Creating Comics Panel by Panel
Freaks & Gods Page 6 by Chris Dreier
Page 6 is a splash page revealing a giant robot. The first thing I did was put some perspective rulers in so I could ink the background buildings. This first image shows the rulers’ placement. The horizontal line is the horizon line and the other two sets the vanishing points. As you can see the points are far off the page…that’s why I have the image so zoomed out.
I did my best to match the pencils without having to redraw the entire background. In this image you can see where all the lines go. Even though this is a pretty dramatic shot, it is still just a two-point perspective.
The pencils have a cool wind pattern in the background (see part 4 for pencils). I used a “Radial Curve” ruler to recreate the waves. The ruler is the light purple “starburst” and the curved line. With this ruler every line I draw will always go toward the center (starburst) following the arcs. Of course I did this on a separate layer.
First, I thought there just weren’t enough people running scared from the robot. I added a few silhouettes behind the man and woman. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the woman penciled on the left. She just looked….off. I Google-searched some references to hopefully help me fix the angle. A side note…references are great to use. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
I used the “Polygon” line tool as well as the Straight Line tool to ink most of the robot. I added thickness to lines to show weight and distance. For example, the straight leg has varying contour lines on both sides getting thicker the closer it gets to the ground.
And the inks are finished. I added a tone to the silhouettes because I like the separation it gives. Now we can see the group as well see the woman and man in the foreground.
LAST MINUTE UPDATE:
I was thinking of just leaving this out and only showing the updated version but I think this is important. I goofed up…pretty bad too. Look up at PART 05 and you can see the building between the robot’s leg is not in correct perspective. Wha..? A mistake? Of course it is. Like I said, I goofed up. It happens to everyone! So never let that get you down. Simple fix it if you can or learn from it.
Sometimes when using the Perspective Ruler your lines won’t always “snap” to the correct vanishing point. Something to keep an eye on. Unlike me, I just plowed through it and didn’t notice it until I was writing this post. But I erased and fixed it. Going forward I will keep this in mind.
Thanks so much for checking out my Panel by Panel and hope to see you next week for page 7!
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.