Creating Comics Panel by Panel
Freaks & Gods Page 12 by Chris Dreier
Welcome back to Panel by Panel. I appreciate you checking out my posts as we follow the creation of my exclusive comic for the Freaks & Gods universe. I’m the writer, inker, and colorist for this book but I primarily track the progress of inking. Here you’ll see some tips, shortcuts, ideas for story flow, how-tos, problem solving, and some great art (I hope you agree).
So let’s dive right into this week’s page.
The big reveal splash page. Here we show the lost heroes are actually on a flat planet. However, it looks more like a chunk of asteroid not a disk. I made some changes, of course. First thing was to flatten out the bottom. I added a river with the water washing over the edge into space. I also resized the villages and added one. After I had done all that I was really excited to get to inking and forgot to take a screencap and that’s why Flame Girl is inked.
I wanted to create a sense of depth since our heroes are hovering in “space” above this thing. So I decided to put each stage of this on its own layer. I have the “trio”, “flat earth”, and “space”. Later on, I added two more: “clouds” and “water”. This way I can control the linework’s color.
Again, sorry I got so into inking that I forgot to take screencaps as I went but here are Atoman inks complete. The pencils had his left leg in complete shadow. I didn’t think that looked right so I feather the shadow down and added his boot.
I think I’ve mentioned before that sometimes I sit at my computer to work and I’m just not “feeling it”. So I start on objects to get me back into the mood. This is a great example. Magno’s belt, cape, and symbol are made with the line and curve tools plus some felt tip pen work. Like the “old days” when I would uncap a pen and go to work before setting up my brush. Worked great and you can see from the finished inks Magno looks pretty cool.
Finally working on the flat earth. I inked the rocky part to have a block look, almost as if it were put together. I also did the citadel thing and villages next. This way I can select around them when I ink the rest of the land. I ended up not using the third village at the bottom portion of the disk. I did, however, add a lake. I figured if there’s a river…. I also put a couple of mountains in to help show scale, as well as as….well mountains, are cool.
As you can see each layer has its own color to help create depth and separation.
That will do it for this week. Thanks so much for checking out the how-to/follow progression of my comic book series. I really hope you are enjoying it!
Don’t forget to check out my other posts on this issue that goes back to page 2. (Sorry, again I forgot to screencap my inking stages of page 1).
I truly hope you and your family stay safe and healthy during these strange times.
Keep making comics and we’ll see you next week!
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.