State of the Art: A Sketch Blog

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Nick Pappas is an engineer by day and a comic artist by night. He's currently working on his first web comic, Robot Rumba, in hopes of becoming a better artist and storyteller.

Expect to see all sorts of sketches, concepts, and other illustrations here. Future projects may include short animations(!).

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    I thought I’d post what one of my pages looks like before I digitally ink and color it because I thought it would be cool to see what the comic looks like in an unfinished state. At some point (when I finally figure out what the heck I’m doing), I’ll share my general process for making comics (both writing and drawing), but for now let’s just focus on this…
A couple of weeks ago I started drawing my comic on paper (instead of my tablet) because necessity demanded it, but I liked the feel of it so it stuck. My pages are currently being drawn on 9”x12” Strathmore Drawing paper. While the final drawings are done in a .5mm mechanical pencil, sometimes when I’m feeling adventurous or need to carefully plan a panel, I’ll use blue pencil too (PrismaColor nonphoto blue, or just cerulean).
The panel lines are done (fairly clumsily) with a T-square and another ruler, but lacking a proper drafting table things don’t always line up properly, but this is ok because I can fix the layout and placement of things once it’s safely in Photoshop.
Sadly, insight into how I scan my art will have to wait for another time, since I’m still figuring out what works best.
Oh, and as for inking, I do that in Photoshop, but I plan to do that on paper too once I get confident enough with it.
Check out the finished product here!: http://evildanceparty.com/archives/412

    I thought I’d post what one of my pages looks like before I digitally ink and color it because I thought it would be cool to see what the comic looks like in an unfinished state. At some point (when I finally figure out what the heck I’m doing), I’ll share my general process for making comics (both writing and drawing), but for now let’s just focus on this…

    A couple of weeks ago I started drawing my comic on paper (instead of my tablet) because necessity demanded it, but I liked the feel of it so it stuck. My pages are currently being drawn on 9”x12” Strathmore Drawing paper. While the final drawings are done in a .5mm mechanical pencil, sometimes when I’m feeling adventurous or need to carefully plan a panel, I’ll use blue pencil too (PrismaColor nonphoto blue, or just cerulean).

    The panel lines are done (fairly clumsily) with a T-square and another ruler, but lacking a proper drafting table things don’t always line up properly, but this is ok because I can fix the layout and placement of things once it’s safely in Photoshop.

    Sadly, insight into how I scan my art will have to wait for another time, since I’m still figuring out what works best.

    Oh, and as for inking, I do that in Photoshop, but I plan to do that on paper too once I get confident enough with it.

    Check out the finished product here!: http://evildanceparty.com/archives/412

    — 2 years ago
    #robot rumba  #comic process  #pencil