Since a couple of folks have asked, the process behind the most recent images has gone something like;
- Super messy sketch in red pencil on watercolor paper (Canson Foundation Series cold press 185g, if anyone’s curious).
- Somewhat neater underdrawing using a brown Copic marker (no particular reason for the color, it’s just the lightest marker I have).
- Grey undertones painted with some kind of generic black watercolor.
- Lines drawn with a fine synthetic brush and india ink (I always used to do the line art first, but I’ve been finding that doing it after I’m finished with the watercolors gives me a darker, crisper line. On the other hand, if I screw anything up at this point the whole thing’s totally buggered).
- Scanned using my much-loved Epson Perfection v330 scanner (this is the first scanner I’ve owned that didn’t bleach the everloving fuck out of my watercolors and I adore it).
- Several zillion layers (set to ‘multiply’) of varying opacity for the colors, added in Photoshop.
… So it’s an absurdly long and convoluted process, and you’d probably be able to achieve a similar effect with far less trouble if you have a tablet and some notion of how to paint properly in Photoshop.
In memory of my beloved but recently deceased Epson Perfection scanner, here’s the very last artwork it scanned before giving up the ghost: A rough page from Empowered vol.10, featuring a rather “meta” scene in which a dubious Past-Tense Emp (left) is berated by Present-Tense Emp (right) for being such a “cringing ol’ scaredycat” about the future.
Two things about this page:
A) Panel 1 uses a round, compass-drawn border because, for the life of me, I could not draw Present Emp’s lower legs properly. In desperation, I decided to crop the panel to hide this tricky area, and a circular panel design worked perfectly for that purpose. Problem solved!
B) Those two balloons in panel 6 had way too much dialogue, so I wound up combining them into a single, smaller balloon, which had the added benefit of making room for a profile shot of Past Emp at lower left. Alas, I can’t show you the revised page, thanks to my now-deceased scanner. Sorry ‘bout that, folks.