Archive for the ‘drawing’ Category

Comic Book Process–Final Pencils

January 24, 2008
  • Here is the final penciled page from the previous post.  Of course, things are tightened up here, but the general layout remains fairly consistent.  That doesn’t always happen–sometimes you change things dramatically between the preliminary layout and the final page.
  • In   the end, it’s whatever works.  The original page is 15″ x 10″.    –P 35w-final-pencils.jpg   

Comic Book Process

January 23, 2008
  • I’m currently working on a short comic book story.  Here’s the process I use, as hinted at in my previous post.
  • First, I do a very small thumbnail.  I’ve included that below.  I’ve blown up the drawing here;  the actual size is about 2″ x 2.5″.  This is done very quickly.  It’s a bit like visual brainstorming.
  • comic-thumbnail-small.jpg
  • Next–using the thumbnail as a reference–I do another layout.  This one is the size of the printed comic book page, about 6″ x 10″.  This gives me an idea as to how the page will look when printed.  I might indicate a few more blacks, and I try to stay loose. 
  • comic-layout.jpg
  • I then take the 6″ x 10″ layout, scan it and then print it out the size of comic book original art.  That size is about 10″ x 15″.  I tape this large layout on a lightbox, and use that as my guide for the pencils.
  • I’m currently working on this page.  When I’m done, I’ll post it–perhaps as early as tomorrow.
  • –P.

Captain Marvel over city

January 21, 2008
  • Here’s a commission piece I just completed for a fan.  He wanted a version of the first page of the Power Of Shazam! series in pencil.  I was never really happy with how I did the first page of that series, so here’s a chance to make it better. 
  • I generally draw roughs for comic pages the size of the printed comic.  This gives me a better idea of the way the book will look when published.  I did the same here, drawing the rough small, then scanning and printing out a larger version.  I lightbox the larger sketch, tightening up as I go. 
  • Here is a small copy.  The original drawing is approximately 10″ x 15″.–P.capmarvel-over-city.jpg 

Sketch of the Day 1/18/08

January 18, 2008

Drawn with the Le Pen black marker.–P.runner1.jpg  

Back after a long absence…Sketch of the Day 1/17/08

January 17, 2008

Well, it’s been awhile.  Here are some Captain Marvel sketches.  I’ll try to be here more often in the future.  Promise. Here’s to a great 2008.–P.capmarvel.jpg 

Sketch of the Day 10/23/07

October 23, 2007

Here’s a sketch of Ryan Gosling from a photo in the latest GQ magazine.

Done with the fabulous Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.


Sketch of the Day 10/19/07—-World of Warcraft

October 19, 2007

Back again.

I am one of the many hooked on World of Warcraft. I thought it might be fun to try to draw a couple of characters from the game.

Here is a preliminary sketch. It looks like this mage has been surprised by an orc.

The mage is probably out of mana. I’m betting on the orc in this fight!



Batman….sketch of the day, 10/4/07

October 4, 2007

Something new here. Used a PITT pen for most of this, trying to be a bit rough.

Then copied what Jorge Zaffino did in his “Batman: Black-and-White” story….just brushing in the bricks with no guidelines.

This suits me. What do you think?



I’m back…..Sketch of the Day, 10/3/07

October 3, 2007

Well, sorry about that.

Too much work, and there comes a time to step away from the drawing board.

Here’s a hope for more posting. This is a sketch from a still..the movie is The Fallen Sparrow (1943), with John Garfield.



Sketch of the Day 9/4/07

September 4, 2007

A quick warm-up here…no reference. I may have something more up later, but storyboard work is a’comin!

Drawn with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. Seriously, if you don’t have one of these, get one…like yesterday!

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