Thursday, December 18, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 14 completed!

Well, I am back in the saddle, and have completed the next page of issue 1 of grOw/cOmic#6 — page 14. There was quite a bit of detail on this page, but, as you can see in the preview, it was worth the time. Things are getting quite interesting on this page as we approach the end of the issue. Speaking of end of the issue, there are only 4 more pages to go (and 2 covers)! Hang in there!

Monday, December 15, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 13 completed!

I am really bring the midnight oil on this issue. I worked on page 13 today with the full intention of completing it in one day. Well, I did. I started it this morning, and just completed it — at 10:30pm. Whew. Yawn. I will beginning page 14 tomorrow, but will have to put some focus on some "RL" items over the next 2 days, so a new preview may not be available until Thursday.

Friday, December 12, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 12 complete!

I was finally able to finish page 12 of the next grOw/cOmic before the weekend. I had really hoped to do more this week, but a combination of detailed pages (which took more time) as well as some "real life" work that reared its head (typical for this time of year), slowed me down some.

This page represents the two-thirds mark!  Only 6 more pages to go (plus 2 covers)! Hang in there! Unfortunately, my initial goal of December 22 as a release date will probably not be achievable, but I am still going to try to get it done before the end of the month. Cross your fingers!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 11 completed!

Another many-character page, page 11 has just been completed!  Only 7 pages to go in issue#1!  (Well, plus 2 covers — one for issue #1 and one for issue #2, which appears at the end as a sneak preview). Not a lot to write on this one (I'll let the image do all the talking), so it's on to page 12!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 10 completed!

Having completed page 9 yesterday early, I was able to get a great start on page 10, which, in turn, allowed me to complete it in just one day after releasing the last preview. 

The great thing about doing comics digitally is the ability to change layouts easily without having to redraw a page. After looking at the original pencil drawing, I can decide to change the layout slightly, enlarging the figures in some, moving figures within a frame in another, as well as adjusting the frames themselves. This was one of those pages (I had also taken the time to "adjust" 4 other pages that I have yet to ink and paint.) I like the new layouts so much more. I take time to review each page's layout as a whole after everything is drawn. This allows me to make these adjustments for better flow or impact that is not always apparent when I am drawing each panel individually. And sometimes, after a few days, I may no longer like a layout exactly as it was, and can then make some adjustments to bring it to a higher level.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 9 completed!

We're now at the halfway mark with the completion of page 9 for the new grOw/cOmic#6, "Milking the Plot"! I worked late last night to get this page finished, but was so tired at the end that I didn't have the strength to post it online (plus I had to run and make sure I didn't miss the next-to-last-ever episode of "Sons of Anarchy"!).

Nine pages to go, plus the cover to issue#1 (which is still undecided).

Saturday, November 29, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 8 completed!

Better late than never. I actually finished this up yesterday, but forgot to post.  Took a day off to celebrate the U.S. holiday Thanksgiving with family, but got right back to work on Friday. Another detailed page, this one took the bulk of two days to finish. I also took the time to "fine tune" a few items: adjusted the new word balloon style I am using in this series; and reworking the layout of four upcoming pages. Some were too crowded (7 panels) after following a sparse page of only (3 panels). Sometimes, both these layouts work, depending on the action. But this time, they didn't. I reworked the pages so that 1 panel was moved to the sparse page (making it 4), and the other had an extra one combined with another (leaving 5, including the 1 moved). In addition, I resized some of the action, making it larger. I love Photoshop for giving me the ability to do this, without having to redraw the page.

Enjoy the preview! Things are starting to take off now!