Creating Comics Panel by Panel
Freaks & Gods Page 2 by Chris Dreier
I’m working on page two of an Exclusive comic book called “Tales of the Dark Tunnel: Magno, Flame Girl, Atoman”. If you’re wondering what happened to page one, well, I was super excited when the pages came in from series penciler Giuseppe D’Elia that I got right to inking and sort of forgot to take some screen captures. Sorry.
Okay, let’s get right into it.
I use really thick lines on figures or objects that are up front and close. It creates separation between background and foreground. In these two panels we have Magno in the back with his hand to his chin thinking while Atoman is up close. In the finished inks you can see how thick the contour lines (lines that define the outer edge of an object or figure) actually are. Of course how thick you make them is completely up to you. There’s no rule that states these need to be a certain percentage of..yadda, yadda.
I believe you could make the lines thick and beefy, but then again that could also be a style choice on your part.
Fun with selections! Yay! The ability to select one area where you need to work is one of the many advantages of Clip Studio Paint. In these two examples I have made a selection to keep the feathering within a certain area. I hope you can see the actual selection (the tool box is up when you have something selected). This way as I feather up to help create a shadow on his neck, the lines are contained. Neat and clean.
Like last week’s post about the cover to Freaks & Gods #7 I used “Mesh Transformation” on this page. I really didn’t like the finished inked eye so I selected it and moved it around until I liked it.
Everyone makes mistakes. Such as in the first panel I thought Magno’s hair was Flames Girl’s hair curled up. Nope! Second panel shows the pencils with the “Frames” layer turned off. In the last panel I think I got it.
And since we’re looking at this panel here it is in various stages to the final inks! If you look back and forth you’ll notice some of the decisions I made while inking. I generally follow the pencils but these are meant to be “rough” pencils. Not polished. That’s what an inker is for. I looked at the form and went with some of the feathering the penciler (Giuseppe) indicated and sometimes I went off on my own.