of months ago.
okay…it started as just a bit of a side thing to fill up some empty space in my sketchbook:

(click these to see them bigger)
then later on i thought this would maybe be good to do up proper. so i marked out some boxes in photoshop and drew some pictures in them.

techy people might be interested to know that when i’m doing computer drawings i used a Wacom Bamboo MTE-450A – which means nothing to me except that it’s a mouse that is shaped like a pen and has blue lights which i assume is indication of the magical properties it holds to allow me to draw pictures on a computer!!!
so next i did some colouring…all in photoshop…

then it’s just a case of adding finishing bits…

and hey presto! comic! ready to post on tumblr….or whatever…

so yeah…it was about here that i realised that there’s not much of a process to making a comic other than 1. thinking of a comic. 2. drawing a comic. but when i’m working in photoshop i tend to draw and colour things on separate layers a lot so as not to disturb stuff, and i really like the look of things like this when you omit certain layers from the finished piece. so when i was doing the mock up images of the comic in its progressive stages, i also saved a couple of extras of it with different layers left out. i guess it’s these that really give the anatomy of the comic and not how it’s made at all…

my tumblr is http://boxrocketcomics.tumblr.com if you haven’t already had a nosey. Trollhunter’s final installments should be done and up in the next couple of days 🙂 and keep peeled for more news on the exciting thing. i’ll probably blurt it out on twitter soon anyway..

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3 Responses to anatomy 101

  1. Thats so cool! I love seeing alternative ways to draw/effect the ending result. It’s like all those concept artist at Pixar, drawing the same idea but in different ways. ^_^ I collect those concept books from movies for reference and practice in my own art.

  2. Ed! I love your comics!
    I have got one question:
    if I scan the drawings into the computer, the lines are more grey than black.
    how do you make them so black and the white so white is there something in photoshop that you can convert it just in 2 colors (black and white)?
    Thanks
    Sebastian

    • edstockham says:

      i draw with a black pen rather than a pencil which helps. then boost up the levels and contrast. there’s a bunch of things in image>adjustments you can play with 🙂
      though on this i just drew it straight on the computer with my tablet.

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