Hey everybody! If you’re wondering where I’ve been, I’ve been busy on Owly, A Time to be Brave, and, as you can see, my site has gotten a complete overhaul! I basically started over from scratch to make the site easier to navigate, easier to update, and easier to house all kinds of new content including my Store, lots more Fan Art, a F.A.Q. section and, more importantly, longer entries like this one. :) Feel free to look around and check out all the new sections! Also, now that I have a little space to spread out, you can expect more in-depth entries like this one. And you can comment on the entries if you’d like! I figure I’ll try the feature out and see what happens. All feedback is greatly appreciated! :)
I’m currently hard at work on the Free Comic Book Day comic for this year. The book is all penciled out and will be done soon! You can see the cover above, but hey, seeing as how I have all of this space thanks to the new site, I thought I’d share the cover creation process with everybody! :)
First, my meager little sketch. This little guy is only about 2 inches x 3 inches. I usually do lots of concept sketches to get the cover just right, but I kinda worked this one out in my mind and came up with the final concept pretty quickly. The story introduces a new character, Bunny, and I knew I wanted her and Owly potting plants with Wormy looking on.
I sent the sketch to Chris and Rob to get their feedback and once they approved it, I start inking. I scan my little sketch in, blow it up to comic size using my computer, print it out and use it as an underlay. Basically I trace over it and clean it up. It’s a lot of work to do this, and it would be much easier to just re-draw the whole thing, but I’ve found using this process lets me keep the original fun and excitement of that initial sketch. Inking is probably my favorite step because everything starts coming to life. The beginning of songs are always my favorite and this is kinda’ the same thing. :)
I decided to try coloring this one digitally with Painter and see how it worked. I thought about just painting it from the sketch, without inking, but I’ve found that I tend to move too many things around that way. Best to finalize the design in black and white by hand and then go to the computer. :)
I was going for a very happy, springtime look with this one. Last year the winter scene seemed a bit out-of-place seeing as how Free Comic Book Day takes place in May. :)
Oh! And if you’re wondering, Korgi is a new all-ages series from Top Shelf. It’s a silent and gorgeously illustrated woodland fantasy about a young girl Ivy, her dog Sprout, and their amazing adventures in Korgi Hollow. It’s super-cute and exciting, plus Christian is a really cool dude!
So, Lemme know what you think of the site, the cover and everything else! All feedback is greatly appreciated. :)