How Richard Made the Comic

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TimSince the comic has been such a hit, I thought you guys might enjoy hearing about how Richard drew this week’s guest strip. When I saw his initial sketch, and character art, I knew we were all in for a treat. I’ll let him explain the process he went through to complete the comic…

1 – First, I drew up a quick thumbnail sketch of Tim’s script to work out the layout of the panels and characters and see if the tv interview / flashback format would make sense. Tim originally didn’t have an interviewer on camera but I liked drawing Larry King.

2 – Next I looked through Ray and Tim’s Facebook photos to practice drawing their faces. I found little differences in their features like ear and nose shape and exaggerated those. I made Ray tall and scrawny and Tim more bulbous. Then I scanned and colored it.

3 – I hadn’t drawn people in a while so I used a lot of reference photos taken with my webcam.

4 – I drew the comic in pencil first, one page per panel, then traced those in pen on a light table. I did all the shading with a brush-tipped marker because I’m better at drawing by hand than on the computer.

5 – Once I finally got my scanner working again I scanned each page and assembled them in illustrator. I built all the speech balloons and frames trying to mimic Ray’s style. This was somewhat complicated because some frames were simple vectors but others were hand-drawn clouds.

6 – I placed the vector framework with balloons into photoshop and laid the full-quality scans underneath, cropping them into the frames. Here I adjusted all the levels and fixed smudges and other mistakes from the inking.

7 – Next I started the slow process of laying color under the scan layers. This and the previous step took the longest.

8 – Lastly, I added a few finishing touches. I put a sepia tone over the flashbacks, blurred the cloud-frames, and thought bubbles, pasted extra bits of type and images into the picture frames and elsewhere and checked for mistakes. I didn’t catch all of them.

The master file is 20″ wide at 300ppi, I sized it down to 10″ at 150 for web viewing. In retrospect I may have gotten carried away with the level of detail I put into this. Ray doesn’t have to worry about his job, I could never handle churning out something like this every week.

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7 Comments

  1. MetaRidleyR27 says:

    That’s really cool! I like that you described how you made the comic step-by-step. It really shows the amount of effort you put into it. And does Ray really own a Sonic hat like that? 😉

  2. RedVinnie says:

    thanks, richard! it was a great comic. although, you did miss the beanie in a few frames, and there were no knubby elbows! also, i think you should have put the sonic hat in…

  3. Pieninja14 says:

    Wow. I really love your art style, very good. It is also cool to know how you made the comic, but I don’t think I will ever use this info.
    (Sucks at art)

    It has a unique feel, I like.

  4. Karl says:

    Your work is inspiring, Richard!

  5. steve-ohs says:

    Wow, lots of work went into this, but it was worth it. Youdid a great job!!

  6. Brawler08 says:

    That’s really cool! I like that you described how you made the comic step-by-step. It really shows the amount of effort you put into it. And does Ray really own a Sonic hat like that?

    Yes, yes he does.

  7. moonjuice7 says:

    THose characdter sketches are pretty cool. Good job!

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