two things i whipped up really quick to give to/get signed by patrick seitz, the voice of garrosh hellscream, and many anime and jrpg dub roles, including franky from one piece (that’s the reason for the speedo, i swear).
delivered by my friends since i couldn’t make it to the con, and deliver they did!!
there are many ways to take a comic page from start to finish, and it all comes down to what you find the most comfortable. you want to find the happy medium between speed and quality. whatever you do, I recommend some kind of planning stage. it’s very important to see if your comics flow right before you spend hours on a single page that might be changed/scrapped. here is my process:
I have a document with a sloppily written out plot that I am constantly working on.
I turn that prose into scribbly thumbnails, done digitally. when they’re digital, they’re easier to resize and move around.
then I write the script for the chapter. the words that will actually be going in the bubbles.
I print the thumbnails on full size paper and use a light box to draw the actual page. I choose to draw the pages on paper by hand because it lends a certain speed and comfort digital does not. if you learned to draw on a computer with a tablet, you may feel the opposite is true. I often redraw or touch up my pencil lines digitally regardless.
nothing too special about the coloring. I use levels to make the pencils darker, and I set the lines to a multiply layer. I keep a file of the character color swatches for ease of access.
and the final page! the font is something i made myself. I couldn’t imagine lettering by hand, but i know some people do.
to keep my self paced, I do each stage all at once for each chapter: thumbnail the whole chapter, draw the whole chapter, color the whole chapter, letter the whole chapter. this way, if I decide to change something, it’s less likely to be a finished page, already up and posted.
this is more than you asked for, but i hope it helps! good luck! comics are the best (and worst)!
just finished drawing chapter 5. 112 pages total now
if anyone says comics are easy tell them no
you are asking me to delve into a deep can of worms.
nerubians let me kidnap and design her resto druid moos :>
it’s on my list of things to get back up and running, but unfortunately it’s pretty low. my intentions were to release a few more sets last year (and fully restock), including dragon age companions, but then gallbladder disease came along and knocked everything off the counter. that’s over and dealt with for the most part, but i’ve got a lot of catchup to do.
i’m sorry to say ‘eventually??’ as my answer, but that’s all i’ve got. I def wanna do a DA3 companions set, and actually roll out sticker commissions in some capacity.
i am dinosaur
DRAGONDOVE is on TAPASTIC
ladies who are cowboys that ride dragons. queer fantasy-western adventure!
tapastic is a very mobile-friendly webcomic hosting site that utilizes infinite scrolling and a pleasant interface. I will be uploading completed chapters there, so if that’s more your dig, click the banner above!
as always, you can read bi-weekly updates on the main site: dragondove.com
hello new followers! please read and share my webcomic!
ahh that’s so nice to hear, thank you!! I hope you do keep reading because it’s only getting queerer and more dragony from here!