Creating Comics Panel by Panel
Freaks & Gods Page 8 by Chris Dreier

PART 01

Over all this is a pretty straight forward page. With the exception of the Clown…the balding guy on the left. But I’ll get to him in a moment.

The identity of his new sidekick is a secret that is why his face is in shadow. The second panel I have all of the contour lines finished and the outline for black areas. I mentioned in the past I found doing contours first and then the feathering and smaller details last helps to get the page done a bit faster. And I’m practicing what I preach (also see PART 03 J  )

Here’s a closer shot of the Clown. After I inked it I noticed the left eye was a bit lower…and it started to bother me. So I made a tight selection of the head and used the “mesh transformation” tool and moved it until I liked it.

I also moved his head over and down a bit. You can see the inks over to the pencils. The finished inks of that part of the panel.

PART 02

Inking Magno. Really straight forward stuff here. Thinking of line weight and light and shadow. See how heavy the lines are on the bottom of his arm? That helps create weight and light source.

 

I forgot to take screen shots of this panel as I went along. I really love how sinister he looks!

 

PART 03

This is one heck of a punch. I really love how Giuseppe captured the movement. It’s very kinetic. But I didn’t like how his sleeve is hanging down. I would think with that sort of a swing it would be stretched tight or at least a little tighter. So when I inked it I flattened out the bottom of the sleeve. I inked the shirt with feathering along the direction of the swing and his chest, like the fabric was being pulled. It adds to the movement. Now that the sleeve has been moved up I added more to the shadow his arm created over his chest. This shows how far out his swing is and the twisting of the body as he follows through.

Sometimes you have to think of these things while inking, doesn’t matter if you penciled it or not. It’s the smaller details and the thought you put behind it that brings pages alive!

Here’s another example of inking the contours first. Now you may try this technique and find for yourself it really doesn’t help with your speed. That’s okay. As you go along the process of making comics you will find what does and doesn’t work best.

Thanks again for checking out Panel by Panel and hope to see you next week!

Chris Dreier

Writer, Artist, Inker, Colorist
His career as an inker over the past twenty years had him working with Antarctic Press, Chaos Comics, AC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Avatar Press, IDW,  SkyStorm Studios, and Joe Books. Chris is currently working on his creator-own project Freaks & Gods.